Finally, smoking is haram
Posted January 28, 2009on:
Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) has just revealed its newest fatwa: Smoking is haram! Yes, finally!
Well, it’s not totally haram. Based on this fatwa, smoking is haram only for children, teenagers, and pregnant women. It’s also haram to smoke in public. I wish the fatwa were stronger, but this is ok for me for now.
NU doesn’t support MUI’s fatwa and thinks that smoking is makruh which means that it should be avoided. Should be avoided? Yeah right!
MUI’s effort was brave, considering that in Indonesia most Kyai and Ustad are heavy smokers. Just like “Pak Haji” whom I and my friends visited last Saturday. He never stopped smoking while talking about a lot of things. At one point I became so curious and asked him, “Pak Haji, ngerokoknya kuat bener? Gak takut batuk apa?” He just laughed and later on admitted that he was too bandel to stop smoking but also confessed that he could not get insipirations without his beloved cigarattes.
Asked about the possibility of MUI’s fatwa on smoking, he said that people who think that smoking is haram are simply stupid. No comment on that, Pak Haji. One thing I know, “Pak Haji” kept coughing while enjoying his tobacco and nicotin. He didn’t seem to care though; more than 5 packs of cigarettes had been placed in front of him.
I myself support this fatwa. And I don’t care what you smokers think of this fatwa. I know you think that this fatwa is stupid; but I also think that it’s stupid how in Indonesia, at least Jakarta that I know, it’s nonsmokers who have to follow what the smokers want. It’s totally unfair.
Yes malls and office buildings have special smoking rooms. But that doesn’t stop smokers from polluting the air arrogantly. Smokers can still smoke easily in most cafes and restaurants although they don’t have special rooms for smokers.
I remember having a lunch at Pondok Indah Mall’s Oh La La Cafe. I was so amazed to see that people were smoking everywhere. There was no special room for smokers. Smokers and nonsmokers were enjoying the same air! But it was so unfair because nonsmokers actually wanted fresh and clean air; not polluted air caused by those selfish smokers.
Several days ago, a good friend of mine had to politely ask a man to stop smoking while he was taking a metro mini to his office. Can you imagine how arrogant that person was to smoke inside a public transportation system? That’s insane. And that’s the character of some, not all, smokers in this country.
I wish that smoking were haram for everyone. That would be so wonderful. But I don’t think that’s possible, so I’ll be happy with the fatwa that we have right now. I know, you smokers always have this 100-year-old excuse that tobacco industry is a backbone of our economy. Yes it’s true.
But, do you know that cigarettes are #1 killer in the world? Some of you may disagree, but World Health Organisation has confirmed that tobacco will kill 10 million people a year by 2030.
Why can’t you smokers see it from a different point of view? If you say that tobacco industry helps thousands of families, then it would also help thousands of families if cigarettes weren’t available. Imagine how much money is being spent on health industry caused by smoking behavior? Imagine if that money didn’t have to be spent at all because people are healthy. People would have more money because they couldn’t buy cigarettes; therefore their money would be spent on something else. Right?
Families who depend their lives on tobacco industry might suffer, but on the other hand other families who depend on other industries will have better lives.
So, smoking is haram? Yes and yes, I can’t agree more.