Humans were not only given the best form, but they were also guided on how to achieve the best form of living, the sermon tells us.
“[He] makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil,” the Quran says.
“Lawful matters are defined by scholars as everything that Allah has permitted, which is beneficial and does not contradict religion.
“The evil in this context is anything that Allah has prohibited and is seen as harmful to well-being and is breaching faith.”
In another verse, Allah commands his worshippers to enjoy the good bounties of the Earth and to refrain from what is harmful to the body and mind: “O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.
“Satan is poised to mislead people away from what Allah has permitted and tempt them, for example, to the world of addiction and intoxication,” the sermon continues.
“This way they are losing reason, with which Allah has raised their rank over the rest of creatures. So it is no wonder then that Islam has interdicted the consumption of any stimulant that might alter consciousness and feelings.”
A quote by the Prophet’s companion and second Islamic caliphate, Umar Ibn Al Khattab, says: “A man’s true essence is his mind, his origin should be faith and his moral courage his character.”
Therefore those who intoxicate themselves deliberately will be punished.
“In fact, anyone who is out of mind lacks wisdom, gets weaker and causes himself destruction,” the sermon reads.
A hadith by Prophet Mohammed says: “Verily Allah disapproves three things for you: irrelevant talk, wasting of wealth and excessively asking others for something.”
The sermon concludes by calling on teachers to educate students about the dangers and risks of drugs.