Fake Khutbahs in Some Americans Mosques

May 21, 2024

Fake Khutbahs in Some Americans Mosques

Dr Pasha

In certain mosques in America, I attend Fake Khutbahs every now and then. 

Fake Khutbah, in my thinking, is when a Khateeb sits on the Mimbar and talks on sundry subjects in English language for about 30 minutes or so. 

At the end of those 30 minutes, Adhan is called. 

As the Adhan ends, Khateeb stands on the Mimbar and reads for about five minutes or so some Arabic Text from a book that he holds open in his hands. 

Part of that Arabic Text includes Aayaat from the Qur’an; a Hadith or two; and several Du’as from the Qur’an, Hadith and other sources.

This part of the Khutbah is generally taken from some source written by some scholars of the past, Allah bless them.

Of course, this Arabic Khutbah is divided in two parts, separated in the middle by a pause during which the Khateeb sits down on the Mimbar, and the Congregation or Jama’at read all kinds of Du’as unto themselves.

At the end of the second Arabic Khutbah, as it were, the Khateeb climbs down from the Mimbar and leads the Jumu’ah Prayers.

So, there are altogether three Khutbahs then: One in English: half hour or so. And two in Arabic, for a total time of about five to eight minutes.

I am told, there are Fiqh reasons — Islamic Jurisprudential Reasons — why it is done this way. 

Regardless of the merit of the Fiqh Points and Reasoning involved in this argument, it is clear for anyone to see that the Jama’at or Congregation get three total Khutbahs or Speeches delivered to them by the Khateeb at every Jumu’ah Prayers: two from the Mimbar in Arabic and one from the floor in English.

I am quite confident there is not a single instance you can find, in the Hadith, or during the life of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, Radiyallahu Anhum, that Three Separate Individual Khutbahs were given for Jumu’ah Prayers.

Of course, it goes without saying that if I am shown to be wrong, I will only be too happy, and too grateful to those convincing me of my error of reasoning or fact, to correct myself.

It is fair to say that much of the Congregation does not understand much of the Arabic Khutbah. Hence the need for supplementing the short Arabic Khutbah, which probably only a very few people understand, with a longer English Khutbah, which is in the Language of the People as it were.

I keep asking myself, if the brief Arabic Khutbah is the real Khutbah, what then is the longer English Khutbah that precedes the Real Khutbah

Should we be calling that English Speech before the Arabic Khutbah the Fake Khutbah?

Regardless of the Fine Points of Fiqh involved, and I am willing at some point to debate the Fiqh of this issue, and unless this Fiqh has an ironclad basis in Qur’an and Hadith, doesn’t all this give the appearance of being a Joke

A cruel, heartless and painful Joke perpetrated on a naive and trusting Muslim Ummah in their Islamic Wilderness in America?

Or should we consider it a part of the American Nightmare — as opposed to the expression American Dream — that Muslims are made to face in some American Mosques?

What solution am I proposing? Simple: Just give the regular two Khutbahs from the Mimbar and altogether skip the Extra English Speech.

Incorporate the three Khutbahs into two that will be part English and part Arabic, and that will also be a mix of all the Aayaat and Ahaadith you want to include.

From a purely Fiqh Point of View, it is perfectly acceptable to do that.

And from the point of view of Common Sense, Logic, and Deen, it is almost a Requirement.



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