The jurists have written that it is Makrooh to separate between the Jumuah Khutbah and Salaah in order to engage in some worldly activity. However, if the Imaam delays the Salaah after rendering the Khutbah in order to command good or prohibit evil, then doing so is permitted. However, the delay should be minimal. Apparently, this condoned delay being spoken of would be if the Imam would say a sentence or two like “please come forward, fill in the gaps, stand shoulder to shoulder etc.” If the delay is prolonged then the Khutbah will have to be repeated (for the second time) and then the Salaah performed.   


وَيُكْرَهُ التَّعْيِينُ ( قَوْلُهُ بِأَمْرِ الدُّنْيَا ) إمَّا بِنَهْيٍ عَنْ مُنْكَرٍ أَوْ أَمْرٍ بِمَعْرُوفٍ فَلَا وَكَذَا بِوُضُوءٍ أَوْ غُسْلٍ لَوْ ظَهَرَ أَنَّهُ مُحْدِثٌ أَوْ جُنُبٌ كَمَا مَرَّ بِخِلَافِ أَكْلٍ أَوْ شُرْبٍ حَتَّى لَوْ طَالَ الْفَصْلُ اسْتَأْنَفَ الْخُطْبَةَ كَمَا مَرَّ فَافْهَمْ ( قَوْلُهُ لِأَنَّهُمَا ) أَيْ الْخُطْبَةَ وَالصَّلَاةَ كَشَيْءٍ وَاحِدٍ لِكَوْنِهِمَا شَرْطًا وَمَشْرُوطًا (رد المحتار ص 771ج1)

خطبہ و جمعہ میں معتد بہ فصل ہوجانے سے اعادہ خطبہ ضروری ہے  – احسن الفتاوی ص۱۲۲ ج۴


Now coming to your query, having a 20 minute English lecture after the Khutbah will be considered as a lengthy delay due to which the Khutbah will have to be repeated once again before the Jumuah Salaah. We therefore suggest that the English talk is held first, followed by the Arabic Khutbah then the Salaah should be performed as practised by the Muslims here in South Africa and other parts of the world.


The other option, although it may not seem practical or commendable, is to have the talk after the Jumuah Salaah (that is after performing the Sunnah Salaah after Jumuah) if the congregation is willing to sit and listen. We generally find people in a hurry to leave after the Salaah hence we are not certain as to whether this procedure will prove successful for Germany. However, we have simply mentioned it as an alternative.        

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

This answer was collected from the official Ifta website of Darul Uloom Azaadville, South Africa. Most of the answers are checked and approved by Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

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