3. THE GLOBAL STANDARDIZED FORMAT
3.1. Standard Introduction:
It includes the Praise of Allah, and the prayers on His prophets & the last
of all prophets, Prophet Muhammad (S).
"" Al-Hamdu Lillahi Thumma Alhamdu
Al-Hamdu Lillahi Alzi Hadana Lihaza wama Kunna Lanahtadiya Law'la Ann Hadana
Al-Hamdu Lillahi Ghafiriz Zunibi Jamee'ihaa Illa Shirka Bih,
Wasalatu wasalamu ala rasulil'ahh"".
Praise is due to Allah,
Praise is due to Allah who guided us to the righteous path, and indeed we
wouldn't have attained this state of guidance without Him Allah,
Praise is due to Allah who forgives all sins and misdeeds except associating
others with Him.
3.2. Body of the First Part of the Khutbah:
* This includes your messages, supporting quotations from the Holy Qur'aan, the
sayings of Prophet Muhammad and other sources like history.
* Always write your Khutbah. Read from the transcript. Do not just read, live
the Khutbah. Put life in it. You have to demonstrate that you believe in every
word that you say.
My strategy has been to use current events as a vehicle and a locomotive to
achieve a domestic local goal and to make a difference but perhaps, not too
Define what you want to talk about/ the theme of the Khutbah.
Spend time researching your theme. Imagine that you are in fact giving it. Live
it. Dream of it. Sleep with it in your mind and in your heart.
When you talk to people, read the paper, read a book, watch the news or even
while driving ideas will pop into your mind. Write the ideas down if
applicable, these ideas can form the bases of a great Khutbah.
Start by a reflection on God's greatness and creation in order to inject
spirituality in your audience
State the subject you want to discuss and, if applicable, the event that ties
in with the subject. State your opinion and your justification based on Islamic
Elaborate using facts and figures if applicable. Remember that every word from
the Imam is a great responsibility. So, please research your subject and
figures in detail.
Give your messages. How do people apply these messages to their daily lives and
to their goals in this life?
3.2.3. Suggested Topics:
o Current Events
o Historic Events in Islam like Hijra, Israa & Meraj, Ramadan, Story of
o Important Modern Historic Events like Islam in Europe, Islam in America, etc.
o The Family
o Importance of Education, political action, financial independence, inviting
to the way of Allah
3.3. Conclusion of the First Part of the Khutbah:
The first part is concluded with an invitation to the congregation to make a
"" Id'oo Allaha Yaghfir Lakum
Make a supplication to Allah, He will accept your prayers & forgive your
SIT DOWN & MAKE A DU'AA YOURSELF
3.4. The Second Part of the Khutbah:
This part starts with the same standard form as in 3.1 above.
It includes a summary of the messages you wanted the congregation to remember
till next week's Khutbah.
Leave them with at least three messages and no more than five to remember.
Messages should be in the form of brief but striking "bullets" that
can be remembered.
3.5. The Du'aa – Supplication:
Again, for the sake of global standardization using the global "Islamic
Language", one uses a standard and brief du'aa:
"" Allahuma' Eghfir Lil' Muslimeena
wal Muslimat…. Stop for the congregation to say AAMEEN"
"" Wal Moumineena wal Mouminaat…Stop for aameen"
"" Al-Ahya'ee minhum wal amwat…stop for aameen"
"Innaka samee'un mujibul dawat… stop for aameen"
"Almighty God, forgive the Muslim men and women,
Forgive the believing men and women,
Those who are alive and those who died,
You are indeed the One who listens and accepts all supplications"
Then you can make any du'aa (supplication) in English that is of your liking
and is appropriate for current events.
3.6. Globally Standardized Conclusion:
Inna Allah Ya'amuru Bil Aadli wal Ihsan, wa Ita'ee Zil Qurbaa
Wa Yanhaa Anil Fahshaa'ee wal munkaree wal bagh'yi
Ya'Izukum La'allakum tazakkaroon"
""Servants of Allah:
Indeed Allah orders us to be just and to excel in what we do,
Be generous and to take care of our kin and relatives,
Never do what is forbidden of all sins and
Not to transgress,
He almighty advises you so you can remember""
Then you conclude by saying to the mu'azzin:
Innaa Asalata tanha anil fahshaa'ee wal munker,
Addressing the muazzin – (the person that calls for the prayers) – to call for
establishing (iqamah) prayers.
Then you come down to lead the prayers.
4 .DO'S AND DON'TS IN DELIVERING A KHUTBAH:
1. Be brief and to the point. Khutbah should not exceed 20 to 25 minutes.
2. Be Optimistic and positive. Never complain.
3. Be cheerful and never forget to smile, always with sincerity.
4. Be honest and straight in your statements and clear.
5. Motivate the community.
6. Try to be as general in your statements as possible, especially regarding
nationalities and ethnicity. Remember that you have a diverse audience.
7. Be current in your examples and themes.
8. Be organized and structured. Write your Khutbah. You may use script or
9. Use simple words, no more than 3 syllables. Remember to speak slowly and
punctuate. Use simple and easy English.
10. Have a positive delivery style with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
11. Use eye contact. You need to give the feeling that you really are
talking to each individual in the congregation.
12. Initiate action before you conclude the second part of the Khutbah. Let
people leave the Masjid with a list of things to do.
13. Be people oriented. When you are seated getting ready to deliver the Khutbah,
use eye contact, smile great people and be sincere.
14. Choose a diversified coaching board.
15. SHAKE HANDS, MINGLE, OPEN YOUR EARS, OPEN YOUR EYES, OPEN YOUR HEART AND
o Read people's eyes while delivering the Khutbah.
o After the prayer, spend at least 15 minutes mingling with people shaking
their hands, hugging them if applicable and look in their eyes as if you are
asking (begging) for feedback.
o Listen carefully when they start to speak to you their feelings and
feedback. Never discount what they tell you. Never be defensive. Never justify.
Explain what you meant and show empathy. Then you correct yourself in the next
1. Never give a Khutbah without extensive preparation for it. It usually
takes from 15 to 30 hours to prepare a Khutbah. Remember that it is a very
2. Never use the Minbar (pulpit) to attack persons regardless of what your
justification is. Never be controversial.
3. Never read your Khutbah as if you are just reading. Live your Khutbah.
4. Never think to isolate your community.
5. Never single out another community and play the elite, who has done it
all, and who knows it all.
6. Never be self-serving.
7. Never be too emotional. However, you need to show your personality by
expressing your feelings honestly.
8. Never be negative.
9. Never shout.
10. Never give a Khutbah and run. Stay behind to shake hands with almost
every member of the community.
خطي لا تبكي
على موتي ..
معك وغداً في
عشت فإني معك
قبري لا تعجب
من أمري ..
معك وغداً أنت
معي . .أمـــوت
ليت .. كـل من قـرأ
خطـي .دعا لي