Is It Necessary That Friday Khutbah Be In Arabic?

Question:

What is the ruling of delivering the Friday khutbah (sermon) in a language other than Arabic? 

Answer:

The Friday khutbah  is a part of the Friday prayer (Jumu`ah) and every Muslim should hasten to attend the khutbah from the beginning. Friday Khutbah aims to remind the Muslims of their responsibilities, enjoin good and warn against evil. For this purpose to be achieved, it should be in the language of the people to whom it is delivered, otherwise it will be a mere formality and fail to achieve its purpose.

Sheikh Ibn `Uthaimeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “The correct view with regard to this matter is that it is permissible for the imam to deliver the khutbah in a language that the people present understand, if the people present are not Arabs and do not know Arabic. He may deliver the khutbah in their language, because that is the means of explaining to them, and the purpose of the khutbah is to explain the sacred limits of Allah to His slaves, and exhort them, and guide them. But the verses of Qur’an should be recited in Arabic, then explained in the language of the people.”

For more information in this regard, watch this short talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.

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Source: Huda Youtube Channel. 

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