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Harm to the Environment: A smoker emits his poisons in the faces of his companions, wife, children, and the environment. This involuntary smoke is almost as dangerous as firsthand. Thus, whether they like it or not, a smoker’s associates are forced to inhale the smoke and be themselves smokers as well. Furthermore, a smoker irritates people by the foul smell and poisonous nature of his smoking. If they suffer from asthma or allergies, they are forced to move away from his vicinity.
   The prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: “Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt his neighbour.” (Al-Bukhaari).
   Thus, smoking constitutes a definite harm to other people; this is prohibited. As explained above, it is purely a conglomeration of harming oneself and causing harm to others.
   So also, a smoker is certainly a bad companion to sit with, as is depicted in the following hadith:
“Verily, the example of a good companion and a bad one is like that of a perfume merchant and a blacksmith: As for the perfume merchant, he would either grant you (some perfume), or you would buy it from him, or (at least) you would get a good smell from him. And as for the blower of bellows (blacksmith), you would either get a foul odour from him, or he would burn your clothes.” (Al-Bukaari and Muslim).

Harm to Property: A smoker wastes his wealth on that which harms and has no benefit (see chapter six). The prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: “The feet of a human being will not depart (on the day of Judgment) from his standing before his Lord, until he is questioned about five things: his lifetime – how did he pass it, his youth – how did he use it, his wealth – where did he earn it and how did he spend it; how did he follow what he knew.” (Recorded by at-Tirmitthi and others from Ibn Mas’ud and Abu Barzah (May God be pleased with them), authenticated by al-Albaani).                                                                                                                         
          A person’s wealth belongs to Allah, so how would he dare to waste it in disobedience to Him? Allah (SWT) says: “And do not entrust to the imprudent ones the possessions that Allah has placed in your charge…” (An-Nisaa’ Qur’aan 4: 5). “And do not waste (your resources) extravagantly. Indeed squanderers are the brethren of the devils.” (Al-Isra’ Qur’aan 17: 26 - 27).   
          And the prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: “Allah hates for you three things: gossiping, begging, and wasting money.” (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim).

Moral Decadence: Cigarette smoking is a sort of moral decadence. It is most spread among the low-class immoral people. It is mostly consumed in bars, discotes, casinos, and other places of sin. A smoker may beg or steal if he does not have the money to buy cigarettes. He is ill-mannered with his friends and family, especially when he misses taking his necessary dose at the usual time.

Evil Substance: Cigarette smoking involves the consumption of an evil substance (khbeeth). It has a bad odour, foul taste, and is harmful to the body. This is sufficient enough to prohibit it, because Allah (SWT) says: “(The prophet) who will enjoin upon them the doing of what is wrong, make lawful to them the good things of life, prohibit for them the evil things, and lift from them their burdens and the shackles that were (previously) upon them.” (Al-A’raf Qur’aan 7: 157).
Resembling the people of the Fire:
A cigarette smoker inhales the smoke that does not give him any nourishment. This is similar to the action of the people of the Hell fire who eat harmful thorny plants:
“No food will be there for them but a poisonous thorny plant, which will neither nourish them nor still their hunger.” (Al-Ghaashiyah Qur’aan 88: 6 - 7).

Bad Example that does not worth imulation: A smoker, whether he likes it or not, makes of himself an example for his children and others to follow. He leads them to commit this evil. Action sometimes has a stronger effect than words. Thus, even if he advises them or forbids them from smoking, his partaking of it provides them with a strong excuse to do it.
   The problem is worse when the smoker is of known piety or knowledge. In such cases, his harm becomes more emphasized, because more people take him as a guide and example, and are thus led astray by him. This multiplies his sins and increases his burdens.

Hostility toward the Good people: The majority of good people avoid smoking and stay away from smokers. A smoker would, therefore, be forced to stay away from them – at least while he smokes. He puts himself in a selective exile, creating a spiritual distance and hostility between him and the good people, and a closeness to the evil people. The effects of these become more apparent and acute with time.

Low Self Esteem: A smoker despises himself, because he feels that a little cigarette is controlling him. Realizing his weakness before desires, this creates in him a feeling of defeat in the face of hardships.

READ THE NEXT SUBTOPIC (The reasons why people resort to the smoking behaviour), in the section - EDUCATION.

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009, 01:40:39 PM »
Assalamu alaikum,

I find your threads very resourceful as I was asked to tell what my religion says regarding cigarette smoking by a fellow Christian. Although I once read one book titled Why Do You Smoke? But I afterwards lost it, but these (three posts) are very helpful too.

May Allah bless, amen.
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