Q. Is it permissible to sell tobacco and cigarettes? Is the income halaal? A Mufti says that it is permissible and the earnings of it are halaal.
A. The mufti is the type whom the Fuqaha label as ‘maajin’(a moron, a buffoon, a chap lost in compound ignorance). Tobacco is extremely harmful for the health. It causes cancer and a host of other destructive diseases. It ruins the health and the brains of the user. Such harmful and poisonous substances are haraam. One of the elements of hurmat (prohibition) is dharar (harm). A harmful substance is haraam. Ingesting poison is haraam whether the effects of the poison are immediate or delayed (slowpoisoning) such as tobacco.
In addition to the destruction tobacco inflicts on the body, brains and the rooh, its odour is offensive to Musallis and the Malaaikah. People reeking of the vile stench of tobacco should ensure that they change their stinking dress when going to the Musjid. The offensive stench percolates from the body onto the clothes.
Since tobacco is haraam by virtue of the element of dharar, it is haraam to sell it. The earning derived from this poisonous substance is likewise haraam. It should be given as Sadqah without niyyat of thawaab.