Drug abuse threatening society, warns Islamic scholar in Riyadh

Updated 24 March 2015

Drug abuse threatening society, warns Islamic scholar in Riyadh

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance has urged imams to focus on the harmful effects of narcotics in their Friday sermons.
Sheikh Khalaf Al-Matlaq, who delivers sermons at the Dubhat District Mosque in Riyadh, said smoking and drug addiction had become major social problems affecting society in terms of security, safety and moral values.
The role of mosques, he reminded the public, is to address such problems as they may lead to crime and even greater problems.
The only way to prevent illegal drug us, he said, was to destroy the habit by educating people.
Al-Matlaq said drugs were not only a money-making business but that they were now being actively used by our enemies for political gain. This is done by targeting the country’s younger generation.
“I once had a meeting with a well-known person here in Riyadh. He told me that most crimes here are drug-related,” he said. Others are linked to immoral cases that have led them to kill their parents, while other juvenile delinquents have been involved in robbery.
“Drug use is tantamount to the total destruction of the younger generation. The habit starts with smoking, then spreads by the use of other narcotics. The number of smokers in this country has reached six million, of whom one million are women. Smoking is thus the starting point for using narcotics,” he noted.
According to Al-Matlaq, this habit which poses a big risk to family members at home is a time bomb waiting to explode if not defused. And when it does explode, it could destroy everything. “A son addicted to narcotics could kill his father, mother and sister if his craving for drugs is not satisfied,” he warned.
Al-Matlaq said if drug use spreads to schools, it will be disastrous. “You have heard about students who attacked their teacher and those students driving aimlessly on main roads causing traffic jams and major fatal accidents,” he said.
“There is an imminent danger that an addicted person with a pistol could shoot anybody in front of him. The responsibility to prevent a disaster not only concerns the authorities but also every member of the community,” he said.
Al-Matlaq said wealth would be useless if we do not fight against the narcotic menace which destroys a human’s five senses. The drug addict not only loses his mind, but most important of all, his God-given gifts, which should be used responsibly.
Quoting specialists, he said, Saudi Arabia was now being targeted by some enemy countries, which are spending millions of dollars to smuggle these illegal drugs into the Kingdom.


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.