Muslim World Losing Battle Against Drugs

Posted on October 23, 2009

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Al Jazeera

The Case of Egypt

Off a major desert highway that connects Egypt’s capital to the coastal city of Alexandria, drug users gather at a hidden exit to score heroin, free from the prying eyes of the authorities.

Yasser, 25, has to drive 20km on the Alexandria highway to ensure his almost daily supply. One sharp turn to the left puts him on the series of unpaved roads that take him to his dealer.

Upon arriving, he finds a man dressed in Bedouin clothing armed with a rifle guarding two cars, one of which has an open trunk filled with bricks of heroin.

Yasser parks his car alongside 10 others packed with young men sharing syringes. He knows the meeting point is temporary.

“The place where dealers and users meet changes every month or so, and when they do, people learn of these new meeting points by word of mouth … so this stuff [heroin] is really not that hard to find,” he says.

Trap of addiction

Yasser represents the growing number of Egyptian youth who have fallen prey to drug abuse; he began using heroin three years ago.

According to Egypt’s National Council on Fighting and Treating Addiction (NCFTA), at least 8.5 per cent of the country’s population, or six million people, are addicted to narcotics. The majority of them are between 15 to 25 years old and the number of users is growing rapidly.

“I can’t physically function without it,” Yasser says, describing the drug rush as a pervasive warm and pleasurable feeling. But the sensation is temporary and comes at a price.

Shortly afterwards, he will succumb to the usual symptoms heroin addicts experience during withdrawal. [more]

Impact on Egyptian Women Due to Drug Addicted Husbands

Substance abuse in Egypt is rampant. This video clip discussed how women deal with their families when their husband gets hooked on drugs.

Hasheesh Drug Dealer House in Egypt

This video shows a drug dealer store house in Egypt. At the end of the video, the camera person shows more than $10 million or about 55-60 million pounds Egyptian in dirty drug cash money being counted by drug dealers.

Lebanon

Drug Growing in Lebanon

Morocco

Saudi Arabia

Afghanistan

Pakistan

Iran

Public burning of drugs and Public punishment of drug dealers in Somalia

Islam as a Solution to Drug Addiction

1. American embraces Islam to escape drugs

2. British embrace Islam to get away from drugs

3. Anti-Drug Nasheed (Islamic Song)

4. British Muslims Stand Up Against Drugs

This is Mohammed Shafiq Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a leading Muslim organisation along with various friends and colleagues from United Against Drugs in Rochdale on BBC 5 Live report broadcasted in October 2007. The campaign was set up by young Muslims to confront drug dealers and clear the streets of Rochdale from drug dealers, the campaign goes on in Rochdale with United Against Drugs running self defence classes, More at http://www.ramadhanfoundation.com

5. Anti-Drug Rap Song by Rashid Bhikha

Anti Drug song performed by Rashid Bhikha, written by Abdul-Malik Ahmad of Native Deen from the album Allah Knows by Zain Bhikha Available to purchase at http://www.jamalstore.com

6. Islam Saved the Life of Hadj from Drugs and Alcohol

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