Hookah(shisha)….Harmless fun or Harmful Sin?
Posted December 30, 2012on:
‘Hookah….Harmless fun or Harmful Sin?’
Its evil has spread amongst us like wild fire.
From the West to the East, it is a slow poison that has permeated the societies, even among the Muslims.
In fact, it crept upon us so subtly that no one really thinks its bad. And it has blinded individuals who partake in this new fad to believe that it isn’t harmful.
What is this evil, this menace, this new fad that I am talking about?
It is the evil of smoking Hookah…..also called sheesha, nargeela, argila, ghalyan, as well as hubbly-bubbly.
Nowadays, hookah bars and cafes have popped up everywhere, fueled by the growing popularity of hookah smoking among teens and young adults.
It is a normal, everyday thing in some parts of the Middle East, when father and son, brother and uncle, all go out to smoke hookah while the ladies stay home. No hayaa, no respect, no sense of shame or guilt.
But I thought it was harmless…. .one might say.
Lets see how “harmless” hookah is. Let the facts speak for themselves.
What science says about hookah?
Mayo Clinic research says: “Although many believe that the water in the hookah filters out all the “bad stuff” in the tobacco smoke, this isn’t true.
According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) advisory, a typical one-hour session of hookah smoking exposes the user to 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.
Even after passing through the water, the tobacco smoke produced still contains high levels of toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens) .
Hookah smoking also delivers significant levels of nicotine (about 70 times more )— the very addictive substance in tobacco.” (Pulmonologist Mayo Clinic Edward Rosenow, M.D., )
“One single session (45-minutes) of Hookah smoking will result in the smoker breathing in 100 times more smoke than regular smoking.” (World Health Organization)
“Contrary to what many beginning users may think, hookah tobacco use carries many of the same risks as cigarette smoking, including being linked to lung cancer and other lung diseases.” (John L. Kirkwood, President and CEO of the American Lung Association) .
“Links have been found between water-pipe (hookah) usage andoral, lung and bladder cancer, in addition to heart disease and clogged arteries,” (American Lung Association) .
“The water moisture induced by the hookah makes the smoke less irritating and may give a false sense of security and reduce concerns about true health effects.” (Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics)
“Water pipes (hookah) smokers were five times more likely than non-smokers to show signs of gum disease. People who smoked water pipes had five times the risk of lung cancer as non-smokers. ” (Journal of Periodontology)
The World Health Organization (WHO) regional office in Cairo estimates that 17 percent of
Tuberculosis cases in the eastern Mediterranean are attributable to the smoking of water pipes.
Na’uzubillah! Cancer of the mouth, lung and bladder…tuberculosis, heart disease, lung disease, gum disease….exposure to toxic compounds like heavy metals, nicotine, tar, arsenic….you name it.
Is there any more evidence one needs to know that smoking hookah is bad for you? !!!
What our Shariah says about Hookah?
1. It’s harmful to yourself:
All these harmful materials collect in the person’s body over time, resulting in a gradual killing of the organs and tissues. These diseases may not appear all at once, but the one who smokes is most likely to suffer from some of them, and his suffering increases as he grows older.
And anything that cause harm to one’s body or to others is haram in Islam.
Allah says: “Do not kill yourself. Allah is Merciful unto you.” (Surat al-Nisa :29)
29. O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: But let there be amongst you Traffic and trade by mutual good-will: Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily God hath been to you Most Merciful!
“…make not your own hands contribute to your destruction. ..” (Surah al-Baqarah:195)
195. And spend of your substance in the cause of God, and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for God loveth those who do good.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said: “There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” (Ahmed, Ibn Majah-saheeh by Albaani)
2. It is a poison:
Don’t you see that it is a kind of slow poison with which a person kills himself?
The statistics show that over 3 million people worldwide die from smoking-related causes each year.
“Whomsoever consumes poison, thereby killing himself, then he will be consuming his poison forever in the fire of Hell and he will abide in it permanently and eternally.” (Bukhaari, Muslim)
It is suicide:
Knowing fully well the harmful effects of hookah, if someone still smokes it, it is suicide.
“Whoever kills himself with something in this world will be punished with it on the Day of Resurrection.” (Bukhaari, Muslim)
It is a waste of money and extravagance:
Extravagance in Islam means spending on something haram.
The money that one spends on hookah is therefore an extravagance.
“… and do not be extravagant wasters. Those who are extravagant are kinsmen of Satan.” (Surat al-Israil 17:26-27)
26. And render to the kindred their due rights, as (also) to those in want, and to the wayfarer: But squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift.
27. Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Evil Ones; and the Evil One is to his Lord (himself) ungrateful.
You will have to answer to Allaah for this:
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said:
Your body and life have a right over you:
Allah Subhaanahu wa Taala has given you this life and this body as an Amanah to you. You are supposed to take care of it and protect it from harm and haram.
What will you say to Allah when He asks you about it?
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam)said: “Your body has a right on you.”
27. God doth wish to Turn to you, but the wish of those who follow their lusts is that ye should turn away (from Him),- far, far away.
“Allaah wants to let you into His Mercy, whereas those who follow the desires want you to drift far away (from the right path).” (Surah an-Nisaa:27)
Don’t smoke it and don’t let people smoke it:
It is not only haram for someone to smoke hookah himself, rather it is equally haram to offer it to people, to sell it, buy it, or promote it in any way.
“Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.” (Surah Maidah:2)
Do not even sit with those who smoke, even if you don’t smoke yourself:
And if you keep company with those who do smoke, even if you yourself don’t, or even sit with the people who are smoking it, then you are still counted amongst them.
Allah warns us;
“And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Quran) that when you hear the Verses of Allah being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be one of them. Surely, Allah will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell” [al-Nisaa 4:140]
We need to realize that smoking is haram, whether it is hookah, cigarettes or anything else. It is bad, not just for ones health, but also for other worldly matters and much worse for the Akhirah.
It is our duty to educate ourselves, our kids, family, friends and communities about this evil, and teach everyone to stay away from it and to help those addicted to it to get help.
May Allah guide us and enable us to stay on the right path and do only those acts that are pleasing to Him. Ameen.
by Asma bint Shameem.
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