ASalaam U Alaikum Mufti
I have been told by several people that i should not smoke as it is both bad for my health and haraam . i am on my road to quiting but it seems every time i make dua for Allah to help me stay pure i will end up smoking that same day. this also happens for masturbation I am able to abstain for long periods of time but the day i make Dua i have a sudden urge to start again . I do not understand this , i read the durood and think often of death this deters me sometimes but is not always helpfull, should i simply not make Dua for Allah to help me ?
I would also like to know if i perform one sin to abstain from another is this correct ? A friend of mine drinks alcohol he now listens to music whenever the thought of drinking comes to mind is this correct?
JazAllah As Salaam u Alaikum