Change of Heart – A True Ramadan Story From Makkah !

Cigarette_smokingThis is a true story that happened in Makkah narrated by noble Shaykh Muhammad al-Arefe.

In this Month of mercy and barakah, it is not abnormal for people’s hearts to be open to good.

The Shaykh says:

A couple of years ago, on one of the nights in the month of Ramadhan I was scheduled to do a television program with a topic related to this month. The location was a top floor of one of the hotels facing the masjid al-Haraam in Makkah. So, the background was the Ka’aaba and the Haram. The words being said (in the program) were touching and the background was moving. The environment was one full of imaan (belief/faith), so much so that the host teared up during the program. After an hour, the program was completed, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God).

Afterwards, the cameraman came to thank me and tell me that he was moved by what he heard. I immediately noticed in his hand a cigarette, which he had lit right after the program was completed. I held his hand and also thanked him for his work and asked Allah to reward him for being cameraman for Islamic programs and so on. Then I told him that; ‘I have a small word for you and I hope you will accept from me.’ He welcomed the advice wholeheartedly.

Just as I began to speak and the words ‘smoking’ and ‘cigarettes’ came out of my lips, he cut me off and said, “You will give me naseehah (advice)? Ya Shaykh don’t give me naseehah… there is no point….don’t waste your time….I have been smoking for over 40 years.…. smoking is in my veins…… if there was someone who could have stopped me, it would have happened before you!”

Seeing that this is was the situation, I said, “So there is no point in my naseehah?”
He replied, “No, go to the Haram and recite Qur’an.”

So I repeated, “Khalaas (that’s it), no naseehah then?”
He said, “Pray for us, Pray for us.”

At this, I held his hand and asked him to come with me. “Where?” he said. I replied, “I’ll pray for you.”

I took him to the window facing the Ka’bah and we stood there looking at it. It was extremely crowded with worshipers in the Haram; a truly moving sight.

I told him, “Do you see all of these people?”
“Yes”, he replied.

I said, “They came from all over the world; different nationalities, colors, Arab, non-Arab, poor, rich all of them are here seeking Allah’s forgiveness and mercy, right?”

“Right”, he said.
I then said, “Do you not wish that Allah grants you from what he grants them?”

His reply was in the affirmative.
So I suggested that we stand right there in the window, face the ka’bah and make du’a (supplication). He agreed. I asked him to raise his palms in du’a and that I will make the du’a and he should only say ‘Aameen’.

I began making du’a for him.

I said, “O Allah forgive him.” He said, “Aameen”
“O Allah raise his status.”
“O Allah join him with his beloved in Jannah (Heaven).”
“O Allah grant him the company of the Anbiyaa (prophets) in Jannah.”
“Aameen… Aameen… Aameen…”

I continued to make du’a until his heart softened and he wept and wept whilst repeating “Aameen, Aameen.”
When I saw this and I wanted to end the du’a I said,
“O Allah, if he gives up smoking, then answer this du’a. And if he does not give it up, then do not grant him from it (the du’a).’

The man was deeply moved. Heavily weeping, he covered his face and exited the room.

I left him alone and did not follow him. (That was the end of this meeting).

Months passed, and I was again invited to do something with the same channel. So when I arrived at their place, a man came very happily. He approached me and began greeting me very excitedly; kissing me and so on. He seemed to be very touched about something. I did not know him or remember who he was. So I thanked him for his emotions, but informed him that I did not recall who he was. He replied that there was no problem and began reminding me of the man who I gave naseehah to 2 years earlier about smoking. I remembered. So he said, ‘I am him!’ Then he continued, “And by Allah, ya Shaykh, I did not place in my mouth a cigarette ever since that moment!” Allahu Akbar! (God is the Great)

This is the end of the Shaykh’s story.

The Prophet sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam said,
“By Allah, if Allah were to guide one man through you it would be better for you than the best type of camels.” (Agreed Upon).

And in another hadeeth,
“Verily Allah and His angels, even the ant in its hole and the fish in the sea, verily (they all) pray for he who teaches people good.” (Authentic, narrated by Tabraanee).

May Almighty God use us in good and righteousness and guide us and make us a cause for guiding others.

 Source: http://muslimmatters.org/

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16 Responses to Change of Heart – A True Ramadan Story From Makkah !

  1. Farouk Kamal July 1, 2016 at 9:33 PM #

    A touching story indeed. If there is a will, there is a way.

  2. Jawed September 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM #

    Assalamu Allaykum. Do not use God for Allah Subhano Taallah. Allah is the Sweatest word in Universes.
    Jazakallah Khair.

  3. Laik Ahmed June 29, 2015 at 12:21 PM #

    As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatahu,,,Alhumdulillah, I am a Muslim and following all Sunnah, except for smoking, which I could never quit over the years. After reading this article, by Allaah, from day 3rd of Ramadan till today, I have not touched a cigarette and in shaa Allaah, feeling extremely happy about it. I ask Allaah to make it easy for me and for all those Muslim people who want to quit smoking. I thank the author of this article, for it served as a strong booster for me to take this decision to quit smoking….
    Jazak Allaahu khairan

  4. Iman June 27, 2015 at 11:45 PM #

    Mash Allah, what a beautiful true story. What the Imam did was very very smart.

    I wish someone would do the same to make my brother stop smoking too.

    • Abu Saif June 3, 2017 at 1:32 PM #


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  5. Haamid June 27, 2015 at 10:51 AM #

    Ignorance of the health will always have an excuse to self defence.

  6. syed farooq June 22, 2015 at 7:27 PM #

    Really good post , a smoker and a drunker knows , how it is difficult or impossible to Quit .
    Why the people need always jokes ?

  7. Faisal khan June 22, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

    A bad effort by Sara to relate such stories to religion, especially in the month of Ramadan. My advice to Sara ” avoid cock & bull stories on such issues” and stick to the lighter stories like jokes and funny things you have been sharing.

  8. Sami Kgan June 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM #

    Jokes must be secular- if smoking is against Islam then why didn’t any Shaikh issued a fatwa – if it is not then plz stop advising adults l don’t smoke ,

    • Muslimah Khadijah June 22, 2015 at 11:52 AM #

      No Shaikh Issued fatwa ? Really ? Check this out !


      Is smoking cigarettes Haraam?

      Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be on His Prophet SAWS.

      Smoking is one of the things which has caused a lot of problems and harm these days and it has spread like wild fire. Before we discuss this topic in detail, we should know that Allaah the Almighty has divided things in the world into two types, good or permissible (al-tayyibaat, al-halaal) and evil or prohibited (al-khabaa’ith, al-haraam), and there is no third type. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning) in surat al-A’raaf (7:157):

      “And He makes good things halaal for them and bad things haraam.”

      Considering this fact, smoking can either be permissible and good or prohibited and evil.

      Thus, we present some of its characteristics and let the person asking the question see himself in which type lies smoking.

      There is no disagreement among the physicians and sane people that smoking is harmful for health. It is one of the major causes of lung cancer and other diseases. It is also one of the major causes of death. Since, it is known that the Islamic law prohibits everything that is harmful for a human being. Allah said (interpretation of meaning):
      “Do not kill yourself. Allah is Merciful unto you.” (Surat al-Nisaa’ 4:29)

      In addition, His Prophet SAWS (peace be upon him) said:

      “There is no harm or causing of harm (in Islaam).” (Arabic “laa darar wa laa diraar”)

      He SAWS (peace be upon him) also said:

      “A person will not be able to move on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about … his body as to what he engaged it in.”

      Smoking also goes against the saying of the Prophet SAWS:

      “Your body has a right on you.”

      There is no disagreement among the physicians and sane people that smoking is harmful for the health of others who inhale the polluted breath of the smoker. Medical research has proven the harmful effects of smoking mothers on their children. The offensive smell caused by smoking is a source of pain to the worshippers of Allah among humans and angels. The angels are offended and suffer from the same things that the human beings suffer from. Allah said (interpretation of the meaning):
      “Those who cause harm to believing men and women without any reason do a great sin.” (Surat al-Ahzaab, 33:58)

      The money that is spent on cigarettes is used on buying a harmful thing and is therefore an extravagance. Allah said (interpretation of the meaning):
      “… and do not be extravagant wasters. Those who are extravagant are kinsmen of Satan.” (Surat al-Israa’ 17:26-27)

      Extravagance (in Islam) means spending on something haraam.

      Spending money on cigarettes is a waste of resources as well. The Prophet SAWS (peace be upon him) said:

      “A person will not be able to move on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about ….. what he owned as to how he spent it.”

      Considering all that has been presented, it can be clearly seen that smoking is an evil among many others. It is not permissible to indulge in it, or buy and sell it, or even to offer it to others. It is incumbent on a person who is addicted to it that he must make all efforts and get whatever necessary treatment to stop it. If the unbelievers have understood the harm caused by smoking and made laws regarding it, the Muslims should be even more eager to stop it and treat those who are addicted to it.

      We ask Allah the Almighty to cure everyone indulging in this evil and help him in giving it up. Allah is the Best Guide to the Right Path.

      • Haamid June 27, 2015 at 10:54 AM #

        Very well explained ,to the very best points

      • um abdullah July 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM #

        good explation, thank-you

  9. Abdul Matin Sheikh June 21, 2015 at 5:40 PM #




  10. Mhd Ali June 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM #

    The story above is one of the most stupid stories I’ve ever read,
    Sirs don’t be preachers, kindly keep this website away from religions, smoking is a matter of personal freedom, don’t mix important with silly subjects, concentrate in funny jokes, if you got any, please !!!

    • Yusuf Shakuur June 23, 2015 at 7:45 AM #

      Oh Our Rabb lift this person from the place of ignorance he is currently in, amieen.

  11. Khadidja June 20, 2015 at 12:03 PM #

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