What are the etiquettes of attending the Salaatul Jumuah, and is it permissible for an individual to look at his mobile phone and the likes during the Jumuah Prayer?
Answer: Firstly with regards to the Jumuah prayer, it should pertain to the current affairs of the people. Meaning, you direct them toward that which Allah has ordered them, and you admonish them from performing that which Allah has forbidden them. (This is what relates to warning from sins and encouraging them to do good). For the one who is attending the Jumuah prayer, it is compulsory for him to be quiet and listen to the sermon. It is not permissible for the individual to busy his sight, hearing or limbs, with other than listening to the sermon. Because of that, the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever plays with the pebbles, then he has distracted himself, and whoever has distracted himself, then there is no Jumua’h for him.” Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “If you say to your companion (the one who is sitting next to you) be quiet, during the sermon of the Imaam, then verily you have spoken.” So even in admonishing someone, it isn’t permissible to do so until the Imaam sits between the two khutbahs, and then he can do this (enjoin the good and forbid the evil).
Questions and Answers with Shaykh Abdullaah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ghudayaan
Presented and Translated by Mustafa George DeBerry
January 10, 2010