Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalam alaykum,
Which direction should the congregant face during the sermon of the Friday Prayer?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
Ideally, the congregants should face the imam during the sermon (khutba). This is minimally fulfilled by facing him whilst remaining in the direction of the qibla. However, you can move to face him too, if need be, as long as it won’t cause any difficulty in getting back into the official rows for the prayer.
[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Sarakhsi, al-Mabsut; al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya]
And Allah Most High alone knows best.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani