The Importance of Listening Jumah Khutbah
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever does shower then comes to Jumu’ah, and prays as much as Allaah decrees for him, then listens attentively until the khutbah is over, then prays with him (the imam), will be forgiven for (his sins) between that and the next Jumu’ah and three more days.” Narrated by Muslim, 857
The importance of listening FridayKhutbah with Silence is so much so that Prophet (s.a.w) said: “If you say to your companion, ‘Listen attentively’ on a Friday when the imam is delivering the khutbah, then you have engaged in idle speech.”Narrated by al-Bukhaari (934) and Muslim (851). So, reward of Jummah depends upon the alertness of the listener.
“Whoever washes his head and his body (ghusl) on Friday, then sets out early, is present at the beginning of the khutbah and is close (to the imam), then listens attentively, for every step he takes he will have the reward of fasting and praying qiyaam for one year” ( Al-Tirmidhi ,496).
Listening carefully is the condition to absorb knowledge and doing an action over it.
If a man sits in a place where he can hear and see (the imam) and listens attentively and does not engage in idle speech or fidgeting, he will have two shares of reward. If he stays far away and sits in a place where he cannot hear but he listens attentively and does not engage in idle speech or fidgeting, he will have one share of the reward. If he sits in a place where he can hear and see but he engages in idle speech or fidgets and does not listen attentively, then he will have one share of sin.”.Narrated by Abu Dawood (1051)