Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, June 29 2018

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful Translation of Khutba : Masjid Otsuka: Friday, June 29 2018   All praise is due to Allah Who sent down the Qur’an with which He guided us to the straight path. 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! I urge you and myself to be mindful of Allah the Almighty and obey Him in light of what He says in the Qur’an in Surah Al Anfal: “O you who have believed, if you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion and will remove from you your misdeeds and forgive you. And Allah is the possessor of great bounty.” (S.8 V.29) Dear Muslims! Man is by nature a social being; he naturally enjoys mingling with others and be in harmony with them. A reference to this is found in the holy Qur’an in Surah Al Hujurat: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (S.49 V.13) Yet social relations cannot be without flaws or disruptions. That is why being open to people and forgiving is considered a good attitude of a Muslim. Allah’s Messenger SAW said, “Indeed when the Muslim mixes with the people and he is patient with their harm, he is better than the Muslim who does not mix with the people and is not patient with their harm.” To establish a strong-bonded community, the prophet Muhammad SAW ordained us to adopt ethics that build up and maintain links amongst individuals. Thus he SAW requested us to give away food and spread greetings. It was narrated by Abdullah bin Amr that a person asked Allah’s Messenger SAW: “What (sort of) deeds in or (what qualities of) Islam are good?” He SAW replied, “To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you don’t know.” Thus, offering Salam (greeting) has come to be seen as a message of love, harmony and a cause for forgiveness, for the prophet Muhammad SAW said, “No two Muslims meet each other and shake hands, except that Allah forgives them before they part.” It was reported on this account that when the Prophet SAW met someone, he would welcome him and would not leave until the other person did. And if someone extended his hand to shake his SAW, he would reach to it and clasp it, yet he would let the other person withdraw first. Greeting each other is even nicer if it comes with a smile and a pleasant attitude so it can further be appreciated. The prophet Muhammad SAW said,“Do not consider any act of goodness as being insignificant even if it is meeting your brother with a cheerful face.” Dear Servants of Allah! One of the many social ethics that Islam has attached great attention to is etiquette pertaining to gatherings, where men get together for good ends and reconciliation between people. Allah the Sublime says in the Qur’an in Surah Annisaa: “No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking means to the approval of Allah- then We are going to give him a great reward.” (S.4 V.114) One of the good manners highlighted by the prophet Muhammad SAW in this regard is avoiding private discussion when there is a third companion. The prophet Muhammad SAW said, “If you are three, two should not converse secretly to the exclusion of your companion for that hurts his feelings.” He SAW also ordered us to give space to those joining the gathering. Allah the Almighty says in the Qur’an in Surah Al Mujadala: “O you who have believed, when you are told, “Space yourselves” in assemblies, then make space; Allah will make space for you. …” (S.58 V.11) When the Messenger of Allah SAW intended to get up from the assembly he SAW used to say in the last, what means: “Glory be to You. O Allah, and I begin with praise of You, I testify that there is no god but You; I ask Your pardon, and return to You in repentance.” Thus in the best interest of children, parents should bring them to attend men gatherings so they can learn their grandfathers’ traditions. Those assemblies are also good opportunities for educating the youth noble values, authentic traditions and a great sense of patriotism. Dear Muslims! Please know that one way to strengthen social relations is by exchanging visits at weddings and other celebrations. Yet it is important to choose the right time for doing that. For example, it is not appropriate to visit someone during his rest time. Similar things to observe are knocking gently on the door, avoiding standing right in front of it or watching if the caller is not permitted yet to enter. The Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “Do not approach the houses facing their doors but from the (door) sides. First greet (their dwellers) and if you are permitted then enter, otherwise retreat.” For another, when someone accepts an invitation he must not bother his host by accompanying an uninvited third party without a permission. It was reported that the Prophet SAW and four other men were invited by someone. But another man followed them whereupon he SAW said, “You have invited me as one of five guests, but now another man has followed us. If you wish you can admit him, and if you wish you can refuse him.” On that the host said, “But I admit him.” Guests should not overstay their invitation after the meal is served so as not to burden the host and his family. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al Ahzab: “…And when you have eaten, disperse without seeking to remain for conversation.” (S.33 V.53) Observing these virtues are meant to promote love amongst people and increase intimacy. O Servants of Allah! I urge you and myself to be mindful of Allah the Almighty and recognise the status of whoever has done a favour to us as the Prophet SAW said, “Treat the people according to their ranks.” In this sense, parents have the right on us to respect them and duly care after them. This includes addressing them kindly and always keeping ties with them. Older people have similar rights and the younger must be generous and supportive. The youth, for their part, need to be treated nicely and rightly guided. Likewise, teachers have rights on their students. The above is summed up in the following Hadith: “He is not from my Umma who does not acknowledge the honour due to our elders, who shows no mercy to our younger ones and nor recognises the right of our scholar.” 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! 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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