Scholar: Imâm Muhammad bin Sâlih bin ´Uthaymîn
Source: Liqâ’ al-Bâb al-Maftûh (198 B)
- Question: Is the one who died due to smoking considered to have committed suicide?
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymîn: Do you think that he who smokes, does so to die? Yes or no?
Ibn ‘Uthaymîn: Well, then he has not committed suicide.
As for the person who ties explosives around the stomach and blows himself up amongst the enemy, he is a self-murderer. There is a difference between the person who intends to take his own life and the person who doesn’t intend it. However, that smoking leads to death is one of the greatest evidence that smoking is prohibited. I have no doubt that smoking is forbidden. It harms the body, the character and the economy. Do you not know that the smoker can sell his honour for a cigarette?
Thus, I do not doubt that smoking is prohibited. However, I do not say that the smoker is a self-murderer since he did not intend to kill himself.