Friday or Jummah is an important day of the week for Muslims. The literal meaning of Jummah (Friday) is Gathering. In Islam, this day is given the most importance than any other days of the week. On the day of Jummah, Muslims offer Jummah prayer during the time of Zuhr prayer. Jummah prayer is compulsory for every man except the sick, child, slave and woman. Muslims gathered in Mosque in order to offer Friday prayer.
Importance of Jummah Prayer
Importance of Jummah is stated in one of hadith of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
There is an hour on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering Salah and asks something from Allah Almighty, then Allah will definitely fulfill his demands and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands.” (Bukhari)
The importance of Friday (Jummah) can be understood by the fact that there is a complete Surah in the Holy Quran named after the day of Jummah. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran in these words:
“O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed for Jummah (Friday prayer), come fast to the remembrance of Allah” (Quran, 62: 9).
Importance of Coming Early to Jummah Prayer
There is great importance of coming early to Jummah prayer. Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:
“On the day of Jummah, the angels stand at the entrance of that Masjid in which Jummah prayer is to be offered. They write down the name of the person who enters the Masjid first, and thereafter the name of the person who follows, and they continue doing this.”
(Bukhari and Muslim).
Before starting the prayer, the orator (the Imam of the Mosque) delivers a speech, which is called “Friday Sermon” or “Khutbah”. The orator advice people and gives lessons about religious matters and affairs in Friday sermon. In another hadith Holy Prophet (SAW) said:
“The best day the sun rises over is Friday; on it Allah created Adam. On it, he was made to enter paradise, on it he was expelled from it, and the Last Hour will take place on no other day than Friday.”(At-Tirmidhi)
Virtues of Friday:
Jummah is a special day, so it demands special preparations and special acts. Here are some principles to do to grip blessings of Friday:
- To have a bath (Ghusl).
- To use Miswaak (cleaning teeth).
- Clipping the nails, removing of the hair etc. To use Attar or nonalcoholic Perfume.
- To wear nice and clean clothes.
- Offer Jummah prayer / Salaat ul Jummah.
- To proceed early as possible to the Masjid for Jummah prayer.
- To sit close to imam, as close as possible.
- If the Saffs (rows) are already filled, one should not jump over the shoulders of the Musallies (people who praying) in order to get to the front. (Abu Dawood)
- Listen very attentively to the khutba of Jummah even if one does not understand. One should not speak or even warn another to keep quite while the khutba is in progress.
- Recite Surah Kahf, whenever you get time in whole day.
- Sins Forgiven: The five daily prayers, and from one Jummah to the next, are an expiation for whatever sins come in between, so long as one does not commit any major sin.
In short, Jummah is the most Blessed day of the week, so we should try to spend it the way Allah Almighty mentioned in the Holy Quran and as Prophet (P.B.U.H) used to spend his day of Jummah.