QUESTION: What is the Shariah’s viewpoint regarding smoking hookah? It has become a craze among many youngsters – boys and girls. One Maulana says that it is Makrooh Tanzihi. Please comment.
ANSWER: There is no scope for permissibility in the Shariah for the filthy, harmful hookah fad. It is absolutely intolerable for Muslim girls to indulge in this act of satanism. Medical experts have confirmed that it causes mouth cancer – (South African Dental Association).
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DANGERS OF SMOKING HUBBLY
“The Association released shock statistics on oral and oro-pharyngeal cancers at a recent media briefing, including the link with smoking dagga. In the past these types of cancer mostly occurred in adults over the age of 45, but they have become increasingly prevalent in people between 20 and 30.
The hubbly bubbly pipe exposes the user to a lot more carbon monoxide than cigarette smoke.” [The Herald]
According to the Shariah Dharar (the element of harm) is a factor of prohibition. Poison is haraam on account of Dharar and so is eating sand, glass, etc.. Hookah is haraam on the basis of several factors of prohibition:
Dharar, fisq and fujoor gatherings of teenagers, destruction of the haya of girls, and wastage of money and time. There is no scope for permissibility of hookah.
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