Monday, July 5, 2010

The reason why smoking is Haraam

Smoking is one of the things which has caused a lot of problems and harm these days and it has spread like wild fire. Perhaps you know that all nations of the world – Muslim and Non Muslim alike – have now started to fight smoking, because they know that it is very harmful. Islam forbids everything that is harmful. Undoubtedly there are foods and drinks which are beneficial and good, and others which are harmful and bad.

Before we discuss this topic in detail, we should know that Allaah the Almighty has divided things in the world into two types, good or permissible (al-tayyibaat, al-halaal) and evil or prohibited (al-khabaa'ith, al-haraam), and there is no third type.

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning) in surat al-A'raaf (7:157):
"And He makes good things halaal for them and bad things haraam."

Is smoking one of the good and lawful things (al-tayyibaat) or one of the evil and unlawful things (al-khabaa’ith)?

Considering this fact, smoking can either be permissible and good or prohibited and evil.

Thus, we present some of its characteristics and let the person asking the question see himself in which type lies smoking.
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