From `Abdul `Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz to all Muslims, may Allah guide them to what pleases Him.

As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah's Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)

Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) made it obligatory to cooperate in doing good and being pious and to advise every Muslim. Some brothers told me that some pilgrims in Mina harm their neighbors by smoking and singing songs.

No doubt that harming Muslims is known to be reprehensible in Islam. Allah (may He be Praised) says,Surah Al­Ahzab, 33: 58 And those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly, they bear (on themselves) the crime of slander and plain sin. If they harm their neighbors by smoking, playing the radio or recorded songs, it will be a greater sin and harm, because singing is reprehensible and so is smoking and both harm one's religion, life and health.

Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) saysSurah Luqman, 31: 6 {And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allâh}  Most scholars said that idle talk refers to singing and musical instruments.

Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 4 {They ask you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) what is lawful for them (as food). Say: "Lawful unto you are At-Tayyibât [all kind of Halâl (lawful-good) foods which Allâh has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits)].} Describing His Prophet (peace be upon him), Allah (Exalted be He) says:Surah Al-A`raf, 7: 157 {he allows them as lawful At-Tayyibât (i.e. all good and lawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods), and prohibits them as unlawful Al-Khabâ’ith (i.e. all evil and unlawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons and foods)} So, Allah (may He be Praised) points out to His slaves that He made lawful only At-Tayyibât (i.e. all good and lawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons, foods) that are of benefit to them without any harm. Smoking is harmful and malignant. All knowledgeable doctors and others agreed that it harms one's health and it has an offensive odor.

May Allah guide all Muslims to comprehend the religion, hold fast to it, and may Allah protect us all from the devil's whispers!

As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.

General Chairman of Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta, Da`wah, and Guidance
`Abdul `Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz