Ruling of Selling Cigarette in Islam

Ruling of Selling Cigarette in Islam

Ruling of Selling Cigarette

Smoking is a forbidden act. Hundred of scholars have issued fatwas stating that smoking is forbidden. Allah the Glorified and Exalted also declared,

وَيُحِلُّ لَهُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَيُحَرِّمُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْخَبَائِثَ

“He enjoins upon them what is good and forbids them what is evil.” (QS. Al A’raf/The Height: 157)

The natural tendency also shows that smoking is an evil act. On Ramadan, if there’s a heavy smoker who breaks his fast at mosque, will he dare to smoke while he is still in it? Certainly we’ll agree that he wont dare to do it. But is he dare to smoke while he is in the toilet? Surely the answer is yes.

Is there any favor comes from Allah, which, after being used, the rest will be stomped over? Reality shows that there is not even a single cattle come around tobacco plant and eat it. And reality shows that the soil that is used to plant tobacco can’t be used to grow any other plant.

Today, we could say that everyone agree that cigarette is dangerous, whereas the Prophet said,

لا ضرر ولا ضرار

“It is not allowed (for a person) to endanger himself or other people.” (Narrated by Ibn Maja).

Among thing that almost become an axiom in this century is that children of a non-smoker is smarter than children of a smoker. Children of non-smoker parent has a far better immune system than children of a smoker.

Smoking is forbidden. Some past time and current scholars have confirmed that it is forbidden due to its evil and danger. Everything that is forbidden to consume, is forbidden be grown and produced. Thus, it is forbidden to consume, sell, buy, and produce cigarette, as well as planting tobacco.

Income obtained from cigarette selling is forbidden. Wage from people who work at the cigarette factory is also forbidden.

(Fatwa of Sheikh Masyhur Hasan al Salman).

Author: Ustadz Aris Munandar, Mp.i

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