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Smoking during Ramadan? How to deal with Ramadan if you smoke?

With the approach of the month of Ramadan, Muslims worldwide enjoy making preparations to celebrate it. The most important part of preparing for Ramadan however is cleansing the soul and getting rid of all sort of bad habits that can affect your fast or make it difficult. Smoking for one is a serious bad habit that damages not only the body but also the mind as it becomes addicted. In this article, we would like to make it easier for every Muslim to get rid of this dangerous habit.

Tips for smokers during Ramadan

Although smoking is deemed Haram by most Islamic scholars, many Muslims fall victim to such bad habit. As a result, each year instead of enjoying Ramadan they suffer.  Hence, we collected some tips thought to be helpful. These are the following:

  • First and foremost, work out: exercising helps maintain the body healthy and the mind busy. The more you work out, the less you get the urge to smoke as it regulates the heart’s rhythm and breathing as well as lowers the body’s desire for nicotine.
  • Drink water more: You can help your body get rid of the nicotine and other toxins in your system by staying hydrated. Additionally, drinking water can help people cope with withdrawal symptoms like headaches and constipation, as well as improve their heart and breathing and lessen their body’s desire for nicotine.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: food rich in vitamins (especially A and C) and minerals is necessary. Fish, nuts, whole grains are all very beneficial and helpful.
  • Keep yourself busy: it is actually quite efficient. If you keep the mind active and working, you will not have to face the urge to smoke. Since it is Ramadan, why not read a couple of pages of the Quran or pray. 
  • Do not hang out with those who smoke: This is simple logic. You cannot get rid of something when you are surrounded by it. That would be near impossible. So, it is best to withdraw yourself from any environment that encourages smoking.


With long hours of fasting, Ramadan is the perfect occasion for every smoker to quit or at least reduce the consumption. It may be hard at first but staying healthy is a priority. Such bad habits are only bad for us. Almighty says: “…do not let your own hands throw you into destruction.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:195). Thus, it is both our right and duty to care about our physical, mental and spiritual health by getting rid of such toxic habits.

May Allah guide us all to the right path.

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