The debate on whether smoking is Haram or not has been a very long one.
However, with the appearance of “vapes” things got more complicated for Muslims. In this article, we’ll share the views of Muslim scholars on whether vaping is Haram or not.
Vaping is considered Haram because it harms the smoker. However, if the vape you’re smoking doesn’t contain harmful substances including nicotine then it’s Halal.
Additionally, the vape shouldn’t contain THC, alcohol, or anything that covers the mind. Learn more about whether smoking THC based weed or CBD based weed is haram or not.
Vaping doesn’t break Wudu but inhaling it breaks fasting and it’s prohibited to vape during Ramadan (fasting hours). Finally, selling vape is Haram because everything that is Haram then its money is prohibited as well
1- Is Vaping Haram in Islam?
Nicotine and THC based vaping is considered haram since it is harmful to ones health.
On the authority of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
There should be neither harming (darar) nor reciprocating harm (dirar)(Source)
There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm is a law in Shariah. This means that everything harmful to Muslims is Haram. This applies to nicotine and other harmful substances involved in smoking vapes (Source).
Furthermore, scholars have agreed on the prohibition of smoking cigarettes since there is harm in inhaling it. In other words, the debate between scholars isn’t about the arbitration “hukm”; but rather, it’s about whether cigarettes are harmful or not.
This applies to vaping as well since both methods include inhaling nicotine among other harmful substances (source).
2. Is Vaping Without Nicotine Haram?
Vaping Nicotine is considered haram because it is harmful to your health. Regardless of whether it can intoxicate you or not, if it’s harmful to your health then it is considered haram.
If, however, the vape doesn’t contain any harmful substances such as nicotine, then smoking vape is halal in this case. (Source). Additionally, the vape e-liquids shouldn’t contain any haram products such as weed, etc
Allah says in the Quran
O you who have believed, do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.Verse 29, Surah An-Nisa. (Source)
3 – Is Vaping CBD Haram
If you’re only Vaping CBD oil with no trace of THC (0% THC) then it is considered halal.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Although CBD is found in Marijuana; the chemical is not intoxicating. This is because the chemical responsible over the intoxication and feeling high in Marijuana is caused by THC.
Therefore, since CBD isn’t an intoxicant, and it doesn’t cover the brain, then it’s not prohibited to use it.
It is important to mention however, that there are some strains of weed that contain a mixture of both THC and CBD. Vaping hybrid weed is intoxicating if the smoker inhales enough of it making these strains of weed haram to vape.
That being said, CBD based strains that contain a small amount of THC are Haram and vaprs should avoid them. If on the other hand the CBD is 100% THC free, then it is not prohibited to smoke it.
Learn more about whether CBD or THC weed is considered halal or haram.
4 – Is Vaping Haram During Ramadan
The question about whether vaping during Ramadan is halal or not imposes another question: Does vape break your fasting? The short answer according to Maliki scholars is: Yes, it does ant therefore it’s haram (Source).
This is because the inhalation process causes the substances to get to the stomach, consequently breaking the fast. (Source).
5 – Is Selling Vape Haram
The prophet peace be upon him said that the price of anything that is Haram – is Haram. Therefore, since scholars agreed that vaping – that contains nicotine – is harmful and therefore Haram; then selling or buying it is prohibited.
This also applies to being part of any deal that involves the buying or selling of vape (that contains nicotine or THC weed based vapes) (Source).
Here’s a hadith to further explain this:
I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying in the year of the Conquest, while he was in Makkah,Book 7, Hadith 2 (Source)
“Allah and His Messenger have forbidden the sale of intoxicants, dead animals, swine and idols.” He was asked,
“O Allah’s Messenger, what about the fat of a dead animal, for it is used for greasing ships, greasing the hides (of animals), and making oils for lamps?”
He replied, “No, it is unlawful.” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) then added: “May Allah curse the Jews, when Allah the Most High declared the fat of such animals unlawful they melted it, then sold it and devoured its price (profit).” (Source)
6 – Does Vaping Break Wudu?
According to Egypt’s Dar El Ifta, Vaping/Smoking doesn’t break Wudu (Source).
This is because things that cause the nullification of ablution are known. For instance, actions that invalidate Wudu are:
- deep sleep
- light bleeding
- sexual intercourse.
That being said, smoking cigarettes or vaping don’t invalidate Wudu.
In conclusion, Muslim scholars advise keeping away from cigarettes and vapes as well.
This is because vapes are promoted as a healthy alternative to smoking while in fact, they aren’t.
Several pieces of research have been made about vapes and findings suggest that vapes cause cancer among other deadly diseases such as heart and lung disease. (Source)
As we always say on HalalGuidance, the final decision is yours. Our purpose is to provide you with the information so that you can make an informed decision. Always do your research!