Role of Religious Scholars/Preachers in Drug Abuse Prevention
By Haider Ali
Drug abuse is a problem of not an individual but for whole society. Collective efforts can give desired results. Prevention of drug abuse in not possible only by opening few drug abuse prevention organizations and providing treatment facilities, indeed it entails a huge campaign at social level. Society members including professionals including religious one will have to take part in this campaign.
Religious scholars/ preacher have prominent position in our society. They are able to change the thoughts and behaviors of people by conveying the message of Allah. People rely on their words and give a lot of respect to them. Many are donating money for the preaching of religion. With the financial and moral support of community, it will be easy for religious scholar to make people aware of drug abuse problems and their consequences.
Religious scholars can play their role in prevention of drug abuse in two ways. First, scholars from all religion including Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and others should collaborate with each other to address this issue, and secondly, they can preach their own religion for public that prohibit all kinds of drug abuse. In this regard, they can utilize their religious centre (mosques, temple, church, etc) as teaching institute for community where people learn to combat drug abuse problems.
Religious scholars/preacher should realize that preaching is more than read versus or religious scripture to people. They are also responsible to address social issues, specifically drug abuse. Their contribution may bring a revolutionary change in the society.