Friday (‘Jummah’ as in Arabic) is a celebrated day for Muslims. It has more blessings and more important than any other day of the week. It is the day that Muslims gather for congregational prayer. Known as Jummah Prayer, Muslims listen to a lecture to empower them with valuable knowledge about God and the religion of Islam. This lecture is known as ‘khutbah’ and it is delivered before the prayer.
A believer’s entire life is one of worship, even celebrations are conducted as an act of worship. While there is no special place or special time to worship God, there are moments, days or times that God has made more superior – Friday is one of those times.
From the traditions of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) we learnt that,
“The best day in the sight of God is Friday, the day of congregation.” – Bayhaqi, authenticated by Sheikh Al Albani.
Congregational prayers are obligatory for men and it is one of the most strongly emphasized duties in Islam. It is the time when Muslims come together to worship One God, find strength and comfort by standing shoulder to shoulder and reaffirming their faith and devotion to Him.
Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) told his followers that,
“The five daily prayers, and from one Friday prayer till the next, serves as an expiation for whatever sins have been committed between them, provided one does not commit any major sin.” – Sahih Muslim.
While it is only men who are obliged to attend the Friday congregational prayer, there are many acts that men, women or children can perform during this prayer. These acts include taking a bath and wear clean clothes, saying numerous supplications to God, sending blessings upon Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) and reading Surah Al-Kahfi, Chapter 18 of the Quran.
Prophet Muhammed said,
“There is no day more virtuous than Friday. In it there is an hour in which no one will pray to God except that God will hear his prayer.” – At Tarmidhi
“Friday consists of twelve hours, one of which is the hour where God grants supplications for believers. This hour is sought during the last hour after Asr (the third prayer in the day).” – Abu Dawood, An Nasei
“Whoever recites The Cave (Chapter 18 of the Quran) on Friday, God will give him light to the next Friday.” – Bayhaqi
“The best day on which the sun rises is Friday. It is the day Adam was created. It is the day when Adam entered the Heavenly Gardens, the day where he was expelled from it and also the day he died. Friday is the day on which the Day of Resurrection will take place.” – Muslim
Friday is also the day on which one of the greatest verses in the Quran was revealed:
“This day, I have perfected the religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen Islam as your religion.” – Al- Ma’idah, 5:3
Prophet Muhammed said, “Verily, this is the Eid day (day of celebration) that God has prescribed for the Muslims.” – Ibn Majah, authenticated by Sh Al Abani
Believers would be wise to take advantage of the blessings God sends down to His slaves on Friday. This is a day of congregation, celebration, contemplation and supplication. As Muslims, we have to make use the benefit of this day and treat it as the last Friday for us.