Your Daily Muslim #556: Ilyas Qadri

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This post contains graphic descriptions of abuse and torture that may not be suitable for all audiences. Reader discretion is advised.

There’s a difference between helping suffering drug addicts and cuffing 115 of them to a single chain as a bizarre form of detox. Pakistani Islamic cleric/scholar maulana Ilyas Qadri didn’t get the memo.

Qadri, who has no license or background to treat addiction, ran an establishment known as the Center for Spiritual Treatment of Drug Addicts, where he provided drug users with Islamic counseling and guidance to help them conquer their addiction. However, rehab in Islam is quite different than in the west. Qadri believed many of the addicts needed further treatment beyond counseling, and many of them could not afford a hospital visit. He and several of the center’s guards took the men into adjoining rooms in the back and fettered them to a single chain…

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