al-Khutbatul-Haajah (The Sermon of Necessity)

This is the khutbah which you hear the Imaam begin with on Jumu’ah and this is the Khutbah which you hear almost all the scholars begin their books and speeches with.

This sermon is entitled the Khutbah al-Haajah, it was the method employed by the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) to inaugurate his exhortations, lectures and speeches. He (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) would teach it to his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) in the sum total of their affairs. This is indicative of it’s significance and lofty station.

Regarding this khutbah Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said in his book Majmoo’ al-Fatawa, Volume 14, page 223:

{{ فَهَذِهِ الْخُطْبَةُ عِقْدُ نِظَامِ الْإِسْلَامِ وَالْإِيمَانِ }}

“Fa hadhihil Khutbah ‘iqdu nidami Islaami wal-Eeman”

Translation: “This Khutbah is a Knot between the Islamic system and Faith”

If we ponder briefly over the contents of this sermon, it becomes apparent with complete clarity, that why it is called so.

For [this sermon] embraces the glorification and the commendation conferred upon the Creator of the Universe. It comprises of the servitude of the slave and his need for his God, and [the Diety] which is to be Worshipped. [In addition to] the servants action of appealing for His Assistance in the sum total of his affairs and matters. This is proceeded by the affirmation of his recognition of the testimony of faith concerning Allah the Exalted, the Majestic, and his Lordship. In addition to the testimony of faith in His Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) concerning his Messengership.

The hadeeth scholar Shaykh Muhammad Naasir al-Deen al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) wrote an entire treaty on al-Khutbatul Haajah in which he compiled all its isnaads and commented on it.

He (rahimahullaah) said on page 5 of his treaty “Khutbatul Haajah”:

{{ هذه الخطبة التي كان السلف الصالح يقدمونها بين يدي دروسهم وكتبهم ومختلف شؤونهم }}

“This is the same khutbah that the pious predecessors would begin their lessons, books and various affairs with”

Matn (Text) of the Khutbah

The text of the Khutbah is:

{{ [إن] الحمد لله [نحمده] ونستعينه ونستغفره ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا [ومن سيئات أعمالنا] من يهده الله فلا مضل له ومن يضلل فلا هادي له وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له] وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله]. }}

[In]al-hamdu Lillaahi [nahmaduhu wa] nasta’eenahu wa nastaghfiruhu, wa na’oodhu billaahi min shuroori anfusinaa [wa min sayi’aati a’maalinaa]. Man yahdih Illaahu falaa mudilla lahu wa man yudlil falaa haadiya lahu. Wa ashhadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allaah [wahdahu la sharika lahu] wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhu

Translation: [Verily] all praise is for Allaah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls [and from our bad deeds]. Whomsoever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah, [alone and without any partner] and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

Then he recited the following three aayaat (interpretation of the meaning):

{{ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ، وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ} [آل عمران: 102] }}

“Yaa ayyuha’lladheena aamanu-ttaqu’Llaaha haqqa tuqaatihi wa laa tamootunna illaa wa antum muslimoon”

Translation: (O you who believe! Fear Allaah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allaah.) [Aal ‘Imraan 3:102],

{{ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا} [النساء: 1] }}

“Yaa ayyuha’n-naas uttaqu rabbakum alladhi khalaqakum min nafsin waahidatin wa khalaqa minhaa zawjahaa wa baththa minhumaa rijaalan katheeran wa nisaa’an wa’ttaqu-Llaah alladhi tasaa’aloona bihi wa’l-arhaama inna Allaaha kaana ‘alaykum raqeeban”

Translation: (O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him He created his wife, and from them both He created many men and women, and fear Allaah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship) Surely, Allaah is Ever an All-Watcher over you). [al-Nisaa’ 4:1],

{{ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللهَ، وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا * يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا } [الأحزاب: 70-71] }}

“Yaa ayyahu’lladheena aamanu-ttaqu’Llaaha wa qooloo qawlan sadeedan. Yuslih Lakum ‘A’maalakum Wa Yaghfir Lakum Dhunoobakum Wa Man Yuti’i Allaaha Wa Rasoolahu Faqad Faaza Fawzaan ‘Azeemaan”

Translation: (O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth). He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (SAW) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and made to enter Paradise). [al-Ahzaab 33:70-71].

Note: The words found in brackets are authentic additions from other narrations.

Author: Islamic Treasure

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  3. Assalaamu’alaukum, I have heard some khatibs add after the last ayat,
    فإن أصدق الحديث كتاب الله و خير الهدى هدى محمد……….الى آخره.
    Is there an authentic hadith for that portion? Jazaakallaahu khairan.

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