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Decriminalization of prohibited drugs: a challenge to Muslim youths in a secular society

Tagoranao, Mariam Saidona and Gamon, Alizaman Dumangcag (2017) Decriminalization of prohibited drugs: a challenge to Muslim youths in a secular society. In: 2017 Cebu International Conference on Studies in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (SASSH-2017), 26th-27th January 2017, Cebu, Philippines.

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Abstract

Decriminalization of illegal drugs have been proposed in different forums as the easy way out or the possible approach in preventing drug abuse. It was proposed and strongly supported by some groups of intellectuals after drug policy failed to alleviate this devastating problem in their own respective state. The advocates emphasized that legalizing drugs and regulating its sale, like alcohol, will reduce crimes. But some of those who go against it, their objections are more on moral and religious reasons against drug use. For Muslims, moral debate on the war on drugs is not hidden as clearly out in the open. But in spite of this, the Muslim youths’ involvement in drug use is increasing day by day. This study will identify how far the Muslim youths have been affected by illegal drugs and its effect if decriminalized by a secular society. In conclusion, legalizing prohibited drugs is a foolhardy and reckless proposal against the new generations’ future. Islam never allow the illegal drug use because of adverse effects on personal health and social harms. Therefore, Muslims youths need a sense of purpose and a spirit of understanding the religious legal texts to internalize the moral and ethical teaching of Islam in relation to lawful and unlawful acts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 4066/61142
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decriminalization, Muslim youths, prohibited drugs, adverse effects.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Alizaman Gamon
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 16:45
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 11:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/61142

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