Smoking: Haraam For SURE

 

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Subhaan Allaah we live in a time when good is mixed with bad, evil is everywhere and temptations surround us day and night. Knowledge is for the fortunate few and ignorance is rampant.
At times like these, there is also confusion…confusion about our deen, confusion about what is right and what is wrong, confusion about halaal and haraam. And so it is vital that the correct knowledge be spread so that confusions are dispelled and the Truth becomes clear.
One such issue that needs clarification is the issue of smoking.

So what does our deen say about smoking?
You may hear people telling you that its not so bad or at most it is ‘makrooh’. But the fact of the matter is that smoking is absolutely haraam. It is prohibited on account of the harm that it causes to one’s religion, well-being and finances. Here are the proofs.

Allaah has prohibited all harmful things

Allaah subhaanahu wa Ta’ala has divided things in this dunya into two types, good or permissible and evil or prohibited, and there is no third type. And out of His Infinite Mercy, Allaah has prohibited anything and everything that is khabeeth (evil) and causes harm. It is clear and bright as day, and there is no doubt in any sane person’s mind that cigarette smoking is bad for you.
Allah says:

وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَآئِثَ

“And He makes good things halaal for them and bad things haraam.” surat al-A’raaf

(7:157):

And in the Sunnah we see that any kind of harm is completely prohibited. The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said:

“There is not to be any causing of harm nor is there to be any reciprocating of harm.”

(Ibn Majah–hasan)

You are not allowed to kill yourself

Allaah says:

وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ أَنفُسَكُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ بِكُمْ رَحِيمًا

“And do not kill yourselves. Allah is the Most Merciful to you.”

(Nisaa’:29)

There is proof beyond doubt that smoking is a slow killer. It is one of the major causes of death.

Smoking is committing suicide!

One cigarette will not kill you right then and there but it is a gradual poison that we put in our body. It is as if you are committing a slow suicide. According to a research done by the University of California:
“Every cigarette a man smokes reduces his life by 11 minutes. Each carton of cigarettes thus represents a day and a half of lost life. Every year a man smokes a pack a day, he shortens his life by almost 2 months.” {University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, April 2000}
Subhaan Allaah! If that isn’t that suicide, then what is?!!

Do you know what the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said about the one who commits suicide?

“Whoever purposely throws himself from a mountain and kills himself, will be in Hellfire falling down into it and abiding therein perpetually forever; and whoever drinks poison and kills himself with it, he will be carrying his poison in his hand and drinking it in the Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever; and whoever kills himself with an iron weapon, will be carrying that weapon in his hand and stabbing his abdomen with it in the Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever.”

(Bukhaari)

Imagine! A person who dies because of smoking…carrying his cigarette, the ‘weapon’ that he killed himself with, in his hand….and smoking it in the Hell fire??!!
Yaa Allaah, protect us ameen!!!

You have an ‘Amaanah’

The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Your body has a right on you.” (Bukhaari)

This body that we have, this health that we enjoy is an irreplaceable blessing from Allaah. We are supposed to take care of it and we will be asked by Allaah about this ‘amaanah’ that He has bestowed on us, on the Day of Judgment. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said:

“A person will not be able to move on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about … his body as to what he engaged it in.”

(Tirmidhi–saheeh)

All physicians agree it is extremely harmful

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and wreaks havoc on a person’s overall health. There is no disagreement among the physicians that smoking is one of the major causes of multiple types of cancer, heart diseases, strokes, pulmonary diseases, hip fractures, cataracts, premature births, birth defects, premature deaths and many, many other diseases. Just search about it and the list of diseases caused by smoking is pretty long! May Allaah protect us ameen.

Whenever we get sick, we take rest, we take medicine, we go to the doctor. Then why is it that when it comes to smoking, some of us totally ignore what the doctors are saying? Why do we disregard all the evidence and all medical data and act as if none of the scientific proofs exist??

It is so strange that even intelligent people, educated people, people who call themselves ‘civilized and smart’, continue to smoke, even though they know very well, of its irreparable harm and are aware of the detrimental effects on health, mind and body! It doesn’t make any sense!

Smoking is addictive

Smokers are addicts, addicted to smoking and any kind of addiction is haraam.
Not only does smoking cause chemical dependance, it is a reason for psychological dependance as well. People who smoke are so dependent on their smoking that they cannot stay away from it, even if they want to.
During Ramadhaan, you see these smokers wanting, wishing, craving their cigarettes and that ‘nicotine rush’ so much so that it makes them extremely irritable, cranky, jittery and short tempered. Sometimes, it is so difficult for them to stay away their evil habit, they even smoke while they are ‘fasting’, although it is clearly forbidden!
Some even smoke while in Ihraam during Hajj, the journey of a lifetime!!

Subhaan Allaah! What kind of evil is this that it takes you away even from fulfilling a fardh such as fasting? Or away from Hajj, when you are the guest of Allaah?
Just think about it.
Disobeying the Very One Who invited you to His House and honored you and doing something that is ugly and hated to Him? Surely it is a loss indeed.

It is a tremendous waste of money

Smoking costs money as well as your health. Statistics show that at today’s prices, if a person smokes one pack of cigarettes each day for ten years, he’ll spend over $58,000 – easily enough to buy a new car! Imagine all that hard earned money going up in smoke!

Smoking is also a form of extravagance and wasting money. Extravagance in Islaam, means spending on something haraam. Allaah is clearly telling us NOT to waste money.

وكُلُواْ وَاشْرَبُواْ وَلاَ تُسْرِفُواْ إِنَّهُ لاَ يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ

“And eat and drink, and do not waste. He does not love the wasteful.”

(al-Aaraaf: 31)
In fact, the ones who are extravagant and squander money, Allaah calls them ‘brothers of Shayaateen’! Subhaan Allaah! Just imagine! What kind of position does such a person have with Allaah?!!

وَلاَ تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُواْ إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ

“… and do not be extravagant wasters. Those who are extravagant are brothers of the Shayaateen (devils).”

(Surat al-Israa’:26-27)

We will be asked about the money we spent on smoking!!

We will be asked about this money that we earned and how we spent it. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The two feet of the son of Adam will not move from near his Lord on the day of Judgement until he is asked about five (matters) about his life – how he spent it; about his youth – how he took care of it; about his wealth – how he earned it; and where he spent it and about that which he acted upon from the knowledge he acquired.”

(at Tirmidhi and others–Saheeh)

How will we be able to answer Allaah regarding smoking? What will we say? How would we be able to justify ourselves and our actions?

How could you kill your own loved ones??

Those around the smoker inhale what is known as “second-hand smoke” – the unfiltered, poisonous waste that goes in the air around the smoker. Would we want to harm the ones we love…our very own parents, spouses, children, friends?
Of course not. In act we do everything we can to protect them. Then why would someone who smokes expose his little daughter or son, his spouse, his family to the harms of second-hand smoking?
Studies show that tobacco smoke (that a smoker would blow out) contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer!

Let me ask you this? Would you want to kill the very ones you love?
How will you answer Allaah for the harm you caused them?
Allaah says:

وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْذُونَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ بِغَيْرِ مَا اكْتَسَبُوا فَقَدِ احْتَمَلُوا بُهْتَانًا وَإِثْمًا مُّبِينًا

“Those who cause harm to believing men and women without any reason do a great sin.”

(al-Ahzaab: 58)

It’s repulsive and nasty to ALL…humans, angels and even Allaah Himself!

The nasty smell of smoke that permeates the clothes, the breath, the skin and even the hair of the smoker is ugly and repulsive. It just becomes part of the smoker. Even if he tries to wash it away, he can’t. Every where he goes, the stink goes with him and nauseates everyone around him. And if a smoker goes to the masjid, the overpowering stink sickens everyone and takes away the khushoo’ of many around him. Subhaan Allaah! If the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) forbade eating garlic and onions before someone goes to the masjid, what about the strong overwhelming stink of smoke?!

The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whoever causes distress to a Muslim has caused me distress, and whoever causes me distress has caused distress to Allaah.”

(at-Tabaraani–hasan)

Read that hadeeth again.
Just think about it. Causing distress to the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) and causing distress to Allaah?!!
What could be worse than that??!
That smell is so bad that even the angels can’t bear it and depart. How can I say that?
The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The angels are irritated by whatever the humans are irritated by.”

(Bukhaari, Muslim)

Bad example

In the end, if all these proofs aren’t enough, what kind of an example do you want to set for your kids? Do you want them to become smokers just like you? Do you want to see them hurt their health, their Imaan, their families? A child will usually follow the example of his father or mother. They are his ‘role models’. He looks up to them and wants to be ‘like them’. The responsibility of upbringing a child is a HUGE one. It is put upon us by Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala and He will ask us about it.
The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. The ruler of the people is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. A man is the shepherd of his household and is responsible for his flock. A woman is the shepherd of her husband’s house and children and is responsible for her flock. The slave is the shepherd of his master’s wealth and is responsible for it. Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.”

(Bukhaari, Muslim)

And he (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“There is no slave to whom Allaah has entrusted the care of people, and he dies neglecting his flock, but Allaah will forbid Paradise to him.”

(Bukhaari, Muslim)

May Allaah protect us and our families from the evils of smoking and everything else that’s Haraam Ameen.

Islamic Question and Answers Monotheism (50)

 

 

Q1 Who is your Rubb? (the Lord,the Creator etc).

A. My Rubb is Allah Who has created me and all that exists. He nourishes me

and all creatures by His Bounties.

Q.2. What is your religion?

A. My religion is Islam, which is submission and obedience to the Order oF Allah

and His Messenger with love, hope and fear.

Q.3. How did you know Allah?

I know Him by His signs and creation like the day and night; the sun and the

moon; the heaven and the earth, and all that is there in and between them.

Q.4. Where is Allah?

A. Allah is above the heavens raised over the Throne and separated from His

creatures.

Q.5. Is Allah with us (in person)?

A. Allah is settled over His Mighty Throne, but He is with us by His Knowledge,

hearing ,seeing and other attributes. As He said: “Fear not verily! I am with you

both hearing and seeing (V,20. :46)

Q.6. Who are the friends of Allah?

A. Those people are the friends of Allah who are pious and righteous, fear Him

much abstain from all kinds of sins and perform all kinds of goods, and holdfast

to the Qur`an and Sunnah.

Q. 7. How do you worship Allah?

A. I worship Allah in a manner in which all my ibadah is dedicated to Him Alone. I

do not ascribe anyone with Him in worship.

Q-8. Why did Allah send Messengers?

A. Allah has sent Messengers so that they call the people to worship Him Alone,

not ascribing any partner with Him, and in order that mankind should have no

plea against Allah.

Q-9 What is the meaning of Islam ?

A. Islam means i.e. submission to Allah with Tawhid .

Q-10 What are the pillars of Istam?

A. 1. Testimony of Faith (There is no true God except Allah and Muhammad

is the Messenger of Allah )

2. To establish Salat (prayers).

3. To pay Zakat.

4. To observe Saum (fasting) in Ramadan.

5. Hajj (pilgrimage to the Sacred House) if one can afford the journey.

Q-11 What is Iman?

A. Iman (Faith) means to believe in the heart, to confess by the tongue and to act

with the parts of the body.

Q-12 Can there be any variation in Iman?

A. By some words and deeds it may increase and by some words and deeds it

may decrease.

Q-13 What do you mean by increase and decrease in Iman?

A- Iman (Faith) increases by obedience to Allah and good deeds while it

decreases by sins and evil acts.

Q-14 What are the pillars of Iman (Faith)

A. The pillars of Iman are six i.e. to believe in:

1. Allah.

2. His Angels.

3. His Messengers.

4. His Books.

5. The Last Day.

6. Divine Preordainments good or bad.

Q-15 What is Belief in Allah?

A. The Belief in Allahi is that you should believe that Allah is the Sole Creator

Sustainer Provider and the One in Whose Hand is the disposal of all affairs.

Everything stands in need of Him, but He stands in need of none. He is the Only

One Who is worthy of being worshipped. He has the Best Names and Perfect

Attributes.

0-16 Who are the angels?

A. The angels are creatures of light. They are Allah’s obedient slaves, they do

that which they are commanded and are incapable of disobedience.

Q-17 What do you mean by Belief in the Book and the Messengers?

A. It means that Allah sent the Messengers like Moses, Jesus,Abraham. Noah

etc. and sent down the books like the Torah, Injeel, Zaboor (Psalms) etc. to call

the people to worship Allah Alone, associating nothing with Him. He sealed

(finalized) the Messengers with Prophet Muhammed and abrogated all

previous books with the Qur’an. Therefore the worship should be done according

to the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet

 Q-I8 What is meant by Belief in the Last Day?

A. The Belief in the Last Day means to believe that Allah has ordained a fixed

term for everything, and a term for this world. He will assuredly raise the dead

from their graves and will account for everyone their deeds in this world. On that

Day of Resurrection, rewards and punishments will be assigned. Every one will

be justly rewarded or punished.

Q-19 What is meant by Belief Preordainment (Qadar)?

A. The Belief in Preordainment (Qadar) means to believe that everything — good

or bad — happens or takes place according to what Allah has ordained for it. He

has created everything in due proportion.

Q-20 What is the cleaning of “There is no God but Allah”?

A. It means there is no true deity except Allah Alone, Negating all false gods and

affirming that Allah is the only true God.

Q-21 What is the meaning of ^Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”?

A. It means total submission to him in whatever he ordered, and avoiding what

he forbade and believing in all those matters he informed us about.

Q-22 What are the conditions of the testimony of Faith?

A. There are seven conditions of the testimony of Faith:

1- Knowledge whick negates ignorance.

2- Certainty which negates doubt.

3- Sincerity and purity of intent which negates Shirk.

4- Truthfulness which negates hypocrisy.

5- Love and devotion which negates disdain of Allah`s religion.

6- Submission which negates disobedince.

7- Acceptance which negates rejection or denial.

Q-23 What is the greatest thing that Allah has enjoined?

A. The greatest thing Allah has enjoined is Tauhid (Monotheism).

Q-24 What is Tauhid (Islamic Monotheism)?

A. Tauhid means declaring Allah to be the only God who deserves to be

worshipped in truth and confirming all attributes with which He has qualified

Himself or that are attributed to Him by His Messenger

Q-25 What are the aspects of Tauhid?

A. There are three aspects of Tauhid:

1- Tauhid-ar-Rububiyah.

2- Tauhid-al-Uluhiyah.

3-Tauhid-al-Asma was-Sifat.

Q- 26 What isTauhid-ar-Rububiyah?

A. It is declaring Allah to be One and Unique in His work, Iike creation,

sustenance, bringing to life and causing death etc.

Q-27 What is Tauhid-al-Uluhiyah?

A. It is declaring Allah as the Only God to whom all acts worship must be

dedicated such salat (prayers), Zakat, Sawm(fasting), supplications vowing etc.

Q-28 What isTauhid-al-Asma was-Sifat?

A. It is an affirmation of all the Divien Names and Attributes of Allah in a manner

that

suits His Majesty, as mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

Q-29 How would you describe Ibadah?

A. It is a comprehensive word comprising deeds and words that Allah loves and

is pleased with whether manifested or hidden,

Q-30 What are the conditions of Ibadah?

A. There are two conditions of

1. Sincerity to Allah.

2. Submission to Allah’s Messenger i.e. to act according to his Sunnah.

Ibadah:

Q-31 Write some types of Ibadah.

A. Some types of

fasting, the pilgrimage, fear of Allah, hope in His Mercy, Seeking His aid. and

other acts of worship which Allah has commanded and enjoined.

Ibadah are the prayers, the obligatory charity,

Q-32 What is the greatest thing Allah has forbidden?

A. The greatest thing Allah has forbidden is Shirk (polytheism).

Q-33 What is polytheism?

A. It means to believe that there is one who shares Allah in His acts i.e. ascribing

partners or setting up rivals to Allah in His rights.

Q-34 What are the types of polytheism?

A. There are three types of polytheism:

1. The greater polytheism (Shirk Akbar).

2. The lesser polytheism (Shirk Asghar).

3. The inconspicuous polytheism (Shirk Khafi).

Q-35 What is greater polytheism?

A. The greater polytheism is to devote any form of worship to other than Allah

Allah will never forgive one who dies upon Shirk,nor accept his good deeds, and

he would be cast out from the folds of Islam.

Q-36 What are the types of greater polytheism?

A. There are four types of greater polytheism:

1- The polytheism in invocation i.e. involving supplications to other than Allah.

2. The polytheism in intentions i.e. purpose and intentions not for the sake of

Allah but directed towards other deities.

3, The polytheism in obedience i.e. rendering obedience to any authority against

the Order of Allah.

4. The potytheism in love i.e showing love to others which is due to Allah Alone.

Q-37 What is lesser polytheism?

A. The lesser polytheism is Ar-Riya, that means the acts of worship done to gain

praise or fame rather than to please Allah, this type of polytheism, however, does

not cast the person committing it out of the fold of Islam.

Q-38 What is inconspicuous polytheism?

A. The inconspicuous polytheism implies being dissatisfied with the conditions

ordained by Allah.

Q-39 What is the proof of the inconspicuous polytheism?

A.The proof of the above Shirk is the saying of the Prophet “The

inconspicuous polytheism is more hidden among this nation than the track of a

black ant over a black stone on a dark night” (Musnad Ahmad)

Q-40 What are the types of Kufr (disbelief)?

A. There are two types of Kufr :

1. The majorKufr which cast its people out of Islam,

2. The lessor cr minor Kufr which does not cast the one who commits it out of

Islam. It is Kufr of ungratefulness.

Q-41 What are the types of major Kufr?

A. There are five types of major Kufr :

1. The Kufr of denial.

2. The Kufr of arrogance associated with recognition of the truth.

3. The Kufr of doubt.

4-. The Kufr of disregard,

5. The Kufr of hypocrisy.

Q-42 What are the categories of hypocrisy ?

A. There are two categories of hypocrisy:

1. Hypocrisy in Belief.

2. Hypocrisy in deeds and actions.

Q-43 What is the hypocrisy in Belief?

A. Hypocrisy in Belief is of six types:

1. Denial of the Messenger.

2. Denial of the thing with which the Messenger is sent.

3. Hating the Messenger

4.Hating the thing with which the Messenger is sent.

5. Rejoicing at the disgrace of Islam.

6. Disliking the prevalence of Islam.

Q-44 What is the hypocrisy in deeds and actions?

A. The hypocrisy in deeds and actions is of five types:

1- When he speaks, he lies.

2- When he promises., he breaks it.

3. When he is entrusted, he betrays.

4. When he disputes, he acts immorally.

5. When he makes a pact, he makes acts treacherously.

Q-45 Are good deeds accepted (by Allah) with the polytheism?

A. Never! None of the deeds are accepted when mixed with polytheism.

Allah says: ” If they had joined in worship others with Allah all that they used to

do would have been of no benefit to them” (V.6: 88)

“Verily! Allah forgives not setting up partners in worship with Him, but He forgives

whom He pleases sins other than that” ‘(V.4:116)

Q-46 What are the nullifiers of Islam?

A. The nullifiers of Islam are ten:

1. Polytheism of worship.

2. He who does not believe that the polytheists are disbelievers, or doubts their

infidelity or holds their belief to be valid.

3. He who sets up intermediaries between one’s self and Allah, supplicating

them, trusting them and asking them to intercede on his behalf.

4. He who believes that the guidance of others is more perfect than the Prophet

5. He who hates anything that the Prophet was sent with.

6. He who denies the religion of the Prophet or ridicules its reward or

punishment.

7. Sorcery.

8. Supporting the polytheists against the Muslims.

9. He who believes that some people are exempted from abiding by the Shari`ah

as Khidr was exempted by the laws of Musa.

10. Turning away from the religion of Allah by neither learning nor applying it.

Q- 47 What are the three fundamentals that every Muslim must learn?

A. The three fundamentals are:

I, Knowing Your Rubb (the Lord, the Creator, the Sustainer, and the One in

Whose Hand is the disposal of all affairs).

2. Knowing your religion (Islam).

3. Knowing your Prophet Muhammad

Q-48 What is Taghut?

A. Everything that is worshipped. or followed or obeyed other than Allah is

Taghut.

Q-49 How many Taghut are there and who are their leaders?

A. They are many but their leaders are Five:

Q. 50-Who are the leaders of Taghut ?

A. They are:

1. Satan, may Allah curse him,

2. Anyone who is worshipped with his consent.

3. A person who calls the people to be worshipped instead of Allah.

4. A person who claims the knowledge of Ghaib (unseen, hidden, invisible,

absent etc).

5.The ruler who rules by laws other than the law sent down by Allah.