STAND & DELIVER
TAUGHT BY: OMAR USMAN
For many people, Friday is the only religious experience they have all week. Are we upholding the responsibility of the minbar? Are we settling for khutbahs that are below average, and don’t help us become better Muslims? Less than inspiring? Boring? Not applicable to our lives? The problem we face is two fold. Firstly, we lack qualified khateebs in general. People are often thrust into the position against their will, and sometimes have been giving khutbah for 5-10 years without ever receiving formal training. The second problem is that even the experienced khateeb sometimes is not able to connect properly with the audience. This workshop is Qalam Institute’s small effort at helping to fix that. We trained 100 khateebs last year, and we hope to do so again this year. It is our earnest hope that we begin to properly value and utilize one of the greatest tools we have at our disposal when it comes to improving our communities – the minbar. Whether you are simply interested in giving khutbah, or a well-seasoned veteran, we hope that you will try and attend.
Maryam, Hajar, Khadijah, Ayesha, these are a few names of some of the greatest motivators, educators, and role models in Islam. The Sisters Public Speaking Workshop is our effort to equip women with the tools, confidence, and resources required to speak about Islam and its teachings. Last year we successfully conducted the Sisters Public Speaking Workshop simultaneously alongside our Khateeb Workshop so that sisters could take advantage of the beneficial components of the workshop that are applicable to anyone speaking publicly about Islam regardless of gender. Along with exclusive sessions conducted by sisters for sisters so that attendee\\\’s could learn from the experience and education of female leaders in our community.
Fiqh – Timing of prayer, requirements of khutbah, minimum number of people required, fiqh issues for leading salah, adhan during juma, women leading juma, giving multiple khutbahs on the same day, traveling, reading from electronic devices, fiqh of Eid, fiqh of janaza, and other topics.
Logistics – Khutbah walk through, dealing with announcement and dua requests, how to dress, dealing with different set podium set ups, recording your khutbah, dealing with medical emergencies, and other miscellaneous issues that arise.
Communication – public speaking, rhetoric, communication, speech construction, communicating to diverse audiences, dealing with media, interfaith groups, and MSA’s.
Topic Selection – how to select a khutbah topic, how to utilize Qurah, Hadith, and Seerah in your khutbahs, purpose of the khutbah, and how to research a khutbah in English.
Tarbiyyah – Daily tarbiyyah sessions, spirituality for the khateeb, understanding your role in the community, dealing with public scrutiny, dealing with praise and criticism, and other topics.
Practice – Tajweed (correct pronunciation) of the supplications related to the khutbah, delivering a practice khutbah, and a special exercise Monday evening to hone a speaker’s analytical and public speaking skills.