Some Muslim youths have continued to take drugs during the holy month of Ramadan, a report has revealed.
Drugs like codeine, heroin and tramadol, according to the report by Daily Trust help them endure the hunger that comes with the fast.
“Honestly, I take codeine during my Sahoor. If I don’t take it, I suffer a lot,” a woman said, adding that she can only endure the hunger that comes with fasting by sleeping through the period, and that is what codeine offers her.
Another drug user, who siad he stopped the use of substances due to the fast, said some of the drug addicts do it at Sahoor to suppress hunger.
“When you take one bottle of codeine you will sleep throughout the day. And once you sleep, you will not think of taking drugs or any other thing,” he said.
He further revealed that some youths break their fast with drugs.
“I know of some people that take drugs during iftar. They break their fast with either Indian hemp or codeine,” he said.
Some clerics who spoke on the status of drug addicts during fasting in Islam condemned the action, saying it is detestable (Makruh).
The chairman of the Kano State Council of Ulamas, Sheikh Ibrahim Khaleel said, “We cannot say their fasting is not accepted in Islam. We can only say their act is against Islam teachings because in Islam a person is supposed to fast in his senses. And these people are observing theirs sleeping to suppress their hunger or to avoid being tempted to eat or drink.”
Harun Ibn Sina, the commander-general of Hisbah Board,while speaking with Daily Trust, called on those who take drugs during Ramadan to fear Allah and stop the act, even though the Board cannot trace them.
“We call on these people to fear Allah and stop it. They should remember that the reward for any act of ibadat is doubled, likewise the punishment for evil,” he said.