Q. What is the Arabic, English transliteration and the English meaning of khutbah al-Haajah. It is what the Imam says when the jumah starts. I heard many speakers begin their talks with this and I would like to learn it. Insha'allah
A. Praise be to Allaah.
A number of hadeeth scholars, such as Imaam al-Nisaa'i (may Allaah have mercy on him), have reported Khutbah al-Haajah.
Al-Nisaa‘i reported that …Abd-Allaah ibn Mas‘ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: ’The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught us Khutbat al-Haajah:
(Praise be to 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, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger).
Then he recited the following three aayaat (interpretation of the meaning):
(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],
(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],
(O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth).‘ [al-Ahzaab 33:70].“
(Sunan al-Nisaa‘i: Kitaab al-Jumu‘ah, Baab kayfiyyah al-khutbah).
The hadeeth scholar Shaykh Muhammad Naasir al-Deen al-Albaani devoted a chapter to it in which he compiled all its isnaads and commented on it.
And Allaah knows best.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid