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Are E-Cigarettes Lawful?

Question and answer details
Zahid
2013/01/31
As-salamu `alaykum. My question is regarding the e-liquid used in electronic cigarettes. I gave up smoking cigarettes using them. The liquid used uses three main ingredients: 1. glycol, a food additive 2. flavoring apple, banana 3. nicotine. An e-cigarette leaves no bad smell, helps you to quit smoking. Also you can down your nicotine level, and it is easier to give up than cigs, a million times better than cigarettes. Waiting for your answer. I’m trying to help brothers to quit smoking. Jazak Allah.
Ahmad Kutty
Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Dear brother, it is a great pleasure for us to receive your question that shows your concern about Islam and your eagerness to be a practicing Muslim.

Indeed, giving up smoking or any other habit should be based, or at least started, with lawful methods and techniques; resorting to unlawful ways should be the last choice.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

If this is the only way someone can quit smoking, then it may not be haram to resort to it. However, I know many people who quit smoking by using dhikr and relying on the help of Allah. For details, let me cite here one of my earlier answers:

One of the purposes of the institution of fasting in Islam is to help us break our bad habits and learn positive and life enhancing habits and thus equip us to face the challenges of life.

If, therefore, you fast and turn to Allah for assistance, you can overcome your smoking habit. Many people have overcome such bad habits through fasting. So, many of them have quit smoking cold turkey during the month of Ramadan after having addicted to it for ten to twenty years or even more; they have never turned back.

You can also do the same; but before doing that you must summon enough courage and inner strength by talking to yourself about the negative aspects of smoking. No one can quit any bad habit if he still continues to glamorize it deep in his heart.

It seems you have conditioned to thinking that smoking is great; so talk yourself out of this habit by consciously visualizing all of the negative things about smoking you can think of as well as picturing all the pain, suffering (cancer, etc.) that it entails. Also, think of the valuable resources you are squandering away which could have been used to feed many who are deprived of even the most basic necessities of life.

After having convinced yourself and created enough self motivation, turn to Allah and concentrate on dhikr (remembrance of Allah); thus every time you are prompted to lit a cigarette, cancel that thought by repeating subhanaAllah (Glory be to Allah), al-hamdullillaahi (Praise be to Allah), Allaahuakbar (Allah is most Great).

Plead to Allah to grant you enough strength to master this monster; He will surely help you; imagine that what you are praying for is already given to you. If you are sincere, you will be rewarded in your efforts.

Islam is hard, and yet it is easy for those that Allah has made it easy. You can expect Allah to help you, if only you turn sincerely to Him and surrender yourself to Him.

Allah Almighty knows best.


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