The Green Prophet / Cannabis & Islam / Part I

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Cannabis & Islam went hand in hand / Both of them was used to connect with God
"Almighty God has bestowed upon you by a special favor the virtues of this plant, which will dissipate the shadows that cloud your souls and will brighten your spirits."

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In Muslim tradition, Al-Khadir is widely known as the spiritual guide of Moses and Alexander the Great and in Sufi tradition, Al-Khadir ( The green prophet ) has come to be known as one of those who receive illumination direct from God without human mediation.
Cannabis attained such popularity in the Islamic world that it even had its own patron saint; Al-Khadir or "The Green One." He was depicted with the features of an old man, and the appearance of a fakir, dressed entirely in green, encountered in desert or solitary places by those who were travelling in search of God. He was considered the spiritual teacher of those “initiated by no teacher," or the voice of inspiration for those aspiring to achieve mystical merit.

Back To #History

During life time of the prophet Mohammed ( A.D. 570 - 632 ) the use of #Cannabis preparations
( known in the Middle East as hashish ) was unknown.

In A.D. 750, After the establishment of the splendid Abasside caliphate in Bagdad, noted for its universities, Arab scholars translated the Greek Texts of Dioscorides and Galen, and became familiar with the medicinal properties of Cannabis.

In the early 10th century;

  • The physician Ibn Wahshiyah, warned of possible complications resulting from use of hashish, in his book, On Poisons, he claimed that the plant extract might cause death when mixed with other drugs.

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  • The use of hashish in Islam, was first consumed by members of religious Persian and Iraqui sects located at the eastern periphery of the Islamic empire which bordered the central steppes where the plant had its origins.

  • There was little cultural opposition at first because the Holy Koran, which formulates in detail all of the rules of daily Muslim living, does not forbid explicitly the consumption of cannabis, although it proscribes the use of fermented beverages.

  • Around A.D.1000, the Fatima King al-Hakim issued an edict prohibiting the sale of alcohol throughout Syria and Egypt, but did not ban cannabis.

In the 11th century, a Turkish people, the Seljuk, captured Bagdad and assumed effective power, although they retained the Abassides as figure-heads. The use of hashish became popular in Islamic society and was frequently mentioned in its literature at the zenith of the power of the Seljuks, when they had made additional conquests and converts in the Middle East and at the same time fended off an invasion by the Crusaders.

In the 12th century, according to Arabic historians:

  • The religious leader Shaikh Haidar, a founder of the Haidari order of Sufis in Kharasan (northwest Iran and Afghanistan). While walking in the countryside in the midday heat, he discovered the divine properties of a plant that appeased hunger and thirst while giving joy. He have developed a special recipe for consuming the plant, and told his disciples, "Almighty God has bestowed upon you by a special favor the virtues of this plant, which will dissipate the shadows that cloud your souls and will brighten your spirits." Haidar, recommended that his followers conceal from the people the divine properties of this precious herb. But such secrets cannot be kept for centuries, and after his death his disciples extolled the wonderful qualities of the "magic" plant: "Abandon wine, take the cup of Haidar, this cup which has the fragrance of amber and sparkles like a green emerald."

  • Shayk Haydar, spent the last 10 years of his life surviving on nothing but cannabis. According to this mystical story, Haydar tried marijuana spurred by a religious epiphany - as he was ignorant of its effects - and liked it so much that he ingested almost nothing but cannabis henceforth.

  • #Hashish was used by the Sufis, a mystical branch of Islam that first appeared at the end of the eighth century. The Arabs of Sufism "wearers of wool" were dedicated to hours of fasting, prayer, and solitary meditation, stressed self-denial and shunned worldly pleasures.

  • Some of the Sufis did use hashish in their religious observances and spread its consumption throughout Islamic Society.

  • The Sufi sect clearly indicate an increase in cannabis use during the 12th century among religious sects located at the eastern periphery of the Arabic empire, and Al-Khadir has come to be The Green Prophet.

References / Wikipedia - Al Khadir / Wikipedia - Ibn Wahshiyah / Wikipedia - Shaikh Haidar / Khidr.org / Hashish versus Medieval Moslem Society / The Forbidden Game / A Social History of Drugs /

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So bizarre that it's illegal in countries where islam is the main religion, goes against history..

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The extensive spread of cannabis use in Islam between the 12th and
16th centuries was accompanied by a spirited controversy among the
intelligentsia that dwarfs the debate among American intellectuals of the
last part of the 20th century.

The controversy had its source in the fact that the Holy Koran, the
foundation of Moslem Jurisprudence, does not mention hashish ( Cannabis ).

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Is it implied though? Like the christian bible has 'holy herb' references through it allegedly.

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No, Cannabis was not implied in Holy Koran, like Bible. But Al-Khadir
( The green Prophet ) was implied, the reason why Cannabis attained such popularity in the Islamic world that it even had its own patron saint; Al-Khadir or "The Green One." And in the same time Holy Koran does not forbid the consumption of Cannabis, It forbid drinking alcohol, and this is another reason of the quick spread of Cannabis use in Islamic society.

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I even heard it's illegal in Dubai too.

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Yep, alongside many normal things

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Fuvk them with crazy law they are using. It's even good for Dubai since they are growing with some other revenues, what should we say about Phil and other nations who have no much and can't even protect the health of their people but banned one of the good sources of getting good health. Oh ah! 🧐

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We are not lucky, Why we do not live between 12th & 19th Centuries when the Extensive Spread of Cannabis use took place.

Let us hope for better future.

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Yeah! Hoping is what we have left now. Let keep to it while preaching the gospel.

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We had a good history and bad present, I hope that we will have great future as in past.

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Yes, you are right, but there are a lot of , Cannabis Smokers there ( I lived in Dubai 2 years ) and it is easy to find but the prices is so high.

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Having you means I have 2 friends living in Dubai. The other friend told me the last time he came to Nigeria that people do smoke there because of the weather but they wouldn't try MJ because of blind law they imposed on it.

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Yes, it is not allowed and risky, as wine or beer but you can smoke it ( not in public )

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It will be better one don't risky things over there because I can remember they use Sharia law (which is said to be too strict).

The Arabic Word for Cannabis ... القنب ....al-qanb .... is very close to the Aramaic and Hebrew words - Qanbosa / Kaneh-Bosm found in the Torah (Shemot 30:23) ..... If the Quran accepts the story of Moses making the Holy Oil then they also know the Secret Healing Powers of القنب (Cannabis)

Muslims consider Torah to be a divine book - Along with holding Prophet Moses in high esteem, Muslims also consider the Torah to be a divine book:

It was We who revealed the Torah (to Moses); therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews, by the Prophet who bowed (as in Islam) to Allah’s will, by the Rabbis and the Doctors of Law: for to them was entrusted the protection of Allah’s Book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear Me, and sell not My Signs for a miserable price. (Quran, 5:44) -

https://www.whyislam.org/common-ground/story-of-moses-in-the-quran/

Awesome. I had no idea ..... I love Rumi.

Maybe I will convert to Sufi-Islam if they promote Cannabis Consumption.

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Happy to see that you are well informed and you know a lot about Islam ( my religion )

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Well I read the Quran a few times so I could understand Islam and I really like Sufi poetry and concept of the Universe.

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Happy to hear this.
By the way I born from Christian Mother and Muslim Father, the reason why I read the Quran and the Bible.

Wish you a great weekend my friend.

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My family is Catholic (mostly for the Music) but I am interested in reading anything. Especially all the Mystical and esoteric writings.... Hindu Advaita Vedanta, Tao, Zen Buddhism, Gnostic, Sufi, Qabala, pantheist, atheist, Scientific, etc.... I especially like the Isha Upanishad. I consider myself a Spinozist.

Smoke some good Middle Eastern Hashish and Fly ....

“Know that the world is like Mount Sinai, and we like Moses are Seekers; every moment an epiphany arrives and cleaves the mountain asunder” ― Rumi, Mystical Poems of Rumi

“If you catch a glimpse of this brightness, you will set sleep afire: for by night-faring and servitude Venus became the companion of the moon

گر بو بری زین روشنی ، آتش به خواب اندر زنی / کز شبروی و بندگی زهره حریف ماه شد”

― Rumi, Mystical Poems of Rumi

“Wherever you go, you are with me still, you who are my eyes and my brightness; if you will, draw me to drunkenness, if you will, transport me to annihilation.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi, Mystical Poems of Rumi

you did an interesting research

What is the Arabic word for "Cannabis " or do they just use the word Hashish ? ... I know that in Aramaic the word "Qanbosa" is used for Cannabis .... And Aramaic precedes both Hebrew and Arabic.

“This is a gathering of Lovers.
In this gathering
there is no high, no low,
no smart, no ignorant,
no special assembly,
no grand discourse,
no proper schooling required.
There is no master,
no disciple.”

― Rumi, Mystical Poems of Rumi

it's interesting, great article

I read that smoking weed is strictly haraam.

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Who said this !!!
Holy Koran does not forbid the consumption of Cannabis, it forbid drinking alcohol.