Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, August 18 2017

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, August 18 2017   All praise is due to Allah. We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our own evils and our own bad deeds. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad (SAW) is His servant, and His messenger. Brethren in Faith! Be aware that worship is the right of Allah alone and it is an obligation upon mankind and the jinn. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Adh-Dhaariyaat: “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (S.51 V.56) Furthermore, it is from Allah’s favors upon us that He sent to us, the best of His creation in order to explain to us sayings, deeds and beliefs that can make us win the pleasure of our Lord, and to warn us against all that can make Him displeased with us. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqarah: “Just as We have sent among you a messenger from yourselves reciting to you Our verses and purifying you and teaching you the Book and wisdom and teaching you that which you did not know. ” “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (S.2 V.151–152) Among the blessings of Allah upon His slaves is that He ordained for them acts of worship that can reform their souls, like prayer, alms giving, fasting, Hajj (major pilgrimage) and other such deeds so that man may become fully nurtured and purified in all aspects. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Maa’idah: “…Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful.” (S. 5 V.6)   Hajj is one of the greatest signs of Allah that what Muhammad (SAW) has come with, is in reality the religion of truth, for no human power can gather pilgrims every year from all parts of the world; It is only Allah who can bring about such a situation. Allah says in thr Qur’an in Surah Al-Hajj: “And proclaim to the people the Hajj (pilgrimage); they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass –” “That they may witness (i.e., attend) benefits for themselves and mention the Name of Allah on known (i.e., specific) days over what He has provided for them of (sacrificial) animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor.” (S.22 V.27-28)   The interpreter Ibn Jareer, may Allah have mercy upon him, and others, reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “When Allah commanded Prophet Ibraaheem to proclaim Hajj among people, he said: ‘My Lord, how can I convey the message to the people as my voice cannot reach them?’ Allah said, ‘You call; it is Our duty to make it reach (everyone)!’ So, he stood in his position and said, ‘O you people! Your Lord has chosen a House, so perform pilgrimage to it.’ It was said that the mountains became leveled and his voice reached all parts of the earth and all that are in the wombs and loins of men were made to hear the call and everything that heard it, responded. So those for whom Allah has decreed to perform Hajj till the Day of Judgment responded with the saying, ‘Labbayka Allaahumma Labbayk (Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am).’ ”   Dear Muslims! Purify your intention for Allah in your Hajj and emulate the Messenger of Allah in all its rites, for the Messenger of Allah SAW has said, “Take your Hajj rites from me.” (Muslim) If you do so, your Hajj will be accepted; The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “Whoever performs Hajj and does not engage in sexual relations nor acts sinfully, he will return (after Hajj free from all sins) like (he was) the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Bukhaari & Muslim) Also The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “Performing ‘Umrah after ‘Umrah will erase the sins committed between them and the well-performed Hajj has no reward but Paradise.” (Bukhaari & Muslim) The good Hajj is the one done with sincerity, according to Prophetic guidance and in which one abstains from sins and harming other Muslims.   It is obligatory for the pilgrims to be aware of the rituals of Hajj and to perform its pillars accordingly. The pillars of Hajj are: Ihraam (the state of a pilgrim in which he performs Hajj and ‘Umrah, and during which he is prohibited from certain acts that are lawful otherwise), staying at ‘Arafah, the Tawaaf Al-Ifaadhah (circumambulation of the Ka’bah on the tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah) and the pacing between Safa and Marwah. He should also perform the obligatory acts of Hajj which are: Ihraam from the Meeqaat (the place from where people must get into the state of Ihraam), standing at ‘Arafah till sunset, passing the night at Muzdalifah, throwing the stones (at the Jamaraat, i.e., three stone-built pillars in Mina), shaving or trimming of the hair, spending the nights at Mina, sacrificing an animal if necessary (according to the type of Hajj one is performing) and doing the farewell Tawaaf (circumambulation).   On the day of slaughtering (i.e., the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah), the pilgrim throws stones at the Jamrat Al-‘Aqabah, slaughters, runs between Safa and Marwah and performs Tawaaf Al-Ifaadhah. Once he does the first three acts, all the prohibitions stipulated by Ihraam are removed for him except sexual intercourse. However, if he has performed Tawaaf Al-Ifaadhah in addition to that, everything becomes permissible for him again, including sexual relations.   It is recommended for the pilgrim to increase in the performance of acts of worship and in Talbiyah (a prayer recited by pilgrims going to Makkah) till he starts throwing the stones at ‘Aqabah. He should endeavor to read the Qur’an and supplicate much, especially on the day of ‘Arafah, for The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “The best supplication is that of (the day of) ‘Arafah, and the best word that I and all Prophets have said on the day of ‘Arafah is, ‘Laa ilaaha illallaah wahdahu laa shareeka lahu lahul-mulk walahul hamd, wahuwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in qadeer’ (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things).” (Tirmidhi) The pilgrim should also guard his tongue and abstain from backbiting, fighting and arguments.   The Muslim should also recite the prescribed Takbeer from right after Fajr (dawn) prayer on the day of ‘Arafah till the afternoon of the 13th day of Dhul-Hijjah. The Takbeer is as follows, “Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, La ilaaha illallaah, wallaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar walillaahil hamd.” It is also recommended for the pilgrims and others to perform many good deeds in the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “There are no days in which good deeds are dearer to Allah than in these days (i.e. the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).” The Companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah! Not even Jihaad in the way of Allah?” He SAW replied, “Not even Jihaad in the way of Allah, except for a man who goes out for Jihaad with his life and wealth and comes back with none of the two.” (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! Guide us to the right path and accept our worship. 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. and 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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