In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, May 11 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 call upon myself and all of you to be ever conscious and do construct our lives in accordance to what Allah has ordered us as He says in the Qur’an in Surah Al Ahzab and Surah Al Mutaffifin:
“O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice.” “He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” (S.33 V.70–71)
“…So for this let the competitors compete.” (S.83 V.26)
Illustrating how people in this world are vying to achieve goals and look forward to having their wishes granted. In this pursuit, they all hope for a good end. But the most virtuous way in terms of reward and status for people to strive for is to engage in good deeds for the sake of Allah. For this, there is no better time than the holy month of Ramadan as Allah, Exalted be He, has made it the season of goodness and good deeds. He thus made it an opportunity for His Servants to obtain extra reward and get closer to their Creator. The benefit of month of Ramadan was clearly shown by the Prophet Muhammad SAW when he said, “When it is the first night of the month of Ramadan, the devils and the resolutely evil jinn are enchained, the gates of Hell are firmly locked such that no one of them are opened, the gates of Paradise are opened such that none of them are closed, and a caller proclaims, ‘O pursuer of good, proceed and O pursuer of evil, refrain.’ [There are those] whom Allah salvages from Hell and that is in every [Ramadan] night.”
Dear Believers! The prophet Muhammad SAW also urged us to perfect ourselves so that to welcome the holy month of Ramadan with pure souls and hearts. The prophet Muhammad SAW said, “If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting.’” In the light of his guidance, the righteous people used to prepare for the blessed Ramadan by supplicating to Allah, Glory be to Him, to give them life till they can witness Ramadan. When it ends, they then beseech Him for another six months to accept their fasting and prayers. They used to say, “May we, with Your grace, reach the presence and the benefits of the holy month of Ramadan.” This is an evidence of the high status of the holy month of Ramadan, for the cause of which the pious servants apply themselves to their prayers and supplications a year long. So do strive, servants of Allah, in Ramadan to be amongst the people of acceptance by avoiding whatever can contradict the sublime merit of this great duty. The prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Who did not abandon false words, and actions based on falsehood (while fasting), Allah is indifferent to their giving up food and drink.”
O Servants of Allah! As you are on the threshold of Ramadan, the month of mercy and forgiveness, you will be overwhelmed with Allah’s security and His mercy will be descended. Please be aware therefore to seize this great opportunity so may Allah accept your supplications and forgive your misdeeds. Also bear in mind that during this holy month, Allah, Glory be to Him, look at what you are contending for and He boasts about you to His angels. So whoever remembers Allah and asks His forgiveness in Ramadan, Allah fulfills his wishes. As such, we need to engage in goodness and always be aware that those who are denied Allah’s mercy are really doomed to misery. Ramadan is the right time to well benefit from the flow of its blessings by increasing goodness and protecting our senses from indulging in the perception of objects that Allah has made unlawful for us. Indeed it is the right time also for us to acquire the enduring good deeds and ultimately earn forgiveness and Paradise. On this matter, Ali ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “Fasting is not abstaining from food and drink; rather fasting is [abstaining] from lying, falsehood and laghw (vain and evil talk).” In the same regard, Jabir bin Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “When you are fasting, all your senses: ears, eyes and tongue… must fast with you and not lie. Let your fasting day be tranquil and solemn and do not let your fasting day be like any normal day.”
Dear Believers! O blessed those who get the favour of Allah by dedicating their time to recite the holy Qur’an, standing up for prayer at night and refraining from obscene talk and slander. The prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Allah will have mercy upon a servant who said good and won (a reward) or stayed silent- instead of dictating evil- and emerged safe.”
May Allah, the Almighty, bless for us the remaining days of Shaaban, prolong our life to witness Ramadan, help us observe prayers, fast, lower our gaze, protect our tongue, and recite the Qur’an. May Allah let us be among His virtuous servants and help us to obey Him and those He has ordained upon us to obey, in compliance with His injunctions. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Annisaa:
“O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you.…” (S.4 V.59)
May Allah bless you and me with the ability to implement the Holy Qur’an and the Sunna of His Messenger Muhammad SAW. I say this and pray to Allah, the Almighty, to grant us forgiveness. Supplicate to Allah for forgiveness for He is the Most Forgiving and 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! 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.