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Language of Pre-Khutbah Lecture on Friday

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Q: In our Musjid in South Africa, majority of the congregation are from India with some locals as well as Somalis and Pakistanis. In light of the Shariah who must give the pre-Khutbah lecture on Juma as most of the brothers from India don’t understand English properly while the locals and Somali brothers don’t understand Urdu?
A: The lecture must be given in the language that the majority of people understand. This was the practice in the time of the Sahaaba, as is mentioned in the books of history. As for those who don’t understand, the Imam should appoint someone to give a 5 or 10 minute translation, either before or after Juma, depending on what is convenient for them.

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