IntroductionThe given high status to Friday for Muslims.
IntroductionThe word jummah is Arabic word which means ‘to gather’. Allah (SWT) make it a special day for the Muslims and in this day Allah (SWT) emphasizes that we should do more Zikr of Allah (SWT) so that we would be able to get the blessings which Allah SWT sends in abundance on this day.Before Islam, the nations holding scriptures were reserved a day in the week for worship. Among them were Jews and Christians. Jews set ‘Saturday’ for this purpose because on this day Allah (SWT) got out the children of Israel from the bondage of pharaoh.Christians took ‘Sunday’ for worship although it was not ordered by the Jesus nor it was in their religious book. The Christians belief is that after the death of Jesus, on the cross he raised from the grave on this day and ascended to heaven therefore the later Christians made this day for worship. And then in 321AD the Roman Empire instituted it as a holiday by decree.In order to distinguish from these communities AllahSWT has given high status to Friday for Muslims. It is called Syed-ul-Ayaam. (islamicstdies)Virtues of Friday Surah Jummah Allah (SWT) says:”Believers, when the call for prayer is made on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah and give up all trading, that is better for you, if you only knew.”(62:9)The above mentioned ayah shows the importance of the prayer of Jummah that all the believers should gather and hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave every sort of trading and gather at mosque to offer the prayer.Then Allah says:”When the prayer is ended, disperse in the land and seek Allah’s bounty, and remember Allah much so that you may prosper.”(62:10) ref1Before going further ahead it should be kept in mind that the virtues of Friday have been since the AdamAS was born or AllaahSWT created this world. Some of the events are as follows:1. This was the day when syedna AdamAS came down from the Heaven to the Earth.2. Scholars agreed upon that,this was the day when angles were ordered by AllaahSWT to bow down to the AdamAS.3. On Friday IdreesAS was taken up to the sky.4. On this day Syedna NuhAs’s safeena finaly found the land to got off.5. Syedna IbrahimAS was taken out of the fire.6. On Friday the construction of the Kabah was done by yedna IbrahimAS.7. In the month of ZilHajj,Syedna IsmaeelAs was taken to be sacrificed by syedna IbrahimAS.8. On Friday Syedna YusufAS was taken out of the well.9. Syedna YaqoobAS’s eyesight was returned on Friday.10. On Friday Syedna MosaAS with bani Israeel crossed the sea and Pheroah was drowned.11. Syedna DawoodAS was forgiven, and Syedna SulaimaanAS was given his Kingdom.12. Syedna YunusAS was forgiven and taken out of the stomach of the fish.13. The Battle of Badr took place on Friday.14. This was the day,in which AllaahSWT defeated the kuffaar and gave victory to the Prophetsaw,and opened the gate of Makkaah for the Prophetsaw.15. The day of Judgement will also be on Friday.All these special events took place on Friday which are the evidence of the virtues of Friday.That is why AllaahSWT has chosen the blessed day of Friday for the Muslims. (Kamal)AllaaSWT says :And when they see some merchandise or some amusement,they disperse headlong to it,and leave you standing (while delivering Jumm’ah Khtbah).Say: “That which AllaahSWT has is better than any amusement or merchandise!And AllaahSWT is the best Provider.” Surah Al-Jumm’ah 11.Friday is the best day of the week, as the Prophet (SAW) said:”Among the most excellent of your days is Friday” Abu-Dawood, An-Nasai, Ibn-MajahIn another hadith prophet (SAW) said, “We (Muslims) are the last (to come) but (will be) the first on the day of resurrection tho the former nations were given the scriptures before us. This (Friday) was their day of celebration which was made compulsory for them but they differed about it so Allah gave us the guidance for it (Friday) andall the other people follow us in this respect.”Al-Bukhari and Muslim. (Fawzan) More specifically the vitues of the Friday: 1 – On it is Salaat al-Jumu’ah (Friday prayer), which is the best of prayer. Muslim (233) narrated from Abu HurayrahRA that the Messenger of Allaah SAW said: “The five daily prayers and from one Jumu’ah to the next is an expiation for whatever sins come in between them, so long as one does not commit a major sin.” 2 – Praying Fajr in congregation on Fridays is the best prayer that the Muslim can pray during the week. It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: The MessengerSAW said: “The best prayer before Allaah is Fajr prayer on Friday in congregation.” Narrated by al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Eemaan; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1119 One of the special features of Fajr prayer on Friday is that it is Sunnah to recite Soorat al-Sajdah in the first rak’ah and Soorat al-Insaan in the second. It was narrated from Abu HurayrahRA that the ProphetSAW used to recite in Fajr prayer in Fridays Alif-Laam-Meem Tanzeel(Soorat al-Sajdah) in the first rak’ah and Hal ata ‘ala’l-insaan heenun min al-dahr lam yakun shay’an madhkooran (Soorat al-Insaan) in the second. Al-Bukhaari, 851; Muslim, 880. 3 – Whoever dies during the day or night of Friday, Allaah will protect him from the trial of the grave. It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr said: The Messenger of AllaahSAW said: “There is no Muslim who dies during the day of Friday or the night of Friday but Allaah will protect him from the trial of the grave.” al-Tirmidhi, 1074; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Ahkaam al-Janaa’izThese are some of the virtues of Friday. We ask Allaah to help us to please Him. (islamqa)Sunnah Practices of the day of Friday:Friday is a special day for Muslims. Allah ordered us to follow the ProphetSAW. So we should do good deeds as much as possible in jummah according to the ProphetSAW and whatever he taught us to do. His Sunnah practices for Friday and what he encouraged us to do are as follows:1. Every Muslim should make preparation for jummah from Thursday.2. Take Ghusl.3. After making Ghusl,a person should wear the best clothes.4. Perfume is recommended to put on.5. Combing and cleaning mouth.6. Man should go to mosque very early while women should stay at houses but get ready for zuhar prayer in time.7. If walking is easy one should go to mosque by foot.8. Salat u Salaam should be recited as much as possible.9. Dua should be made as much as possible.10. Recite Surah Al Kahaf. (myislaam)Conclusion:Friday is the best day for the Muslims. Allah SWT made this day a blessed one. He accepts duas and n this day our Prophet SAW used to do many good deeds which we are supposed to do.For getting more and more blessings and reward one should be hurried to do zikar and recite as much Durood u Salam. One should be getting ready since the night of Thursday. This is also Rahma by Allah SWt that He grants us this day to do good deeds and take as many as reward.BibliographyFawzan, D. S. (n.d.). A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence 1 .islamicstdies. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.islamicstudies.info/tafheem.php?sura=62=9islamqa. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://islamqa.info/en/9211Kamal, S. M. 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