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​I want to go to heaven- Obasanjo

I want to go to heaven, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday at Apostolic Faith Church said he wants to go heaven and longs to sing among the heavenly hosts .

According to the News Agency of Nigeria Obasanjo made this remark during the 2017 Camp Meeting Concert by Apostolic Faith Church Choir and Orchestral at the Camp Ground Igbesa in Ogun State .

He said , “You have to be fully prepared for the second coming of our Lord , there is no compromise .

“I have a friend who will always say that when we get to heaven , we will be exhausted praising God and it will be like a prison and very boring.

“But with what I have seen by the choir this afternoon , I will want to go to heaven and join the host to sing.

“If this is an example of what praising God in heaven will be like , then I want to be part of it. If what I have seen here is an indication of how heaven will be , I will like go to heaven .

“Jesus Christ came to the world to show us the way to salvation and eternal life . We have a good heritage and we have everything to be proud of .”

Obasanjo said God could not fix Nigeria except Nigerians invite God into their lives collectively and individually.

“We have a lot of things wrong with this country , if all Nigerians are sincere .

“Nigeria can be fixed by God but we have to invite Him into our lives . What we have to do about this country is in our hands .

“Gods grace abounds when we do not abuse it,” he said .

The District Superintendent , Apostolic Faith , West Africa , Rev. Adebayo Adeniran , said that only tolerance , peaceful coexistence and harmonious living among Nigerians , irrespective of religious and political differences , could lead to meaningful development .

Buhari breaks silence, says why he can’t return now

BREAKING: Why I can’t return now- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari meeting the Information Minister and his media team


By Isiaka Wakili

President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that his doctors will decide when he will return from the United Kingdom where he has been on medical vacation since May 7.
 
According to him, there is tremendous improvement in his health and that he wishes to return home.
 
He stressed that “but I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge.”
 
Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said Buhari spoke on Saturday while receiving his media team and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, at Abuja House, London.
 The visiting team, led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; include the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu the Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, Laureta Onochie and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
 
Adesina sais when the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the president, he (Buhari) retorted: “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.”
 
He stated that when Buhari was asked how he felt hearing different conjectures about his health, the president said he followed events at home closely, lauding Nigerian television stations, and the media generally, for keeping him informed.
 
Adesina said Buhari was told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and around the world, the president expressed delight and said: “What we did in The Gambia early this year fetched us a lot of goodwill on the African continent. It gave us a lot of latitude. I thank all those who are praying. May God reward them.”
 
The presidential spokesman said Buhari sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon.
 

Source : Daily Trust 

Pilgrim dies while boarding plane in Sokoto

Pilgrim dies while boarding plane in Sokoto


By Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

An intending pilgrim from Sokoto State, Inno Mu’azu has died at Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto. Aged 56, she is said to have died while boarding a plane to Saudi Arabia Thursday evening. The Public Relation Officer of the State Pilgrims Welfare Agency, Alhaji Faruk Umar confirmed this to Daily Trust.

Similarly, the spokesman of the Sokoto State Hajj delegation, Alhaji Isa Shuni who also confirmed the incident, said the deceased hailed from Kware Local Government Area and had no record of any disease.

According to him, Inno had passed all screenings only to collapse and die while boarding a plane. Daily Trust gathered that two of her sons who escorted her to the airport also collapsed but one of them was resuscitated immediately but the other one is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

The leader of the delegates and Chief Judge of the state, Justice Bello Abbas while condoling with the family of the deceased, prayed Allah to grant her Paradise. 

Source: Daily Trust 

Police to pay US Muslim woman $85,000 for forcefully removing her hijab

Police to pay US Muslim woman $85,000 for forcefully removing her hijab



A California city has agreed to pay $85,000 (72,000 euros) to settle a lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was forcibly removed by the police.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) which announced the settlement on Thursday, had sued the city of Long Beach on behalf of Kirsty Powell, an African-American Muslim, “after police officers forcibly removed her hijab in view of other male officers and dozens of inmates.”

Powell, who wears the head covering “as part of her religious beliefs,” was “forced to spend the entire night exposed in custody and described the experience as deeply traumatizing,” the rights group said.

Powell was arrested during a traffic stop in May 2015 on outstanding warrants that were since cleared.


Long Beach voted Tuesday to approve the settlement, CAIR said, adding that nearby communities have already adopted policies protecting religious headwear in detention following similar lawsuits.

Now female officers are required to remove the headscarves of female inmates “when necessary for officer safety,” and away from male officers and inmates, Long Beach assistant city attorney Monte Machit told the Los Angeles Times.

During the arrest officers told Powell that she had to remove her hijab.

Powell was denied requests for a female officer to search her, and was denied requests to wear her hijab in custody.

“I would never want anyone to go through what I felt from this experience,” Powell said when the suit was filed last year, according to CAIR.

AFP

It’s official!  FG declares Monday,  Tuesday Eid El-Fitr holiday 

Eid El-Fitr: FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holidays
The Federal Government has declared Monday , June 26 and Tuesday , June 27 as Public Holiday to mark Eid – el -Fitr .

Minister of Interior, retired Lt . – Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja .

He enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood .

Dambazau urged all Nigerians to shun hate speeches and divisive tendencies and join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful , strong and united Nigeria .

He assured of a Nigeria , which guarantees fundamental freedoms , including the right of residence in any part of the country, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria .

The minister reaffirmed the determination of the Federal Government to protect all lives and property of Nigerians .

He warned hoodlums not to test the will of the administration .

The minister said the government has the capability to deploy security agencies to deal with any individual or group that may threaten the corporate existence of the nation, as well as the peaceful co – existence of the people.

He further assured Nigerians of government ’ s resolve to be just and fair to all.

The minister wished Nigerians a peaceful and rewarding celebration.

NAN

​NACOMYO Tasks Ambode on Religious Rights, Access to Employment Trust Fund

NACOMYO Tasks Ambode on Religious Rights, Access to Employment Trust Fund

The National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) has charged the Lagos State government to ensure observance of fundamental human rights of the citizens including the right to obtain instruction in their own religion.

Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the NACOMYO Coordinator for Lagos State, Barrister Abd’Fattah Olanrewaj Muheeb, challenged the State Government under the leadership of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to continue making life meaningful to the people through provision of basic amenities, observance of rule of law and fundamental human rights to propagate one’s religion or belief.

X-raying the achievements of the state in the last 50 years and in particular the last two years of Ambode administration, NACOMYO noted a lot of progress, identifying investment in infrastructure, security and welfare.

It, however, lamented that Muslims cannot benefit from theN25 Billion Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) because the loan attracts five per cent interest which is against the tenets of Islam.  It therefore charged the government to modify the conditions for obtaining the loan in order to ensure Muslims have equal access in the interest of justice.

“It is common knowledge that Islam abhors the collection of interest on loan. We therefore condemn the 5% interest being charged by the Lagos State Government.  If Muslims in the state are to be genuinely accorded the constitutional right to freedom of worship, the interest on the LSETF is unacceptable because it is discriminatory and un-Islamic to say the least”, NACOMYO added.

The NACOMYO also condemned the kidnapping of six students of Lagos State Model College, igbonla, Epe, saying it is a bad way to celebrate Children’s Day.

The umbrella union of Muslim organisations therefore appealed to the abductors to ensure release of the students without any harm. 

It also charged citizens to promptly report any criminal activity noticed in their neighbourhood.

World No Tobacco Day and Islamic Position on Its smoking

[FRIDAY SERMON] WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY AND ISLAM’S POSITION ON ITS SMOKING
By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Verily, all praise is for Allah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, He is alone without any partner and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
“O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah.” [Surah Ali Imran, 3:102]
“O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him He created his wife, and from them both He created many men and women, and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship) Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you.” [Surah al-Nisa’, 4:1]
“O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (Pbuh) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hellfire and made to enter Paradise).” [Surah al-Ahzab, 33:70-71]
As to what proceeds: 
Verily the best of speech is the Book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (Pbuh). The worst of affairs are the newly-invented affairs in the religion and every newly invented affair in the religion is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the hellfire. 
As to what proceeds:
Servants of Allah! Every year, on 31 May, World Health Organisation and it’s partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.” But sadly, the world forgot or refused to recognize that to protect the human life and health, Islam prohibited tobacco/cigarettes smoking 1438 years ago.
My people! As the world marked this year’s World No Tobacco Day, report from World Health Organisation, WHO, says  that Tobacco use kills more than seven million people annually and costs over $1.4 trillion in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity.
Brothers and Sisters! Tobacco was discovered by the Spanish sailors on the American shores at about 1500 CE (900 AH). Since its discovery, the epidemic of smoking has continued to spread all over the world. In our times, one seldom finds a house not afflicted by it. As early as the Seventeenth Century, the European countries realized the dangers of smoking and fought against it. Laws were ordained in England, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, and other countries, prohibiting smoking and punishing violators.

Here in Nigeria, it’s reported that the present Nigeria’s Health Minister, Mr. Isaac Adewole, has announced nine rules and regulations in the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act that would be implemented by the federal government.

And we must thank the Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan for signing into law The National Tobacco Control Act in 2015.

Health Minister Mr. Isaac Adewole, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, was reported to have said that the implementation of the tobacco control Act had been slow because the draft Regulations need the National Assembly approval.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! Nowadays, the Western countries continue their attempts to protect their peoples from the harms of smoking. They employ media means, ordain laws and regulations, and apply other methods to discourage people from smoking. Because of that, the rate of smokers has declined to a certain degree in those countries.

Servants of Allah! Smoking was introduced to the Muslim countries by the Europeans around 1000 AH. Its spread among the Muslims was similar to that in the West. The unfortunate fact, however, is that in the Muslim countries, no similar concrete measures were exerted to protect the people from it. To the contrary, the media continues to advertise smoking and encourage people to do it. This caused the epidemic of smoking to continue to spread in those countries to such an extent that it has become hard to control. Smoking has become the rule, and abstaining from it the exception. Often, people look with astonishment and disdain at a person whom when a cigarette is offered to him, declines to smoke explaining that he does not smoke.

Today, in some places, offering cigarettes to the guests has become among the first rules of hospitality. Anyone who does not offer them to his guests or insist on them to smoke would be violating the ethics of hospitality and generosity!

Furthermore, some of those who pretend to represent the Religion are among the worst addicts to smoking. When they are reproached or reminded of their vice, they respond by providing weak excuses to justify it in the name of Islam. They slyly remark that there is no clear Nass (text) prohibiting smoking. Therefore, they conclude, smoking is not prohibited, but is only makruh (disliked), which is a lie. By this, they provide a poor excuse for the ignorant, and establish a very bad example for others.

Such statements have influenced many Muslims, causing them to fall into the snares of addiction to smoking. This is observed all over the world. A striking example is that All-American airlines now prohibit smoking, even on most international flights; on the other hand, for some Muslim airlines, sometime one travels in a near-suffocation state, even on short trips, because of the high number of smokers.

Thus, it becomes incumbent to make a Sermon which provides evidence concerning the ruling of smoking in Islam. I hope that this will benefit our Muslim brothers and sisters; and I ask Allah to accept it from me as a sincere deed for His pleasure.

My respected people! Smoking refers to the action of lighting a cigarette, a pipe, a cigar, a water pipe, or any other object made from tobacco or materials of similar effects. The object is then sucked on with the lips to extract smoke. This smoke is inhaled into the chest and then exhaled from the nose and mouth as a thick white smoke. “Smoking” is now used to refer to the action of producing this smoke in English, Arabic, and other languages.

Servants of Allah! There are many reasons, any one of which sufficient to rule smoking prohibited. Most importantly, it is harmful in numerous ways. It is harmful to the religion, health, environment, family, brotherhood and social relations, property, etc. The following sections will briefly outline some of its harms and evils.

Smoking spoils a person’s acts of worship and reduces their rewards. For instance, it spoils the prayer, which is the pillar of Religion. Allah’s Messenger (Pbuh) said: 

“Whoever eats garlic or onion, let him avoid us and our mosque, and stay in his home. The angels are surely hurt by things that hurt the human beings.” (Buhari and Muslim from Jabir and other Companions)

Those with clean and undefiled fitrah (nature) have no doubt that the smell emanating from the mouth of a smoker is worse and more foul than that from the mouth of one who ate garlic or onion. Thus, a smoker is in between two options, either to harm the praying people and the angels with his foul smell, or miss the prayer in congregation (Jama’ah).

Smoking also spoils fasting. Fasting is very hard for the smoker. As soon as the day is over, he hastens to break his fast on an evil cigarette instead of sweet dates or pure water. Even if he fasts through the month of Ramadan, a smoker is reluctant to fast on other days. Thus he loses the great reward of those who fast even one day in Allah’s way.
No one can deny the harm of smoking to the human body. The medical evidence for this is well established and overwhelming. Because of this, the law in the United States and many other countries requires including a warning on any smoking advertisement.
Smoking contains poisonous materials, such as nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic, benzopyrene, etc., that the smoker swallows in small proportions. Their harm accumulates with time to result in a gradual killing of the human organs and tissues.
The hazards of smoking to the health are hard to enumerate. Cancer, tuberculosis, heart attacks, asthma, coughing, premature birth, infertility, infections in the digestive system, high blood pressure, nervousness, mouth and teeth diseases, etc., are among the many health hazards that have been strongly linked to smoking.
These diseases may not appear all at once, however a smoker is most likely to suffer from some of them, and his suffering increases as he grows older. Furthermore, statistics have established that smoker’s age is, on the average, ten years less than other people’s.
This is sufficient to prohibit smoking. Islam prohibits any action that causes harm to oneself or to other people. Allah says:
“Do not kill yourselves, Allah is indeed merciful to you.” (Surah An-Nisa’,  4:29)
And He says:
“Do not cast yourselves, with your own hands, into destruction.” (Surah Al-Baqara, 2:195)
And the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) says: 
“No harm may be inflicted on oneself or others.” (Ahmad and Ibn Majah from Ibn Abbas and Ubadah, and authenticated by Albani)
And he says:
“The feet of a human being will not depart, on the day of Judgement, from his standing before his Lord, until he is questioned about five things: his lifetime – how did he pass it, his youth – how did he used it, his wealth – where did he earn it and how did he spend it, and how did he follow what he knew.” (At-Tirmidhi and others from Ibn Mas’ud and authenticated by Albani)
And:
“Whoever consumes poison, killing himself with it, then he will be consuming his poison in the hellfire, and he will abide in it permanently and eternally.” (Bukhari and Muslim from Jabir)
My people! Smoking is also harmful to the human mind and reason. An obvious demonstration of this is that one who is addicted to it passes through periods of severe craving, making it hard for him to think, concentrate, solve a problem, or do any important matter, until he smokes.
When one smokes, his muscles slacken, and he passes through a brief period of delirium that curtains the thought. His digestive system is also affected, causing him frequent nervousness and trembling of the hands. He passes through periods of excitability, in irritation, and insomnia.
Thus, instead of being Allah’s slave, a smoker becomes slave to his cigarette. He develops a weaker control of his sense and reason. The faculty of reason, clear and unobstructed, is one of Allah’s great bounties and gifts on people. He praised it in numerous places of the Qur’an; and He called on people to use it to see the truth and obey Him in a better way. Allah wants of the believer to be strong and capable of controlling the reigns of his desires. He said:
“Allah wants to let you into His mercy, whereas those who follow the desires want you to drift far away (from the right path).” (Surah An-Nisa’, 4:27)
Also, a smoker emits his poisons in the faces of his companions, wife, children, and the environment. It is well established that second-hand smoke is almost as dangerous as first-hand. Thus, whether they like it or not, a smoker’s associates are forced to inhale the smoke and be themselves smokers as well.
In addition to the poisons normally carried in the smoke, if a smoker has an contagious disease, such as tuberculosis or influenza, his exhaled smoke and coughing carry the disease to those around him.
Furthermore, a smoker irritates people by the foul smell and poisonous nature of his smoking. If they suffer from asthma or allergies, they are forced to move away from his vicinity. The Prophet (Pbuh) said:
“Anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not hurt his neighbour.” (Al-Bukhari)
Thus, smoking constitutes a definite harm to other people; this is prohibited, as was indicated in the hadith cited earlier.
Also, a smoker is certainly a bad companion to sit with, as is depicted in the following hadith:
“Verily, the example of a good companion and a bad one is like that of a perfume merchant and a blacksmith: As for the perfume merchant, he would either grant you (some perfume), or you would buy (some perfume) from him, or (in the least) you would get a good smell from him. And as for the blower of the bellows (iron smith), you would either get a foul odour from him, or he would burn your clothes.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Brothers and Sisters! A smoker wastes his wealth on that which harms and has no benefit; he will be asked about his wealth and how he spent it, as has been cited in the hadith earlier. His wealth belongs to Allah, so how would he dare to waste it in disobedience to Him? Allah says:
“And do not entrust to the imprudent ones the possessions that Allah has placed in your charge…” (Surah An-Nisa’, 4:5)
And He says:
“And do not waste (your resources) extravagantly. Indeed the Squanderers are the brethren of the devils.” (Surah Al-Isra’, 17:26-27)
And the Prophet (Pbuh) said: 
“Allah hates for you three things: gossiping, begging, and wasting money.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Furthermore, there are numerous cases of burnt carpets, furniture, vehicles, and even complete houses and establishments that have resulted from this disastrous vice.
Also, Smoking is a form of moral decadence. It is most spread among the low-class immoral people. It reflects blind imitation of the non-Muslims. It is mostly consumed in bars, discos, casinos, and other places of sin. A smoker may beg or steal if he does not have the money to buy cigarettes. He is ill-mannered with his friends and family, especially when he misses taking his necessary “dose” at the usual time.
Smoking involves the consumption of an evil substance (khabith). It has a foul smell, foul taste, and is harmful to the body. This is sufficient to prohibit it, because Allah says:
“(The Prophet) who will enjoin upon them the doing of what is right, forbid them the doing of what is wrong, make lawful to them the good things of life, prohibit for them the evil things, and lift from them their burdens and the shackles that were (previously) upon them.” (Surah Al-‘Araf, 7:157)
A smoker inhales the smoke that does not give him any nourishment. This is similar to the action of the people of the Hell fire who eat harmful thorny plants. Allah says:
“No food will be there for them but a poisonous thorny plant, which will neither nourish them nor still their hunger.” (Surah Al-Ghashiya, 88:6-7)
A smoker, whether he likes it or not, makes of himself an example for his children and others to follow. He leads them to commit this evil. Actions sometimes have a stronger effect than words. Thus, even if he advises them or forbids them from smoking, his partaking of it provides them with a strong excuse to do it.
The problem is worse when the smoker is of known piety or knowledge. In such case, his harm becomes more emphasized, because more people take him as guide and example, and are thus lead astray by him. This multiplies his sins and increases his burden.
Also, the majority of good people avoid smoking and stay away from smokers. Therefore, a smoker would be forced to stay away from them – at least while he smokes. He puts himself in a selective exile, creating a spiritual distance and hostility between him and the good people, and a closeness to the evil people. The effects of this become more apparent and acute with time.
Note that this applies equally to any sin that a person commits, small or large.
A smoker despises himself, because he feels that a little cigarette is controlling him. Realizing his weakness before desires, this creates in him a feeling of defeat in the face of hardships.
Servants of Allah! Since smoking became known to Muslims, all of the great scholars who have the capability of Ijtihad (deriving verdicts in new situations) agree to its prohibition. Thus, there is no value for baseless opinions, conflicting with this, provided by self-proclaimed lesser scholars.
Brothers and Sisters! In discussing the subject of the prohibition of smoking, there are some important warnings that need to be mentioned:
1. As indicated before, the prohibition of smoking is not restricted to cigarettes, but applies as well to other objects that have similar effects such as cigars, pipes, water-pipes, chewing tobacco or sniffing tobacco, etc.
2. The reasons mentioned above for prohibiting smoking apply as well, and more strongly, to various types of drugs and hashish such as marijuana. These materials have additional problems such as causing drunkenness, death, madness, etc.
3. The prohibition of smoking is not restricted to consuming it, but applies as well to offering it to people, sitting with those who are smoking, or selling it. All of this involves helping people commit sins, which is prohibited, as Allah says:
“Help one another in righteousness and piety, and do not help one another in sinning and transgression. And fear and revere Allah; verily, Allah is severe in punishment.” (Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5:2)
Also, Allah’s Messenger (Pbuh) said: 
“Indeed when Allah prohibits something, he prohibits eating its price (i.e. its money).” (Ahmad and Abu Dawud from Ibn Abbas, authenticated by Albani)
My people! Only few of those addicted to smoking are able to stop it. The reasons for this are many, among which are the following:
1. The addictive nature of the poisonous substances contained in it.
2. The smokers are not totally convinced of its prohibition.
3. They do not have a strong determination to refrain from it.
The following are some suggestions to help a person stop smoking:
1. Rely on Allah sincerely, with full determination not to return to smoking, in compliance with Allah’s command:
“When you decide on a certain course of action, place your trust in Allah.” (Surah Ali-Imran, 3:159)
2. Stop immediately instead of claiming it is best to do it gradually. The gradual approach is the way of one who does not trust his determination and the will power that Allah has granted him. Let the example be taken from the Sahabah (Companions) who, as soon as Allah’s command reached them regarding alcohols: 
“Will you not then desist?” (Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5:91) 
They immediately poured out all the alcohol that they had and said, “We desist our Lord, we desist!” They did this despite the fact that alcohol has a greater addictive power over those who drink it.
3. Avoid the bad company of smokers and smoking environments that are full with the smell of smoke.
4. Change the food diet by abstaining from foods and drinks that would entice the craving to smoke such as spices, meat, tea, and coffee; and eating a lot of vegetables and fruits.
5. Use medically tested and established procedures to help stop smoking, as directed by physicians, such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, etc.
6. Expel the secret whispers of Shaytan (Satan) who continuously dictates to the human being that he is weak and incapable of refraining from sinning, as Allah says:
“It is but Satan who instills (into you) fear of his allies; so do not fear them, but fear Me if you are (truly) believers…” (Surah Ali-Imran, 3:175)
And:
“Fight then against the allies of Satan; indeed, Satan’s guile is weak…” (Surah An-Nisa’, 4:76)
Brothers and Sisters! Please, for more information about the prohibition of Tobacco/Cigarette check out the following important Books:
1. The Ruling of Smoking. By Shaykh Muhammad bin Ibrahim (rahimahullah).
2. The Ruling of Smoking. By Shaykh Abdur-Rahman Bin Nasir as-Sa’adi (rahimahullah).
3. The Ruling of Smoking. By Shaykh Abdul-Aziz Bin Abdullah Bin Baz (rahimahullah).
4. The Ruling of Smoking. By Shaykh Muhammad Bin Salih al-Uthaymin (rahimahullah)
5. Hukmul lslami fit-Tadkhin. By Shaykh Muhammad Jamil Zainu.
6. Hukmud Dini fil-Lihyati wat-Tadkhin. By Shaykh Hasan al-Halabi.
7. Smoking and Its Effects on Health. By Dr. Muhammad Ali al-Barr.
8. The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco. By Eric Burns Temple University Press, 2007.
9. Unfiltered: Conflicts over Tobacco Policy and Public Health. By Eric A. Feldman; Ronald Bayer Harvard University Press, 2004.
10. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioural Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General. By U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General., 2010.
11. The Health Consequences of Smoking–50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. By Office of the Surgeon General United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General., 2014.
12. At What Cost? The Economic Impact of Tobacco Use on National Health Systems, Societies and Individuals : A Summary of Methods and Findings. By The World Bank International Development Research Centre, 2003.
13. Smoking Prevalence in the United States: Differences across Socioeconomic Groups. By Goel, Rajeev K, Journal of Economics and Finance, Vol. 32, No. 2, April 2008.
14. Risk Beliefs and Smoking Behaviour. By Viscusi, W. Kip; Hakes, Jahn K, Economic Inquiry, Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2008.
15. Regulating Tobacco. By Robert L. Rabin; Stephen D. Sugarman, Oxford University Press, 2001.
16. Cigarette Smoking among Adolescents with Alcohol and Other Drug Use Problems. By Myers, Mark G.; Kelly, John F, Alcohol Research, Vol. 29, No. 3, Fall 2006.
17. Peddling Poison: The Tobacco Industry and Kids. By Clete Snell

Praeger, 2005.
18. Smoking Prevention: The Impact of Shock and Sap Appeal. By Nickols-Richardson, Sharon M, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, Vol. 94, No. 4, November 2002.
19. The Food and Drug Administration Kicks the Habit-The FDA’s New Role in Regulation of Tobacco Products. By Yevtukhova, Olga, American Journal of Law & Medicine, Vol. 35, No. 4, October 1, 2009.
20. Tobacco Abuse in Pregnancy. By Oliver, Robert J. Md, PhD,

Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health, Vol. 17, No. 2, Winter 2002.
21. Smoking and the Workplace: Issues and Answers for Human Resources Professionals. CONTRIBUTORS: William M. Timmins Clark Brighton Timmins. PUBLISHER: Quorum Books , 1989. SUBJECTS: Smoking In The Workplace–United States.
22. Smoking, Health, and Personality. CONTRIBUTORS: H. J. Eysenck.

PUBLISHER: Basic Books , 1965. SUBJECTS: Tobacco–Physiological Effect Smoking–Psychological Aspects.
23. The Education-Drug Use Connection: How Successes and Failures in School Relate to Adolescent Smoking, Drinking, Drug Use, and Delinquency. CONTRIBUTORS: Jerald G. Bachman Patrick M. O’Malley John E. Schulenberg Lloyd D. Johnston Peter Freedman-Doan Emily E. Messersmith. PUBLISHER: L. Erlbaum Associates, 2008. SUBJECTS: Youth–Substance use–United States Young adults–Drug use–United States Academic Achievement–Social Aspects–United States Problem youth–Education–United States.
24. Theory and Practice of Excise Taxation: Smoking, Drinking, Gambling, Polluting, and Driving. CONTRIBUTORS: Sijbren Cnossen.

PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press , 2005. SUBJECTS: Excise Tax
25. Smoking, Drinking, and Drug Use in Young Adulthood: The Impacts of New Freedoms and New Responsibilities. CONTRIBUTORS: Jerald G. Bachman Katherine N. Wadsworth Patrick M. O’Malley Lloyd D. Johnston John E. Schulenberg. PUBLISHER: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997. SUBJECTS: Youth–Substance Use–United States Young Adults–Tobacco Use–United States Young Adults–Alcohol Use–United States Young Adults–Drug Use–United States.
Lastly, I ask Allah to give us the ability to restrain our desires and to willingly submit ourselves to His will.
Oh Allah the Almighty, make our country Nigeria safe and the other Muslim countries in general, Oh Lord of the universe, jinn and mankind. 
Oh Allah protect our safety, our Iman and our peace in our native lands and rectify those placed in authority over our affairs (our leaders), and don’t hold us to account for that which the foolish amongst us have done, and protect us from trials the apparent and hidden of it. 
Oh Allah show us the truth for the truth and help us to follow it, and show us the falsehood for falsehood and help us to stay away from it, and make Iman most beloved to us and beautify it in our hearts, and make disbelief, lewdness and rebellion most hated to us and make us from those who are guided.
Oh Allah rectify all our leaders, guide them to that which is good for themselves and to that which is good for us. Oh Allah make them a means for our safety, and make them a means for our word (unity) to be one, and make them a cause for our coming together, Yaa Al-Hayyu (Oh The Ever Living, The One who cannot die), Yaa Al-Qayyum (The Self Sustainer), Yaa Saami’ (The Hearer) of the supplication. 
Oh Allah safeguard our country. Oh Allah bring ease to the Nigerians from that which they face from sufferings. Oh Allah give us immediate ease. Oh Allah give us victory with a happy outcome. Oh Allah make ease for the Nigerians from every difficulty and from every suffering, Oh Hearer of the supplication, Oh Reliever from every distress, Oh answerer of the supplication, Oh Helper of the grieving, Oh ever living, Self Sustaining, Oh Hearer of the supplication, Oh Owner of Loftiness and Nobility! 
I ask Allah to assist us in living by the Quran and Sunnah. I pray that He lets us recognize the truth for what it is and helps us to follow it, and that He lets us see falsehood for what it is and helps us to avoid it.
O Allah! Guide us and protect us from the causes of ignorance and destruction! Save us from the defects of ourselves! Cause the last of our deeds to be the best and most righteous! And forgive all of us.
Oh Allah! The Sustainer of Mankind! Remove the illness from our President Muhammadu Buhari, cure his disease. You are the One Who cures. There is no cure except Your cure. Grant him a cure that leaves no illness.
I ask Allah, the Mighty, the Lord of the Mighty Throne, to cure President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oh Allah! Our Lord and Sustainer! Grant us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the Fire of Jahannam (Hellfire).
I seek protection in the might of Allah and His power from the evil of what President Muhammadu Buhari is experiencing and of what he fear.
Oh Allah! Make every single aspect of our life be for You and in service of Your Creation. Please remove all false intentions that we have.
Oh Allah! save humanity from being its own enemy. Protect Your creation from oppression. Save the people of Nigeria from internal and external oppressors and give them justice. Protect us all from violence, fear and danger, You are our Protector.
Ya Allah! let us love You as You deserved to be loved, and let us fear You as You deserve to be feared, and let us leave this world serving Your creation for Your sake.
Oh Allah! increase us in beneficial knowledge, let this knowledge be with sincerity, not for seeking fame, glory, status, material wealth. Let this knowledge serve Your cause in a way that You accept, and let it benefit humanity. 
Oh Allah! please guide our children and all children. They are surrounded by so much temptation and forbidden things. Protect them our Lord from all of the evil influences that are around them. Give them friends who will strengthen their faith and help them stay on the Straight Path. Ameen Ya Rabb!
My respected people! For a Muslim Ramadan is the month in which they can gain maximum blessings and mercy from Allah Almighty and seek forgiveness for whatever sins they have committed. Therefore, prayers, charity, Du’as etc, need to be ensured during the month as these are the means that can help a Muslim achieve the desired objectives.
I pray that Allah Ta’ala allows me and you all to finished this Ramadan with the highest degree of Iman, ameen.
My respected people! Anything good I have said in my today’s Khutbah (Sermon) is from Allah the Almighty, and any mistakes are my own and we seek refuge in Allah from giving wrong advice and from all forms of calamities and fitnah. And I ask Allah’s forgiveness if I stepped beyond bounds in anything I said or I do.
May Allah be praised; and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad (Pbuh), and upon his family and Companions. 
With this I conclude my Khutbah (Sermon) and ask Allah, the Almighty and the sublime, to forgive all of our sins. So seek his forgiveness, He is all forgiving Most Merciful.
This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Ramadan 7, 1438 A.H. (June 2, 2017), By Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene Kogi State Nigeria. He can be reached via: +2348038289761.