In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, March 16 2018
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.
O servants of Allah! As to what follows, I urge you and myself to be aware that you are asked to obey Allah the Most Exalted in line with His orders. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Adh-Dhariyat:
“Indeed, the righteous will be amongst gardens and springs,” “accepting what their Lord has given them. Indeed, they were before that doers of good.” (S.51 V.15–16)
Dear Muslims! Allah, the Most Exalted, has enjoined upon us to observe five obligatory prayers per day and night and further ordered us to be persistent in offering them. Allah The Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqara:
“Maintain with care the [obligatory] prayers and [in particular] the middle prayer and stand before Allah, devoutly obedient.” (S.2 V.238)
As such, whoever maintains the obligatory prayers, doing them at their prescribed times and fulfilling their pillars and state of devoted submissiveness, then Allah the Almighty will forgive them their misdeeds and admit them to His Paradise on the Day of Judgment. On this account, the Messenger of Allah SAW said, “Allah the Almighty has made five prayers obligatory. If anyone performs ablution for them well, offers them at their (right) time, and observes perfectly their bowing and submissiveness in them, it is the guarantee of Allah that He will forgive him (his misdeeds).” More to the point, Allah has really endowed upon us His favour by decreeing for us the Nawafil prayers as extra good deeds that can complement our obligatory ones and compensate for any deficiency in performing them. An illustration of this can be seen in the following Hadith. The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “The first thing for which a servant of Allah will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be his Salat. If it is found to be complete then it will be recorded as complete, and if anything is lacking Allah will say: ‘Look and see if you can find any voluntary prayers with which to complete what was defective in his obligatory prayers.’” The reason that Allah the Almighty has allowed for voluntary prayers to compensate for the uncompleted obligatory ones is to encourage Muslims to increase their Nawafil prayers and show agility in performing voluntary good deeds. It was narrated in this regard that the Messenger of Allah SAW once said to Thawban, may Allah be pleased him, “Perform prostration before Allah more often. Indeed, for every prostration you make Allah will raise your status one degree and remove one from your sins.” Prostration here means that which is performed during prayer.
O Worshipers! Knowing the virtues of Nawafil prayers, let us advise each other about the Nawafil that the Prophet SAW has instructed Muslims to perform. The first of these are the “Al-Sunan Al-Rawatib” (the Sunna prayers associated with obligatory prayers). Those optional prayers are performed either before or after the prescribed prayers. The Messenger of Allah SAW has urged us to maintain them as he said, “For every Muslim who offers twelve Rakaas of optional prayer other than the obligatory one in day and night, seeking the pleasure of Allah, He will build a house for him in Paradise.” And the prophet Muhammad SAW has defined those Rakaas as follows: “Four Rakaas before and two Rakaas after Dhuhr (noon) prayer, two after Maghrib, two after Isha and two before Fajr (dawn) prayer.”
Indeed, the virtues of maintaining the Nawafil prayers are gracious, especially the two Rakaas before Al Fajr prayer. The virtues of these two Rakaas are so great that they should never be neglected nor should their rewards be underestimated. Emphasizing their great status, the Prophet SAW said, “The two Rakaas (before) the dawn (Fajr) prayer are better than this world and all that which in it.” In another narration, the Prophet SAW said, “The two Rakaas before the dawn (Fajr) prayer are dearer to me than the whole world.” For this reason, the Messenger of Allah SAW always hastened to observe these two Rakaas. Sayida Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said, “I have never seen the Messenger of Allah SAW hastening as much in observing supererogatory prayers as he did in the two Rakaas before the dawn (obligatory) prayer.” Also in like manner, the Prophet SAW was persistent in offering the four Rakaas before the Dhuhr prayer. It was narrated that Sayida Aish, may Allah be pleased with her, said, “The Prophet SAW never missed the four Rakaas before the Dhuhr prayer.” Similarly, the Prophet SAW valued greatly the two Rakaas after the Dhuhr prayer. In this regard that Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “The Prophet SAW used to pray four Rakaas before Dhuhr prayer and two Rakaas after it.” Truly, whoever wishes to attain more recompense, greater virtues and win Paradise as a perpetual abode, then he is recommended to pray four Rakaas after the Dhuhr prayer instead of two. The Prophet SAW said, “Whoever prays four Rakaas before Dhuhr and four after it, Allah makes him prohibited for the Fire.”
O Worshipers! It is good to know that observing the Nawafil prayers regularly is amongst the best deeds that the believers may accumulate in their record of good deeds. Nawafil prayer can be offered in masjid or at home. The Messenger of Allah SAW advocated in this regard, “When any one of you observes prayer in the masjid he should reserve a part of his prayer for his house, for Allah would make the prayer as a means of betterment in his house.”
This means, if you offer the obligatory prayer in the masjid, then perform part of the Nawafil at home. This is conducive to set a role model for your children and wife. As such, the youngsters will learn such a habit and the elders will remember to perform it. All in all,
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 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.