Yesterday’s Friday sermon called on Muslims to adhere to religious teachings and traditional family values, as a security against illicit drug abuse.
The call was made ahead of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking, which is being observed today with the theme ‘Doing Good Deeds and Prohibiting Wrongdoing’.
“The drug menace is a source of social ills which brings tragedy upon individuals, the community and the rest of the nation,” said Imams while delivering the sermon.
The Imams added, “Those who consume illicit drugs are willing to resort to vile acts in defiance of the country’s laws – including cheating, inflicting injury, stealing and even murder – in order to get their regular supply.
“Drug abuse also leads to the disintegration of families, along with child neglect and school absenteeism.
“If drug smuggling and trafficking should become widespread, then the resulting high crime rate and social issues would threaten the livelihood of the community.
“Drug abuse and addiction are caused by poor knowledge of religious matters, the dangers of illegal drugs, peer influence, and curiosity about prohibited and physchotrophic substances.
“The role of the community is crucial in assisting the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). It would be more effective if the public gave their support, as the drug menace is a social ill that undermines our future.
“Therefore, it is important for our community to shoulder the responsibility for eradicating drug syndicates in the country. As a community, we cannot afford to be ignorant or dismissive of this menace.”