1. Is smoking a cigarette haram and is consuming paan haram? As we know that smoking is the #1 preventable cause of death. I have been confused about smoking cigarettes. I have heard that its haram because it damages your health, it’s a waste of money, and Allah says وَلاَ تُلْقُواْ بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ and smoking is literally destroying yourself. I have also heard its makrooh, so which one is it? Also about paan, it damages your health as my uncle has lost his teeth due to it.
2. How do you reply to someone who says that my death has already been written by Allah. A cigarette can’t kill me faster or change my death date. What do you say to them?
1. Whatever you find is harmful to your health leave it out.
2. I suggest that you don’t get into any discussion with this type of people. Refer them directly to some ulama. The standard answer is that the body is a gift of Allah Ta`ala and an amaanat, and to take care of an amaanat is a duty and to abuse and neglect is obviously neglecting the amaanat.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.