A MESSAGE FROM YOUR BELOVED BROTHER IN ISLAM, SAJID AHMED UMAR.
Praise be to Allah S.W.T, and peace and salutations be upon our beloved Prophet S.A.W,
I have been asked on various occasions regarding Islam’s position on smoking, a practice which is not foreign to many. In addition, we find in today’s day and age the phenomenon of smoking what is known as ‘Hukka’ or ‘Shisha’ becoming a widespread practice. As a result whilst seeking the assistance of Allah S.W.T, I write the following, and request your attention.
Islam, with all praises due to Allah (S.W.T), is a religion which is not just a way of life, but a complete way of life. It is a way of life governed by divine constitution.
As believers in one Allah (S.W.T), and the followers of the Final Prophet S.A.W; it is incumbent that we understand that the measuring stick in deciding what’s correct, and incorrect, is the commands of Allah S.W.T and teachings of his Beloved Prophet (S.A.W), and not our vein desires.
Before getting into the ‘gist’ of this letter, I bring your attention to the following words of our Creator:
‘It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allâh and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allâh and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error’.
From amongst the many goals of the ‘Shariah’, is the protection of one’s mind, and one’s self.
Allah S.W.T says regarding these aspects in his Book:
‘Those who follow the Messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write (i.e. Muhammad (peace be upon him)) whom they find written with them in the Taurât (Torah) (Deut, xviii, 15) and the Injeel (Gospel) (John xiv, 16), – he commands them for Al-Ma’rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm has ordained); and forbids them from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism of all kinds, and all that Islâm has forbidden); he allows them as lawful At-Taiyibât ((i.e. all good and lawful) as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods), and prohibits them as unlawful Al-Khabâ’ith (i.e. all evil and unlawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods), he releases them from their heavy burdens (of Allâh’s Covenant), and from the fetters (bindings) that were upon them. So those who believe in him (Muhammad (peace be upon him)) honor him, help him, and follow the light (the Qur’ân) which has been sent down with him, it is they who will be successful. (Al-A’raaf:157)
And spend in the Cause of Allâh, and do not throw yourselves into destruction, and do good. Truly, Allâh loves Al-Muhsinûn (the good-doers)’. (Al-baqarah: 195)
‘And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely, Allâh is Most Merciful to you’. (An-Nisaa: 29)
The reality of smoking and its dangers is no secret to us all. Allow me to bring your attention to the following:
About 442,000 people in the United States die each year from illnesses caused by cigarette smoking, what’s the world death toll like?!