February 23, 2011 - Some 45% of Pakistanis believe that smoking cigarette is not prohibited in Islam as opposed to 40% who say it is, according to a Gilani Research Foundation survey. In the survey, carried out by Gallup Pakistan — the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International, a nationally representative sample of men and women were asked: “In some Muslim countries there is restriction on smoking and it has been declared ‘haram’ from an Islamic point of view.
In your opinion is smoking tobacco prohibited in Islam or not?” 40% of the respondents replied in affirmative whereas 45% said that smoking tobacco/cigarettes is not prohibited in Islam and 15% of the respondents gave no response.
Reference: 45% believe smoking not prohibited in Islam: poll, Gulf-Times.com, 2/23/2011.
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