In late February 2013, Masjid At-Taqwa ran a two-hour substance abuse awareness workshop in conjunction with Bradford Councillor Alyas Karmani. Targeted specifically for youth from the local community, the event was well received with over 90 young people across a diverse cultural spectrum.
The workshop delivered key messages through engaging delivery of content in a highly structured manner through a series of lectures. Key themes were explored hitting home the holistic impact of drug abuse not just on the individual, but on family and society both short and long term.
The aim of the workshop was to develop a holistic awareness and confidence in young people to resist the pressure to take drugs and to empower them to educate their friends and peers.
The workshop explored and identified contemporary drugs and substances in a collaborative manner. Impact of each substance on the individual was made clear, followed by clear reasoning on the Islamic prohibition of intoxicants.
Also covered were the risks and penalties of being involved in drug use, supply and the law. The wider social impact was explored covering links to criminality/violence and what to expect if arrested and imprisoned.
The full workshop was recorded on video and is now accessible from the Masjid Media Library.