|Details of Fatwa|
|Title of Fatwa||If Smoking Is Forbidden, Why Do Many Muslims Smoke?|
|Date of Reply||24/May/2004|
|Topic Of Fatwa||Morals & Values|
|Country Applied||United Kingdom|
|Question of Fatwa||As-salamu `alaykum. If smoking is haram (forbidden), why do so many Muslims smoke? My cousin in Egypt never abstains from smoking, even during Ramadan. I know why it is haram to smoke around children and adults, but is it wrong to occasionally smoke a cigar or two, since it is not forbidden in the Qur’an and does not hinder judgment as alcohol and other drugs do?|
|Name of Mufti||Ahmad Kutty|
|Content of Reply|
Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear brother in Islam, it gives us pleasure to receive your question and to see the Muslim youth are interested in knowing the teachings of Islam, which Allah has chosen for His servants as a way of life. According to the Qur’an, a true Muslim should refer to scholars to acquaint himself with the sound image of Islam.
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