Can we perform the Prayer during the Sermon on Juma?
Unfortunately, in most of the Muslim countries – especially those countries, where the native language is not Arabic – the Friday address has become more of a ritual, than an actual address. People carefully and silently listen to a three to five minutes’ speech in a language, which they know nothing about, coming from a person, who, in most of the cases, has memorized a speech in a language, which he himself is not fully conversant in. This state of affairs has, obviously, rendered the Friday address meaningless and extinct of all spirit.
Under these circumstances, I really do not find much of a difference in whether a person ‘carefully’ listens to the address or utilizes his time in offering naf’l prayers. However, if the true spirit of the address was given due consideration and the address was delivered in the language, which the attendants could comprehend, then it would only be a part of good manners to silently and carefully listen to what the addresser was saying.
In my opinion, if you do understand the Arabic language, then it would be advisable that you should silently listen to the address and not occupy yourself in any other act. However, if you do not understand the language in which the address is being delivered, then it does not make much of a difference if you offer your naf’l rak`ahs or sit and listen to the sermon.
I hope this helps.
December 27, 2001