Smoking whilst fasting

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 527, Fatwa No.496;
Fataawa ash-Shaykh Muhammed as-Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Page 504-505

Question: Since smoking is not [considered as] food or drink, and nor does it reach the stomach, then is it [considered to be] that which breaks the fast?

Response: So, we say to him: Certainly smoking is haraam in Ramadhaan and other than Ramadhaan and in the night and in the day. So fear Allaah (Subhaanahu wa-Ta’aala) regarding yourself and abandon smoking. Save your health, teeth, wealth, your children and your active ability with your wife such that Allaah (Subhaanahu wa-Ta’aala) can bless you with good health.

As for his statement “…smoking is not a drink (sharaab)”, then my advice to him and the likes of him is to fear Allaah (Subhaanahu wa-Ta’aala) regarding himself, his wealth, his children and his wife because all of these are affected by his smoking. I ask Allaah for protection for him and his Muslim brothers from that which causes Allaah (Subhaanahu wa-Ta’aala) to become angry. And with this it is clear that smoking breaks the fast in addition to committing a sin.

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.

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