|Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu 'ala rasulullaah
The Prophet stood while delivering the Jumu'ah khutbah upon the Minbar, delivered lessons while sitting on an elevated place - and in each case the Sahabah sat facing him (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam)
Facing the Imaam during the Khutbah is the Confirmed Sunnah, by Imaam Muhammad Nasrud Deen Al Albaanee (rahimahullaah)
|On the authority of Mutee' Bin Al Hakm (radi Allahu 'anhu) that the Prophet (sallAllaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) used to ascend the Minbar and we faced him (while he delivered the khutbah). [Saheeh, As-Saheehah: 2080]|
|The wisdom in facing the Imaam is because this posture is most suitable for listening to the speech and exhibiting good behavior toward the Imaam. Facing the Imaam with your body, heart, and mind is more conducive for understanding the sermon and in compliance with the establishment of fulfilling and attaining the purpose for which facing (the Imaam during the Khutbah) was legislated.|
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Subhanak Allaahuma wa bihamdika ash-hadu anlaa illaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk
If I said anything correct, then it is from Allaah (subhanahu wa taa'ala), and if I erred, then that is from me and shaytan.