Thanks dear brother for your kind reply, I have discussed further with him based on your reply, he however said that ketamine does not intoxicate, rather it is a stimulant for him based on the doses he snorts, he even contends that ketamine is being used to cure drunkards. He now poses a question as to whether stimulants are haram.
Asalamualaikum wrt wb,
All praise be to Allah.
Dear brother Bobseed,
Firstly, There is no doubt that drugs such as stimulants befog the mind and take away reason by causing hullucinations.
Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: The general meaning of the words, “Every intoxicant is haraam,” is taken as evidence that whatever causes intoxication is haraam, even if it is not a drink. So that includes hashish and other things. Al-Nawawi and others were certain that it is an intoxicant, and others were certain that it dulls the senses, and it is arrogant to say otherwise, because its visible effects are the same as those of khamr, such as euphoria and addiction.
Even if we assume that it is not an intoxicant, it is proven in Abu Dawood that all intoxicants and relaxants are haraam. And Allaah knows best. End quote from Fath al-Baari, 10/45.
Al-Khattaabi said: Relaxants are those drinks that cause relaxation in the muscles and numbness in the extremities, which is the precursor to intoxication. It is forbidden to drink them lest they be a means that leads to intoxication.
As for claiming that Ketamine is merely a stimulant, like caffeine, than this person is only fooling himself. He should also realize that the many harmful affects of this drug make it fall into the category of Khabaaith (disgusting things), like cigarettes, which make them haram in and of themselves, as Allah says: "He (the Prophet) permits you the Tayyibaat (pure wholesome things), and forbids for you the Khabaaith".
The scholars say:
They cause harm to the person himself, to his family and children, and to his society and nation.
With regard to the personal harm caused, they cause serious harm to both the body and the mind, because intoxicants and drugs destroy the health, nerves, mind, reasoning, the digestive system, and other negative effects which impact the entire body, and it damages his dignity and honour, as his personality becomes fragile, and he becomes a laughing-stock and suffers from numerous diseases.
With regard to the harm that is caused to the family, this is the mistreatment of his wife and children, so the house is turned into an unbearable hell because of tension, anger, arguments, insults, repeated utterance of divorce (talaaq), breaking of things, neglect of the wife, and not spending properly on the home. Intoxicants and drugs may even lead to the birth of children who are deformed or mentally handicapped.
The harm that is caused to society is evident in the huge destruction of wealth with no positive return, which affects the man’s interests and leads to the failure to fulfil duties and loss of public trusts, whether that has to do with the interests of the state, institutions or individuals. This is in addition to the damage caused by criminal acts against people, property and honour. The harm caused by drugs is worse than that caused by intoxicants, because drugs destroy moral values. End quote from al-Fiqh al-Islami wa Adillatuha by Dr. Wahbah al-Suhayli, 7/5511.
To conclude, no wise person would doubt that drugs are haraam, because of the textual evidence that points to their prohibition, and because of the extensive harm that they cause.
My advice to you dear brother Bobseed, is to advise this person to abandon innovations in religion and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as taught by the rightly guided scholars of the Sunnah.
I understand that it is very common amongst certain Sufi tariqas to permit taking recreational drugs. The leaders of these groups are evil and wicked people who do not follow the teachings of the Sunnah, rather they are obeying their nafs, passions, and wanton desires.
Please understand that I am not saying this to look down upon these people, who may have the sincerest intentions. However, in Islam, sincere intention must be accompanied by following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
I have also heard from some leaders of the Shadhili tariqa, such as Muhmmad Yaqubi of Syria, that it is permissible to go to the graves of saints and call on their occupants and seek their help and blessings.
This is absolutely contrary to the Tawheed of Allah, and rejected by the Ulema, and it is the vilest form of shirk, or associating partners with Allah.
Let me tell you I have many beloved friends from Turkey, and I love them for the sake of Allah, and there are many good brothers there. However, I must point out that some of those who claim to be "shaikhs" are not really shaikhs, they are gurus that do not follow on the footsteps of the pious predecessors, and go against the Sunnah, no matter how much knowledge they have.
Finally, let me remind you of the words of Badiazzaman Said Nursi, who said that "Tassawwuf is the fruit of the tree of Islam, but now is not the time to reap fruit." He said this because this because secularism and the enemies of Islam are undermining the very foundations of our religion, and thus we need to focus our attention there.
So beware of false Sufi shaikhs who innovate in the religion, and take your deen from reliable sources.
And Allah knows best.
You can also look here for more information:http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/66227/drugs
I pray my words find a place in your heart.