KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — Ikatan Muslim Malaysia (Isma) Youth chief Muhammad Lukman Al Hakim Muhammad has denied insulting God’s creation with his opposition to legalising marijuana usage, as claimed by an Umno grassroots leader recently.
In a recent Facebook post, Umno Taman Chempaka branch information chief Syed Rosli Syed Harman Jamalullail, who advocated the beneficial uses of marijuana, had equated Muhammad Lukman’s rejection of marijuana to insulting God’s creation.
“He has misunderstood the concept. We have never insulted Allah’s creation,” Muhammad Lukman was quoted saying on Isma’s Malay-language news website.
“We use and manage all of God’s creations according to Islamic principles to close the doors that lead to damage.
“Rejecting marijuana does not mean insulting Allah’s creation,” Muhammad Lukman added.
He was responding to Syed Rosli who in his Facebook post had also criticised an article by Dr Nadiah Norudin, a medical officer and member of the Muslim health activism group I-Medik, who warned against the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Muhammad Lukman further criticised Syed Rosli for highlighting Amsterdam as an example where legalisation of marijuana had been successful.
“I myself have been to Amsterdam, the Netherlands and have witnessed how ruined their younger generation are, due to the lifestyle of smoking, entertainment, promiscuity and drugs. Is that what Syed Rosli wants happening in this country?” he asked.
Syed Rosli was reported last Thursday urging the federal government to consider allowing the use of marijuana in the country by amending existing laws that ban its cultivation, use, and sale.
Dr Nadiah later published an open letter against Syed Rosli’s statement, citing a medical journal detailing the risk of marijuana addiction.
The call for regulating marijuana was also brought up last week during a Youth Parliament sitting, where its spirituality and religious committee head Muhamad Ridhwan Muhamad Rosli claimed many young Malaysians want use and sale of weed decriminalised.