Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, June 8 2018

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, June 8 2018   I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, having no partners. All praise and thank be to Allah Who has helped us to stand up for night prayers and fast. May Allah grant us entry to Paradise through Al Rayan gate. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. O Servants of Allah, Allah is the Subduer, the Mighty and the most Forgiving. He creates whatever He wishes and all praise- with no beginning or an end, whether manifest or hidden- is to Him. I urge you and myself to be mindful of Allah the Almighty and obey Him. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al Baqara: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” (S.2 V.183) O who fast, some days ago we have received Ramadan and now we are bidding farewell to this blessed month. Indeed glorious is Allah Who devises the months and the years and imposes the rulings. The fortunate is, therefore, he who invests his time in obeying his Lord as the Prophet SAW said, “All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves.” As Ramadan is coming to an end, those who have strived hard will be registered as [righteous] workers for the good deeds they have committed to. Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al Muzzammil: “…and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah. …” (S.73 V.20)
Glad tidings upon you; you have fasted and you are promised intercession and unlimited rewards. And while you are doing so, you have adorned your voices with reading Qur’an.As a recompense, fasting and Qur’an will ultimately stand by you on the Day of Judgement. Allah, by His grace, will accept your intercession and be pleased with you. Allah’s Messenger SAW said, “Fasting and Qur’an will intercede on behalf of the servant of Allah, fasting will say, ‘O Allah, I deprived him from eating and drinking, let me intercede for him.’ In addition, The Qur’an says, ‘O Allah I deprived him from sleeping at night let me intercede for him.’ At the end, they are permitted to intercede on his behalf.” Dear Muslims, to bring greater value to our fasting and repair potential flaws related to it, Allah has prescribed for us Zakat Al Fitr. It is enjoined upon us to achieve lofty goals. Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that “The Messenger of Allah SAW enjoined Zakat Al Fitr on the one who fasts (i.e., fasted during the month of Ramadan) to purify him from any indecent act or speech and for the purpose of providing food for the needy.” The Prophet SAW would address people before Eid al Fitr and ordered them to give it out before the end of Ramadan. In one of his sermons, he SAW said, “Exert a Saa (measure) of Burr or Qamh (a type of wheat) for two people, or one Saa of dry dates, or one Saa of Shaeer (barely), for every one free man, slave, child, and parents.” It is required of all [able] Muslims, who can either pay it in cash or in kind from the common staple food of the community, on behalf of their dependents. It is estimated in Japan 1,500yen per person. Muslims must deliver Zakat, fulfill their fasting and continue observing acts of obedience unremittingly. That way, they will receive due rewards. Allah The Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Inshiarh: “Verily,with every difficulty, There is relief.” “Therefore, when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship].” “And to thy Lord Turn (all) thy attention.” (S.94 V.6–8) Concerning this verse, interpreters said that it invites Muslims to engage always in useful actions and fill their time with beneficial work. Dear Servants of Allah,our Lord has made for us Eid as a special moment for delight to cherish and enjoy the things He has permitted for us after observinig the religious duties. Yet, we need to consider some acts on that great day as instructed by the Prophet SAW, including washing onself before heading for Eid prayer. Nafi reported that Abdullah ibn Umar used to do ghusl on the day of Fitr before going to the place of prayer. It is also preferable for men to wear perfume and put on the best of clothes. Worshippers going to Eid prayers are advised to have some dates just like the Prophet SAW used to do. It was narrated that Allah’s Messenger SAW never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of Eid Al Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet SAW used to eat odd number of dates. Ali ibn Abu Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, said that it was of Sunna to go for Eid prayer walking if possible, and take a different road while on the way back. It was narrated by Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, that on the Day of Eid, the Prophet SAW used to return (after offering the Eid prayer) through a way different from that by which he went. Also the Eid etiquette has is that all able people, old and young, men and women, should go out for prayer. Um Atiyya said, “The Prophet ordered us to come out (on Eid day) with the mature girls and the virgins staying in seclusion.” 
With knowledge of this, please come with your family to masjid and places of worship to attend Eid prayer and obtain reward. Having this in mind, we seek our Lord to bless for us the remaining days of Ramadan. 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. 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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