Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, March 23 2018

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, March 23 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 Him the Most Exalted in line with His orders. Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Anfal:
“O you who have believed, if you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion and will remove from you your misdeeds and forgive you. And Allah is the possessor of great bounty.” (S.8 V.29)

O Worshipers! Having a good character and performing good deeds is so important in Islam. All our deeds are going to come before us on the Day of Judgement. This is evidenced in the following Hadith in which the Prophet SAW said that Allah the Almighty would say, “O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you, and then recompense you for. So he who finds good (i.e. in the Hereafter), let him praise Allah, and he who finds other than that, let him blame no one but himself. ” So,Allah the Most Exalted has made for each person a scroll in which all his deeds are recorded, no matter how major or minor these were. Such record is entrusted by Allah to noble angels who register each one’s deeds. Allah the Most Exalted says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Infitar:
“And indeed, [appointed] over you are keepers,” “noble and recording.” “They know whatever you do.” (S.82 V.10–12)
This means for each person there are noble angels who are entrusted with the mission of guarding them, recording their deeds and words and counting for them. So, every word that one utters will be seen in their balance on the Day of Judgment. Allah, the Most Exalted says in the Qur’an in Surah Qaf:
“Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record].” (S.50 V.18)
In like manner, each deed that one does in this world will also be recorded in their record of deeds.
Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Kahf:
“…And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one.” (S.18 V.49)

O servants of Allah! As part of their mission, the noble angels would be wasting no time, writing each person’s words and deeds. They do not delay, nor do they forget. In evidence of this, it was narrated that Rifa’a bin Rafie, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “One day we were praying behind the Prophet SAW. When he raised his head from bowing, he said, ‘Samia l-lahu liman hamidah (Allah hears the one who praises Him).’ A man behind him said, ‘Rabbana wa laka l-hamdu, hamdan kathiran taiyiban mubarakan fihi’(O our Lord! All the praises are for You, many good and blessed praises). When the Prophet SAW completed the prayer, and he SAW asked, ‘Who has said these words?’ The man replied, ‘I did.’ The Prophet SAW said, ‘I saw over thirty angels competing to write it first.’” That is: each one of the angels races to write down those words before the others do. Thus, they never overlook anything, be it small or great. Allah the Most Exalted and Sublime says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Anbiyaa:
“…So no soul will be treated unjustly at all. And if there is [even] the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it forth. And sufficient are We as accountant.” (S.21 V.47)
“So whoever does righteous deeds while he is a believer – no denial will there be for his effort, and indeed We, of it, are recorders.” (S.21 V.94)

O Servants of Allah! One other righteous deed that is gracious in recompense is asking Allah for forgiveness often, for it is a cause for wiping all the believer’s misdeeds, leaving his/her record full of only good deeds. In this regard the Prophet SAW said, “Glad tidings to those who find a lot of seeking forgiveness in the record of their deeds.”
Furthermore, performing acts of kindness, observing acts of worship and obedience to Allah the Almighty as well as establishing prayer regularly at its prescribed time are amongst the other righteous acts that are conducive to increasing the believer’s good deeds and removing their bad ones. Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Hood:
“And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember.” (S.11 V.114)
On another level, one of the greatest good deeds in respect of its positive impact is that which continues to benefit its doer after his/her death. For instance, whoever leaves behind knowledge that may benefit people, or establishes a Waqf for the sake of Allah, then their rewards will not cease after their death. The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “When a person dies, all his good deeds come to an end except for three: Continuing charity, knowledge that others benefit from, and a righteous son who supplicates for him.” Bearing this in mind, let us pray to Allah the Almighty to multiply the rewards of our good deeds, forgive us our misdeeds and make us amongst those who will be given their record (of deeds) in their right hand. O Allah, we implore to You to make Paradise our perpetual abode.

May Allah guide us all to obey Him and obey His Messenger Muhammad SAW, the most honest amongst people, and obey those Allah have commanded us to obey in line with His orders. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah An-Nisaa:
“O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. …” (S.4 V.59)
May Allah direct us all to the blessings of the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunna of His Messenger SAW. I say this and ask Allah for forgiveness for me and you, so invoke Him for forgiveness, for He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.

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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