In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, December 23 2016
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! Fear Allah the way His Almighty should be feared and apprehend Him the way a true believer observes his duty towards Him. You should know that Allah created Man and has shown him the straight path which he should follow in his life, such path which leads whoever follows it to salvation in the Day of Judgment.
Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an in Surat Al-‘An`ām:
“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)
Moreover Allah has ordered His slaves to ask Him in their prayers, for guidance to righteousness. They recite Al-Fātiĥah in each rak’ah (individual unit of prayer) and utter from the depths of their hearts “It is You we worship and You we ask for help. ” “Guide us to the straight path.” (S.1 V.5–6) It has been reported that Sufyan bin Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) asked the prophet SAW. He asked, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about al-Islam which I can ask of no one but you.” He SAW said, “Say I believe in Allah — and then be steadfast.”
O Muslims! The righteousness of the Muslim includes good treatment towards Allah, the self and the Human beings. From the one hand , righteousness towards Allah is when the human being submits his soul unto his Lord and entrust all his affairs unto Him and makes righteous deeds in secret and in public.
Allah says in the Qur’an in Surat Baqarah:
“Yes [on the contrary], whoever submits his face in Islam to Allah while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (S.2 V.112)
Likewise, keeping righteous behavior towards Mankind is a result of the righteous behavior towards the Creator. The righteous person towards his Lord will necessarily be righteous toward the creatures of his Lord. He will act with them in the right way, be kind to them and forgive their offences. Hence the the Prophetic Hadith brought together piety and good treatment of people. The prophet SAW said : “Fear Allah wherever you are, follow a bad deed with a good deed and it will erase it, and behave with good character toward the people.”
Indeed, adhering to righteousness makes the life of the Human being full of virtues, filled with purity and adorned with chastity. It is unquestionably a life of a dignified person who is honored by his Lord and preferred by Him over many others among His creatures. Righteousness uplifts the human being, so it purifies his heart and keeps his tongue chaste in a way that makes him refrain from committing any offense or uttering any obscene language. It is by virtue of righteousness that the human being is attributed with all virtues and prevents himself from being involved in vices. It’s no wonder that God commanded His Messenger SAW and the believers with righteousness.
Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Hūd:
“So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allah], and do not transgress. Indeed, He is Seeing of what you do.” (S.11 V.112)
Any group whose members are characterized with righteousness get their works improved, their matters settled and invoke the promise of Allah to promise their provisions. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Jinn:
“(And Allah revealed that) if they had remained straight on the way, We would have given them abundant provision.”
O Muslims! If righteousness is that important, what helps to achieve it? Righteousness can be achieved or attained by a Muslim only when this latter has good knowledge of the religion of Allah, Glorified and Exalted, and is aware of the teachings of his Lord . Such knowledge will lead him to righteousness and restrain himself from impure evil desires, and lusts. Allah says in the Qur’an in Suraha Ash-Shams:
“He has succeeded who purifies it,” “and he has failed who instills it (with corruption).” (S.91 V.9–10)
Actually, what helps to achieve righteousness is by constantly judging and controlling the self. The Prophet SAW said, “A wise man is the one who calls himself to account (and refrains from doing evil deeds) and does noble deeds to benefit him after death; and the foolish person is the one who subdues himself to his temptations and desires and seeks from Allah the fulfillment of his vain desires.” Furthermore, what helps to achieve righteousness is by keeping company of honest people, from whom the Muslim may take advantages, and meeting with people who will strengthen his obedience to Almighty God and enhance his remembrance of the Hereafter. Almighty and Glorified Allah recommended his Messenger SAW of the following in this saying in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Kahf:
“And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect.”
O Servants of Allah! Do you ever know what is the reward of whoever obeyed the Glorified and Almighty Allah? It is actually a great reward and big recompense. Almighty God says in this regard in the Qur’an in Surah Fuşşilat:
“Indeed, those who have said ‘Our Lord is Allah .’ and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, saying], ‘Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. ” “We were your allies in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request ” “as accommodation from a Lord who is Forgiving and Merciful.’” (S.41 V.30—32)
When the heart of the Muslim adheres to righteousness and therefore becomes enlightened with the illumination of faith and when his mind opts for righteousness in a way that makes it abstain from any evil or sinful thought , and when his treatments for others straightens up in a way that cuts away with any form of disloyalty or falsehood, then he is deemed as attained goodness, the guidance of faith,, achieved happiness and reassurance in his life and granted the honor and satisfaction of his Lord in the Hereafter.Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-‘Aĥqāf:
“Indeed, those who have said, ‘Our Lord is Allah.’ and then remained on a right course – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” “Those are the companions of Paradise, abiding eternally therein as reward for what they used to do.” (S.46 V.13—14)
So fear Allah, servants of Allah, obey Him, beware of sins, ask the satisfaction of your Lord, remember and thank Him constantly and observe your duty toward Him. Seek what your God Has promised for the pious and refrain from what He warned for the disobedient in order to be among the righteous.
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 rizq in abundance to all of the Muslims 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.