Delve deep into the culture surrounding hookah, its origins, and its connections to religion, including Christian and Islamic perspectives on smoking.
What is the culture behind hookah?
While hookah culture began in India, it quickly spread to Persia, Turkey and the Middle East. Each region added its own spin on the hobby, but the Middle East was where shisha cafes allowed everyone of all race, gender and status to partake in hookah smoking sessions.
Is shisha in the Bible?
Smith’s Bible Dictionary – Shisha (Jehovah contends ), father of Elihoreph and Ahiah, the royal secretaries in the reign of Solomon. ( 1 Kings 4:3 ) He is apparently the same as Shavsha, who held the same position under David. (B.C. 1000.)
Is hookah a cultural thing?
Hookah is deeply rooted in a cultural tradition that has been present throughout generations among Indian, Persian, Turkish, Egyptian, and other Middle Eastern families.
Are Christians allowed to smoke cigarettes?
Though there is no official canonical prohibition regarding the use of tobacco, the more traditional among the Eastern Orthodox Churches forbid their clergy or monastics to smoke, and the laity are strongly encouraged to give up this habit, if they are subject to it.
What did they smoke in biblical times?
An ancient biblical tribe in Israel likely used marijuana to produce hallucinogenic effects as part of cultic rituals, according to a new study that identified cannabis resin on an alter in a shrine built around 750 BCE.
Is smoking a major sin?
In 2000, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Nasr Farid Wasil, ruled that smoking was haram (forbidden) in Islam because of its detrimental health effects. The fatwa, which ruled that smoking is a major sin on par with alcohol use and acceptable grounds for divorce, triggered substantial controversy in Egypt.