What Drugs Teach us About Jihad

In Islam, intoxicants such as drugs and alcohol are forbidden. In Sharia states such as Saudi Arabia, the only penalty for trafficking dugs is death by hanging. If Islam is so adverse to drugs, why then are many jihadists freely taking an amphetamine called Captagon? According to The Guardian:

Captagon, the trademark name for the synthetic stimulant fenethylline, was first produced in the 1960s to treat hyperactivity, narcolepsy and depression, but was banned in most countries by the 1980s as too addictive. It remains hugely popular in the Middle East; Saudi Arabia alone seizes some 55m tablets a year, perhaps 10% of the total thought to be smuggled into the kingdom.

The drug is cheap and simple to produce, using ingredients that are easy and often legal to obtain, yet sells for up to $20 a tablet. A Lebanese psychiatrist, Ramzi Haddad, said that Captagon had the typical effects of a stimulant, producing a kind of euphoria. Youre talkative, you dont sleep, you dont eat, youre energetic.

According to a documentary on its use by jihadists:

… men in Beirut are shown crushing the pills and chopping them into lines. They describe the effects as “better than cocaine” and “really strong and like morphine — for really strong pains.” Their experience points to why Captagon has become the drug of choice for some Syrian fighters.

“There was no fear anymore after I took Captagon,” one ex-fighter said.

“It stops you feeling anything, you know? It makes you numb, numb,” said another, who described the first time he took the drug as making him feel physically fit.

“If there were 10 people in front of you, you could catch them and kill them. You’re awake all the time,” he said.

The quotes from the jihadist give the reason why the use of Captagon can be used without fear of crossing Allah. Its not because they are bad Muslims, unlike what CAIR and apologists would have you believe jihadists are following the purist form of Islam. Instead, its perfectly acceptable because Islam is completely built on the premise that “the ends justify the means”. This makes it completely different than Judaism and Christianity which place ethical and moral constants above goals (see the Ten Commandments).

While there are laws in Islam, they are secondary to its goals. This concept is known as Maqasid, or “ultimate goals.” The purposes these goals are meant to achieve are called zarurat. The top five goals are hierarchical with the lesser four supporting the dominant first. This first primary goal of Islam is known as deen, which is the worship of Allah through the religion of Islam.

Muslims are commanded to establish deen throughout the entire world by both the Koran (believed to be the words of Allah) and hadith (believed to be the words of the prophet as passed down by his companions). Surah 2 ayat 193 of the Koran states:

And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah) and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (Alone). But if they cease (i.e. become Muslims), let there be no transgression except against A-alimum (the polytheists, and wrong-doers).

According to hadith:

Narrated Ibn Umar: Allah’s Messenger said, “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and perform As-Salat (Islamic prayer) and give akat (money to support Muslims and jihad).

In Islam, any law or rule is secondary to the goal of spreading Islam. Therefore, if taking an intoxicant makes one a better fight and supports jihad, it is perfectly justified in Islam.