(File pix) Just a day after Terengganu state secretary Datuk Osman Muda said that the state fatwa council had deferred its edict on vapes, or electronic cigarettes, the state mufti today declared the items as ‘haram’. Pix by Rasul Azli Samad

KUALA TERENGGANU: Just a day after Terengganu state secretary Datuk Osman Muda said that the state fatwa council had deferred its edict on vapes, or electronic cigarettes, the state mufti today declared the items as ‘haram’.

Mufti Datuk Zulkifly Muda said that the Terengganu Fatwa Council, after a marathon meeting on Tuesday, had unanimously concurred with the earlier National Fatwa Council decision and that of the Malaysian Islamic Development (Jakim) on vapes.

Zulkifly said the ban was in accordance with Islamic principles which were based on ‘dalil’ and ‘hujah’ from the Quran.

"We concur that vape is detrimental to health and a waste of money, especially during trying times like this owing to the economic downturn. Furthermore, we are very concerned with the rampant use of vape not only among Muslim adults but youth, women and children," he said.

Zulkifly added that vaping also diminished a person's morals and character.