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Is Leaning Against a Staff During the Friday Khutba a Sunna?

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


I would like to know if leaning on a stick or staff while holding a khutba is permissible in the Hanafi school?


Walaikum Assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah. 

It is a sunna to lean against a staff (`asa) in any land opened peacefully or in non-Muslim lands. In lands opened through jihad, it is sunna to lean against a sword. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

The basis of this includes the sound hadith related by Abu Dawud, Ahmad, Hakim, Bayhaqi, and others that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) gave the khutba leaning against a staff, in Medina.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation. 

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani 

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus and Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), and his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

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