Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, July 13 2018

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, July 13 2018   All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all Creations 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. Dear Muslims! As to what follows,I urge you and myself, to be aware that you are asked to obey Allah the Most Exalted and High, in line with His orders Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Aaraf: “…And the home of the Hereafter is better for those who fear Allah, so will you not use reason?” (S.7 V.169) Dear Muslims! One of the pillars of Islam is to believe in the Day of Judgment, a day when people will be raised alive after death so as to be judged by the Creator. On that Day, they will be recompensed for whatever they have done in this world; for their words and deeds no matter how big or small these were. Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Az-Zalzala: “So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it,” “and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.” (S.99 V.7–8) On its merits, belief in the Last Day has many benefits for the believers. For instance, it urges the believer to do plenty of righteous deeds so as to attain happiness in this world and in the Hereafter. This is because Allah, the Most Exalted, has associated faith with good deeds, for Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqara: “…Those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (S.2 V.62)                        Seeking such a recompense, the believer returns to their Lord invoking Him humbly and earnestly to grant them all that is good in this world and in the Hereafter. About them, Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqara: “But among them is he who says, ‘Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.’” (S.2 V.201) Truly, it is such a great thing for the believer, which imparts delight to their hearts, to do that which is righteous in this life, hoping for great recompense on the Day of Judgment. On this account, Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Israa: “But whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer – it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allah].” (S.17 V.19) That is to say: whoever wishes for the home of the Hereafter and its blessings and delights, thus strives in this way by performing good deeds, then Allah the Almighty will, by His mercy, appreciate their efforts, oversee their flaws and reward them with the best of rewards. This brings us to advise each other on how to make best use of our life and make it provision for the Hereafter. Indeed, the means of achieving such a great goal are many. One way is by fearing Allah the Almighty. Being conscious of one’s Lord is amongst the best of deeds for which the believer gets rewarded abundantly on the Day of Judgment. Allah, the Most Exalted has emphasized such fact for He says in the Qur’an in Surah Yunus: “Those who believed and were fearing Allah.” “For them are good tidings in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. …” (S.10 V.63–64) On the same matter, the Messenger of Allah SAW said,“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last day should fear Allah.” Another righteous act through which the believer may seek the satisfaction of Allah the Almighty and His rewards is to follow the guidance of the Prophet SAW. Allah has promised such believers with that which is good in the Last Day. Allah, the Most Exalted says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Ahzab and Surah Az-Zumar: “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day.” (S.33 V.21) “Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, ‘Are those who know equal to those who do not know?’ Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.” (S.39 V.9) This means, those who are hopeful of attaining the mercy of Allah the Almighty, hence, they stand for prayer with complete submission and turn to Him seeking His forgiveness before dawn. Moreover, amongst the other merits of believing in the Last Day and in the great rewards that Allah, the Most Merciful, has prepared for the true believers, being Paradise as perpetual abode, is that it is also conducive to motivate the believer to turn to their Lord in supplication and earnestly ask Him for the best of rewards in this life and the next. Allah the Almighty has described the supplications of His believing servants. About it Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al Imran: “…Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs. …” (S.3 V.147) Allah, the Most Giving has responded to their supplications and generously rewarded them. Allah says in the Qur’an as accentuated in same Surah Al Imran: “So Allah gave them the reward of this world and the good reward of the Hereafter. And Allah loves the doers of good.” (S.3 V.148) O Worshipers! One other virtue of belief in the Last Day is that it boosts the believer’s interest in embracing the best of manners and the finest of behaviours. Such manners include showing humbleness and modesty for the sake of attaining the reward of the Hereafter. Allah, the Exalted is He, has prepared the Gardens of Pleasure in the Hereafter for His servants who humble themselves for His sake. Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Qasas: “That home of the Hereafter We assign to those who do not desire exaltedness upon the earth or corruption. And the [best] outcome is for the righteous.” (S.28 V.83) The Messenger of Allah SAW has put emphasis on this as he said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should treat his neighbour well, and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously; and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or keep quiet.” Similarly, those who seek the greatest of rewards in the next life should honour the ties of kinship, following the guidance of the Messenger of Allah SAW as he said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should unite the bond of kinship (i.e. keep good relation with his kith and kin).” Bearing this in mind, let us pray to Allah the Almighty to make us amongst His true believers, those who will attain His great rewards in this worldly life and in the Hereafter. 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 in the month of Ramadan. 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. 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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