non-aalims speaking at Jummuah

Question ID: 31536

Muhtarrum Mufti Saheb
On your recent visit to Zimbabwe the Ulamaa sought your advice regarding the banning of non-aalims speaking at Jummuah. Whilst I agree that Ulamaa only, should handle these programs, despite numerous attempts to get them to do so – they refuse to take part. This coupled with the refusal to allow an eminent personality to speak, has forced them to review their decision to ban non aalims from speaking. However, the decision is one that some Ulamaa would prefer to remain in place.
The executive has approached me on several occasions asking me (a non-aalim) to speak. After each occassion the Ulamaa have coincidently approched me and mentioned the ruling. As such I have refused to speak, on the basis that I prefer to follow the final ruling of the Ulamaa. The Ulamaa however, are now informing people that there was never such a ban in place and my decision not to speak is merely me being awkward.
I do not wish to get into the politics. However, the executive has made the decision that the ban has been overrulled. Some Ulamaa have always agreed with the executive and one senior Aalim does not. Who should I follow? In the coming weeks there will be a meeting and pressure will be applied to me to speak. I do not wish to speak if it will create conflict with the Ulamaa. Yet the Ulamaa will deny any conflict or problem. Whilst the Aalim who initiated the ban will monitor every word and look for every fault to prove his case. Please advise

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Asked on November 16, 2012 11:50 am
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It is permissible for non-Alim to speak at Jumuah, Eid or any other platform provided he does not delve in the special areas of laws/rulings reserved for the Ulema. Every Muslim is a 'Mubaligh' Every Muslim has a responsibility of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is evil. However do not get shot in the cross-fire of politics.
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Answered on November 16, 2012 11:50 am