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Say yes to addiction

February 14, 2003


Yes you have every right to say yes to addiction because you are a human being and you are alllowed to make choices, you have freedom of choice ^^^^ but just give a look at this article.

Most Muslims are aware of and try to avoid the major sins in Islam - murder, suicide, adultery, alcohol, gambling, usury, etc. Muslims are forbidden to harm themselves or others.

The danger is tobacco use - cigarette and cigar smoking, chew, etc. Qur'an gives us general guidelines, and calls upon us to use our reason and intelligence, and seek guidance from Allah about what is right and wrong. In the Qur'an, Allah says, "...he [the Prophet] commands them what is just, and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good, and prohibits them from what is bad..." (Surah al-Ar'af 7:157). So what are the evils of tobacco use, for your health and for your deen (religion)?

"Do not kill yourselves, for indeed Allah (God) is Most Merciful to you"

An aggression against a human life is the second greatest sin, second only to a denial of Allah Himself.

There is increase in self-destructive behavior, we witness a growing disrespect for human life.The Islamic teaching require the Muslim to be resolute in facing hardship; he is not permitted to give up and to run to away from the troubles of life. A humanbeing is created to strive not to run.

Out of all the bounties Allah has bestowed upon human beings, the most precious is the gift of life, our personal property. If you trust your Creator then utilise each and every moment of our lives in the paths that please Him. In one verse of the Quraan Allah informs mankind, "And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)". (Surah Adh-Dhariyat Verse 56)

At times Allah in his infinite wisdom, puts a person in intense grief, to see if the servant turns to Allah and seeks guidance and help.

Excellent examples of both situations are found in the life and story of the Prophet of Allah, Ayyub (AS). Allah granted him many bounties, then he gave him such illness that the people around him could not bear. Prophet Ayyub (AS) turned to Allah for help and Allah in his infinite mercy returned all the past bounties upon him. In some narrations it has been said that Allah gave him more bounties than the amount he had before his illness. In the Quraan Allah has mentioned the call for help of Prophet Ayyub (AS). Allah says: "And (Remember) Ayyub (Job), when he cried to his Lord: "Verily, distress has seized me, and you are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy". So We answered his call, and removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his family to him (that he had lost) and the like thereof along with them as a mercy from Ourselves and a reminder for all those who worship Us. (Surah Al-Anbiya Verse 83-84)

Why leave addiction?

In the Qur'an, Allah says: "Those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly bear on themselves a glaring sin" (Surat al-Ahzaab 33:58). And the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that "there should be neither harming, nor reciprocating harm." In another hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt his neighbor." Those around the smoker inhale what is known as "second-hand smoke" - the unfiltered, poisonous waste that goes in the air around the smoker. There are over 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, over 40 of which are known to cause cancer. Second-hand smoke causes or aggravates asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems, especially in children.

The addiction to tobacco is a physical response that often interferes with one's life and worship. For example, most Muslims are aware that it is forbidden to smoke during the fasting days of Ramadan.

Muslims are advised to refrain from eating raw onions and garlic - simply as a courtesy to those around them. Cigarette smell comes from everything around the smoker - hair, clothing, home, car, etc. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever has eaten from such greens as garlic, onions or leek should keep away from our mosque."

Allah says, "...But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily spendthrifts are brothers of the devils..." {Surah al-Israa' 17:26-27} And in an authentic hadith the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that: "Allah hates for you three things: gossiping, begging, and wasting money."

How to quit smoking

With the help of Allah and the personal commitment to improve yourself for the sake of Allah, and for your own health, it is possible. It is first recommended to make the firm intention, from deep in your heart, to give up this evil habit. Trust in Allah's words: "...When you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust in Him. If Allah help you, none can overcome you; if He forsakes you, who is - after that - that can help you? In Allah, then, let believers put their trust" (Surah Al-'lmran 3:159-160).

Secondly, one must avoid situations where you are used to smoking, and people who do so around you. Drink a lot of water and keep yourself busy in other endeavors. Go to the masjed. Play sports. And remember the words of Allah: "And those who strive hard in Our Cause, We will certainly guide them to Our Paths, for verily Allah is with those who do right" (Surah al-Ankabut 29:69).

If you live with or are friends with smokers, first of all encourage them to quit, for the sake of Allah, their deen, and their health. Do not allow it in enclosed quarters with your family. Even if the smoker is a parent or your child.

For more information look at smoking in Islam - the history, the rulings, and full explanation with citations from Islamic resources: Smoking: A Social Poison


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