SELF-PERCEIVED COMPETENCE OF FRIDAY PRAYER CONGREGATION: A CASE STUDY OF A MOSQUE IN THE STATE OF KEDAH, MALAYSIA.
This paper investigates the self-perceived competence of a specific group of
people during Friday prayer congregation of a Mosque in the city of Sungai
Petani, Kedah state Malaysia. The majority of the Muslims in Malaysia are the
Malays whose mother tongue is also the official language of Malaysia; the
Malay language. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the linguistic
repertoire of the congregation and to examine the language(s) used in the
delivery process of Friday sermons. Data were collected using questionnaire
surveys and audio recordings of Friday sermons. Quantitative and qualitative
analysis were employed in analysing the data. The findings revealed that a
majority of the congregation were Malays who are competent in the Malay
language, while the delivery of Friday sermon was conducted in Malay and
the liturgical language Arabic for the sermon to be valid based of five (5)
principles of a sermon.