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#1157: The Ruling of Planting tobacco so as to repel Snakes

“Assalamu alaikum, please can one grow snuff as a way of getting rid of snakes? Jazaakallahu khaira”


Wa Alaykum Salam Warahmatullah Wabarakaatuh.


If by ‘snuff’ you mean cannabis and Marijuana, then it is known that these don’t repell snakes, rather snakes may consume them. If however you mean tobacco as is more frequently known and commonplace that tobacco plant is among the plants that repell snakes, then the answer is that it is not permissible.

First because it is Haraam, and it kills those who sniff it.

Second, the ruling of necessity does not apply to it.


Because the conditions for the trampling of that which is Haraam due to necessity have been summarized into two:

1. That there is certainty that in its doing, the harm will be repelled.

2. That there is no alternative approach to repell the harm besides it.

It is clear that there are other snake repellant plants that can serve as alternatives to the snake. It therefore becomes obligatory to go for other alternatives such as the lemon grass and others.

And Allah knows best.

Barakallahu fikum
Jazakumullahu Khayran.

Abū Āsim

28th Rabīu’th Thāni, 1443AH.

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