During the Eid prayer, the women were making such a noise that I could not hear the Khutbah properly. Despite admonitions against speaking when the Imam is giving Khutbah, people, mainly women tend to go against this and keep on with their chit chat regardless. I went looking for some hadiths with this regards and I found the following. Though, they all refer to Juma’ah Khutbah, I believe all Khutbah are the same and the ruling applies.
Imagine, just telling someone else to keep quiet is considered as grave as the talking itself, since either way it’s all talking and a greater noise is created. You just have to look at the women, someone is talking, another one chided her and she retorted, “What are you chiding me for?” she said, “Khutbah is going on, keep quiet” and she snapped back, “Mind your business”. The circle could be endless, with chaos arising, hence, the wisdom behind not even telling someone else to keep quiet when the Khutbah is going on. Allah knows best.
Sahih Bukahri: Friday prayers
Narrated Salman Al-Farsi: Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “Anyone who takes a bath on Friday and cleans himself as much as he can and puts oil (on his hair) or scents himself; and then proceeds for the prayer and does not force his way between two persons (assembled in the mosque for the Friday prayer), and prays as much as is written for him and remains quiet when the Imam delivers the khutba, all his sins in between the present and the last Friday will be forgiven.” (Hadith 13:33)
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) said, “When the Imam is delivering the khutba, and you ask your companion to keep quiet and listen, then no doubt you have done an evil act.” (Hadith 13:56).
Muwatta Malik: Juma’ah
Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi that Abdullah ibn Umar saw two men talking while the imam was giving the khutba on the day of jumua and he threw pebbles at them to tell them to be quiet. ( Hadith 5:5.2.9)