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Posted on : October 23, 2022

Friday Khutbah of Masjid Otsuka

October, Friday 21. 2022

In the name of Allah Most Gracious and Most Merciful 

All praises are due to Allah. I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah the uniquely One, who has no partners in His one-ness. And I testify that the Prophet Muhammad is the slave of Allah and His Messenger.

O Servants of Allah! Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Yunus and Surah Rum: 

“Indeed, in the alternation of the night and the day and [in] what Allah has created in the heavens and the earth are signs for a people who fear Allah.”  (S.10  V.6)

“So exalted is Allah when you reach the evening and when you reach the morning.”  “And to Him is [due all] praise throughout the heavens and the earth. And [exalted is He] at night and when you are at noon.”  (S.30  V.17–18)

There is encouragement from Allah to His slaves to engage themselves in glorifying Allah through Tasbih and to praise Him for His complete authority. So Tasbih is to affirm His ultimate transcendence whilst praising Him in His glory. Hence, we praise Him with Tasbih with the entering of the evening, as light becomes darkness and as movement becomes rest. And we praise Him with Tasbih in the morning, for that is when light dawns and when the pulse of life quickens. It is these times wherein true minds and hearts testify that no one is able to bring about such creation except its True Creator. So, the Tasbih is a type of meditation, a way of reflecting on the immensity of our Lord and glorifying Him, as Allah mentions the believers reflecting on the glory of Allah and saying in the Qur’an in Surah Al-i-Imraan: 

“…Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; gloriously exalted are You [above such a thing]. …”  (S.3  V.191)

So truly gloriously exalted is Allah, the One who is glorified and exalted by all of creation who sanctify and praise Him. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Israa:

And there is not a thing except that it exalts [Allah] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving.”  (S. 17  V.44)

And praise be to Allah who is glorified by the Heavens and the Earth, including the birds as they traverse the skies expanding their wings. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah An-Nur:

“Do you not see that Allah is exalted by whomever is within the heavens and the earth and [by] the birds with wings spread [in flight]? Each [of them] has known his [means of] prayer and exalting [Him]”  (S.24  V.41)

Indeed, Allah has advised the Prophet SAW that he should do the Tasbih of Allah in both the day and night.

Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Taa-Haa: 

“…And exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting; and during periods of the night [exalt Him] and at the ends of the day, that you may be satisfied.”  (S.20  V.130)

The Prophet SAW used to frequently say the words: “Glorified be Allah and to Him is all praise.” [Muslim]    Similarly, Allah has commanded the believers to engage in Tasbih by saying in the Qur’an in Surah Ahzab:

“O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance.”  “And exalt [i.e. make Tasbih of] Him morning and afternoon.”  (S.33  V.41–42)

Indeed, the words of Tasbih are from the most beloved of words to Allah. The Prophet SAW said: “The words anyone

has chosen for His Angels: ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi (Glory to Allah and to Him is all praise)’ say it three times.” [Ahmad]    The act of Tasbih also increases goodness and raises degrees. The Prophet SAW said: “Whoever says in the morning and in the evening ‘Glory is to Allah and with His Praise (Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi)’ a hundred times, none shall bring better than him on the Day of Judgment except one who did the same as him, or increased upon it.” [Muslim]    Through Tasbih we can also offset and remove difficulties and reveal potential calamities (so we can avoid them).

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! Bless us with Your love. Bless us the love of those You love.

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! Grant safety and security to everyone here in Japan as well as all over the world. Aamin ya Rabbil Aalamin.

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