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Is Smoking Haram in Islam ????

Posted on: April 8, 2010


In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

Is Smoking Haram in Islam ????

Many Muslims regard smoking as MAKROOH (disliked) by the Shariah but not HARAAM ( forbidden). Whenever advice is given in this regard they choose to ignore it. Though people know the evil effects of smoking, it seems that Shaytaan and their nafs wants them to continue wasting their money and cause harm to their bodies and HEALTH.


Certainly, Cigarettes were not present during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.), however rulings AND GUIDELINES with regards to similar substances are present in the two Revelations: the Qur’aan and the authentic Sunnah.(hadith)

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.”” {Surah al-Ar’’af (7): 157}

Evil and sin 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 a 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”” {Surah an-Nisaa’’ (4): 29}

Allah also says:

“”And do not throw yourselves into destruction.”” {Surah al-Baqarah (2):195

2. Smoking burns(waste) wealth:

And Allah says: “”But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the devils.” {Surah al-Israa’’ (17) 26-27}

Do we not see the Muslims who smoke? Those who hold on to every cent , only to burn all of it in cigerettes! ……. Subhaan Allaah, along with their health, waste on top of waste. (Health and money.)

3. Smoking inflicts harm on non-smokers:

The Messenger of Allah said: “”There should be neither harming, nor reciprocating harm.””

{Saheeh al-Jaami # 7517}

Many people encounter breathing problems when they accidentally inhale smoke from someone’’s pipe or cigerette, 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 sin and evil:

Since smoking is evil, Muslims who smoke should remember that they set a bad example on others when they smoke openly, encouraging young children AND OTHERS to smoke.

5. Smoking effects worship:

Many smokers dislike fasting and sitting in Islamic study circles, LECTURES, because they constantly crave cigarettes. The smoker is an addict, both physically and psychologically.

6. Smoking makes the smoker and surrounding 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 Allaah 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 Allaah 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 Allaah is healing, as Allaah says:

“”Verily in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find tranquility.”” {Soorah ar-Raad (13):28}

So when the urge for smoking arises, resort to the Qur’aan and strive to comply with Allaah’’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 can use the following measures/guidance while relying on Allah, seeking His help and guidance ,to quit smoking.

1. Try to remember that you want to gain the pleasure of Allah. Throw away all leftover cigarettes ,remember you have made a firm intention not to smoke.

2. Minimize contact with smokers (this being the most important step).

3.Try to minimize drinking , ESPECIALLY drinks that become mentally related to smoking like coffee, tea, (CAFFEINE), CORDENE ,ETC.

4. Whenever there is an urge to smoke, try to make yourself busy with something else, especially activities that keep your hands busy.

5. Try not to accept a cigarette from anyone.

6. If the need be, Try not to finish smoking, the whole cigarette.

7. Drink a lot of water when you quit smoking. Dehydration is the main cause of the symptoms of withdrawal.

8. Increase the use of the miswaak.

9. Keep company of the pious , KEEP THE TONGUE BUSY WITH THE ZIKR OF ALLAH.

10. Make dua.

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23 Responses to "Is Smoking Haram in Islam ????"

So if smoking is haram because its harming oneself, then surely so is fast food, junk food etc. Now before someone say eating junk food in moderation is okay then surely smoking in moderation is the same. Im a smoker and not proud of it. its disgusting habit and pray I will stop.. but im just curious as to where we draw the line.. if everything that is bad for us is haram then surely so is junk food…

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Irony is when we spend our wealth on something that harms us.

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Why people are getting confused. I smoke but insallah I wan’t to quit. Muslim brothers also should be intellegent to understand what is forbidden for them, it’s common sense. Cigs have nothing that is “BENIFICIAL” to your mind and body. So therfore its one of Shaytaan biggest obstacle!!!

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Irony at its best , for you dear Emrah

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IM not an addict.!!…… i just smoke occasionally and never during Ramadan ..and i always make sure that there is no smell..is it still Haram?
Another question:Is Shisha/Hookah(that has no Carbon Monoxide) Haram?

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To take one is no difference than taking regularly. Smoking anything is to be putting mind altering drugs in your body. therefore, not only is it Haram it’s still no difference than taking alcohol or outlawed drug’s. Shisha/Hookah are more harmful than cigarets. therefore haram …. there is nothing good in it.

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Somewhere I had read a large part of royalty is paid to Jewish community by Cigerrate companies. Would you still want to smoke?

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Dear Brothers and Sisters…
I am a smoker, and trying to quit it hardly. Every Ramzan month helped me to quit it effectively, for years, but after some five/ six months I happened to catch it again though I know it is difficult to leave the blazing butt.
Smoking not only brings harm to our health, but also distracts us (Muslims) from the prayer. After smoking, heart beating increases and it becomes difficult to calm the mind; needless to say the pungent smell from the mouth would definitely keep away the angels, as the Hadith says that the angels are harmed by what harms the human beings. Please note, as angels keep the distance, Shaitan creeps in, leading to more and more evils.
The main concept of the Namaz is to calm and concentrate the mind on Allah, the Supreme Power, but cigarette works opposite, proves that it is a development of the Shaytan to deviate us from the righteousness.
Also it is said that longer we live, the chances are higher to accumulate the good deeds in for a better afterlife. Cigarette shortens our life, again a work of Shaytan.
I wonder why the Muslim countries are not banning this killer Shaitan.
May Allah (SWT) help every human being who smokes to quit the habit.

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Assalamu Alaikum
Masha Allah , a very clear explanation of my doubt i found here , Jazakallah, i’m a chain smoker , today the first day of Ramzan – india – mangalore – my wanted to know if Smoking is Haraam or Not – since i’m a chain smoker i feel unfortunately its Haraam – which is easily understood with the easy definations. And making debate against or having an unhealthy controversial about Smoking is Haraam is actually just madness – indeed before i opened this page, my heart says – i wish to read as – SMOKING IS NOT HARAAM – but after reading the clear defination – it happened to be easily understood SMOKING IS CERTAINLY HARAAM, i wish Allah forgive all those who smoke and give them a strong belief in heart to QUIT SMOKING – and Allah even Bless them those who try to Make Smoking is Not Haraam .

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Masha Allah , a very clear explanation of my doubt i found here , Jazakallah, i’m a chain smoker , today the first day of Ramzan – india – mangalore – my wanted to know if Smoking is Haraam or Not – since i’m a chain smoker i feel unfortunately its Haraam – which is easily understood with the easy definations. And making debate against or having an unhealthy controversial about Smoking is Haraam is actually just madness – indeed before i opened this page, my heart says – i wish to read as – SMOKING IS NOT HARAAM – but after reading the clear defination – it happened to be easily understood SMOKING IS CERTAINLY HARAAM, i wish Allah forgive all those who smoke and give them a strong belief in heart to QUIT SMOKING – and Allah even Bless them those who try to Make Smoking is Not Haraam .

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my question is simple… where in the Qur’an that DIRECTLY SAYS’S THAT smoking is Haram as well as in Hadith and Sunnah of our beloved prophet Muhammad (s.a..) that straightly says that smoking is Haram..?

I agree with you that all the ayah’s and that of the hadiths you have mentioned above were all true, but let me remind you that,
1st, hurting oneself or others simply implies, you physically hurting others by your own hand or any part of oneself, especially when your taking Poision..or when you hurled bad words to other person.
2nd, when our beloved prophet Muhammad says about the garlic and onion, he meant for that two things, but not cigarrette…Please bear in mind, garlic and onion and cigarette were of different stuff…
3rd, do you know what the meaning of spendrift…in my mind it simply connotes to those who spend too much to the extend they buy things that were not necessary… granting I will buy one pack to two pack of cigarrette a day, would mean its too much spending… ?

Brother, try to clearly read the Quran and the Hadith you mentioned, if you can read the word “CIGARRETTE.”….
The problem is, The Qur’an as well as the Hadiths clearly says for a specific circumstance or stuff, but you interpret it GENERALLY….
If you forgetten that we’re not allow to alter,change, omit or add, what the Qur’an and the Hadiths?
If the Qur’an and the Hadiths do not directly says about CIGARRETTE’S, THEN WHO ARE WE TO SAY THAT GARLIC AND ONIONS, INCLUDE CIGARRETTE……?
ALLAH knows best……

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So smoking is halaal because the term “cigarette” is not found in the Quran and Hadith? How can any muslim derive his own rulings about Halaal and Haraam without even knowing the rules of fiqh? Please find the time to learn more about fiqh. he rulings are not derived simply based on texts of Quran and Hadith but Qiyaas as well.

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THIS PERSON IS DEFINATELY A CHAIN SMOKER WHO WITH THE SUPPORT OF SHAYTAAN CONSUMES 1 TO 2 PACKS PER DAY. ALTHOUGH WE PRAY FOR THEM THEY WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN DENIAL. A SIMPLE EXAMPLE OF HIS MISINTERPRITATION ON THIS ISSUE IS:
DOES HE OWN A CAR, WELL THEN HE SHOULD GET RID OF IT AND GET A CAMEL INSTEAD. HE SHOULD ALSO DISCONNECT ELECTRICITY TO HIS HOUSE

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its not exactly the word”CIGARRETE” but try to understand deeper than what you think brother,anything that causes harm can be more possibly haram than makrooh.and the thing is that can cigarrete smoking be more benificical than avoiding it?

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Dear Mannan,
Hadith says that angels are harmed by what harms the human beings. There is no argument that human beings are harmed by the smoke, whether actively or passively. And we also know that we are surrounded by the angels all the time for different purposes including our protection. Do we really need them to look on us with hatred?
Please think well. Lets not bend things for our benefit. Smoking really kills.
May Allahu SWT provide the power to all who suffers with the deadly habit to quit the same.

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Garlic and Onion are beyond any doubt , have medicinal value ? Interpretation of those verses are sheer nonsense , Beef / Red Meat , Sugar -a white killer , apart from all the Junk food comes in the same category , then all this stuff should be banned , there is still no conclusive evidence that smoking is the only factor for the diseases which are attributed to but one of the factor .WalaAlam .

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read quran only then u wil find peace of mind.smoking doesnt help to reduce stress.smokers are destroying their health gradually.if not now,they will realise it later

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assalamu’alaikum.
i really like this article, jazakumullah khair 🙂
i dislike the smoke, but i have some questions…
some people talk about stopping the smoke’s fabric. but this topic is still controversial in my country because many other people against this idea. they say, it’s not just about the smoke, it’s about hundreds or even thousands of people who work for the fabric, including tobacco farmers and their family. for these poor farmers, working at tobacco field isn’t just a job: it has been a culture, the only job they can do.
i thought about this for a while, and realize that it may be true. we need to prepare those people to learn a new job. if we don’t do that, then we’re not ready enough to close the smoke’s fabric.
or else, the scientists should invent a method to process the tobacco to become a new product that has more manfaat than mudharat (unlike smoke that has more mudharat than manfaat), so the farmers won’t be jobless, they still can work at the tobacco field.

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thanks for the post.

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in my country and in my religion eny body that hi is smoking hi is jots useless bot you can see people on the street

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Thanks, Best post..

may Allaah give guidance as Allaah says:
“”Verily in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find tranquility.”” {Soorah ar-Raad (13):28}

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ONCE WHEN THE LATE AYATOLLAH RUHULLAH KHOMEINI OF I.R.OF IRAN WAS ASKED THE SAME QUESTION WHETHER “SMOKING WAS HARAM IN ISLAM”, HE JUST SAID THAT “SUICIDE IS HARAM”. THAT MEANS THAT SMOKING WAS EQUIVALENT TO COMMITTING SUICIDE THATS WHY IT WAS HARAM.

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