Sakeena Suliman – Cii News | 20 August 2014/24 Shawaal 1435

Smoking a hubb is not a new fad, but it’s still very fashionable. Hubbly bubbly, hookah, shisha – call it what you like – it’s been around for a while masquerading as a harmless pass time.

This popular water pipe comes in different sizes, funky colours and offers a sweet smelling poison available in a variety of flavoured tobaccos.  Unlike the hookah smoking caterpillar from “Alice in Wonderland”, the trend will not turn any hookah – loving smoker into a social butterfly. The dangers associated with it are anything but mellow and are highly addictive.

The recreational drug is not empty of risk as is often thought. In fact a 45 minute session of smoking hookah is the same as puffing on 10 cigarettes one after the other.

A hookah pipe is an instrument for smoking flavoured tobacco. It consists of a base container, usually made of glass, attached to one or many smoking tubes. The tobacco smoke is cooled by passing it through water in the hookah’s base. The presence of water creates the myth that toxic ingredients present in the smoke are filtered making it harmless.

Hookah smokers may inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do because of the large volume of smoke they inhale in one smoking session. Hookah and cigarette smoke both contain poisons, including nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic and lead, among many others. Arsenic is used as a rat poison, and carbon monoxide is a deadly gas which has been the recipe of many a suicide.  Even in small amounts, lead can damage the nervous system.

Nicotine is the addictive agent in tobacco and does not contribute that much in directly damaging your health. But the tar present in tobacco smoke causes cancer. The smoke produced in a typical session can contain about 36 times more tar, and about eight times more carbon monoxide, than the smoke from a single cigarette.

Since smokers are exposed to high levels of nicotine, addiction to the drug is not far-fetched. Those who crave a smoke, struggle to quit the habit or experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop are most likely addicted.

While research into the negative effects is still emerging, evidence and its similarity to smoking shows that dangers include lung and oral cancers and heart disease. Since the pipe is shared among a group of people there is also the sharing of germs. By sharing the hookah the bacteria that cause TB and the virus that causes herpes can easily be passed on to you.

Smoking hookah is regarded the same as smoking cigarettes, just in a different method. Scholars have ruled that it is Haraam as it harms the health and Muslims are taught not to consume anything that would harm the health. The pipe is therefore impermissible.

There are those painstakingly trying and sincerely wanting to quit smoking. The advice given by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb’s (Rahmatullahi alayh) was found to be very effective as a remedy and is broken down in six points.

As Muslims, we are always taking the pure name of Allah SWT and praising Him. Consider the Salaam that we are encouraged to offer in abundance. Besides being a dua and a form of worship it contains the pure name of Allah – As-Salaam. It does not befit a Muslim to utter the name of Almighty Allah with the accompanying odour of tobacco.

We should therefore be mindful that the Quraan Shareef and Ahadeeth encourage us to occupy the tongue in the remembrance of Allah SWT. We often have to read duas on different occasions, such as, when wearing our clothes, entering and leaving our homes, before and after eating etc. All these duas contain the name and praise of Allah SWT. Often verses from the Quraan Shareefa are read in the form of dua. Even utterances of InshaAllah,JazakAllah and MashaAllah are ways of remembering Allah. We have also been encouraged to read Durrod and Salaam upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) – a practice which is rendered by Allah SWT Himself.

A profound point Hazrat Maulana Yunus (Rahmatullahi alayh) made to encourage quitting as the fact that when in our mother’s womb, “Allah SWT preserved our mouths from being polluted, by having us nourished with our mother’s blood, through the medium of the umbilical cord attached to the navel, and not the mouth.” Because the Shariah classifies blood as filth.

From our physical inception Allah preserved the mouth from impurity and reserved it for recitation of the Quraan, remembrance, Durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and good advice tended for the benefit of others. “When Allah Ta’ala took such care in protecting our mouths from filth , we too should take care in preserving the cleanliness of our mouths.”

Another aspect to take heed of is that we should abstain from smoking “out of respect for the angels who are exceptionally and extremely sensitive to smell”. Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) instructed that anyone who has eaten garlic and onions rid themselves of the smell before entering the Masjid because its odour is an annoyance to the angels and other Musallies. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used the miswaak in abundance despite no bad odour ever being emitted from his (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) body. This practice was to teach us the importance of maintaining cleanliness of the mouth.

Smokers should also consider that their habit causes distress and inconvenience to many non-smokers and this becomes a violation of their rights. Shariah places importance in considering others before ourselves. The true friends of Allah emphasize refraining from annoying, inconveniencing and hurting others.

Lastly, a lot of money is saved in giving up smoking.  “The next time you take a cigarette, reflect over the following: I am burning money, harming my health , inconveniencing others, and my mouth is so filthy that no angel or human wants to be near me.”

This advice will InshaAllah help a Muslim who is conscious of Deen quit the habit.

5 phone: debunking myths about charging

by Yohana Desta


5 Phone Charging Myths, Debunked

By: Yohana Desta


“Don’t use your phone while it’s charging,” “don’t leave it plugged in overnight” and “always let it die completely” these are just a few popular myths about smartphone batteries.

When it comes to battery life, there are many little rules for what you can and can’t do with your smartphone. While plenty of real rules exist, there are several rumored ones you can simply ignore. Phone batteries have evolved so much over the years, becoming smarter and easier to manage. Most lithium-ion batteries, used by major retailers like Samsung and  Apple, should last between three and five years, if you take proper care of it.

Here’s the truth behind five major phone charging myths.

Myth 1: Using off-brand chargers destroys batteries.

The truth: Off-brand chargers, while not optimal, are fine. It’s knockoffs you should avoid.

Don’t go for cheap brand knockoff chargers when you can at least purchase inexpensive, off-brand chargers (as long as they’re made by legitimate retailers, such as Belkin and KMS). The folks at Lifehacker ran a detailed experiment in which they pitted official chargers against knockoffs and off-brand models.

The results showed that off-brand chargers, though obviously not as good as the official thing, work just fine. Knockoffs barely even get the job done.

Myth 2: You shouldn’t use your phone while it charges.

The truth: Use it all you want, as long as you’re not using a sketchy third-party charger.

There are scary reasons behind this myth. People believe that using a phone while charging will make the phone explode, or electrocute the user. That actually happened to a Chinese flight attendant named Ma Ailun in July 2013, when she used her iPhone 4 while it was charging.

However, reports say it’s because Ailun was using a third-party charger, not an original Apple charger.

If you’re using the manufacturer-approved charger and battery, you should be fine.

Myth 3: Charging your phone overnight kills the battery.

The truth: Your phone is smarter than you think. Once it’s fully juiced up, it knows to stop charging. That means the battery isn’t even in use at all.

However, that doesn’t mean you should be charging your phone all night, every night. You wouldn’t fill a cup with water if it was already full, would you? Your battery life will last longer if you keep your phone charged between 40% and 80%.

Myth 4: You don’t need to turn your phone off — ever.

The truth: Your phone may be a machine, but it still needs to take a few breaks. An Apple Genius said that in order to maximize battery life, you should turn off your phone from time to time, especially when you go to bed at night.

At the very least, Apple experts recommend turning your phone off once a week in order to preserve battery life.

Turning off your phone is important for Android devices as well. A simple reboot can help restore battery life.

Myth 5: Don’t charge your phone until it’s completely dead.

The truth: It’s better to charge your phone every day than to do a “deep charge” from time to time.

Lithium-ion batteries, like the kind used in Samsung and Apple products fare better when they’re charged. If you constantly let them drain to 0%, they become unstable. Your battery has a finite number of charge cycles, and every time it fully dies, that’s another cycle out the window.

BONUS: Fact — heat will ruin a battery.

The truth: This is absolutely true. Heat and tech don’t generally go hand-in-hand, and that’s no different with phone batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries heat themselves, and get hotter while they’re being charged. Cold weather can also have a negative impact on a phone’s life, and a cold battery will die faster than usual in low temperatures.

Your phone will be safe if you keep it within its recommended temperatures; Apple says 32 degrees Fahrenheit is the lowest recommended temperature for an iPhone’s environment. Samsung, on the other hand, guarantees its phones can function anywhere between -4 and 122 degrees.