Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, August 10 2018

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, August 10 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! Allah the Most Exalted says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqara: “…take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding.” (S.2 V.197) O Worshipers! These days, we are witnessing blessed days and nights, being the first ten days of Dhul Hijja. Allah, the Most Exalted, swore by them in an indication to their great importance. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Fajr: “By the dawn,” “and [by] the ten nights,” “and [by] the even [number] and the odd,” “and [by] the night when it passes,” “is there [not] in [all] that an oath [sufficient] for one of perception?” (S.89 V.1–5)  Allah, the Almighty, gave oath by the first ten days of Dhul Hijja because they fall in a sacred month and in them falls the blessed Day of Arafah. Therefore, during these days, the best acts of worship are recommended, including prayer, fast, Hajj, almsgiving, sacrifices and Dhikr (remembrance of Allah). Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Hajj: “…and mention the name of Allah on known days. …” (S.22 V.28) In these days, Allah multiplies His rewards for the believers who perform good deeds. In this regard, the Prophet SAW said, “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).”  About them, one of the righteous scholars also said, “Allah, the Almighty, has made Hajj to His sacred House so dear to the hearts of the believers so that they always long for performing it. And since not all people are capable of performing Hajj, Allah made the ten days of Dhul Hijja a season of worship for those who go for Hajj and those who do not. Thus, whoever is unable to perform Hajj, he can do a good deed during those days while in his house.” O Servants of Allah! The first ten days of Dhul Hijja are a great opportunity for attaining Allah’s forgiveness and winning rewards equal to those granted for performing Hajj. The ultimate goal of performing Hajj is returning after Hajj free of all sins.In this regard, the prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Whoever performs Hajj for Allah’s pleasure and does not have sexual relations with his wife, and does not do evil or sins then he will be forgiven all his previous sins.” Such gracious reward can also be achieved by seizing the opportunity during these ten days and engaging ourselves in acts of worship that are conducive to bring us closer to our Lord and are equal to Hajj in rewards. These include performing all the prescribed worships as mentioned in this Qudsi Hadith, “The most beloved things with which My servant comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him.” Therefore, whoever is diligent on establishing the prayer on its prescribed time will, by Allah’s favour, attain a reward that is equal to the reward granted for performing Hajj. The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “Whoever goes out from his house after performing ablution to establish the prescribed prayer in congregation, then his reward will be like that of one who goes for Hajj after wearing ihram (robe worn by pilgrims).” In this context, performing two Rakaas prior to the Fajr prayer is better than all that is in the world.The Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “The two Rakaas at dawn are better than all the world and whatever is in it.”  After these two Rakaas, it is good to go to masjid to observe the prayer in congregation. In this sense, one is urged to be a good performer of the prayer, knowing its conditions and the recommended acts relative to it. On this account, the Prophet SAW said, “When the time for a prescribed prayer is due and a Muslim performs its ablution and its acts of bowing and prostration properly, this prayer will be expiation for his past sins, so long as he does not commit major sins, and this applies for lifetime.” Another virtue of performing the prayer in congregation is that when the worshiper says “Amin”after the Imam, he will, by Allah’s grace, be purified from his sins. The Prophet SAW said, “Say ‘Amin’ when the Imam says it and if the ‘Amin’ of any one of you coincides with that of the angels then all his past sins will be forgiven.” O servants of Allah! Furthermore, if anyone extols Allah after every prayer thirty three times, praises Allah thirty three times, declares His Greatness thirty three times, ninety nine times in all, and says to complete a hundred, “I bear witness that there is no deity save Allah, having no associates. To Him belongs all the Dominion and all praise is due to Him. He is the Omnipotent,” then his sins will be forgiven even if these are as abundant as the foam of the sea. Another highly rewarded act of worship is attending lessons at masjid seeking beneficial knowledge.In this regard, the Messenger of Allah SAW said, “Whoever goes to the masjid not seeking except to learn or teach what is good will attain the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj.” Indeed, such righteous deeds are gracious ones to be performed during these blessed days of Dhul Hijja for Allah, the Almighty, multiplies His rewards for them. Dear Muslims! Amongst the other good deeds that draw us closer to our Lord during these days is being grateful to Him, the Almighty, for His bounties and generous favours. Thanking Allah, the Most Exalted, is another cause of effacing one’s sins. The Prophet SAW said, “If anyone eats food and then says, ‘All praise is due to Allah Who has fed me with this food and provided me with it through no might and power on my part,’ he will be forgiven his past and future sins. If anyone puts on a garment and says, ‘All praise is due to Allah Who has clothed me with this and provided me with it through no might and power on my part,’ he will be forgiven his past and future sins.” O Worshipers! That the most important thing we should advise each other about is obeying Allah, the Most High, and know that the Messenger of Allah SAW urged for performing good deeds during these sacred days and nights and seizing the opportunity to engage in all actions that brings Allah’s satisfaction.Allah, the Most Gracious, swore by these days for they are glorious ones. Thus, we should honour them by performing as many acts of obedience as possible. For instance, one should recite the Qur’an much, remember Allah much, say Tahlil and Tahmid, invoke prayers and blessings upon the Prophet SAW, pray Nawafil, give for charity, honour ties of kinship and help others. Indeed, any act of goodness towards others is recommended during these blessed days.Allah, the Most Sublime says in the Qur’an in Surah Az-Zalzala: “So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it.” (S.99 V.7) 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 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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