Quitting and repenting drugs

01 Jul 2024 Ref-No#: 6218

I am a young man who fulfils my obligations as a Muslim.

unfortunately I am ashamed to say that I have fallen into the Sin of smoking marijuana regularly.

It has now been 5 days since I stopped smoking due to my feeling of guilt and I have asked Allah SWT for forgiveness.

I am still in possession of a large amount of marijuana I’m finding it difficult to discard of it.

From what I understand is that anyone who becomes intoxicated their prayers are not accepted for 40 days.

My questions are:

Is the discarding of my remaining drugs necessary for my forgiveness?

Are my prayers still not accepted for 40 days even if I repent?

What steps can I take in order to not fall back into this sin?

Answer

Wa ‘alaykum as-salām wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuhu,

Mā shā Allāh, it is pleasing to see your sincerity in seeking forgiveness and striving to abandon actions against Islamic teachings. Admitting a struggle and seeking help is a commendable step towards spiritual and personal growth.

Addressing Your Concerns:

  1. Discarding the Remaining Drugs:
    • Necessity for Forgiveness: Discarding the remaining marijuana is crucial and symbolizes your commitment to leaving this sin behind. If you find it difficult, ask a trusted friend or family member to help you dispose of it safely. Holding onto them may serve as a temptation and contradicts sincere repentance (Tawbah). True repentance involves:
      • Feeling genuine remorse for the sin.
      • Immediate cessation of the sinful act.
      • Firm intention not to return to the sin.
      • Removing all means or items associated with the sin to avoid future temptation.
  2. Acceptance of Prayers:
    • Intoxication and Prayers: It is correct that the prayers of an intoxicated person are not accepted for 40 days. However, if you sincerely repent and stop the sin, you will be forgiven, and your prayers will be accepted again. The full narration is as follows:

       

      عن ابن عمر، أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، قال: ” ‌من ‌شرب ‌الخمر لم تقبل له صلاته أربعين ليلة، فإن تاب، تاب الله عليه، فإن عاد، عاد الله له، فإن تاب، تاب الله عليه ، فإن عاد، كان حقا على الله تعالى أن يسقيه من نهر الخبال “، قيل: وما نهر الخبال؟ قال: ” صديد أهل النار “. (مسند أحمد 8 / 514)

      Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever drinks wine, his prayer will not be accepted for forty nights. If he repents, Allah will accept his repentance. If he returns (to drinking), Allah will return to him (with punishment). If he repents, Allāh will accept his repentance. If he returns (to drinking), it is incumbent upon Allāh, the Almighty, to make him drink from the river of Al-Khabāl.” It was said, “What is the river of Al-Khabāl?” He said, “The pus of the inhabitants of Hellfire.” [Musnad Aḥmad, 8/514]

      Since the narration clearly mentions repentance, you must continue to perform your prayers (Ṣalāh). Abandoning Ṣalāh is a grave sin in itself. The essence of the hadith emphasizes the gravity of intoxication rather than discouraging prayer.

    • Repentance and Mercy: The mercy of Allāh is vast. Sincere repentance, even from grievous sins, is highly valued in Islam. Continue to perform your prayers and seek forgiveness from Allāh.
  3. Preventing Recurrence:
    • Strengthening Faith (Imān): Engage in regular acts of worship, including Ṣalāh, reading the Qur‘ān, and making Du‘ā (supplication). Keeping a strong connection with Allāh fortifies you against temptation.
    • Positive Environment: Surround yourself with positive influences and individuals who encourage and support your spiritual journey.
    • Professional Help: Consider seeking help from a counselor or support group specializing in addiction recovery. Islam encourages seeking knowledge and help to overcome challenges.
    • Productive Activities: Engage in hobbies, sports, or other productive activities to occupy your time and mind, reducing the likelihood of falling back into old habits.
    • Regular Reflection: Reflect regularly on the consequences of sin and the rewards of maintaining a righteous path. Journaling your thoughts and progress can be a helpful tool.

In Summary:

  • Discarding the remaining drugs is essential for sincere repentance.
  • Continue to perform your prayers; sincere repentance and regular prayer are crucial.
  • Take preventive steps to avoid recurrence, including strengthening your faith, seeking professional help, and engaging in productive activities.

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. With the help of Allāh, professional guidance, and your own determination, you can overcome this challenge and live a life that pleases Him.

May Allāh grant you strength, forgiveness, and steadfastness in your efforts to lead a righteous life.

I hope this response helps. Let me know if you need further assistance or clarification.

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