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Smoking is a Devastating Scourge:

Praise be to Allah Who enjoined upon us what is right and forbade to us what is wrong and made the good things lawful for us and prohibited for us the evil and bad things, May His peace and blessings be upon His Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.

There is no disagreement among the physicians and sane people that smoking is a devastating scourge, and a deadly habit,  hazardous to health, a waste of money, and harmful to others. It is one of the major causes of lung cancer and other diseases. It is also one of the major causes of death.

Statistics proved the damage caused by smoking as follows: 78% of cases of heart stroke, 70% of cases of angina, 68% of lung cancer cases, 60% of cases of oral cancer. Also, the latest global statistics showed that this scourge kills annually 5 million people, i.e. at the rate of one person in every 9 seconds!

Evidences on the prohibition of smoking:

Since, it is known that the Islamic law prohibits everything that is harmful for the human being. Allah Almighty says: 

{وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِكُمْ رَحِيمًا} (النساء:29).

{And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful} (Qur’an 4:29).

{وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ} (البقرة:195).

{And do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction} (Qur’an 2:195).

Also, The money that is spent on cigarettes is used on buying a harmful thing and is therefore an extravagance. Allah says:

{إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِرَبِّهِ كَفُورًا} (الإسراء:27).

{Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful} (Qur’an 17:27).

Spending money on cigarettes is a waste of resources as well. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

[لا تزول قدما عبد يوم القيامة حتى يسأل عن عمره فيما أفناه، وعن علمه فيما فعل فيه، وعن ماله من أين اكتسبه، وفيما أنفقه، وعن جسمه فيم أبلاه‏].

[Man's feet will not move on the Day of Resurrection before he is asked about his life, how did he spent it, his knowledge, what did he do with it, his wealth, how did he earn it and how did he dispose of it, and about his body, how did he wear it out] (At-Tirmidi 2417).


Considering all that has been presented, it can be clearly seen that smoking is an evil act among many others. It is not permissible to indulge in it, or buy and sell it, or even to offer it to others.

We ask Allah the Almighty to cure all those who are indulging in this evil act and help them in giving it up. Allah is the Best Guide to the Right Path.


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