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What to Say during the Pause of Friday Sermon?

27 August, 2021
Q As-salamu `alaykum. May Allah grant you much reward for your guidance. Is there any specific du`aa’ (supplication) to be said during the pause between the two parts of the Friday sermon (khutbah)? Is there any Prophetic Hadith regarding this?

Answer

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

There is no specific duaa that is said during the pause between the two parts of the Friday sermon. Thus, you can implore Allah using any supplication.

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Responding to the question in point, Dr. Rif`at Fawzi, former professor of Shari`ah at Cairo University, states:

Duaa at all times

In fact, a true believer never gives up supplicating his Lord and imploring Him for guidance. Almighty Allah teaches us to call upon Him and seek His Forgiveness all the time.

In the Quran, Almighty Allah teaches us, {Ask Allah of His bounty. Lo! Allah is ever Knower of all things.} (An-Nisaa’ 4:32)

Also, {And when My servant question you concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he cries unto Me. So let them bear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright.} (Al-Baqarah 2:186)

Prophet Muhmmad (peace be upon him) guided us to the importance of du`a’ saying: Duaa is a weapon of a believer, a pillar of religion and a light of the heavens and the earth.” (Al-Hakim)

He also said, “Would I guide you to what would protect you against your enemies and bring you provision? Supplicate to Allah by day and night, for supplication is the weapon of a believer.” (Abu Ya`la Al-Mawsili)

Duaa during Friday sermon

There is no specific duaa that is said during the pause between the two parts of the Friday sermon.

However, some Muslim scholars state that at this blessed time duaa is answered.

Thus, you can implore Allah using any supplication. Prophet Muhammad stated that there is an hour at which Allah responds to supplications on Friday.

Hour of answering duaa on Friday

Prophet Muhammad talked about Friday and said, “There is an hour (opportune time) on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while praying and asks something from Allah, then Allah will definitely meet his demand.” And he (the Prophet) pointed out the shortness of that time with his hands. (Al-Bukhari).

Determining the exact time of this hour, Al-Muhibb At-Tabari stated that the most correct Hadith regarding the exact time of this hour is the one reported by Muslim and Abu Dawud on the authority of Abu Burda Ibn Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari.

Abu Burda said: Abdullah Ibn Umar said to me, “Did you hear anything from your father narrating something from the Messenger of Allah about the time on Friday?” I said, “Yes, I heard him narrating from the Messenger of Allah these words, “It is between the time when the imam sits down and the end of the prayer.’” (Muslim and Abu Dawud)

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.