In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, March 31 2017
All praise is due to Allah as is befitting to Him. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, having no partners, and Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.
I urge myself first and all of you to fear and obey Allah in observance of His Divine Revelation.
Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah An-Nisaa:
“O mankind! Be dutiful to your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) . He created his mate (Eve), and from them both scattered (like seeds) countless men and women: and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual rights, and do not cut the relation of the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you.” (S.4 V. 1)
O believers! Woman enjoys a very special status in Islam. Our religion protects her rights, preserves her dignity, bestows upon her safety and security. If Allah Blesses you with a daughter and you raise her properly, care for her, educate her and teach her good ethics, she will be your gateway to Heaven. Indeed, prophet Muhammad SAW said: “Whoever has three daughters or two daughters or and is very kind to them, demonstrates good company and fears Allah in their treatment will enter Paradise.” One of the ways in which Islam has honored woman is by giving her the right to choose her husband. If your daughter reaches the proper marriageable age, advise her when a potential suitor (in religion, ethics and so on) comes along for marriage. Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: “A girl came to me and said, ‘My father married me to his nephew, and I did not like this match.’ When the prophet SAW came, she complained to him SAW. He SAW called on her father. The daughter said: ‘I have accepted what my father has arranged, but I wanted women to know that fathers have no right in their daughter’s matters to force them.’”
O servants of Allah! Islam honors wife greatly and reasserts her rights over her husband like his rights over her.
Allah, the Exalted, says in the Qur’an in Surah Nisaa:
“…On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity.…” (S.4 V.19)
In the prophet’s SAW last sermon (farewell sermon), he prophet Muhammad SAW addressed men saying: “Remember that you have taken them as your wives, only under Allah’s trust and His Permission. …Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers.” Islam puts the responsibility of earning and providing for the wife over the husband. It even rewards him for doing so: “No amount you spend on your family seeking reward from Allah but He will reward you even if it is a bite of food that you put in your wife’s mouth.”
O servants of Allah! In Islam, the mother is the most deserving person of her children’s loyalty and good companionship. Prophet Muhammad SAW said,: “Paradise lays at the feet the mothers.” Further, Abu Huraira reported that a person came to the Prophet SAW and said: “O Messenger of Allah, who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment?” The Prophet SAW said: “Your mother.” He again asked: “Then who else?” The Prophet SAW said: “Your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you).” He said: “Then who else!?” The Prophet SAW said: “Your mother.” He (again) said: “Then who else?” Thereupon He SAW said: “Then it is your father.”
Islam urges woman to seek education and knowledge. She has the right to work and to have her own business. May Allah be pleased with Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) who was so learned in the Qur’an and the prophet SAW said,: “Even senior companions of the Prophet used to consult her in resolving intricate issues.”
O believers! What a great role woman assumes in raising her children and instilling in them good ethics, thereby paving the way for a bright future for her country. How wonderful it is to have a girl observing chastity, eager to pursue her education. How great it is to see her as a modest wife in charge of maintaining stability and bonding in her family. How delightful to see her open mindedness, her tolerance, her good practice of Islam and her obedience to her husband (unless he asks her to do prohibited matters). Prophet Muhammad SAW used to say, “After fear of Allah, a believer gains nothing better than a good wife who obeys him if he gives her a command. Pleases him as he looks at her, is true to him if he adjures her to do something and is faithful and sincere to him regarding his property in his absence.”
May the peace and the blessings of Allah be upon prophet Muhammad SAW, his family and all of his Companions. May Allah be pleased with the Rightly Guided Caliphs: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, and all those who will follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgment.
O Allah! Accept our prayers and all our ibada.
O Allah! Guide us to the right path and make us of those on whom You bestows Your mercy.
O Allah! Accept all of our good deeds and forgive us for our sins.
O Allah! Accept us for Your service and for the service of Islam and Muslims
O Allah! Please Bless us for our Dawah work here in Japan.
O Allah! Give rizq in abundance to all of the Muslims in Japan.
O Allah! Give shifa to all those who are sick.
O Allah! Grant safety and security to everyone here in Japan as well as all over the world. Aamin ya Rabbil Aalamin.