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What does Islam say about tobacco/cigarette based business/job? Actually I am Director Sales & Marketing of a world renowned tobacco group and some of my Muslim brothers told me that it is Makroh-e-Tehrimi (close to Haram). They tell me that I am selling cancer stick, and I will be held accountable by Allah because of my role in expanding heart diseases and cancer. I am very much curious since I am earning a living through this business.    

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Albalagh.net

Earning a Living from Tobacco Sales

By Mufti Shafiq Jakhura


Q.: What does Islam say about tobacco/cigarette based business/job?

Actually I am Director Sales & Marketing of a world renowned tobacco group and some of my Muslim brothers told me that it is Makroh-e-Tehrimi (close to Haram). They tell me that I am selling cancer stick, and I will be held accountable by Allah because of my role in expanding heart diseases and cancer.

I am very much curious since I am earning a living through this business.  


A.

Although your employment at the said company and the income derived there from cannot be deemed as absolutely prohibited and haram, it is not a preferred form of employment for the reasons mentioned in your question. It will be best to gradually phase oneself out from such an employment and seek a more appropriate alternative.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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