Holding the Staff during the Jumuah Khutbah


Nasihah (Advice): The power of Zikr in the eradication of sin


Sayyiduna Anas Bin Maalik Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam passed by a tree with dry leaves, so he struck it with his staff, making the leaves fall. Then he said: “Indeed, (the recital of) ‘All praise is due to Allah, (Al-amdulillāh)’ ‘Glory to Allah, (SubHān Allāh)’ ‘None has the right to be worshipped by Allah, (Lā Ilāha Illallāh)’ and ‘Allah is the greatest (Allāhu Akbar)’ cause the sins to fall from the worshipper, just as the leaves of this tree fall.” (Tirmidhi)



Question and Answer:


  1. What is the reason for the Imam to hold the staff at the time of the Khutbah of Jumuah?


(Question published as received)


  1. It is a preferred act (Mustahab) for the Imaam/Khateeb to hold a staff (Asaa) with his left hand whilst delivering the Khutbah of Jumuah.


The scholars of Jurisprudence (Fuqahaa) have written that if the Muslims conquer a city by the sword, the Imaam should hold a sword whilst delivering the Khutbah, signifying the authority of the Muslims.


However, if the Muslims do not conquer a city by the sword but through the efforts of propagating Islam or there is a truce/agreement in place, then the Imaam may hold a staff whilst delivering the Khutbah. (Shaami 2/163/Fatawaa Darul Uloom Zakariyya 2/706)


Note: The above will be preferred (Mustahab) provided that it is not considered obligatory, compulsory or an emphasized Sunnah act.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 



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