Friday Prayer Sermon; Is Imam Allowed to Speak Another Thing When He Is Doing Sermon?

Friday Prayer Sermon: Hi all readers! In the previous article, I explained that a person is forbidden to speak while Imam is Friday prayer sermon. There are many important things we must know about it. If you haven’t read it, please read it.

In this article I will explain about whether Imam who is doing Friday prayer sermon can talk about anything other than the theme of Friday prayer sermon? If that’s not allowed, what are the consequences? If the focus of discussion in the previous article is the person who becomes Makmum, the focus of discussion in this article is the person who becomes Imam.

As usual, before I answer the two questions above, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About Friday Prayer Sermon

عَنْ جَابِرٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : دَخَلَ رَجُلٌ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ وَالنَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَخْطُبُ فَقَالَ : صَلَّيْتَ ؟ قَالَ : لَا . قَالَ : قُمْ فَصَلِّ رَكْعَتَيْنِ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Jabir radliyallahu ‘anhu, he said, “Someone entered on Friday when the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was doing sermon. He (Prophet Muhammad) then asked, “Have you prayed?” The person answered, “No.” He said, “Stand up and pray two rak’ahs.” The hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

All Readers! In the hadith Jabir radliyallahu ‘anhu told, that one Friday, there was someone who entered mosque when Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alahi wa sallam doing sermon. The person immediately sat down, did not pray Tahiyatul Masjid first. When the Prophet Muhammad saw that, he then asks him and he answer as the hadith explained above. The person referred to in the hadith is Salik al-Ghathafani.

There are some important things related to the above hadith that we need to know;

  1. Imam who is doing sermon may give orders, forbid, and explain the law of an issue relating to events in the mosque. That cannot damage the validity of the sermon, in fact it is considered part of the sermon.
  2. The hadith explains about the suggestion to perform Tahiyatul Masjid prayer for people who enter the mosque. I explained that.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of Friday prayer sermon. If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful!

See you again in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 63-64.


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