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Is Hookah Makrooh or Haram?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Tafseer Raheemi

Question

Could you please tell me the ruling for smoking sheesha or hookah? I have heard from some that it is makrooh and from others that it is haraam. Could you please clarify for me?

Jazakallah

Answer

Depending on the contents, it is severely makrooh. However if haram substance are added (e.g. drugs), it will become haram – many Ulama say it is worse than smoking a ciggarette. The reason is that a cigarette finishes in 2 minutes whereas a hookah takes 2 hours. Plus when you go to a cafe, there is too much smoke inside, and intermixing and other stuff which Allah does no like. Therefore be careful.

This answer was collected from Tafseer-Raheemi.com the official website of Sheikh Abdul Raheem Limbada (Hafizahullah) of UK.

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