- THE FRIDAY JUMAA
PRAYERS , BACKGROUND
- THE IMAM
JUMAA PRAYER LEADER
THE GLOBAL STANDARDIZED FORMAT
3.1. Standard Introduction
3.2. Body of the First Part of the
3.3. Conclusion of the First
Part of the Khutba
3.4. The Second Part of the Khutba
3.6. Globally Standardized Conclusion
- DOS AND DONTS IN
DELIVERING A KHUTBA
1. THE FRIDAY JUMAA
PRAYERS , BACKGROUND:
- It is a FARD (Required). It cannot be waived except for an
acceptable excuse as ordained by the jurists. Please see sura / chapter "Jumaa
No. 62" in the Holy Quraan" aya / verse 9 and 10.
- It is a weekly "State of the Community" address and
the best forum for motivating, galvanizing, educating and bonding the community.
- It is the most important activity of any Islamic Center or
The Jumaa Khutba is the most important part. It is the tool
of educating and bonding the community, uniting the community, giving hope to the
community, guiding the community, improving the quality of the community and propagating
2.THE IMAM JUMAA PRAYER LEADER:
2.1.The Imam is the leader of the congregation and the leader
of the community.
2.2.The Imam should remember that he is standing in the place
of our beloved very first Imam and Leader Prophet Muhammad (S).
2.3. The Jumaa Imams responsibility is the most
burdensome and serious responsibility a Muslim can ever accept.
2.4. The Imam is responsible for every person praying behind
him. If he makes a mistake he is responsible for his mistake and of all those who followed
him. If he misleads or uses the Khutba for the wrong purpose, he will be responsible for
his action and for all those who follow him.
2.5. The Imams dress should be modest, not tight, clean
2.6. The Imam should have read the Quraan, understood
it well and continues to make serious efforts to understand it further, and to memorize as
much as possible of it. Remember that the one who is most qualified to lead is the one who
understands the Quraan and who lives according to it.
2.7. The Imam should be the example and the model for the
community, the heart of the community, and the tongue of the community. He should be able
to listen to the community, express and articulate its pains, its aspirations and its
The successful Imam is one who is optimistic, one who is able
to paint an image of the future and who can capture the imagination of the congregation in
order to bring that image to reality.
3. THE GLOBAL STANDARDIZED FORMAT
It includes the Praise of Allah, and the prayers on His
prophets & the last of all prophets, Prophet Muhammad (S).
"" Al-Hamdu Lillahi Thumma Alhamdu Lillah
Al-Hamdu Lillahi Alzi Hadana Lihaza wama Kunna Lanahtadiya
Lawla Ann Hadana Allah.
Al-Hamdu Lillahi Ghafiriz Zunibi Jameeihaa Illa Shirka
Wasalatu wasalamu ala rasulilahh"".
Praise is due to Allah,
Praise is due to Allah who guided us to the righteous path,
and indeed we wouldnt have attained this state of guidance without Him Allah,
Praise is due to Allah who forgives all sins and misdeeds
except associating others with Him.
of the First Part of the Khutba:
- This includes your messages, supporting quotations from the
Holy Quraan, the sayings of Prophet Muhammad and other sources like history.
- Always write your Khutba. Read from the transcript. Do not
just read, live the Khutba. Put life in it. You have to demonstrate that you believe in
every word that you say.
My strategy has been to use current events as a vehicle and a
locomotive to achieve a domestic local goal and to make a difference but perhaps, not too
Define what you want to talk about/ the theme of the Khutba.
Spend time researching your theme. Imagine that you are in
fact giving it. Live it. Dream of it. Sleep with it in your mind and in your heart.
When you talk to people, read the paper, read a book, watch
the news or even while driving ideas will pop into your mind. Write the ideas down if
applicable, these ideas can form the bases of a great Khutba.
Start by a reflection on Gods greatness and creation in
order to inject spirituality in your audience
State the subject you want to discuss and, if applicable, the
event that ties in with the subject. State your opinion and your justification based on
Elaborate using facts and figures if applicable. Remember
that every word from the Imam is a great responsibility. So, please research your subject
and figures in detail.
Give your messages. How do people apply these messages to
their daily lives and to their goals in this life?
3.2.3. Suggested Topics:
- Historic Events in Islam like Hijra, Israa & Miraj,
Ramadan, Story of Abraham
- Important Modern Historic Events like Islam in Europe, Islam
in America, etc.
- Importance of Education, political action, financial
independence, inviting to the way of Allah
Conclusion of the First Part of the Khutba:
The first part is concluded with an invitation to the
congregation to make a duaa (supplication):
"" Idoo Allaha Yaghfir Lakum Zunubakum"
Make a supplication to Allah, He will accept your prayers
& forgive your sins
SIT DOWN & MAKE A DUAA YOURSELF
Second Part of the Khutba:
This part starts with the same standard form as in 3.1 above.
It includes a summary of the messages you wanted the
congregation to remember till next weeks Khutba.
Leave them with at least three messages and no more than five
Messages should be in the form of brief but striking
"bullets" that can be remembered.
3.5. The Duaa Supplication:
Again, for the sake of global standardization using the
global "Islamic Language", one uses a standard and brief duaa:
"" Allahuma Eghfir Lil Muslimeena wal
. Stop for the congregation to say AAMEEN"
"" Wal Moumineena wal Mouminaat
"" Al-Ahyaee minhum wal amwat
"Innaka sameeun mujibul dawat
"Almighty God, forgive the Muslim men and women,
Forgive the believing men and women,
Those who are alive and those who died,
You are indeed the One who listens and accepts all
Then you can make any duaa (supplication) in English
that is of your liking and is appropriate for current events.
3.6. Globally Standardized Conclusion:
Inna Allah Yaamuru Bil Aadli wal Ihsan, wa Itaee
Wa Yanhaa Anil Fahshaaee wal munkaree wal baghyi
YaIzukum Laallakum tazakkaroon"
""Servants of Allah:
Indeed Allah orders us to be just and to excel in what we do,
Be generous and to take care of our kin and relatives,
Never do what is forbidden of all sins and
Not to transgress,
He almighty advises you so you can remember""
Then you conclude by saying to the muazzin:
Innaa Asalata tanha anil fahshaaee wal munker,
Addressing the muazzin (the person that calls for the
prayers) to call for establishing (iqamah) prayers.
Then you come down to lead the prayers.
4 .DOS AND DONTS IN
DELIVERING A KHUTBA:
- Be brief and to the point. Khutba should not exceed 20 to 25
- Be Optimistic and positive. Never complain.
- Be cheerful and never forget to smile, always with sincerity.
- Be honest and straight in your statements and clear.
- Motivate the community.
- Try to be as general in your statements as possible,
especially regarding nationalities and ethnicity. Remember that you have a diverse
- Be current in your examples and themes.
- Be organized and structured. Write your Khutba. You may use
script or note cards.
- Use simple words, no more than 3 syllables. Remember to speak
slowly and punctuate. Use simple and easy English.
- Have a positive delivery style with a lot of energy and
- Use eye contact. You need to give the feeling that you really
are talking to each individual in the congregation.
- Initiate action before you conclude the second part of the
Khutba. Let people leave the masjid with a list of things to do.
- Be people oriented. When you are seated getting ready to
deliver the Khutba, use eye contact, smile great people and be sincere.
- Choose a diversified coaching board.
- SHAKE HANDS, MINGLE, OPEN YOUR EARS, OPEN YOUR EYES, OPEN YOUR
HEART AND GET FEEDBACK:
- Read peoples eyes while delivering the Khutba.
- After the prayer, spend at least 15 minutes mingling with
people shaking their hands, hugging them if applicable and look in their eyes as if you
are asking (begging) for feedback.
- Listen carefully when they start to speak to you their
feelings and feedback. Never discount what they tell you. Never be defensive. Never
justify. Explain what you meant and show empathy. Then you correct yourself in the next
- Never give a Khutba without extensive preparation for it. It
usually takes from 15 to 30 hours to prepare a Khutba. Remember that it is a very serious
- Never use the Minbar (pulpit) to attack persons regardless of
what your justification is. Never be controversial.
- Never read your Khutba as if you are just reading. Live your
- Never think to isolate your community.
- Never single out another community and play the elite, who has
done it all, and who knows it all.
- Never be self-serving.
- Never be too emotional. However, you need to show your
personality by expressing your feelings honestly.
- Never be negative.
- Never shout.
- Never give a Khutba and run. Stay behind to shake hands with
almost every member of the community.