“….. the dogs will not bite you because you smell so bad; thieves will not rob you at night because you cough in your sleep; you will not suffer the indignities of old age because you will die young. (Old Arab Proverb).

Tobacco smoking is the largest, single, preventable cause of death & disease in many parts of the world. W.H.O says more than 4-million people die from smoking every year. 90% of lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. 25% of cardiovascular deaths & 75% of bronchitis related deaths are caused by smoking. It is damaging to every organ of the body.

It causes behavioural & personality changes like other substances of abuse. It is established that the pyscho-socio-economic & health impacts of passive smoking on our families, neighbours, friends, co-workers are worse than active smoking. It is the only slow poison that is licenced, advertised & sold over the counter in packets with a hypocritical statutory warning that it is dangerous to your health or it kills. Stupidly so, smoking has become an acceptable, classy & honourable mode of suicide & homicide. TOBACCO SMOKING IS BOTH SUICIDAL & HOMICIDAL. It is nothing but slow suicide or suicide by instalments. The Quran & Sunnah condemn both SUICIDE & HOMICIDE IN STRONG TERMS.

“Do not kill yourself, Allah is Merciful unto you.” 4:29

“…whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely”. Q5 :32. There is consensus among physicians, sane people & more than 400 fatwas from competent, global Islamic scholars that the Major evil of tobacco spreading like wild fire is a slow poison that is both suicidal & homicidal. IT IS UNEQUIVOCALLY DANGEROUS & HARAM IN ISLAM TO USE, SELL, BUY OR OFFER (Permanent Committee of Academic Research & Fatwa, Saudi Arabia).

This fatwa refers to all  forms of tobacco & other products that wreck such havoc. A common example is a native plant of horn of Africa & Arabian Peninsula called KHAT OR MIRAA. It is also HARAM; whether or not it is considered a habit or a culture. Any culture or habit which contradicts Islam is forbidden by Islam. True Muslims try to fit into Islam, not try to fit Islam into their filthy & dirty habits. TRUE MUSLIMS DON’T ATTEMPT TO CHANGE ISLAM, THEY ALLOW ISLAM TO CHANGE THEM. “And He makes good things Halaal for them and bad things Haraam.” Q7:157. Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said “Your body has rights over you”. “There is no harm or causing of harm” (Bukhari).

It is also obvious that smokers are spendthrifts; brothers of shayateen. Smoking is like burning currency. Who can be more extravagant that smokers who not only burn their money but their lives & the lives of those around them? Indeed, they are brothers of shayateen; who buy death with their hard earned live earnings.

“..But spend not wastefully in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily, spendthrifts are brothers of the Shayateen, and the Shaitan is ever ungrateful to his Lord”. 33: 26-27. It is shameful to see muslims; who claim to love Allah & His Rasool more than everything in this world not fasting in Ramadhan because of tobacco addiction. Those who manage to fast, break their fast with cigarette instead of halal foods. Some  light  on or put off their Cigarettes at the entrance of the masjid, make life uncomfortable for fellow Muslims &angels. We all are living witnesses to the offensive odour from a smoker in salah; disgusting? After salah, they hardly wait to make nawafil but rush for the door of the masjid to light up the haram perfume to further annoy the believers &angels

“And those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly, bear on themselves the crime of slander and plain sin. Q33: 58.

“Whoever eats garlic or onions, let him not approach our mosque and let him pray at home.” (Saheeh). “The angels are offended by the same things that offend the sons of Adam.”

If the prophet prohibited people who had offensive odour from eating halal foods (onions & garlic) from coming to the masjid, what would he have said to those supposed Muslims who are substance abusers (tobacco, heroin, marijuana); an act which does not only produce offensive odour but it also homicidal & suicidal? FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

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