170 The Use Of Opium Any Substance That Induceth Sluggishness And Torpor #155
This prohibition of the use of opium is reiterated by Baha'u'llah in the
final paragraph of the Kitab-i-Aqdas. In this connection, Shoghi Effendi
stated that one of the requirements for a chaste and holy life is total
abstinence ... from opium, and from similar habit-forming drugs. Heroin,
hashish and other derivatives of cannabis such as marijuana, as well as
hallucinogenic agents such as LSD, peyote and similar substances, are
regarded as falling under this prohibition.
'Abdu'l-Baha has written:
As to opium, it is foul and accursed. God protect us from the
punishment He inflicteth on the user. According to the explicit
Text of the Most Holy Book, it is forbidden, and its use is
utterly condemned. Reason showeth that smoking opium is a kind of
insanity, and experience attesteth that the user is completely cut
off from the human kingdom. May God protect all against the
perpetration of an act so hideous as this, an act which layeth in
ruins the very foundation of what it is to be human, and which
causeth the user to be dispossessed for ever and ever. For opium
fasteneth on the soul so that the user's conscience dieth, his
mind is blotted away, his perceptions are eroded. It turneth the
living into the dead. It quencheth the natural heat. No greater
harm can be conceived than that which opium inflicteth. Fortunate
are they who never even speak the name of it; then think how
wretched is the user.
O ye lovers of God! In this, the cycle of Almighty God, violence
and force, constraint and oppression, are one and all condemned.
It is, however, mandatory that the use of opium be prevented by
any means whatsoever, that perchance the human race may be
delivered from this most powerful of plagues. And otherwise, woe
and misery to whoso falleth short of his duty to his Lord.
In one of His Tablets 'Abdu'l-Baha has stated concerning opium: the user,
the buyer and the seller are all deprived of the bounty and grace of God.
In yet another Tablet, 'Abdu'l-Baha has written:
Regarding hashish you have pointed out that some Persians have
become habituated to its use. Gracious God! This is the worst of
all intoxicants, and its prohibition is explicitly revealed. Its
use causeth the disintegration of thought and the complete torpor
of the soul. How could anyone seek the fruit of the infernal tree,
and by partaking of it, be led to exemplify the qualities of a
monster? How could one use this forbidden drug, and thus deprive
himself of the blessings of the All-Merciful? Alcohol consumeth
the mind and causeth man to commit acts of absurdity, but this
opium, this foul fruit of the infernal tree, and this wicked
hashish extinguish the mind, freeze the spirit, petrify the soul,
waste the body and leave man frustrated and lost.
It should be noted that the above prohibition against taking certain
classes of drugs does not forbid their use when prescribed by qualified
physicians as part of a medical treatment.
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