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Cannabis and Bhang according to Hanafi Scholars

Durr al-Mukhtār: ‘It is forbidden to consume either banj or hashish.’
[banj in arabic is bhang in indian languages.]

Ibn Áābidīn explains:
Banj is a plant known as sheykrān in Arabic. It intoxicates, causes drowsiness, stupefies and causes hallucinations as explained by Shaykh Dāwūd in At-Tadhkirah.

[Fayrūzābādī in] Al-Qāmus adds: The worst is the red kind and then the blackish and the lightest is the white variety.

Also in Al-Qāmūs:
as-sabt is the day of the week, Saturday; and also a man who sleeps a lot.
al-musbit is a stupefied person.

Al-Quhistānī said: ‘It is a kind related to the species of plant known as Cannabis [al-qinib]. It is explicitly forbidden [ĥarām] to consume it because it intoxicates; and this is the preferential ruling in contrast to [the ruling about] other [solid intoxicants] like opium, which are forbidden only when used in quantities that can inebriate. This is what they meant in Al-Hidāyah and other texts, when they said bhang is permissible [mubaĥ] as clarified in Al-Lubāb.

I say: This is not conclusive [proof]. Because any intoxicant is impermissible and forbidden without any doubt; so, how can one say that it is mubaĥ? Rather, the correct opinion is - and that is probably the intention of the author of Al-Hidāyah - it is mubaĥ to use it in very small quantities for medicinal purposes; and those who expressly insist on its being forbidden speak about using it in quantities that can intoxicate.

This is proven from the comment in Ghāyatu’l Bayān: ‘Consuming [or eating] very small quantities of saqmūniyā or banj is permissible for medicinal reasons, and anything more than that which can cause death or inebriation is expressly forbidden.’

Radd al-Muĥtār [Kitāb al-Ashribah, vol.7/pg.13]
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