Wednesday, April 8, 2009

SMOKING! What say you?

SMOKING is clearly prohibited by ISLAM.
Show me any verses in the Quran or hadiths or muftis or any renounce muslim scholars in Malaysia that say otherwise and I will retract back this page as quick as lightning.

Advice to every smoker is to give it up with great resolution in one stroke, for gradual quitting or mere cutting down is useless. As for a smoker who is not strong-willed enough, he should at least reduce its evil by never praising it or offering cigarettes to anyone. Rather, he should point out to others the financial, physical, and psychological bad effects of smoking, the first of which is that it has enslaved him so that he is unable to give it up. Such a smoker should also pray to Almighty Allah to help him to get rid of it and its dangers. To the youth in particular is that they should refrain from being trapped by the epidemic called smoking which destroys their health and weakens their power and energy. They should never be a prey to the illusion that smoking is a sign of manhood or independence. We also say to those youth who have already began smoking that they can easily give it up as they are in the early stage. So, they should stop it all at once before it is too late and before they find themselves overcome and enslaved by smoking. On the other hand, the mass media should, in turn, wage anti-smoking campaigns pointing out its dangers and bad effects. Moreover, movie directors and producers should stop promoting smoking by unnecessarily showing a cigarette in every shot. The government should also do its best to fight this plague and free the Muslim Ummah from its evils. Even if the government’s treasury may lose millions, the people's safety and good physical and psychological states are much more important than the millions or even the billions of dollars in revenue.
Fatwa of Mufti Ibrahim Desai,a prominent Muslim scholar.
The fatwa issued by Mufti Ibrahim Desai, a prominent Muslim scholar, it reads:
“It is a universally accepted that smoking has many serious health and life hazards amongst which is lung cancer. These hazards affect not only the smoker himself but those around him as well. Shari`ah has stressed the importance of being in good health to the extent that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) even advised Muslims in all ages to strike a balance in eating and drinking so as to evade any harmful effects on the health. He advised having dates, being hot in nature, with cucumber, as it (cucumber) has a cooling effect.
It is clear that cigarettes contain many harmful ingredients, for example, carbon monoxide, nicotine, tar and benzene vapor.
Therefore, smoking is harmful to the smoker as well as those around him. In his book, “Ninety Nine Harms of Smoking”, Muhammad Abdul Ghaffaar Al-Afghani stated that smoking results in many diseases which doctors have explained. These diseases number about ninety nine.
Doctor Salahuddeen Abdur-Rab An-Nabi, a neuro-surgeon in Cairo says: “When a person becomes enslaved to the habit of smoking, it affects his health badly to the extent that it has a direct effect on his heart. As a result his heart beat and blood circulation become unstable and he experiences drowsiness from time to time due to the shrinking of his brain arteries. Sometimes, specially at an old age, a smoker suffers from high blood pressure and angina. Similarly, his digestive and respiratory systems are harmed and he loses his appetite. He is also afflicted with a kind of cough known as the smoker's cough. When his nervous system is affected, the smoker feels a prickly sensation, a numbness in his limbs and also a pain in the nerves.'

In the annual conference of the American Doctors Council which took place in Chicago 1966, the main focus of the conference was the harms of smoking. Doctors, who were aware of the role of smoking in lung cancer, became alarmed when they heard that the least harm smoking causes is that it arouses anxiety. Doctor Edward Kweller Hammond, head of statistics in the Cancer Association of America said: “Verily, lung cancer which is caused by smoking cigarettes is not so serious in comparison to the injury caused by smoking with other bodily systems.” It is stated in the ninth edition of "World of Knowledge" magazine that the time has come wherein it has become necessary to expose all the harms of smoking. It should also be realized that these despicable substances even cause death.

It is also necessary to elucidate the harms of smoking in hope of saving many intelligent and educated youth, who will be astonished on how much has been written regarding this topic. In the above-mentioned magazine, we can read the following: "Cancer Caused by Smoking": This fatal illness is the culmination of many illnesses which are the result of thin blood and other sicknesses which are related to the blood vessels. All these are connected to this loathsome substances. However, lung cancer is the most likely outcome of smoking.
Lung cancer was a very rare disease but the end of this century witnessed a high rise in its occurrence, primarily in men and thereafter in women. In the beginning of the sixties, the death rate due to lung cancer increased compared to before. Smoking also yields other health hazards besides its general and specific economic harms.

Proof for the prohibition of smoking:
Smoking did not exist in the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) but our great religion of Islam has laid down general principles from which many laws are derived. From these principles, Muslim scholars have come to the conclusion that smoking is prohibited (Haram).
In the Qur’an, we read: “be not cast by your own hands to ruin; and do good. Lo! Allah loveth the beneficent.” (Al-Baqarah:195). Smoking causes fatal sicknesses, for example, lung cancer, tuberculosis, etc.
In another verse, Almighty Allah says: “And do not kill yourselves.” (An-Nisaa’: 29). The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: “Whomsoever drinks poison, thereby killing himself, will sip this poison forever in the Hell-Fire.”
Cigarettes consist of many poisonous substances and furthermore, the smoker indulges in a slow suicidal act by smoking this poison.”

The Egyptian Grand Mufti , Dr Nasr Fareed Wasel, said in his fatwa that smoking was a valid reason for either spouse to seek divorce from the marriage partner, if the smoker spouse insisted on not stopping.
The fatwa came in the context of the Mufti's campaign against smoking . Dr Wasel is known for his clear and firm stand against smoking as he emphasizes always that it is against Islam. He also condemns selling and manufacturing cigarettes . This fierce campaign made the World Health Organization (WHO) honor him.
Answering a question directed to him by the Egyptian Association for Combating Addiction he said that it is permissible for a man to divorce a smoker wife who rejects the advice to stop smoking; "all the medical reports reveal that smoking is a hazard and that it is very harmful," Wasel emphasized.

Lately the Mufti had received several questions concerning the position of Islam towards the habit of smoking. Dr Wasel emphasized that marriage in Islam is based on mercy and amicability therefore any spouse who causes harm to the other is considered to break those two pillars and eventually the marriage itself. He upheld the view that the wife has the right to ask for a divorce before a court if she is harmed by the fact that her husband is a smoker. Moreover according to the Mufti , the court should be obligated to grant her divorce if the husband insists on continuing smoking.
Imam Abu Muhammad Ibn Hzam Al-Zahiri, for example, always sticks to the literal meanings of legal texts, yet he maintains the prohibition of whatever is harmful to eat due to the generality of the legal text in this regard. He said: “Eating what is harmful is prohibited, for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah has decreed goodness on everything.” So, whoever harms himself or others is not doing good, and whoever does not do good is contradicting the decree of Allah.” Here is a Prophetic hadith that is also a legal proof of the prohibition of smoking. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: “No harm (should be done to others,) nor (seeking benefit through) harming (others).” Another legal proof is the Qur’anic verse in which Almighty Allah says: “And kill not one another. Lo! Allah is ever Merciful unto you.” (An-Nisaa’: 29)
Imam An-Nawawi who said: “Whatever is harmful to eat (or use as food), such as glass, stone and poison, is prohibited to be eaten, and whatever is legally pure and harmless to eat is permissible to be eaten except for what is filthy, though legally pure, like semen and mucus, which are prohibited to be ingested according to the authentic opinion in this regard.” An-Nawawi added: “It is permissible to have medicine containing a little poison if it is most likely to result in recovery and so it is vitally needed.
Imam Ibn Hzam said: “Wastefulness is unlawful.” Wastefulness refers to: 1. Spending one's money on what Almighty Allah has prohibited, be it little or much, even if it is equal to a little piece of a mosquito's wing. 2. Spending so wastefully on something that is unnecessary in a way that turns the spender into a bankrupt. 3. Wasting one's money in vain, even if it is only a little money. Moreover, Almighty Allah says: “But be not prodigal. Lo! He loveth not the prodigals” (Al-A`raf: 31). It goes without saying that spending one's money on smoking is a kind of wastefulness.

The choice is yours, "to smoke or not to smoke... it does not take 2 second for a fully functional muslim brain to make the decission".