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Smoking is enemy of humanity

{He allows them that which is lawful (At-Tayibaat) and prohibits them that which is unlawful

Source : Agencies / 26 May 2014

Rodrigo de Jerez was one of the Spanish crewmen who sailed to the Americas on the Santa Maria as part of Christopher Columbus's first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492. He is credited with being the first European smoker.

In November 1492, Jerez and Luis de Torres first observed natives smoking. They were searching for the Emperor of China in Cuba. Apparently, the natives made rolls of palm and mais leaves in the manner of a musket formed of paper with tobacco on the inside. One would light one side and drink the smoke out of the other.

Jerez picked up the tobacco smoking habit. When he returned to Europe in the Niña, he introduced the habit to his home town, Ayamonte.

How smoking hurts your health

Smoking seriously hurts your lungs:

1. Smoking damages your lungs' natural cleaning and repair system and traps cancer-causing chemicals in your lungs.

Smoking destroys the tiny hairs (cilia), which line the upper airways and protect against infection. Normally, there is a thin layer of mucous and thousands of these cilia lining the insides of your breathing tubes. The mucous traps the little bits of dirt and pollution you breathe in, and the cilia move together like a wave to push the dirt-filled mucous out of your lungs. Then you cough, swallow, or spit up the mucous, and the dirt is out of your lungs.

When your lungs' natural cleaning and repair system is damaged, germs, dirt and chemicals from cigarette smoke stay inside your lungs. This puts you at risk for chronic cough, chest infections, lung cancer and COPD. Learn more about what's in cigarettes.

2. Smoking permanently damages the alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs, making it hard to breathe.

The alveoli, little air sacs at the tips of your lungs, are built like tiny, stretchy balloons. As you breathe in, your alveoli help you absorb oxygen into your body, and as you breathe out, alveoli help get rid of the waste gas carbon dioxide. (Carbon dioxide is a harmful gas that's also found in car exhaust fumes.) Smoke damages you lungs so much that your alveoli become less stretchy. This means it's harder for your lungs to take in the oxygen you need and harder to get rid of carbon dioxide. When the alveoli are damaged like this, you can feel short of breath and tired. Your heart has to pump much harder to give your body the oxygen it needs. Over time, this damage can lead to COPD and heart disease.

Signs of lung damage from smoking

It's common for smokers to ignore or downplay the symptoms of lung damage:

- feeling out of breath when walking up a short flight of stairs

- coughing

- spitting up mucous

- repeat chest infections

These are not signs of aging or simply being out of shape. These are real signs of the damage that smoking is doing to your lungs. If you have these signs of smoking damage to your lungs, see you doctor. Unless you do something now, these symptoms will keep getting worse.

Islamic position

Smoking is Haraam (prohibited) due to its many harmful effects and evil consequences. This is a well-known and universally accepted fact. No one could seriously doubt or refute this truth. The harms of smoking have been proved through evidence that doctors have agreed upon. The tobacco that is smoked is something evil and Almighty Allaah has made lawful for his slaves everything that is good and beneficial and has forbidden all that is evil and harmful. Allaah Says (what means):

{They ask you (O Muhammad) what has been made lawful for them. Say, “Lawful for you are At-Tayyibaat [foods which are lawful]…}[Quran 5:4]

Almighty Allaah states the very purpose for which He sent the Prophet (pbuh), Saying (what means): {He allows them that which is lawful (At-Tayibaat) and prohibits them that which is unlawful (Al-Khabaa’ith).} [Quran 7:157]

The Prophet, peace be upon him, is reported to have said, 'Do not harm yourselves or others.' Furthermore, tobacco is unwholesome, and God says in the Qur'an that the Prophet, peace be upon him, 'enjoins upon them that which is good and pure, and forbids them that which is unwholesome'"

Therefore and in brief, smoking is a means of killing oneself slowly and Almighty Allaah has forbidden killing oneself, so no one should differ in this prohibition (i.e. prohibiting smoking).


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