Hayat House: Why We Need an Addiction Rehabilitation Centre for Muslims
“And if anyone saved a life, it would be as if they have saved all of humanity” – Qur’an 5:32
The aim of Hayat House is to provide community based substance abuse testing, assessment, counselling (individual, couple, family, and group), casework and rehabilitation to Muslim individuals and their families.
The spiritual and religious intentions behind the initiation of this project is to meet the ultimate objectives of the maqasid al-shariah which are necessary (al-daruriyyah) for humans to function and live peacefully in this world (dunya) according to the Quran and Sunnah. These include five areas:
- protection of life
- protection of religion
- protection of human generation or procreation
- protection of intellect / mind, and lastly
- protection of wealth or resources
Hayat House hopes to reach these ultimate objectives by assisting Muslims from further harming their health and lives from addiction with the aim to guide them towards abstinence from drugs and alcohol. This reduction and elimination of drug and alcohol consumption shall facilitate these Muslims to then follow the path of Allah (Most Compassionate and Merciful) which will enable them to perform obligatory worship ibadaat. This will further facilitate the reduction of the drug and alcohol dependency which clouds conscious awareness of Allah and everyday intelligent reasoning which is necessary for everyday living and religious worship. In reducing the consumption of drugs and alcohol will further prevent the wasting of finances in purchasing haram substances, prevent from removing important financial expenses from the family for the substance abuse habit, and reduce the amount of crimes committed to keep financing the addiction.
It is the community’s responsibility to try and address the needs of the ummah, especially when they are requesting a religiously and culturally appropriate response to helping them from abstaining from drugs and alcohol.
Hayat House is the first constructive attempt to do just that.
Come to the first Fundraising Dinner on Saturday 13th of August and support this cause: