Quora Answer: In Islam, are All Drugs Prohibited as Intoxicants, or Just Depressants, Psychedelics, & Inhalants?

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

The following is my answer to a Quora question: “In Islam, are all drugs prohibited under intoxicants, or just depressants, psychedelics, and inhalants?  Are stimulants, such as coffee or sugar, and steroids fine? 

In fiqh, jurisprudence, khamr, intoxicants, refers to anything taken with the explicit intent to be intoxicated.  To be intoxicated here refers to the befogging of the mind, such that one loses some or all control of his faculties.  As such, taking drugs because it is prescribed as a means to cure or manage a medical or mental condition is permissible.  Stimulants do not intoxicate, but, as their name states, stimulate.  They may be ruled as haram, forbidden, on the grounds of health, such as steroid abuse.


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