Smoke And Smoking.

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Bismihi Ta`ala 


 The smoke of burning wood or charcoal for cooking food does not affect Sawm/roza. Because such smoke or car smoke or smoke of someone smoking near you cannot be avoided. Remember that Sahabahs were cooking on wood for their iftaar. The issue is mentioned in Fatawa Shami-Haskafi:
( أَوْ دَخَلَ حَلْقَهُ غُبَارٌ أَوْ ذُبَابٌ أَوْ دُخَانٌ ) وَلَوْ ذَاكِرًا اسْتِحْسَانًا لِعَدَمِ إمْكَانِ التَّحَرُّزِ عَنْهُ ، وَمُفَادُهُ أَنَّهُ لَوْ أَدْخَلَ حَلْقَهُ الدُّخَانَ أَفْطَرَ أَيَّ دُخَانٍ كَانَ وَلَوْ عُودًا أَوْ عَنْبَرًا لَهُ ذَاكِرًا لِإِمْكَانِ التَّحَرُّزِ عَنْهُ فَلْيُتَنَبَّهْ لَهُ كَمَا بَسَطَهُ الشُّرُنْبُلَالِيُّ . شامي حصكفي

‘’Even if knowingly dust get in his throat or a fly or smoke(even then his sawn won`t break) because we can`t avoid them. The conclusion is that if purposely (come close to sniff) the smoke then the fast will break…’’(Shami) 

 That is why smoking cigarette will break fast, inhalers will break fast and inhaling vapour vicks also will break fast. Because it is sniffed purposely for the smoke. That is why to come close to Uod or Bakhoor smoke and sniff it purposely then it will break the fast.  

But Permissible to cook brai, grill meat etc. Because the smoke is inevitable through these cooking. But not permissible to come close to the concentrated smoke and purposely inhale. 


There are some ahadiths where Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam discouraged the use of charcoal. This type of hadith take the angle of medical sunnah or a medical advice. Not a shariah prescription. That is if someone take it, then it will not be a sin. But advisable to avoid. 

Medical sunnah has a light application on the basis of Shariah. The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam asking Hazrat Ali r.a. that whether he is eating dates although his one eye is affected by conjunctivitis. Hazrat Ali r.a. answered that he is eating the dates from the other healthful eye. So Rasouloullah SAW smiled to that.(Ibn Majah/Tabrani/Hakim)

 حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْوَهَّابِ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا مُوسَى بْنُ إِسْمَعِيلَ حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ الْمُبَارَكِ عَنْ عَبْدِ الْحَمِيدِ بْنِ صَيْفِيٍّ مِنْ وَلَدِ صُهَيْبٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ جَدِّهِ صُهَيْبٍ قَالَ
قَدِمْتُ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَبَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ خُبْزٌ وَتَمْرٌ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ادْنُ فَكُلْ فَأَخَذْتُ آكُلُ مِنْ التَّمْرِ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ تَأْكُلُ تَمْرًا وَبِكَ رَمَدٌ قَالَ فَقُلْتُ إِنِّي أَمْضُغُ مِنْ نَاحِيَةٍ أُخْرَى فَتَبَسَّمَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَابن ماجة

The smile meant that the advice was on a light note. Not a shariah prescription. Medical sunnah advice.

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