Grand mufti: Drugs more dangerous than A-bombs

Arab news: The Kingdom's grand mufti and president of the Council of Senior Scholars, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, has called for tough action against those who smuggle, promote and sell drugs.
“Drugs are more dangerous than atomic bombs,” he said, and warned that users face ruin and loss of their morality.
Al-Asheikh said the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that those who are involved in any way with harmful substances can only bring "calamities" on themselves and others. He said Allah would also punish those who shelter or help such criminals.
Speaking during a live radio program, the grand mufti said: “Drugs of all kind destroy moral values, distort the brain and lead to the destruction of human lives. Those who promote drugs, market or use them will bear great losses.”
He said the Prophet (pbuh) was quoted as saying: “Allah cursed all those involved in wine, the one who presses it, the one who has it pressed, the one who drinks it, the one who carries it, the one who receives it, the one who serves it, the one who sells it, the one who makes a profit from selling it, the one who purchases it, and the one for whom it was purchased.”
He said drugs are highly addictive today because they have been treated with chemicals. “People become addicted to them, have their lives destroyed and eventually become a burden to society.” He said drug addicts are unproductive members of their community and are a burden to both their families and the state.
“So children of Islam, be careful and don’t ruin yourselves or your country ... drugs are more dangerous than deadly atomic bombs because they kill the heart and strip humans of all morals and values,” he said.
He praised the minister of interior and the police officers fighting this scourge, describing them as mujahideen — those who take up a struggle in defense of the oppressed, poor or exploited.
“You are the guardians of Islam, so when you uncover drugs, you prevent evil from reaching your nation. So work hard and seek the protection of God,” he said.
The Interior Ministry recently announced the arrest of 1,197 individuals, of whom 456 are Saudis, with the other 741 from 35 different countries. The criminals were involved in smuggling, transporting, receiving and promoting drugs with a market value of over SR878 million.
Meanwhile, a Saudi drug trafficker, Saad Al-Otaibi, was beheaded in Riyadh on Friday. He supplied amphetamine and hashish, according to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry.

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