Friday in Arabic is interpreted as Jumu’ah and “Salāt al-Jumu’ah” is the Friday prayer. On every Friday Muslims gathered for congregational prayer which is replaced by Duhr prayer. Salāt al-Jumu’ah is obligatory (fard) on all Muslim men who are mature and above the age of puberty to pray in congregation either at the mosque of the city they live in or with the fellow Muslim brothers. However, Salāt al-Jumu’ah is not mandatory on women to pray in the congregation but it is recommended. Friday is the sixth day of the Islamic week and has special importance in Islam. The significance of Friday is described by Prophet Mohammad (SAW) that:
“The best day the sun rises over is Friday; on this day Allah created Adam. On Friday, 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.”
Friday is the more worthwhile day also can say it the mother of the other days of the week. Friday is the most righteous and the best of the days because it is loaded with great kindness and has a great reward for those who wait for this day with so much devotion just to welcome this blessed day.
The day Friday is named Jumu’ah because it is derived from the word Al-Jam in Arabic which means gathering in English. As believers on this day of the week gather and worship Allah (SWT) as per His command. Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an:
“O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed for Jumu’ah (Friday Prayer), come fast to the remembrance of Allah”
Checklist for Friday:
- Take a shower.
- Clip your nails.
- Wear nice and neat clothes.
- Put on some good fragrance.
- Use Miswaak (teeth cleaning twig made from a special tree).
- Read Surah Al-Kahf.
- Send blessings upon the Prophet Mohammad (SAW) as much as possible
- Do good deeds and seek forgiveness.
- Give in Charity.
The above-mentioned rituals are the Sunnahs of the Prophet Mohammad (SAW) and doing all these rituals with great devotion has abundant rewards. This day Allah (SWT) forgives the sins, as Prophet Mohammad (SAW) once said:
“Any man who performs Ghusl on Friday, perfumes himself if he has perfume, wears the best of his clothes, then goes to the mosque and offers as many prayers as he wishes while not harming anybody, then listens quietly while the Imam speaks until he offers the prayer, will have all his sins between that Friday and the next forgiven.”
Concisely, the day of Friday is the blessed and the best day for the whole Muslim Ummah. The congregational Friday prayer performed by Muslims hold special significance in the life of all Muslims. Therefore, praying all the five times is compulsory on all Muslims and by praying regularly on time can make us earn all the great blessings and rewards. Ameen!