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Arabic: khutba

Khutba is a central sermon in Islam. It is performed with the midday prayer in the mosque on Friday, but also with the two ids of Islam, the Id al-Kabir and Id al-Fitr, and as an extra sermon in times of hardship.
Khutba is presented in cojunction with the salat at the Friday prayer, and is performed by a Muslim official, called khatib.
At the Friday prayer, the khutba is divided into two parts, which are considered as two khutbas. The khatib performs both khutbas standing, but he sits down for a moment between the two.
The khutba is best performed from the minbar, the pulpit found in all mosques. Traditionally the khatib will mention the ruler of the society. Traditionally, the khutba shall be short and brief, but today's khutbas are long, and covers both lectures on Islamic subjects as well as information on social issues.

By Tore Kjeilen