Ramadhan: Best time to quit smoking

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MUSLIMS should take advantage of Ramadhan and use the month of abstinence to quit smoking, said the dean of student affairs of the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) yesterday.

Dr Hj Noralizam Hj Ali Akbar told The Brunei Times, on the sidelines of the KUPU SB opening of tadarus for staff and students, that Ramadhan would be the best time to kick the habit of smoking provided that the smoker has strong self-will.

“Sometimes smokers say, I can’t stop smoking or I have trouble quitting but these claims to me are unacceptable because a heavy smoker that would usually smoke one or two packets a day would abstain from doing so during their fast. And fasting here is more than 12 hours, this shows that it is definitely possible,” he said.

“Even more, the Al-Quran testifies that change is possible for any individual. It says therein: Allah SWT will not change the condition of a person until they change what is within themselves. From here we see that there is definitely a possibility,” the dean said, who is a regular invited speaker for religious talks.

Dr Hj Noralizam said the detrimental effects of smoking on health was considered an abuse of one’s body and therefore considered haram in Islam.

He also said although there was no direct verse in the Al-Quran stating that smoking was haram but there were verses stating that man was completely prohibited from harming their body and health.

“The Al-Quran says, make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah SWT loves those who do good,” he cited.

He also shared a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad SAW which loosely translates as “we are not allowed to directly cause harm to our selves, nor are we allowed to cause harm (to others)”.

“Such is the case for smoking, when we smoke, others around us will be passive smoking through us and this is an example of causing harm to others although indirectly.”

He also enumerated other negative effects derive from smoking such as negative impacts on the environment as well as offending others.

“When we throw the buds out it damages the environment and the ashes and the smell from the cigarette may offend those around us,” he said.

The dean said smoking would deter a Muslim’s endeavour to be hygienic - another important aspect in Islam as “cleanliness is a part of faith as stated by the Prophet SAW”.

Dr Hj Noralizam said that Muslims should understand that body and health was an entrustment upon the individual – “something that is lent” – and not owned by the person.

“Allah SAW has commanded us to safeguard our physical and mental health. We should see it this way and do our very best to safeguard these gifts we are entrusted with and rid ourselves of the ‘it is my body so I will do as I like’ mentality,” he said.

“Muslims should also be patient when kicking the addiction and seeking consultation, for in due time he or she will succeed InsyaAllah,” Dr Hj Noralizam said.

According to the latest reports of World Health Organization, tobacco kills around six million people each year and more than five million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600, 000 are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

The Brunei Times