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18-03-2011 @ 9:06 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa ibn John Richardson (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
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In the Name of Allaah...

It has been reported that Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen (may Allaah have Mercy on him) was asked:

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Regarding what some khateebs do when they deliver their khutbahs, they give their khutbahs topics relevant to current events, if the time of Israa' and Mi'raaj comes around they speak about it, drawing benefits from it, warning from innovations and mistakes done that day, what is the ruling on this?

It was reported that he answered:

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This is good, meaning that a person makes his khutbah relative to certain occasions.  This is good, and it is how most of the khutbahs of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam) were, when something happened that needed addressed he stood up and gave a khutbah (about it), even if it wasn't Jumu'ah.  So for a person to give consideration to current situations and focus his khutbahs on them is good.  For example, in Ramadhaan, he speaks about Ramadhaan, at Hajj time he speaks about Hajj, and in Rabee' al-Awwal he speaks about hijrah, meaning: he considers occasions, and there is no problem with that.  It is even a proof that the khateeb has understanding and wisdom.

However, there is an issue here that some imaams do, they deliver a khutbah about a topic and then read relative verses of the Qur'aan about that topic (in Salaat al-Jumu'ah).  This is what is considered an innovation (bid'ah), since the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam) used to keep to the reading of Sab-bih (Soorah al-A'laa) and al-Ghaashiyah, or al-Jumu'ah and al-Munaafiqoon, and he did not used to consider the subject of the khutbah (when choosing verses to read in the prayer).

Source: A transcript of a tape entitled "al-Liqaa' al-Maftooh" (#155, side B)

Note: Although my consistent practice has been al-A'laa and al-Ghaashiyah, al-Jumu'ah and al-Munaafiqoon, or al-A'laa and al-Munaafiqoon, I did what Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen spoke of once in Toronto, in Sha'baan 1431 (Summer 2010), near the end of my stay there.  I gave a khutbah about Ramadhaan and read the verses from Soorah al-Baqarah about it in the prayer.  At that time, I did not know anything against it.  I would like to request that anyone who was there or has the recording should please take note of what is correct about this issue, and do not follow my mistaken practice.  And we ask Allaah for steadfastness upon His Path.  And Allaah knows best.

18-03-2011 @ 6:59 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa ibn John Richardson (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
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I have been informed that Shaykh Bakr Aboo Zayd (rahimahullaah) said the same thing about the recitation of Quran relating to the subject of the Khutbah in his book, Bida'ul-Qur-raa' (p.59).

ibn John

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