Why Do You Smoke
Muhammad Ibraaheem Al-Hamad
All praise is due to Allaah alone; may He exalt the mention of the final of all
Prophets and Messengers, our Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his
Smoking is a dangerous epidemic and a destructive adversity that catches many
people in its trap. Many of them have live hearts and strong Islamic emotions, yet
they are afflicted with smoking, and they do not deny its harm, its effects and its
prohibition; they hope to give it up, and strive to get rid of it. Such people have a
right upon their brothers to help them and take their hands to the shore of safety.
If you ask any smoker why he smokes, you would receive many different
answers. Some people smoke when they need relief from depression; others smoke
to ease the stress of estrangement fro m their families. Some people smoke with
friends to have fun, while others smoke to rid themselves of worry and anger. There
are those that smoke to imitate those whom they admire, or perhaps they smoke
because they have been doing it from a young age an d cannot stop. You will even
find those who say, “I smoke because it is useful, and I do not believe it is
These are generally the excuses smokers give, and based on this, allow me, my
dear beloved smoking brothers, to discuss this issue with you for a short while, and
perhaps we will come to a satisfying conclusion.
Beloved brother! Are you not convinced that smoking is prohibited and that it has
a very bad impact? Don’t you ever think seriously to permanently give it up? You
would possiblysay, “Yes, but I want to become more convinced that it is harmful so
that I can give it up.” I would say to you, please lend me your ear and listen with
your heart to what I am about to say.
x Remember, before anything else, that you are a slave of Allaahwhich entails that
you submit to Allaah alone. One of the implications of your servitude is that you
must obey him, because in that is your success. Once this is established, you must
remember that smoking is one of the Khabaa’ith (any evil or harmful act); it is a
form of wasting money; you kill yourself by smoking; you are leading yourself to
destruction; you harm other Muslims. Do these things express your obedience to
Allaah or disobedience to Allaah?
x Smoking keeps people away from you and from sittingnext to you, or even
greeting you because your smell does not encourage them to do that.
x Smoking might deprive you from having children because it weakens your sexual
ability and it could lead a person to become sterile.
x If you do beget children, they mig ht have defects, or be handicapped or
x Everybody wishes what is best for his children, but if you are a smoker the result
will be the exact opposite of this.
x Smoking prevents you from keeping ties with your parents and kinship, because
you would avoid smoking around. What good would be expected from a deed
which would deprive you from being around your relatives and eventually sever
ties with them.
x By smoking you support the economy of the enemies of our Muslim nation who
fight us day and night.
x Smoking threatens your life, for most of the manufacturers’ death cases are due to
smoking as medical researches proved. Millions of people die yearly due to
smoking. Not only does smoking cause death, it also makes smokers suffer in the
last few years of their lives.
x Smoking deprives you from true happiness; how would anyone rejoice while his
life is full of sicknesses and always endangered.
x Smoking affects your mind, weakens your ability to think and makes you lazy
according to studies which were conductedin some of the western countries.
x Smoking makes you subject to strokes, heart attacks and sudden death.
x Smoking harms your eyes and causes many eye diseases, like infection of eyelid
and eye nerves and could develop to blinding the person.
x Smoking decreases your rank amongst people and weakens you determination.
x Smoking makes worshipping feel heavy, instigates you to mix with evil people,
and makes you avoid being around virtuous people.
x Smoking weakens your body and power.
x Smoking badly affects almost every part of your body.
x Smoking is one of the main causes of cancer.
x Smoking causes cavities in teeth, gum infections, makes the teeth dirty and
changes their color, and causes soreness to the tongue and the mouth.
x Smoking causes asthma, labored breathing, c oughing, weakens the lungs,
difficulty in digestion, brain stroke, constipation, headaches, weakens the
immunity system and diphtheria.
Beloved brother! Are you not yet convinced? Isn’t there enough of a reminder in
what was mentioned for he who has an a ttentive heart and gives ear while he is
heedful? Most likely you would say yes; therefore, I ask you, when will you give it
up? You would probably say, tomorrow or the day after, or that you would try to give
up later. If so, then you are not yet convinced and will continue to smoke, and will
never stop. You might say, “No, indeed I am convinced, but it is difficult to stop, and
I am afraid to stop now and go back to it again.”
Beloved brother! What is the solution then? Do we stop at a dead end with you
and accept that you will continue to smoke until smoking leads you to destruction?
You would naturally say, no, brother, the situation is not that bad. So, what is the
solution? Perhaps you might be inclined to try something else to avoid the harmful
effects of smoking cigarettes, so you might decide to smoke a pipe, thinking that it
will be less harmful. Don’t you know that all that has been mentioned applies to
smoking the pipe as well, and all similar things? You might reply saying, “I will
switch to a type which is lighter than the one I am smoking now, which would have
less nicotine, which will reduce the harm.”
This is a great deception you will fall into due to the following:
x It has been proven that this leads to smoking a higher number of cigarettes.
x Smokers take a higher number of puffs in each cigarette.
x Smokers inhale smoke deeper and keep it longer in their lungs to make up for the
nicotine that they miss in the lighter cigarettes.
All of the above result in absorbing more nicotine, and it happens without the
smoker noticing it. Therefore, how could you resort to such a solution? If you think
that your previous attempt to give up smoking were to no avail, I would tell you,
brother do not give up hope, because every disease has a cure, every pro blem has a
solution, each lock has a key.
What is the solution, you might ask? I say, give up smoking immediately and
You might say with anxiousness, how? And what is the way to achieve that? How
do I rescue myself from this dangerous habit? Is there a useful method and a
successful means? I will answer you saying, you will find what you are looking for if
you exert the effort and utilize the means. Listen attentively and open your heart, and
with the will of Allaah, you will find all the answers that you are looking for. The
following are things that will help you stop smoking:
x Remembering the harmful effects of smoking and that it is prohibited.
x Sincere repentance to your Lord, and going back to your senses before smoking
ruins your body, and before death attacks you suddenly, so do not delay.
x Seeking the help of Allaah, and supplicating to Him with insistence that He helps
you stop smoking.
x Establishing your prayer because it prevents you from all that is evil and harmful.
x Fasting, because it is an advice from the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam
which strengthens determination, enhances manners and enables fighting ones
x Reciting the Quran, for it has guidance in it to that which is best; exaggerating in
the remembrance of Allaah, you will feel tranquility and calmness; taking refuge
in Allaah from Satan, because it Satan who decorates this sin for you.
x Remembering the benefits of giving up smoking.
x Remembering that whosoever gives up anything for the sake of Allaah, Allaah
will replace it with something better. Allaah replaces with different things, like
feeling content with Allaah, loving Allaah, and feeling calm and tranquil upon
x Remembering the reward of giving up smoking, because the more difficult it is to
give up a sin the more the reward is.
x Remembering that by giving up smoking you rescue yourself from serious and
x Remembering the sweetness of winning against your desires.
x Comparing between the claimed enjoyment of smoking and the severe harm
resulting from it.
x True and strong determination.
x Perseverance, especially in the beginning, because it is heavy when you start
giving it up, but it is never difficult or impossible. With perseverance, this
difficulty gradually fades away, until the smokerbecomes accustomed to the new
situation of giving up smoking. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallamsaid,
“He who strives to persevere, Allaah will enable him to persevere”. Imaam ibn
Al -Qayyimmay Allaah have mercy upon him, said, ‘Those who give up something
for reasons other than for the sake of Allaah find it difficult to give up what they
are used to and have as a habit; but those who give something up sincerely for the
sake of Allaah, will find no difficulty except in the very beginning, because Allaah
will test him to see whether he is truthful or not; so if he perseveres in the
beginning he will taste the sweetness after that’.You always have to remember
that it is easier to persevere giving up smoking than it would be to persevere the
harsh punishment in the Hereafter.
x Being wary of despair; you might try to stop smoking more than one time and fail,
or you might stop it for as while then return to it again. Don’t let this make you
give up, and don’t allow that feeling to creep up to your heart, and keep trying
until you succeed.
x Staying away from bad company, or anything that reminds you of smoking.
x Avoiding listening to smokers who would try to hinder your trials, relying on
Allaah, and challenging yourself to achieve your objective with the will of Allaah.
x If you feel that you are too weak to stop immediately, then stop gradually until
you completely stop.
x Seeking the help of others who could help, like doctors and righteous people.
Finally, I ask Allaah to help you, guide you, and to make belief dear to you and
beautify it in your heart, and to make hated to you disbelief and sinning, and to make
you from those who are rightly guided.