The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam

While Islam reprimands all those who, on their own authority, declare what is lawful and what is prohibited, it is more strict with respect to those who voice prohibitions; for the tendency to set up prohibitions results in hardship for human beings, unjustifiably narrowing what Allah has made spacious for His creatures. Read more

Smoking Is Haram (Unlawful) In Islam


Cigarette smoking is the most widespread example of drug dependence in the United States and in all the Islamic countries as well. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Office considers cigarette smoking to America’s worst drug addiction problem. Medical investigations show that cigarette smoking is a major factor in the development of many cases of cancer, heart trouble, chronic lung and respiratory disease and Read more

Directives of the Shari`ah Regarding Edibles

The Basic Principle

The basic underlying purpose and direction of all the directives of the Islamic Shari`ah [1] is the purification and cleansing of the human mind, body and soul. It is with this basic stress in its general directives that the Shari`ah also requires man to keep in perspective the criterion of the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’; the ‘fit’ and the ‘unfit’; the ‘clean’ and the ‘unclean’ in his selection of what may and may not to be eaten. Read more