Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, April 6 2018

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, April 6 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! I advise and remind you and myself, to be conscious and fearful of Allah, for might and honour lies in fearing Allah and only the people of Taqwa -piety and righteousness are the people of joy and pride. Piety is a great treasure and beloved to us. It is the treasure of the Dunyah, (this life) and of the life to come.
Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqarah:
“…Take provisions for your journey, but the best provision is Taqwa, or piety and righteousness.”  (S.2 V.197) Allah made having Taqwa a condition of acceptance of deeds.Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Ma’idah: 
“…Verily Allah accepts only from those who are Muttaqeen, or pious and righteous”  (S.5 V.27)
We are promised forgiveness and reward for having Taqwa because Allah says in tne Qur’an in Surah At-Talaq: 
“Whoever fears Allah (i.e. has Taqwa) and keeps his duty to him, He will expiate from him his sins, and will enlarge his reward.”  (S.65 V.5)
The people of Taqwa -piety and righteousness are the people of high rank in the Hereafter as well as in this life.
Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Qasas:
“That home of the Hereafter (i.e. Paradise), We shall assign to those who do not rebel against the truth with pride and oppression in the land nor do mischief by committing crimes. And the good end is for the Muttaqeen.”  (S.28 V.83)

O Believers! With the blessed month of Ramadan fast approaching us. A month in which Allah has made obligatory upon you to fast so that you might become righteous, pious, fearful and conscious of Allah. The objective of fasting is to enhance the state of our piety. Piety in ourselves is represented by our fear of Allah, working in accordance with His revelation and being satisfied with whatever little he provides – as well as our preparation for the day of departure. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqarah:
“O you who believe! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you might attain piety. ” (S.2 V.183)
The Prophet SAW said,: “He who fasts the month of Ramadan out of sincere belief and seeking the reward of its fasting, will be forgiven for all the sins he has committed prior to it.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)  Make the month of Ramadan a month of piety. It is a great season for accountability. It is a wide-open field for competition (in doing good deeds) and a month in which souls are purified and hearts draw closer to the Creator. The gates of paradise are open and the gates of hellfire are sealed.

O Servants of Allah! Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet SAW said, “Nobody should fast the two days immediately preceding Ramadan, except for a man who is a habitual faster; if these two days happen to fall among the days in which he fasts – then let him fast these days. ” (Bukhaari & Muslim)
Abu Al-Yaqdhaan and Ammaar Ibn Yaasir, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Prophet SAW said: “He who fasts on the day which people are in doubt as to whether it is within Ramadan or not – then he has disobeyed Abul-Qaasim (i.e. Muhammad SAW) ” (Abu Daawood & Tirmithi)  Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet SAW said, “The five daily prayers between two Fridays and between two Ramadans will wipe out all the sins committed between them if the major sins are avoided.” (Muslim)

Terminating or avoiding fasting in Ramadan is allowed for four categories of people:
The first category: is the sick, who will be harmed if they fast, and the traveler – who is also allowed to shorten his Salaah. It is better for the two in this category not to fast and to make up for it at a later date. Nevertheless, if they choose to fast then it will be accepted of them.
The second category: is a woman in her menstrual period or one just out of pregnancy who is having post-natal bleeding. Women attempting to fast in this category would actually nullify their fast –even if they were to continue abstaining from food and drink. They must make up for such days in the future.
The third category: is in the case of the pregnant or breast-feeding mother, if there is fear for the safety and well-being of the baby, they may terminate their fast. However, they must make up for each fast missed like this and in addition, feed one needy person for each day that they miss.
The forth categories: is of people who terminate their fast, nothing is required except making up for that day. This applies to all except for those who break their fast by having sexual intercourse. Those who do this must make it up and free a slave. If they cannot find a slave then they must fast for two consecutive months. If they are unable to do this then they must feed sixty poor people. If they cannot even do this, because they are too poor, then the penalty is waived.

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet SAW said, “Anyone who fasts a day for the sake of Allah (whilst in Jihaad), then Allah distances his face from hellfire by seventy years.” (Bukhaari & Muslim)

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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