If we look at addictions from the medical point of view we find that they include psychoactive substances which change the chemical balance of the brain temporarily such as tobacco, some drugs and alcohol. Besides this, psychological dependency on gambling, internet, sex, porn, games etc can also be included amongst addictions because they also produce feelings of shame and guilt.
However, if we analyze addictions in the light of Islam then we find that they simply refer to any thing which distracts one’s mind from remembrance of Allah (swt) and As-Salaah.
So addictions vary between the potentially harmful ones (such as drugs, intoxicants and gambling) and the less threatening ones (such as games, television, facebook etc). The degree of addiction also varies between people. Let us take the example of a person who has the habit of playing video games but on hearing the adhaan he always winds up his game, no matter whether he was at a very crucial point. Such a man will not be called a video game addict rather it can be said that he is fond of playing video games or he has a habit of playing video games. This is because such a person has not allowed his habit to control him and neither has he allowed his habit to affect his supplications.
In order to get rid of addictions, first and foremost, it is necessary for us to strengthen and refresh our faith in Allah (swt). The further that we move away from Allah (swt)’s remembrance the more easily will we fall into the Satanic trap of addictions.
Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, ‘Faith wears out in the heart of any one of you just clothes wear out, so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts. ‘(Mustadrak al-Hakim). Insinuating.
Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, ‘None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself.’ (Sahih Bukhari-Book of belief)
Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, ‘None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind’. (Sahih Bukhari-Book of belief)
Once our faith in Allah (swt) gets revived through His remembrance then we should try to understand the agenda and the cunning plans of our deadliest enemy, i.e. Satan which will help us in overpowering him easily. Satan’s weapon is his whispering through which he can lead people astray by enticing them to do evil deeds. If a person’s faith in Allah (swt) is unflinching then he will never pay attention to the Satanic whispers.
Besides this, there are several supplications from the Holy Quran by reading which we can seek Allah (swt)’s refuge from Satan. For example: Surah Falaq, Surah Naas, 23:97 and 16:98-16:100.
By following the simple formula of refreshing our faith in Allah (swt) and by seeking Allah (swt)’s protection from Satan, we can overcome our addictions, sooner or later.
Keep Me In Your Prayers,