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Cultivating poppy

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I wish to know in the light of Islam that is it wrong to cultivate poppy ? Keeping in mind that after cutting the crop you know that who ever is buying the poppy crop will use it for the wrong means. Does it make the cultivator as guilty as the buyer?

people are growing poppy crops and selling it for high profits. Please help me on this. Thank you.


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Cultivating poppy

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The cultivation of poppy by itself is not forbidden in Islam, just as the cultivation and trading in grapes is allowed. But if one has prior knowledge that the products he cultivates will be manufactured into haraam products, or if one cultivates the products with the sole intention to sell his products to those who indulge in the haraam; then he would indeed be a partner in the sin.


Al-Muwatta Hadith 42.15

Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi from Abdullah ibn Umar that some men from Iraq said to him, "Abu Abd ar-Rahman, we buy the fruit of the palm and grapes and we squeeze them into wine and we sell it." Abdullah ibn Umar said, "I call on Allah, and His Angels, and whoever hears of jinn and men to testify to you that I order you not to buy it, nor sell it, nor to press it, nor to drink it, nor to give it to people to drink. It is something impure from the work of Shaytan."


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