Sunday, 09 March 2008 23:19

The Ahadith greatly stress the importance of not causing inconvenience to the next person. However, often knowingly or unwittingly, we inconvenience others and do not even consider that we have acted contrary to the Hadith. Such inconvenience occurs in various ways, in the home, in public, at the Musjid and at other places. While not restricted to this, one of the very common forms of inconvenience to others is by means of the odour of cigarettes. This is especially important since not only humans are affected by its odour but even the angels are inconvenienced. It is reported in a Hadith that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Those who have eaten (raw) onions or garlic should not come to the Musjid (ie. they should first totally remove the smell and then come to the Musjid)”( Mishkaat pg.70). This is specifically due to the offensive smell. The following Hadith makes this absolutely evident. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Whoever has eaten from these foul-smelling trees (onion and garlic) should not come close to our Musjid (before  removing the odour) for verily the angels also are annoyed and irritated by those things which annoy and irritate humans” (Bukhari, Muslim & Mishkaat pg. 69). Hence to enter the Musjid with the offensive smell of cigarettes in one’s mouth is indeed extremely reprehensible moreso because it also disturbs the pure angels of Allah Ta’ala.

At times when marital disputes are handled, among the complaints of the wife is that she is greatly inconvenienced by the smoking of the husband and its resultant odour. However, to keep the peace it is patiently tolerated.



Apart from inconveniencing others, the smoker also harms himself and others. Consider the following facts on smoking:

Tobacco smoke, whether inhaled directly (mainstream smoke) or indirectly (sidestream smoke from the burning end of the cigarette), contains more than 200 toxic (poisonous) and 43 carcinogenic (cancer-producing) substances.  Some of the poisonous substances inhaled in cigarette smoke are:

1. Carbon Monoxide: This is an extremely poisonous gas. Carbon monoxide prevents haemoglobin (the oxygen carrying substance in the blood) from supplying oxygen to the body. A general lack of energy is the result.

2. Nicotine: This is an insecticide and useful as an agent in the tanning of hides. A mere 50mg of nicotine can kill a person if injected directly into the arteries. A smoker takes in upto 2 milligrams of nicotine per cigarette.

3. Tar: It is the same substance used for the surfacing of roads. Besides clogging the lungs, it also makes the teeth yellow, causes tooth decay and inflammation of the gums.

4. Arsenic: It is a deadly poison. Prolonged low-dose exposure causes cancer. Many rat poisons, insecticides and weed killers contain arsenic.