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A very important issue : is cigarette makruh or haraam?

This topic has been debated over years: is cigarette makruh or haraam? we see thousands of muslims given to smoking, even in islamic countries!!! Subhan Allah and also by people who are supposed to form youngsters in their islamic education. Today, our young brother, Tajoo, from Mauritius and my student in Islamic classes, will give us evidence from the Qur’an that smoking is not allowed. – Sister Ammaara

Let us read brother Tajoo’s article:



بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ


All praises belong to Allah, the one who created us and all what is found in the heavens and the earths. May peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, his family and companions.


Is smoking Haraam (forbidden) or Makrooh(dislike)?


This is a very important topic as many people, still believe that smoking is Makrooh and not Haraam.


Allah says in Surah 5(Al-Maaida) verse 3:


 الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا ۚ  


[This day have I perfected your religion for you completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion]


So this verse shows to us that Islam is a religion which Allah has perfected. All rules and regulations have been mentioned, directly or indirectly, in the Qur’an or taught by the prophet (SAW).


Smoking is something not mentioned in the Quran or Hadith as it was discovered later. Nevertheless in the Qur’an, as well as the Hadith, we learn that smoking is Haraam.


Some verses that prove smoking is Haraam:


Allah says in Surah 2(Al-Baqarah) Verse 195:


وَأَنْفِقُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ


[And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah and make not your own hands contribute to your destruction but do good]


This verse is ordering us to spend for the cause of Allah and not to destroy ourselves with our own hands.


Can anyone say that by buying cigarettes, are we spending for the cause of Allah? Aren’t we destroying ourselves with our own hands? So this verse clearly proves that smoking is Haraam as we are against the commands of Allah.



Further, Allah says in Surah 4(An-Nisa) Verse 29:


وَلَا تَقْتُلُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ


[nor kill (or destroy) yourselves]


In this verse we are told not to kill or destroy ourselves. Aren’t we killing ourselves by smoking? Is smoking a cure for diseases? We all know that Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals, at least 50 are known to be carcinogens (cause cancer in humans) and many are poisonous. Cigarettes are one of few products which can be sold legally which can harm and even kill you over time if used as intended. So this verse clearly proves that smoking is Haraam as those who smoke are destroying themselves while Allah ordered us not to kill or destroy ourselves.


Allah says in Surah 17(Al-Israh) Verse 27:


إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ


[Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the Evil Ones]


In this verse we are informed that those who are wasteful are brothers of Shaitaan. All Muslims, even children, know that the accursed shaitaan is our avowed enemy. By buying cigarettes, we are proving ourselves to be brothers of the one who has been cursed by Allah, Subhan Allah, the one whose final destination is Jahannam. If we are smoking we are giving Shaitaan most importance than Allah and this is a great sin without any doubt. Hence, this verse also clearly shows that smoking is Haraam.


For Muslims who still consider cigarettes to be Halaal,


Why don’t you say “Bismillah” before smoking it?

And “Alhamdulillah” after smoking it?


If you see it as something with so much fun,

why don’t you teach your kids to smoke?


If you consider it to be a mercy from Allah (Astaghfirullah),

Why do you turn it off with your shoes?


(For youngsters) If you consider cigarettes to be something normal,

Why don’t you smoke in front of your parents?



We, Muslims, we have full conviction that the Qur’an is the word of God and its contents are true. No one will be able to change even one letter from the Qur’an as Allah Himself says in Surah 15 Verse 9.


So why aren’t we obeying the word of Allah? Are we aware that we shall taste death one day and return to Allah? Are we prepared for that difficult day when Allah will be very angry?


So please, stop smoking as it is destroying your health which instead, you should have thanked Allah for. It’s not impossible to stop smoking because lots of people have stopped. Stop wasting your money and start giving Sadaqah generously.


I hope that this has benefitted you and if ever I have used foul languages or done any mistakes, please forgive me!


It’s now high time to ask Allah forgiveness for all our sins, whether big or small, as the Day of Judgment is very near and Insha Allah we will pass all the tests on this Day and our rewards will be Jannat.



Written by:

Brother Haashim Tajoo©

Terre-Rouge Mauritius

Students of Islamic Studies


Ramadan 2012

In two months, Muslims all over the world will witness Ramadan, the month of compulsory fasting

Many of our brothers and sisters are in very difficult situation: Palestine, Syria, Somalia…

In Mauritius, many Muslims families are shattered due to all types of ignorance, intellectual ignorance, spiritual ignorance,

poverty, slavery within the home [the husband over the wife]…

Many are facing financial problems, are jobless, are sick, suffer from pain and psychological problem…

It is high time all women unite with our group and men assist us so that we become stronger and stronger each day.

Remember: making dua in congregation is never rejected by Allah.






Sister Ammaara

Can non muslims who revert to Islam be called muslims?

This is a big issue and confusion in the mind of many Muslims living in Mauritius

They often ask me: can a Muslim woman marry a non Muslim?” When i say “No”. they would add: But if he has embraced Islam?”

So, it is clear that many Muslims cannot understand that once a non believer has embraced islam, he is a muslim.

the moment a person says: I testify that there is no god except Allah and i testify that Muhammad is the last messenger, then this person is a muslim.

Where comes this confusion?

Many often, we see parents who refuse that their sons or daughters marry new muslims. they say they are not muslims. their blood is impure because they are not born muslims.

All these ideas are futile and only ignorant people, who do not have any knowledge about their religion and way of life, can think this way, can divide Muslims and new Muslims.

There are so many evidences in the Noble Qur’an and the Hadith. so, it is high time we stop making a fuss about conversion.

Instead, we must all realise that the percentage of muslims in mauritius is still very low [17-18%] because we are still

doing dawah to muslims and we are not making enough effort to pass on the noble message of islam to others.

It is high time we wake up from this lethargy and understand the severe punishment that awaits us on the Judgment Day if we do not accept our mission as vicegerent on Allah’s earth. We will be condemned if we do not care about others’. if we know the truth of this life, it is our duty to propagate truth to our neighbours, colleagues, friends etc.

Eating briani is only part of our culture but warning people of hellfire is a MUST for all of us.

And once we have brought people to islam, it is our duty to assist them in all their spiritual and social affairs

May this message pass on to each and everyone. May it be a reminder to all of us.

May we insha Allah act upon truth and justice for the sake of Allah alone

Instead of focusing on words : converts, reverts etc. let us unite as MUSLIMS – LET US ACCEPT NEW MUSLIMS AMONG US AS OUR DEAREST BROTHERS AND SISTERS


Your sister in Islam