Smoking is Unlawful in Islam

  • Ibrahim B Syed University of Louisville School of Medicine Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Keywords: Islam, Tobacco, Smoking

Abstract

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/15-4-12420

Cigarette smoking is the most widespread example of drug dependence in the United States and in all the Islamic countries as well. The U.S. Surgeon General's Office considers cigarette smoking to be America's worst drug addiction problem. Medical investigations show that cigarette smoking is a major factor in the development of many cases of cancer, heart trouble, chronic lung and respiratory diseases and other ailments. Smoking causes more illnesses and death than all other drugs. Cigarette smoking by pregnant women results in deleterious health effects on their newborn children. These findings and the revelations in the Holy Qur'an clearly prohibit smoking of tobacco by Muslims. Hence smoking is considered unlawful in Islam.

Author Biography

Ibrahim B Syed, University of Louisville School of Medicine Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Sc.D., F.A.C.R., F.Inst.P., F.A.I.C., F.R.S.H.

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Professor of Nuclear Medicine Technology

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Louisville, Kentucky

Published
1983-10-01
Section
Islamic Perspectives