Fatwa: # 29619
Category: Food and Nourishment
Country: Canada
Date: 25th June 2014


Is eating tobacco in any form like gutkha, mava, paan Cigarette, etc permissible in Islam?



Is eating tobacco in any form like gutkha, mava, paan Cigarette, etc permissible in Islam 

as there are lot of people in INDIA i see who are teacher of Islam they eat all this stuffs 

pls give your kind reply on this?


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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Tobacco is not the only ingredient in cigarettes. There are many other ingredients found in cigarettes which are extremely hazardous to one’s health[1]:

  • Cyanide
  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Methanol (wood alcohol)
  • Acetylene (the fuel used in welding torches)
  • Ammonia

As such, cigarette smoking is Makrūh (reprehensible).[2]

The ingredients of paan and their quantity are not standard. If paan is made in such a way that it is hazardous to one’s health, it will also be Makrūh (reprehensible).

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hisham Dawood

Student, Darul Iftaa
Chicago, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/tobaccocancer/questionsaboutsmokingtobaccoandhealth/questions-about-smoking-tobacco-and-health-cancer-and-health


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١. قسم ضرره ظاهر مهلك كالسم و الزجاج و الحديد و الزيبق و الجص و ما أشبه ذلك فيحرم أكله جامدا و شربه مائعا.

٢. و قسم ضرره ظاهر و لكن غير مهلك كالتراب و الطين و الحجر و نحوها فيكره أكها جامدة و شربها مائعة إلا قليل تراب في ماء.

٣.و قسم ضرره غير ظاهر و هو...(الدرر المباحة في الحظر و الإباحة ص-٤٤، دار ابن حزم)                 

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