The Qur'an says, "And make not your own hands contribute to your destruction." Surah, Al-Baqara
The Qur'an says that since the bad effects are greater than the good effects they are not allowed
The prophet Muhammad said: Every intoxicant is like alcohol, and every type of alcohol is prohibited.
You are bacon, so you are haram. /thread
You shouldn't quote the Qur'an or Hadith when you don't know what you're quoting or where from, especially incomplete translations.
Intoxicants as traditionally understood refer to substances that alter the mental state of mind in such a way that you behave out of the norm. Alcohol and such things as narcotics (meth, cocaine, weed, opium, etc...) Everyone knows their effects on the mind.
The reasoning behind the prohibition is indeed the statement of alcohol, gambling and divination being great evils that lead to other evils... and that even if there is some good in alcohol the harm is far greater. Why do most people drink? To get themselves loose, to bed a girl, etc... amongst other things.
Scholars of Islam have recently marked steroids as haram on the evidence provided to them by the international olympic committee which state that steroids kill in x amount of ways which we all know is not true. None the less their conclusion is still based on islamic principles of protecting muslims from harm based on the evidence provided to them even if those evidences are skewed. The politics behind steroids and taboos of society are to blame, but then likewise most people are clueless about steroids and shouldn't be meddling with them to begin with.
That being said, professional level bodybuilders have abused steroids, gh, slin, synthol, stims, narcotics and a skew of other garbage things in a cocktail mix to get to the state of poor health that many get to in the first place. Blood pressure, kidney issues, etc... not from steroids alone.
Lastly, steroids are permissible as medications which is their original intended purpose. I'm on hormone replacement therapy regardless of bodybuilding for example.
Most people who lift and juice on a 'normal gym rat levels' are healthier than the average joe non-muslim or muslim who today are nothing short of weakling skinny fat/obesely fat tv ridden average joes. On the other hand those that juice and train eat healthier, train and are active.
I wouldn't be able to start a discussion with a scholar simply on the premise of prejudice with this subject, that is no different to any other bodybuilder who if they were to attempt to debate a family doctor, media spokesperson or politician they would be met with the same opposition due to the already established taboos.