Q. What is the ruling on Smoking? Is it halal or haraam?

Dr Zakir Naik :: Question & Answer

"Smoking is nothing but slow poisoning" - Dr Zakir Naik “Smoking is nothing but slow poisoning” – Dr Zakir Naik


A. (#DrZakirNaik):
As Far as smoking is concerned several years before when science hadn’t advanced that far most of the scholars used to say smoking is ‘makrooh’ (not desirable but not haraam) based on the hadith of Muhammad (peace be upon him), “Anyone who eats garlic or onion should stay away from us and stay away from the mosque.” Because there is a bad breath. So when you are smoking the breath is worse than onion or garlic so based on this hadith scholars gave the ‘fatwah’ that smoking is ‘makrooh‘. But now after science has advanced we have come to know smoking is nothing but slow poisoning. Tobacco in any form whether it is smoking cigarettes’, ‘beedi’, whether tobacco in hookah, whether chewing tobacco or forms of tobacco containing nicotine and tar. And we know it is nothing…

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Q. If someone falls unconscious for couple of hours, does this break the fast?

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A. (#DrZakirNaik): Unconsciousness per say if it is for a short period like couple of hours while fasting it does not break the fast. There is a unanimous ruling among the ‘ulemas’. But if he is unconscious right from the beginning of ‘fajar’ (before dawn) up to sunset then his fast is invalid. He has to make up his fast after the month of Ramadan.

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Q. If a person by profession deals with ‘riba’ (interest). Does this mean that there fast will not be accepted?

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dealing with interest is a major sin in Islam dealing with interest is a major sin in Islam

A. (#DrZakirNaik): As far as riba is concerned, it is a major sin. It is ‘gunahe-kabeera’ and ribah has been mentioned in the Quran in no less than 8 different places. Allah mentions it in Surah Al-Imran Ch. 3 V. 130, in Surah Nisa Ch.4 V. 161. It is mentioned thrice in Surah Al-Baqarah Ch. 2 V. 275, Also mentioned in same surah in V. 276, V. 278 & V. 279. And I will quote that last verse only in which Allah says,“Give up what remains your demands of usury and anyone who does not give up the demand of usury (interest/ribah) then take a notice of a war from Allah and his Rasool”.if anyone deals with ribah/interest/usury Allah and his Rasool will wage a war against you. It is most serious, it is…

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Q. Can a woman visit a gynecologist during Ramadan?

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A. (#DrZakirNaik): For a lady to visit a gynecologist while she is fasting it is not prohibited but she should take care that the gynecologist she visits is a lady because she has to maintain the hijab. It is not advisable or rather it is haraam that she goes to a gent gynecologist. Unless there is no one in that area and it is an emergency or a death threat situation then if she doesn’t find a lady gynecologist and she goes to a gent gynecologist then it can be excused as a last resort. Now when she visits a gynecologist if an examination is done If it is a PV (per vaginal or bi-manual examination) and if finger is inserted into the vagina it does not break the fast neither if an instrument is inserted into the vagina for any testing or examination, it will not break the fast. Furthermore…

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Q. Can one marry in Ramadan?

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can we marry in ramadan? can we marry in Ramadan?

A. (#DrZakirNaik): As far as marrying in the month of Ramadan is concerned there is no text in the Quran or Sahih Hadith which I know where it is forbidden to marry in the month of Ramadan. A person can marry in any month of the year. So in Ramadan since he has to abstain apart from food and drink he has to abstain from sexual intercourse so it depends upon him so when he marries in the month of Ramadan the lady he is marrying is his new wife so will he be able to supress his feelings during the day time from beginning of dawn till sunset. That will he be able to abstain that is a test! So if he can abstain from sexual intercourse then he can marry but it is advisable that he delays his marriage after the month of…

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Q. Is fast broken by vomiting?

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A. (by DrZakir): As far as vomiting is concerned our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said,“Anyone who vomits involuntary then he should not make up the fast but the person who vomits voluntary (i.e. vomits deliberately) then he has to make up for the fast.” So if someone vomits unintentionally the fast is not invalidated and he has to continue his fast but if someone vomits deliberately like putting a finger in his mouth and vomiting or pressing his stomach and vomiting or purposely smelling something which is very nasty and continues to do that and he vomits or he looks at something which is undesirable and keeps on looking at it till he vomits. So all these comes under the act of deliberate vomiting. Then you have to make up the fast.

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Q. Is my fast invalidated if i unintentionally eat something?

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Fast is not broken if one unintentionally eats or drinks while fasting If a person eats or drinks unintentionally should complete his fast and what he has eaten and drunk is from Allah subhanwatala.” – Sahih Hadith

A. (#DrZakirNaik): If someone eats or drinks unintentionally out of forgetfulness then the fast does not break and this happens many times in first few days of Ramadan, people are so used to get up and eating or drinking water in the kitchen. So in first few days it does happen with some people that they forget and have the water or eat food not knowing that they are fasting. So in such case fast is not invalidated and one has to complete his fast. This is according to the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who said,“If a person eats or drinks unintentionally should complete his fast and what he has eaten and drunk is from Allah subhanwatala.” And our beloved…

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