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What is the Sunni view on smoking  and drugs? What is the Shia view on smoking and drugs? Are there any sub-sects of the two branches of Islamic thought who do allow smoking cigarettes and taking drugs? Is there any Islamic sect that does not enforce circumcision(I was vaguely under the impression that Alawite Shias do not practise circumcision but am now not sure).Oh, one last question:- are certain types of tobacco or certain drugs permissible under Islamic laws? For example, is taking snuff tobacco up the nose  OK? is a minor drug like marijuana OK but not perhaps more harmful drugs like cocaine? I realise that a lot of sects will have different rules, so am curious as to what is the general concensus and how the various sects/subsects differ.Thanks,
Geoff.

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ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM WB

There are various of opinions by scholars of different SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT - however, from a halaal and haraam point of view:
* marijuana and drugs are haraam because they are considered as intoxicants.
* regular cigarette is not haraam - however it is not recommended  
* circumcision is not compulsory - however it is Sunnah and recommended

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BRIEF BIO Shaikh Shafayat was born, in Trinidad, West Indies, where he attended College etc.. Due to his multi-faith and cultural upbringing, he was awarded a scholarship to become a Christian Minister. In 1975 he went to India to study Islam and became the first student from the Caribbean and North America to have enrolled in Darul Uloom Deoband, which is the largest and oldest Islamic Institute in India. In addition to graduating as a Qaari and Islamic Scholar, he also did a course in Journalism and established the Al Hikmat Muslim Magazine, plus he produced many television and radio programs in Trinidad and Florida USA. In 1983 he founded the National Muslim Sports League of Trinidad and Tobago, which established the Islamic Home for Children. He is the Founder/Principal of Darul Uloom Institute in Pembroke Pines Florida and the first Muslim to become President of the Interfaith Council of South Florida in the year 2002. He organized and conducted many Christian / Muslim / Jewish Dialogues in Churches, Synagogues and Islamic Centers in the U.S.A.. Shaikh Shafayat was the first Muslim to represent Islam at a Florida State Faith Summit, held at the Capitol Building with Gov. Jeb Bush in the year 2000. He is a recipient of the Silver Medallion Award from NCCJ (a national interfaith organization) and a recipient of the Peacemaker Award from St. Thomas University in Miami. For many years he lectured on Islam and terrorism to Pembroke Pines Police of South Florida and other Law Enforcement Officers. He lectures throughout the U.S.A. and worldwide on Islam, Interfaith Issues and Cultural Diversity.

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