Kuthbah - Silence During Kuthbah
  • Question:

    As we know, remaining silent during the kuthbah is mandatory to the point where if someone says salaam, one should not answer it. My question is, when the khatib says the Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) name or if he says a dua, are we allowed to say salutations to the prophet and ameen? I've heard the opinion that the restriction of talking is between one another, but the talking to oneself is permissible (Which would allow saying sallahu aliassalam and ameen). Clarification would be appreciated.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    May Allah bless you for your question.

    It is permitted to repeat the salutation or say amin to a supplication during the Friday sermon. However most jurists instruct that this must be articulated in the mind, to oneself or with very little movement of mouth, lips and tongue. The amin or salutation should be whispered.

    Numerous mufassirun (commentators) of the Holy Quran, including Imam Jalal Al Din Al Suyuti (ra) state that the following verse was revealed regarding the Friday sermon;

    “When the Quran is recited

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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