[5] Smoking Tobacco

Posted by Mohammad Afieq ibn Ismail on Saturday, February 20, 2010 | 2 comments


I'm a smoker, and I'm trying to quit inshaAllah. But in this article, I really want to find what is the answer for islamic view on smoking. Is it Harram or Makhruh? I found out that some said it's Haraam because tobacco can harm the health of inhaler.

In the Qur'an, Allah says, “...he [the Prophet] commands them what is just, and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good, and prohibits them from what is bad..." (Qur'an 7:157).

After read this article, then I read one of the answer made me confuse. Let me paste the article which I meant.


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It is true that cigarette smoking is not recommended, it is a bad habit, it is not good for health and wealth. However, we cannot say it is HARAAM.

HARAAM is what Allaah and His Rasool S.A.W. have forbidden. There is nothing authentic to say that cigarette smoking is HARAAM. Haraam is a big word with a deep meaning.

Wine and pork is HARAAM. One gets punished for consuming wine and pork, because it is forbidden in the Qur'aan. I really have no evidence to say that someone will be punished or will go to hell for smoking cigarette. Some of the nowadays people say that it is HARAAM, but they have no proof or authenticity.

* Cigarette is not an intoxicant.

* Cigarette may leave a bad smell in the mouth, but that doesn't make it HARAAM.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.814 Narrated byJabir bin Abdullah

The Prophet said, "Whoever eats garlic or onion should keep away from our mosque or should remain in his house." (Jabir bin 'Abdullah, in another narration said, "Once a big pot containing cooked vegetables was brought. On finding unpleasant smell coming from it, the Prophet asked, 'What is in it?' He was told all the names of the vegetables that were in it. The Prophet ordered that it should be brought near to some of his companions who were with him. When the Prophet saw it he disliked to eat it and said, 'Eat. (I don't eat) for I converse with those whom you don't converse with (i.e. the angels).' ")

Based on the above mentioned Hadith, the Prophet S.A.W. said, it is disliked, but he didn't say it is HARAAM. So how could our today scholars make it HARAAM because of the smell.

* Eating too much is also unhealthy, but is not HARAAM.

* It is a known fact that eating too much of certain types of food can cause diabetic problems, could we then say it is HARRAAM? Is it unhealthy, but we cannot say it is HARAAM.

*We cannot use verses of the Qur'aan that prohibits alchohol or intoxicants, and apply them to smoking of cigarettes.


* Fiqh-us-Sunnah
Fiqh 3.128b
Fasting one day and not fasting the next
Abu Salama ibn 'Abdurrahman reported from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said to him: 'I have been informed that you stay up in prayer during the night and fast during the day. 'Abdullah answered: "Yes, O Messenger of Allah." The Prophet said: "Fast and do not fast, pray and sleep, for your body, your wife, and your guests have a right upon you. It is sufficient for you to fast three days a month." 'Abdullah said: "I wanted to be stricter on myself and I said: "O Messenger of Allah, I have the strength to do more." The Prophet said: "Then fast three days a week." 'Abdullah said: "I have the strength to do more!" The Prophet said: "Fast the fast of the Prophet David and do not do more than that!" 'Abdullah inquired: "And what was the fast of David?" The Prophet replied: "He would fast one day and then not fast the next." This is recorded by Ahmad and others.
Ahmad also related from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr that the Prophet said: "The fast most loved by Allah is the fast of David, and the most loved prayer is the prayer of David. He would sleep half the night, pray for a third of the night, and then sleep during the last sixth of the night. He would also fast one day and then eat on the next."


Unfortunately, in today's world:

* some of us have allowed the selling of pork and achohol ( which is haraam), and we have made cigarette smoking HARAAM ( which is not haraam).

*some of us say it is un-Islamic and bid'a to go with the Tabligh Jamaat in the Masjid, but we say it is Islamic to go for three days conferences in a hotel that sell alchohol and wine with bikini girls in the swiming pool.

*some of us do not encourage or accomodate sisters in the Masaajid for daily salaah, but we encourage them to spend nights in hotels and camps for conferences, where they are exposed to so many un-Islamic activities.

This recent kind of interpretation by certain people have become a major disease and epidemic in the world today.




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So, what your view on cigarette? This is my opinion, it all about your faith. Where you put your faith? Even though it's not Haraam, it will be Makhruh right? Do you really want to do Makhruh instead of Sunat? Let us remind to each other, smoking cigarette didn't give any good but give bad effect for long term. Don't deny the bad effect of smoking. That's my faith. Why I'm smoking? I also had no idea why I am smoking, maybe because I want to make no different with most of my friends which are smokers. "Smoking connecting people" (?!)

So, how about you? Where you put your faith? Ask yourself these questions.

1. Why you start smoking?
2. What the good things can I get from smoking?
3. What the bad things can I get?
4. Smoking is rather Harram or Makhruh, is one of that good?

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