Keep Friday sermons short, Imams told

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia has ordered Imams not to deliver lengthy Friday sermons, stressing that those who do not keep their sermons short and meaningful will be punished.

By Habib Shaikh

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Published: Sat 28 Aug 2010, 8:47 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:14 AM

Dr Azam Al Shewair, Chief of the Committee for the Assessment of Imams and Khateebs at the ministry’s branch in Riyadh, said the Imams who ignore the ministry’s instructions will be forced to undergo training. If they repeat the offence, they will get a final warning and their salaries will be cut.

He said Imams should take into consideration that there are old and sick people among worshippers for whom it is difficult to sit and listen to sermons for long periods.

He said it should be borne in mind that the Friday sermon serves as a lesson as it handles a certain subject about the affairs of Muslims or discusses a purely jurisprudential topic.

Imams should, therefore, immediately delve into the topic of the sermon and be to the point.

Dr Saleh Al Humaid, a member of the Board of Senior Ulema said: “The impact of the sermon is not measured by its length but by the eloquent, concise and precise wording. Imams should refrain from flowery language and delve directly into the core of their sermon.”

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