Do Muslims Smoke?


Tobacco smoking kills 5.4 million people per year. It is big business. Though rates vary, many Muslims smoke— with 50 percent of some populations like the Turkish and Bangladeshis. Muslim women’s rates are also increasing.

Women have some unique risks linked to smoking. Women over 35 who smoke and use birth control pills have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots of the legs. Women who smoke are more likely to miscarry (lose the baby) or have a lower birth-weight baby. And low birth-weight babies are more likely to die, or have learning and physical problems.

Most imams will tell you that smoking is haraam.  Even if you believe it is makruh, the amount of money a smoker spends on cigarette smoking in a period of 30 years is calculated to be $200,000 or more. All this money is wasted (not including the money spent on smoker’s health care).  

Allah (SWT) says:  But squander not your wealth in the manner of a spend thrift, verily spendthrifts are brothers of evils.” Surah, Al-Isra, 17: 26, 27


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