Assalamu alaikum dear sisters.
in another post, a sister asked about smoke and wudu'. and this got me thinking , we should post something about smoking in general.. it is a growing epidemic. even though in the states, there is a growing rejection of this evil. subhana Allah, they reject it for health reasons ( of course) .. but living here in Jordan for a year now ( oh, my how time flies) I noticed that women in the Arab world smoke, just as much as the men. and it is taken as an acceptable social practice, even expected. especially the sheesha ( nargil- hookah).
and so I have decided to start a thread about smoking -if we as Muslims dont' care about our health or the health of the ones around us, maybe we should care about the ruling that it is indeed haram..
this is NOT a comment on any of the members here. like every other post here on the group, we reply, or post so we can educate ourselves and each other on our beautiful deen. ( faith) so please if you are someone who is tested with this sin. please do not come out here and start arguing about it. this is not aimed at you for judgment. we all have our sins and our challenges. we should ask Allah for the strength to overcome them. not argue that they are not sin and so put ourselves in a deeper sin . know what i mean?
please keep your replies respectful and on topic. like i said, this is in reply to a question posted by a sister in another thread.. this is not to be seen as a comment on any of you my dear sweet sisters
of course I will be posting the fatwas to support the ruling. but in a nutshell .. some of the reasons behind considering smoking as haraam are :
* it is addictive; and causes one to have a relaxation similar to that of drugs and alcohol. so for that, it is haram.
* It is harmful to your health, and to the health of others ( prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said; there should be no harming yourself , nor causing harm to others - laa dharara wa laa dhiraar)
* It can lead to your death, and Allah in the Quran clearly states not to do anything that would lead to ones death, and so, for that alone, it should be haram
* it wastes your money, because you are spending so much money on something that is only harmful and has no benefit.
for these reasons, and others. scholars agree that smoking is indeed haram. sheesha isn't any better , in fact sheesha is worse, as it is the equivalent of more than ten regular cigarrets. ( I will post a fatwa in the replies in sha Allah )
wherever I go here in Jordan i am faced with smoker subhana Allah. taxi cabs, restaurants, shopping centers.. weddings.. Weddings are the worse. because you would be in the women's section and really NOT expecting a cloud of foggy smoke. what is worse, is that they are my aunts and my cousins... what can i do? i only give a reminder once.. but you cannot change those who do not want to change.. so all I can do is make dua for them. may Allah heal them from this addiction, may Allah grant them the strength to overcome it . and may HE forgive them.. and forgive us our shortcomings as well. alhamdulilaah i do not smoke, but i do have my own battles of sin to fight against.. may Allah grant us all the strength and guidance to worship HIM in a manner pleasing to HIM .ameen.
Love and salaam (peace)
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