Is smoking haram in Islam?
In many matters we get confused and cannot provide the authentic argument even then that the matter is wrong. Same is with Smoking. It is a confusing matter. But there is evidence in Quran and Sunnah which tells that smoking is absolutely haram in Islam.
• All harmful things are forbidden (haram) in islam
Allah Almighty created all the things and He divided all the things in to two categories:- In one category good things are included which are permissible and in second category bad things are included which are forbidden. Remember that there is no another category. In islam that things are haram in Islam which are harmful. IN Surah E Al-Ahraf it is said by Allah Almighty that:-
وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَآئِثَ
“And He makes good things halaal for them and bad things haraam.”
Further proceeding with this verse we can see that the thing which is haram in Islam is totally prohibited in Sunnah. It is said by Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) that:-
“There is not to be any causing of harm nor is there to be any reciprocating of harm.”
• To destruct yourself with your own hand is haram
To eat, drink and do anything which is the cause of death is haram in Islam.
In Quran E Hakeem it is said that:-
“Expend in the Way of Allah and do not contribute to your destruction at your own hands. And do things well. Verily Allah loves those who do things well.”
At another place in Surah E Almadina it is said that:-
“Believers Verily, intoxicants, game of chance, stone altars and divining arrows are an abomination handiwork of Shaytan; therefore, shun it, that you may be successful.”
We should keep in mind that Tabbacoo affect our physical and intellectual system. When one smokes he destruct his own self with his own hands so it’s harmful and also haram.
• It is like a suicide
Many smokers say that cigarette cannot kill us. Definitely it will not kill the person suddenly. It’s a gradual poison. Smoking is just like a suicide but it’s a slow suicide. A research has been done in a university and the results say that:-
“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.”
In Quran E Hakeem it is clearly said by Allah Almighty that:-
“And do not kill yourselves. Allah is the Most Merciful to you.”
Beloved Prophet of Allah Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) said about suicide that:-
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.
• Your body in Amaanah of Allah Almighty
The body which we have is the Amaanah of Allah Almighty so we should be care full about this. We should not give harm to it. Smoking is harmful for our body. So we should think that are we fulfilling the right of our body if we give harm to it.
• Waste of Money
The money which we spend on smoking is wasted. Allah does not like those people who wasted it. In Quran E Hakeem it is said that:-
“He does not approve of those who commit excesses.”
At the Day of Judgment about everything will be asked. The money which smokers spend on smoking about that money Allah will asked. So think for a moment that what you will tell to Allah if you spend on smoking.
The above mention detail is enough for a momin to leave the habit of smoking for the pleasure of Allah Almighty. May Allah protect is from haram. (Ameen).