Is Weed Haram or Halal?

Is Weed Haram or Halal?

You must already know that in Islam, consuming alcohol is condemned and is considered haram. It is an impermissible act; therefore, Muslims who are ardent followers of their religion avoid having alcohol. But what about the consumption of weed? Is it considered haram too? 

Yes, all types of weed are haram. Even though people have considered smoking weed as a remedy for stress and pain for ages, Islam does not approve of such practices. 

Let’s read further to understand why smoking weed is haram in Islam and the consequences for those who do not follow it. 

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Why Is Weed Haram In Islam? 

Although in the holy Quran, there are no clear indications that say weed is haram, the holy book prohibits the use of any kind of intoxication. As per Islamic belief, any substance that causes mind-altering reactions are haram- be it liquor or weed. 

One of the hadiths says, “every intoxicant is unlawful and whatever causes intoxications in large amounts, a small amount of it is also unlawful “. 

حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ الْمُنْذِرِ الْحِزَامِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو يَحْيَى، زَكَرِيَّا بْنُ مَنْظُورٍ عَنْ أَبِي حَازِمٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏ “‏ كُلُّ مُسْكِرٍ حَرَامٌ وَمَا أَسْكَرَ كَثِيرُهُ فَقَلِيلُهُ حَرَامٌ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

According to this philosophy, if the consumption of anything in excess causes intoxication, then even the slightest amount of it should also be haram. 

As we know, smoking weed in excess makes you stoned. Therefore, it does not matter whether you smoke too much or too little; it is haram. 


In other words, most Muslim scholars believe that any kind of hashish, whether cannabis or marijuana, is prohibited. A report narrated by Abu Dawud in his Sunan and Ahmed in his Musnad with a Sahih Isnad from Umm Salamah said- “the messenger of Allah forbade all kinds of intoxicants and relaxants.” 


Cannabis or any kind of weed causes drowsiness, and those who consume it become addicted to it. Additionally, some scholars say that people who do not abide by this rule and still smoke weed are non-believers of religion. 


Also, Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah mentioned in al-Fatawa al-Kubra that- “Consuming this hashish in solid form is haram, and it is one of the evilest of haram plants, whether a little of it is consumed or a lot.” 


In the words of Al-Allamag Ibn Qasim al-Shafi- “what is meant by drinker is the consumer, whether it is drunk or consumed otherwise, whether there is consensus on its being forbidden or there is a difference of opinion concerning that, and whether it is solid or liquid, cooked or raw.” 


As we can understand from these excerpts, intoxicants in any form, whether liquid or solid, are forbidden in Islam. The reason Islam does not allow weed or any liquor consumption is because of the ill effects it has on the mind, body, family, and society. 


However, there is a debate regarding the medical use of marijuana. According to Ismail Ali, the vice chairman of the Students For Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), “Muslims believe that there is no disease or illness that comes from God that can afflict humans that does not have some sort of cure, some sort of medicine or treatment”. And therefore, we can use marijuana for medical purposes or to treat any ailment. 


Final Words 

Weed, be it cannabis or marijuana or any other form, is haram. Therefore, any Muslim who follows their religion with full faith should keep themselves away from any such intoxication. 

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