The Anti-smoking campaign has been going on for sometime.Initiated by the west,then followed by everyone else.Surprised?No.When uncle Sam says ‘jump!’,we say ‘how high?’.
Everybody is now jumping into it,with governments declaring areas as ‘no smoking zones’;spending millions of cash in ads campaign.
But the height of this is when muslim scholars joined in and declared smoking as haram (forbidden by God).They said anything harmful to the human body is haram,based on their understanding of this Qur’an verse:
“So eat of what God has provided you lawful and good; and be you thankful for the blessing of God, if it be Him that you serve.”(16:114)
If we take this as a verse of prohibition,then they are right.But then,haram would not be only limited to tobacco.It would also include foods that trigger allergic reactions,foods that contain fats,cholesterol,etc.
What I failed to understand is why they completely ignored the next verse which clearly states what is haram:
“These things only He has forbidden you: carrion, blood, the flesh of swine, what has been hallowed to other than God. Yet whoso is constrained, not desiring nor transgressing, God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”(16:115)
And seems to have no fear of this:
“And do not say, as to what your tongues falsely describe, ‘This is lawful; and this is forbidden, so that you may forge against God falsehood; surely those who forge against God falsehood shall not prosper.” (16:116)
Some even likened smoking to alcohol.We know alcohol is haram due to its intoxicating effect.Again I failed to see the connection.Someone must have confused tobacco for weeds.
And it does not end there.I heard one saying smoking is tantamount to suicide,or harming one’s self.
An act,to be considerd suicidal,should have a higher probability of death when executed.But this is not the case with smoking.Not even half of smokers died of smoking-related illness.
Same goes with harmful acts.It should produced the anticipated effects with high probability to be considered as harmful.Like cutting yourself with a knife,banging your head to the walls.
Astagfirullah…and Allah knows best!