In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, July 27 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.
O servants of Allah! You should know- may Allah lead us to what pleases Him – that Allah, out of His great wisdom, diverted those who were before us from the best day on which the sun has risen and gave the nation of Islam the guidance for it. Allah says In the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqarah:
“It is never the wish of those without Faith among the People of the Book, nor of the Pagans, that anything good should come down to you from your Lord. But Allah will choose for His special mercy whom he wills for Allah is Lord of grace abounding.” (S.2 V.105))
The Messenger of Allah SAW said: “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the foremost on the Day of Resurrection though the former nations were given the Holy Scriptures before us. And this was their day (Friday) the celebration of which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it. So Allah gave us the guidance for it (Friday) and all the other people are behind us in this respect: the Jews’ (holy day is) tomorrow (i.e Saturday) and the Chrisitans’ (is) the day after tomorrow (i.e. Sunday)” (Bukhaari & Muslim) And the Messenger of Allah SAW said: “It was Friday from which Allah diverted those who were before us. For the Jews (the day set aside for prayer) was Saturday, and for the Christians it was Sunday. In this order would they (Jews and Christians) come after us on the Day of Resurrection. We are the last of (the nations) among the people in this world and the first among the creatures to be judged on the Day of Resurrection” (Muslim) And then the Messenger of Allah SAW said: “The most virtuous of your days is Jumu`ah. On that day, Aadam was created and on that day he died, (on that day) the horn will be blown and the people will be dumbfounded! Increase your prayers upon me as your prayers upon me will be presented to me” The people said: “O Messenger of Allah, how will our prayers be presented to you when you have passed away?” He said: “Allah has prohibited the earth from eating the bodies of the Prophets” (Ahmad, Abu Daawood and others)
You should know,servants of Allah that it was the practice of the prophet SAW to honor this day and hold it in high esteem by performing certain acts of worship on it alone. Following are some of them:
1- The Prophet SAW used to recite in the Morning prayer on Friday Surat As-Sajdah’: “Alif-Lam-Mim” … (S.32)
And then to recite Surah Insan: “Surely there came over the man a time.”… (S.76) (Muslim and others)
2- The Prophet SAW said: “Make many prayers upon me during the day of Friday and the night of Friday”
3- The performance of Jumu`ah prayer which is among the most important Islamic obligations and among the
greatest gatherings of Muslims and he who neglects it Allah will seal their hearts from accepting the guidance.
4- The command of performing ghusl on this day is stressed heavily.
5- Putting on perfume on this day, which is given preference over applying it on any other day of the week.
6- The use of siwaak (tooth-stick).
7- Going early to Salaatul-Jumu`ah (Friday prayer).
8- Keeping one’s self occupied with the remembrance of Allah, supplication, and recitation until the Imaam begins
9- Listening to the Khutbah is obligatory. If he does not listen, he does an evil act and as a result has no reward.
Allah’s prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: “When the Imaam is delivering the Khutbah, and you ask your
companion to keep quiet and listen, then, no doubt you have done an evil act” (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)
10- “The reciter of Surat al-Kahf on Jumu`ah will be blessed with a light that will rise from underneath his feet to
the peak of the sky. This will be a light for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven for what is
between the Jumu`ah (and the next) Jumu`ah.”
11- Recitation of Surat al-Jumu`ah and al-Munaafiqoon or al-Ghaashiyah and al-A`la during the Jumu`ah prayer, as
the Messenger of Allah SAW used to recite them in the Jumu`ah prayer. (Muslim, Tirmithi and Ibn Maajah)
12- It is the weekly feast-day for Muslims as reported in Ahmad’s Musnad and other books of Sunnah.
13- The Prophet SAW said: “A man who performs ghusl on Friday, perfumes himself if he has perfume, wears form
the best of his clothes, then goes to the mosque covered with calmness until he reaches the masjid and offers
two rak’ahs of prayer if he wishes, and does not harm anybody, and then listens quietly while the Imaam speaks
until he offers the prayer, all his sins between that Friday and the next Friday will be forgiven” (Ahmad)
14- It is not permissible for the one upon whom Jumu`ah is obligatory, to travel on its day before attending it if its
time is due.
15- It is prefered to perfume the masjid with incense on Friday for it is reported that Ibn `Umar, may Allah be
pleased with him, used to perfume the masjid of Al-Madinah with incense every Friday at midday.
16- The one who goes to attend the Jumu`ah will be given the full reward of fasting the days of a year and observing
night-vigil on its nights for every one of his steps.
17- On Friday, one’s sins are expiated, for it is reported in the authentic hadith that one who attends Jumu`ah will be
forgiven for what is between the Jumu`ah (and the next) Jumu`ah as long as he avoids grave sins.
18- The Blazing fire is kindled to intensify its heat every day, except on Friday.
19- In it is a time when Allah gives to a Muslim servant whatever he asks for.
20- There are special conditions and rulings which are restricted to Jumu`ah only, such as residence, Khutbah, etc. 21- Giving Sadaqah (charity) on that day is preferred to giving it on any other day.
22- In paradise, the believers will see Allah and visit Him on Friday.
23- It is the best day which Allah has chosen from the days of the week, just as he has chosen Ramadan as the best of the months and Laylat al Qadr (the night or power) as the best of the nights and Muhammad as the best of His creatures.
24- It is Makrooh (undesirable) to observe fast on Friday alone.
Servants of Allah! We have mentioned some of the characteristics of Friday and some of the conditions to be fulfilled by the orator. Now we will discuss some of the conditions of the khutbah itself:
1–It should include praising Allah as He deserves to be praised, teaching the pillars of Islaam, its laws and ethics, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil.The prophet SAW used to praise Allah with His due praise.The prophet SAW say: “He whom Allah guides aright, there is none to mislead him, and he who is led astray, there is none to guide him (aright). The best of talk is embodied in the Book of Allah.” Then the prophet SAW used to say the tashahhud (i.e. to bear witness that there is no god but Allah) and then say “to commence” He also would command or forbid his companions if the occasion necessitated this, even while delivering the khutbah. Once he commanded the man who entered the masjid (while he was delivering the khutbah) to offer two rak`ahs.
2 –It should include what benefits Muslims concerning their religion and worldly life, by reminding them of Allah’s great blessings in that He guided them to Islam and sent the prophet SAW to them, and of the Days of Allah; warning them against His wrath and punishment; asking them to be pious and conscious of Him and do what makes them nearer to Him, His pleasure and Gardens; and forbidding them from what makes them nearer to His wrath and Hellfire.
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! Grant safety and security to everyone here in Japan as well as all over the world. Aamin ya Rabbil Aalamin.