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Chapter 312
مﻮﻨﻟا ﺐﻠﺠﻳ ﻪﻧﻷ ﺐﻄﺨﻳ مﺎﻣﻹاو ﺔﻌﻤﺠﻟا مﻮﻳ ءﺎﺒﺘﺣﻻا ﺔﻴهاﺮآ بﺎﺑ
Undesirability of Sitting with Erected Legs during Friday Sermon
ِةَﻮْﺒِﺤﻟا ِﻦَﻋ ﻰَﻬَﻧ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﱠﻲِﺒﱠﻨﻟا ﻪﱠﻧَأ ُﻪﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲِﺿَر ، ﱢﻲﻨَﻬُﺠﻟا ٍﺲﻧَأ ِﻦْﺑ ِذﺎَﻌُﻣ ْﻦﻋ
ُﺐُﻄْﺨَﻳ ُمﺎَﻣِﻹاَو ِﺔَﻌُﻤُﺠﻟا
ﻻﺎَﻗَو يﺬﻣﺮﺘﻟاو ، دواد ﻮﺑأ ُﻩاور
ٌﻦَﺴَﺣ ٌﺚﻳِﺪﺣ
Mu`adh bin Anas Al-Juhani (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
The Prophet (PBUH) forbade (us) from
sitting with our legs drawn up to our belly (Ihtiba') during the Friday Khutbah (religious talk before the prayer)
[Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].
Habut is the root word of Ihtiba' which means to sit in such a position that the two knees are joined
by means of the hand or some cloth with one's belly. To sit in this style during the Friday sermon is not desirable
because it causes drowsiness which in turn interrupts the sermon. It must be remembered that listening to the Friday
sermon is obligatory and drowsiness during the course of the sermon is likely to disturb it and can also spoil Wudu'
which is a prerequisite for the validation of Salat.