Here is what Quran and some scholars say:
- Allah, جل جلاله, says in Quran: “Don't throw yourself into danger by your own hands...” (el-Bakara 2/195).
- Shaykh Qaradawi, Egyptian scholar, believes it is no longer a place to discuss, since we know the health risks. Here is a quotation (source) :
... They [scholars] all agree that whatever is proved to be harmful to
the body and mind is prohibited, yet they differ whether this ruling
applies to smoking...Our inclination to consider smoking prohibited
does not mean that it is as grave as major sins like adultery,
drinking alcohol or theft...
We will report the opinion of some Muslim scholars, namely that the
ruling on indirect gradual harm is equal to that of direct immediate
harm, which is prohibition. If a substance has an immediate effective
poisonous effect and another substance has a slow effective poisonous
effect, they are both equally prohibited. Thus, the difference among
the scholars of fatwa over the prohibition or permissibility of
smoking tobacco is relative to their acquaintance with its
In reply to those who wonder how tobacco, which is just a plant, can be deemed prohibited without a legal text (from the Qur’an or the Sunnah) as proof, we say that the Lawgiver (Allah) does not have to provide a text for each case of prohibition.
- There is a PubMed/WHO resource addressing the prohibition of smoking by Al-Azhar University figures (here and a WHO report in 2003).
Here is what I personally do: (Thought based)
I look at each action's short term and long term effects. Also if possible match it with a tafseer from Quran.
Regarding this special topic, smoking and what is being smoked!, I'd suggest look at the medical research first. ANY kind of smoking is proven to be damaging to your body, specially lungs,which the organ will talk about it on the judgement day.
So, here is your call:
Do you wanna "enjoy" the moment and get high/smoke?
I would say no since it damages me in three ways:
-short term: some of my friends and family may get upset or people around me may get hurt.
- long term: increase the chance of getting cancer significantly and more on health issues.
- Aakherah: My body will say I damaged and hurt it. I guess I'd have enough to deal with at that time that I wouldn't need another one.