SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT IN BANNING SMOKING
IN PUBLIC PLACES
By Dr A.Majid Katme, Spokesman,
Islamic Medical Association/UK
On Monday ,20th June,the Dept of health,has
announced and published its public consultation on SMOKING
in public places(?BAN);
Many responses are needed in order to change the law ..to
BAN smoking in public places!
We obviously,as muslims,do support,as a first step,to BAN
SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES...But the Islamic view is to BAN
SMOKING EVERYWHERE...in public and in private..and at home!
There are now over 25 Muslim Fatwas which PROHIBIT ALL SMOKING
ULAMAS have declared smoking to be HARAM today!
Unfortunately,the rate of smoking among the British muslims
is very HIGH ,More than the white population???? (Bangladeshi,Pakistani,Arabs,Turkish
Many now are paying the price with many
diseases:cancer lung,heart diseases,chest infections etc...and
many are Chronic patients and are frequently in hospitals
and DYING from smoking!!
Our muslim parents too, are giving our innocent children
SECOND HAND SMOKE/PASSIVE SMOKING at home and they become
sick after with many diseases!!!
There is a great need for a national Education
campaign ,among all muslims,against smoking and in Friday
Muslim doctors and Imams ,unfortunately
have done very little to educate/combat smoking among the
large number of muslim smokers(men and women) ...Islamic
and Health and economic arguments/reasons are very much
needed to be publicised in all mosques and in all muslim
media channels(TV,radio,Newspapers,websites..Friday Khutba..etc..)
Please go to the Department of Health
Please send your supportive response to the Government by
the 5th September/2005 (even few lines in the name of your
organisation,mosque or even yourself as a British citizen/from
the consulted public..)
Address to send to:
Smokefree Legislation Team
Department of Health
London SE1 8UG
Or by E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org