Is Inhaling Second Hand Smoke from Others a Sin?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


Am I accountable for involuntarily breathing in the secondhand marijuana smoke of those around me after trying my best to avoid it and disliking it in my heart?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

If you tried your best to avoid breathing in the smoke and were unable to avoid it and at the same time disliked it in your heart – you are not accountable for such a sin.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Allah has overlooked for my nation the actions of those who forget, make mistakes, or are coerced into something.” [Ibn Maja]

Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch teaches Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he completed four years at the Darul Uloom Seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences.

He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he studied for three years in Dar al-Mustafa under some of the most outstanding scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib.

In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Quran and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.