Sunday, April 15, 2007

Dont Smoke 4 Smoking is like Self Assassination .

Cigarette Smoking - Is Haraam (unlawful) in Islam

Many Muslims regard smoking as disliked by the Sharee'ah but not forbidden. And

whenever advice is given in this regard they choose to ignore it. Though people know

the evil effects of smoking, it seems that Satan wants them to keep on wasting their money and burning their chests

Certainly, Cigarettes were not present during the
lifetime of the Prophet Muhammed (Sallaallahu
alaihe wa-Sallam), however rulings with regards to
similar substances are present in the two
Revelations: the Qur'aan and the authentic

As a rule, the Qur'aan forbids every thing

that is evil. As Allah says: "He (the Prophet

Muhammed) allows them all that is good and

lawful, and prohibits them as unlawful all that

is evil." {Soorah al-Ar'af (7): 157}

Evil manifests itself in things, deeds, beliefs,

persons, foods, drinks, etc. So, If it is proved that

smoking is among the evil, this is in itself enough

for the Believers to realize that smoking is

forbidden, in the light of the above stated verse of

Soorah al-Ar'af.

1. Smoking is killer: It causes diseases like

lung cancer, tuberculosis and heart diseases (just

to mention a few). And we know that Allah forbids

us from killing ourselves. As He says: "And do not

kill yourselves. Surely, Allah is Most Merciful

to you. And whoever commits that through

aggression and injustice, We shall cast him

into the Fire and that is easy for Allah"

{Soorah an-Nisaa' (4): 29} Allah also says: "And

do not throw yourselves into destruction."

{Soorah al-Baqarah (2):195

2. Smoking burns wealth: And Allah says: "But

spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the

manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts

are brothers of the devils." {Soorah al-Israa'

(17) 26-27}

Do we not see the Muslims who smoke? Those who

hold on to every penny, only to burn all of it in

cigarettes! …. Subhaan Allah, along with their

chests, waste on top of waste.

3 Smoking inflicts harm on non-smokers" The

Messenger of Allah said: "There should be

neither harming, nor reciprocating harm." [An

Authentic Hadeeth reported by Sheykh al-Albani in

Saheeh al-Jaami # 7517]

Many people encounter breathing problems when

they accidentally inhale smoke from someone's

pipe or cigarette, especially people suffering from

bronchial asthma. It is also proved medically that

non-smokers are harmed when in the company of

smokers (i.e. passive smoking). The smoking of

parents has been linked to respiratory problems in

children and crib death. It is also the cause of

many devastating fires.

4. Smoking causes the spread of evil: Since

smoking in evil, Muslims who smoke should

remember that they set a bad example on others

and invite to sin and disobedience to Allah, when

they smoke openly and therefore encourage


5. Smoking effects worship: Many smokers

dislike fasting and sitting in Islaamic study circles,

because they constantly crave cigarettes. The

smoker is an addict, both physically and


6 Smoking makes the smoker smell bad:

"Everything that a smoker comes in contact with

smell of cigarettes; His car, clothes, home, etc.

Therefore, when a smoker prays in congregation he

hurts his fellow humans with his smell as well as

the angels, as the Messenger of Allah said:

"Whoever has eaten from such greens as garlic,

onions or leek should keep away from our mosque.

Truly, the angels are harmed by what harms the

offspring of Aadam."Saheeh al-Bukhari

The above points constitute clear evidence that

smoking is evil, and is therefore Haraam

(unlawful). If a Muslim is under any kind of stress,

then he must turn to Allah for help. Even medical

science has rejected outright, the myth that

smoking calms the nerves. What we know for sure,

is that the rememberence of Allah is healing, as

Allah says: "Verily in the remembrance of Allah

do hearts find tranquility." {Soorah ar-Raad


So when the urge for smoking arises, resort to the

Qur'aan and strive to comply with Allah's

commandments. "Those who strive hard in Our

Cause, We will surely guide them to Our

Paths." {Soorah al-Ankabut (29):69}

To Quit Smoking:

One may want to take some of the following

measures while depending upon Allah, seeking His

help and guidance:

1. Minimize contact with smokers (this being the

most important step)

2. Try to minimize drinking the drinks that become

mentally related to smoking like coffee, tea, etc.

3. Whenever there is a urge to smoke, try to make

yourself busy with something else, especially

activities that keep your hands busy.

4. Try not to accept a cigarette from anyone.

5. Try not to finish smoking, the whole cigarette.

6. Drink a lot of water when you quit smoking.

Dehydration is the main cause of the symptoms of


7. Try to remember that you want to gain the

pleasure of Allah. Throw away all leftover

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