Praise be to Allaah.
It is haraam to smoke, because of the evil and harm and waste
of money involved. See the answer to question number
It is not permissible to give people permission to smoke in
the cafe or anywhere else, and the one who does that is a partner in the
Watching football matches is not free of some haraam issues,
especially international matches in which women are seen, and in which music
is played, in addition to the fact that these matches are based on gambling,
which is giving prizes for something which is not permissible.
The Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas was asked: what is
the ruling on watching sports matches such as the World Cup and others?
They replied: Football matches which are played for money and
similar prizes are haraam, because that is gambling, because it is not
permissible to take prizes except for things for which Islam has given
permission, which is horse races, camel races and archery competitions.
Based on that, attending the matches is haraam and so is watching them, for
the one who knows that they are being played for prizes, because attending
them implies approval of them.
But if the match is not for a prize and does not distract one
from things that Allaah has enjoined such as prayer and the like, and it
does not involve anything haraam, such as uncovering of ‘awrahs, mixing of
men and women and music, then there is nothing wrong with it or with
And Allaah is the source of strength. May Allaah send
blessings and peace upon Prophet Muhammad and his family and Companions. End
Ahaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn baz, Shaykh ‘Abd
al-‘Azeez ibn Aal al-Shaykh, Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan, Shaykh
Bakr ibn ‘Abd-Allaah Abu Zayd.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah,
Based on that, then if the owner of the cafe is able to
prevent all these evils in his cafe, such as smoking, music and watching
haraam games, then it is permissible for him to open this cafe; but if he is
not able to do that then it is not permissible, because it is haraam to keep
quiet about evil or help others with it. Allaah says (interpretation of the
“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue,
righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and
transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment”
And the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him)
said: “Whoever among you sees an evil action,
then let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then
with his tongue [by
speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart – and that is the
weakest of faith.” Narrated by Muslim (49).
See also the answer to question number
And Allaah knows best.