Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, March 30 2018

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, March 30 2018  

All praise is due to Allah Who sent down the Qur’an with which He guided us to the straight path. 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 Al-Anaam:
“And, [moreover], this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous.…” (S.6 V.153)

O Worshipers! Guidance to the straight path is something that Muslims seek and beseech their Lord to bestow upon them in every Rakaa of every prayer they establish every day and night, reciting: “Guide us to the straight path” “- the path of those upon whom You have bestowed favour, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray.” (Qur’an Al-Fatiha S.1 V.6–7)
Responding to the believers’ supplications and answering their calls, Allah the Almighty says, “This is for My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.” Undoubtedly, Allah, the Most Exalted, has guided the Prophets and Messengers pbut on the straight path, for He says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Anaam:
“And [some] among their fathers and their descendants and their brothers – and We chose them and We guided them to a straight path.” (S.6 V.87)
Allah the Almighty has mentioned this fact about the Prophets in several places in the holy Book. For instance,Allah says about Prophet Ibrahim pbuh in the Qur’an in Surah An-Nahl:
“Indeed, Abraham was a [comprehensive] leader, devoutly obedient to Allah, inclining toward truth, and he was not of those who associate others with Allah.” “[He was] grateful for His favours. Allah chose him and guided him to a straight path.” (S.16 V.120-121)
Guided by his Lord, Prophet Ibrahim pbuh called his father to the straight path, saying in the Qur’an in Surah Mariam:
“O my father, indeed there has come to me of knowledge that which has not come to you, so follow me; I will guide you to an even path.” (S.19 V.43)
In like manner, Allah the Most Exalted has bestowed upon Prophets Musa (Moses) and Haroon (Aaron) pbut the favour of guidance. About them, Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah A-Saffat:
“And We guided them on the straight path.” (S.37 V.118)
In another Aya in the holy Qur’an, Allah the Almighty gives glad tidings to the prophet Muhammad SAW of being guided to the righteous path. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Fath:
“…And complete His favour upon you and guide you to a straight path.” (S.48 V.2)
Having granted him the favour of guidance to the straight path, Allah the Most High enjoined upon the Prophet SAW to maintain such path by observing all acts of righteousness that He has shown to him. He says in the Qur’an in Surah Az-Zukhruf:
“So adhere to that which is revealed to you. Indeed, you are on a straight path.” (S.43 V.43)
The Messenger of Allah SAW devotedly strived not only to uphold to the favour of guidance that Allah has conferred upon him, but also to show the keys to such path to his companions, may Allah be pleased with them. On this account, Abdullah Ibn Masood, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “The Messenger of Allah SAW drew a line with his hand (in the sand) and said, ‘This is Allah’s path, leading straight.’ He SAW then drew lines to the right and left of that line and said, ‘These are the other paths, on each path there is a devil who calls to it.’ Then he SAW recited: ‘And, [moreover], this is my path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from the way.’” So, what is the meaning of “guide us to the straight path?” It means grant us success to follow the correct religion that you have chosen for us and sent down to us through the Messenger SAW who invited people to it, in line with the orders of Allah the Most Exalted in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Anaam:
“Say, “Indeed, my Lord has guided me to a straight path – a correct religion – the way of Abraham, inclining toward truth. And he was not among those who associated others with Allah.” (S.6 V.161)           
Such straight path is the one that was followed by only those who were blessed by Allah the Almighty with the favour of guidance. Allah the Most Exalted says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Fatiha:
“The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favour.” (S.1 V.7)
Those are the Prophets and the righteous people about whom Allah the Most Sublime, says in the Qur’an in Surah An-Nisaa:
“And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favour of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions.” (S.4 V.69)
Truly, worshiping Allah the Most High is the true straight path, for Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Ya-Sin:
“And that you worship [only] Me? This is a straight path.” (S.36 V.61)
Having known this, it is good to advise each other on the means of following the righteous path. The ways towards guidance are many. In its essence, guidance to the straight path comes through believing in Allah the Almighty, for He says in the Qur’an in Surah , An-Nisaa:
“So those who believe in Allah and hold fast to Him – He will admit them to mercy from Himself and bounty and guide them to Himself on a straight path.” (S.4 V.175)
Furthermore, Allah the Most Merciful, has also made adherence to the teachings of the holy Qur’an another cause of guidance. Allah The Most Exalted says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqara:
“This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah.” (S.2 V.2)
Another way of achieving the gracious status of righteousness is taking example of the Prophet SAW and following his advocacies with regards to acts of worship, transactions and good manners. Allah the Almighty has accentuated that the Messenger SAW has come with a mission to guide people to the straight path, for He says in the Qur’an in Surah Ash-Shura:
“…And indeed, [O Muhammad], you guide to a straight path.” “The path of Allah, to whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth.…” (S.42 V.52—53)
That is to say: you invite for a correct religion that is absolutely free of flaws.

O Servants of Allah! One other important source of guidance is knowledge. It guides its seekers to the straight path by making clear to them the righteous way to choose. With knowledge, one will be able to differentiate between truth and falsehood, right and wrong. In this regard Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Sabaa:
“And those who have been given knowledge see that what is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, and it guides to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy.” (S.34 V.6)
This means, the people of knowledge will know that the holy Qur’an is the truth and that it guides to Allah’s religion and His straight path.Indeed, successful is he who has turned to Allah in supplication and sincerely pleaded to Him to guide them to the righteous path. It was the tradition of the Messenger of Allah SAW to do so. When he woke up for night prayer, he would start his prayer saying, “O Allah, Lord of Gabriel, and Michael, and Israfil, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, Who knows the unseen and the seen; You decides amongst Your servants concerning their differences. Guide me with Your permission in the divergent views (which the people) hold about Truth, for it is You Who guides whom You wilt to the Straight Path.” 

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.


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