I fully support Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat’s criticism of smokers (New Straits Times March 28, 2009).

We all know that smoking is a health hazard, so I hope smokers will heed Nik Aziz’s advice and seriously consider giving up this dangerous habit.

(New Straits Times March 28, 2009). KOTA BARU: Muslims who portray their Islamic image by wearing robes and skullcaps, but smoke, are more despicable than cows, Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat said yesterday.

He said cigarette smoking was banned in Islam, and doctors, because the habit was hazardous to health.

“For example, a cow which defecates in the middle of the road, (we) cannot take legal action against it because it has no brain and cannot think. But human beings, who have brains, for them to do something which is wrong in religion and health-wise, what more when they are in an attire which symbolises Islam (wearing of skullcaps and robes), they can be regarded as being more despicable than cows,” he said in his weekly religious talk here.

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