Q: Could you please tell me whether the following Hadith is Sahih (authentic)? (The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: O Abu Hurayrah!
During the last days (of the world) there will appear people who stick to smoke (cigarettes, etc.)
They will say: 'We belong to the Ummah (nation) of Muhammad.' Verily, they do not belong to my Ummah and I do not call them an Ummah. Rather, they are just laymen. Abu Hurayrah said: 'I asked the Messenger of Allah [peace be upon him]: How does it [tobacco] grow?' He said: 'It grows from the urine of Iblis (Satan). Can one who drinks from the urine of Iblis have sound Iman (Faith)?' The Prophet then cursed whoever plants, transports, or sells it (tobacco). He (peace be upon him) said: 'Allah will punish them in hell fire. Verily, tobacco tree is a harmful one.')
This Hadith has no origin in any of the Books of Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). Rather, it is ascribed falsely to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). The following is what is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this context,
The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed Khamr (intoxicant), the one who drinks it, the one who serves it, the one who squeezes it (the grapes, etc.), the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who sells it, the one who buys it, and the one who devours its price.
However, tobacco is Haram (prohibited) and smoking it is tantamount to disobeying Allah and His Messenger but whoever indulges in such a practice does not leave the realm of Islam.
(Part No. 22; Page No. 199) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.