Smoking – A social epidemic!
Ever-growing use of tobacco and related issues are a lethal threat that humanity faces today. As per the statistics published by world health organization, use of tobacco has caused more than 100 million deaths in 20th century. Currently 6 million deaths per year are attributed to use of tobacco and related diseases.
Eastern Mediterranean region of world health organization has published a book ‘Islamic ruling on Smoking’, which compiles the opinion of many Islamic scholars where they unanimously agree that the use of tobacco and smoking is prohibited in Islam. In their view, smoking is prohibited because of following reasons.
1) Use of tobacco is harmful to health and may eventually cause death. This ruins the health of the person who smokes and those who interacts with him alike. Islam has prohibited ruining oneself and others. Qura’n tells “…and kill not one another. Lo! Allah is ever Merciful unto you. (4:29). “Spend your wealth for the cause of Allah, and be not cast by your own hands to ruin; and do good. Lo! Allah loveth the beneficent.”(2:195)
2) Use of tobacco is definitely a form of squandering, an act which is banned in Islam. Qura’n tells “…But squander not (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift” (17:26). “…But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters” (7:31). In a hadith reported by Muslim Allah disapproves squandering of the wealth. (riyadussaliheen Book 18, Hadith 1781).
3) Smoking is bad and impure. Allah has prohibited all such things. Qura’n tells “…for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure);..(7:157). Umm Salma (may Allah be pleased with her) reports that prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited from every intoxicant and anything which causes a lapse to the mind.(Abu Dawud).
4) The offensive odor caused by the use of tobacco classifies it as one of the evils.
This book can be downloaded from WHO website