Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta



no. 1976 for the year 2008 which includes the following: What is the ruling on smoking?


Islam prohibits everything that harms the body, either physically and psychologically. Allah the Almighty says,
Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil. [Qur`an 7: 157]
The 'good things' referred to in the verse include everything that is beneficial to man — both physically and psychologically — or that does not harm him, while 'the evil' refers to everything that harms him either physically or psychologically. Allah the Almighty says:
And do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction. [Qur`an 2: 195]
It was reported that our Master, the Prophet [pbuh] said: "Do not cause harm and do not reciprocate harm" [reported by Ahmed in his Musnad; Ibn Majah through ibn 'Abbas [may Allah be pleased with them]; Malik in his Muwatta` through Yahia al-Mazniy [may Allah be pleased with them] and Ibn Majah through 'Ibadah al-Samit.
It was medically proved that all forms of smoking are harmful to the body and health; consequently, they are prohibited.
Allah the Almighty knows best.


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