Trading in cigarettes

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Volume 13, Page 31, Question No.1 of Fatwa No.4947

Question: What is the Islaamic ruling regarding one who trades in cigarettes which are sold under licence from the cigarette company?

Response: Smoking is haraam, growing tobacco is haraam, and trading in it is haraam, because of the great harm which it causes. And it was narrated in the hadeeth:

«There should be no causing harm nor reciprocating harm»,

…and because it is [regarded as] one of the evil things (al-khabaa.ith).

Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says, in describing the Prophet ﷺ:

{He allows them as lawful at-Tayyibaat [all good and lawful things] and prohibits them as unlawful al-Khabaa.ith [all evil and unlawful things]}, [Soorah al-A’raaf, Aayah 157].

And Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says (interpretation of the meaning):

{They ask you what is lawful for them. Say: ‘Lawful unto you are at-Tayyibaat [all good and lawful things]}, [Soorah al-Maa’idah, Aayah 4].

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.

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