The ruling on smoking and whether it breaks wudhu

Fatwa ID: 01645

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Question:

Today my question is,is smoking cigerete haram or not and by smoking do the ablution break….

Answer:

Bismillah

Scholars all over the world differ on the ruling of smoking. Arab scholars are of the view that smoking is Haraam as it is a slow method of suicide and commiting suicide is haraam in Islam. Furthermore, it creates bad smell and is a waste of money.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) in the Holy Qur’an has said;

“And do not put yourselves into destruction.” (Surah Al Baqarah V.195)

“And do not squander recklessly. Surely, squanderers are brothers to Shaitan, and the Shaitan is very ungrateful to his lord. (Surah Bani Israaeel V.27)

Scholars from the Indian Sub Continent are of the view that smoking is Makruh Tahrimi as there is not enough strength in the above reasons to say it is Haraam. Makruh Tahrimi is a disliked act very close to Haram. However, this does not mean that this view encourages smoking. Makruh Tahrimi should be avoided and if a person does a Makruh Tahrimi act he should repent and ask forgiveness from Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

Finally, smoking does not break ones wudhu, however, it is prefferable to clean the mouth throughly before you start your prayers or recitation of the Quran. (Aapke Masaail p.57 v.2)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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