Farming tobacco and its profits

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Volume 13, Page 62, Question No. 1 of Fatwa No.15928

Question: What is the Islaamic ruling regarding farming tobacco and the money earned by the farmers from selling it?

Response: It is not permissible to farm tobacco, or to sell it and nor to smoke it because it is haraam in many ways: due to its harmful effects on [one’s] health, due to its evilness and lack of benefit. [So] it is upon the Muslim to leave it [completely] and distance himself from it, not to farm it or trade in it because if Allaah has made something haraam then it’s trade is also haraam.

And Allaah [alone] has the Complete knowledge [of all affairs].

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet ﷺ and his family and his companions.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.