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Smoking

This study aims to review the views of Muftis on the practice of smoking. It will focus on determining the existing ethico-legal discourse of Muslim jurists along a spectrum of Islamic moral status of actions and will look at how their Fatwās impact the physical, social and psychological well-being of the individual and society.

Specifically, the objectives are:

  • To collect a sample of Fatwās on tobacco smoking from e-Fatwā websites
  • To collect a sample of Fatwās on tobacco smoking issued by the Islamic medical associations of the 57 member countries of OIC
  • To review these Fatwās
  • To understand the impact of drug abuse and smoking on the physical, psychological and social well-being of the individual and society
  • To understand existing scales used to classify the harm of smoking and drugs
  • To identify views specifically around the smoking of tobacco and shisha, and the consumption of khat, as well as amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, and opioids
  • To present views of Muslim jurists around contemporary cessation techniques for addicts
  • To outline the legal and philosophical differences, if any, between the use of hard drugs for recreational purposes and medicinal purposes
  • To evaluate the quality of the arguments and identify weaknesses in need of further contextualisation or development
    To identify gaps in the literature in need of further research

While a review of the physical, social and psychological impact of smoking and hard drugs on the individual and society and existing classification techniques is beyond the scope of this review , a brief overview in the way we have outlined above will help the collaborative team better situate the reasoning employed by legal jurists.

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