Is there an association between Saudi Wahhabi Islam and Tobacco Control? I know that the Islamic State is strongly antismoking (and been applauded for it by Western antismoking organisations). What about Saudi Wahhabism?
According to Muhammad b. ‘Abd al-Wahhab’s system, attendance at public prayer is obligatory, smoking of tobacco is forbidden and subject to punishment, shaving the beard and the use of abusive language are also to be punished.
It appears that the Islamic State’s version of Islam is more or less identical to Saudi Wahhabism. Saudi Arabia may even be funding the Islamic State:
Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading sponsor of Islamic extremism. It is also a close U.S. ally. This contradiction, although responsible for a lot of human suffering, is frequently ignored.
There are currently estimated to be at least 400 Islamic State jihadis on the loose in Western Europe, who have been responsible…
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