Friday is considered the blessed day of the week for Muslims in Islam. Friday is the most significant day of the week because Muslims gather for prayer in the congregation on the day of Friday. Before performing the Friday prayer, Muslims listen to a lecture (Friday sermon) which is designed to permit them with important knowledge about Islam, Prophets and Allah Almighty. Prophet (SAW) stated in hadith: “The best day in the sight of Allah Almighty is Friday, the day of the congregation” (Bukhari).
In the Holy Quran, Allah Almighty says about Friday prayer: “Friday Importance and Etiquettes “O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and trade): That is best for you if you only knew!” (Quran, 62:9)
Muslims take the day of Friday as a day of celebration and be grateful to Allah (SWT) for all the blessings He has provided as He provided to Adam and Eve by giving them birth on this day and then sending them to Heavens. Moreover, Muslims also seek forgiveness on this day as well, so that he or she does not face the anger of Allah Almighty the way Adam and Eve did on Friday. Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in one of His hadith about the importance of Friday: “The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday. On that day Adam was created, he was admitted to Jannah, and he was expelled therefrom.” (Muslim)
Every Friday, a prayer of Jummah offer and for this prayer
special time is appropriated. The 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)
Friday is a day on which sins are forgiven, as narrated by
Salman, the Prophet (PBUH) 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.” (Bukhari)
The day of Jummah includes an hour during which all
supplications are accepted. Prophet (SAW) said: “On (the day of) Jummah
is an hour during which Allah gives to a Muslim servant standing in prayer
whatever he asks for.” (Al Bukhari)
We should listen to Sermon attentively on Friday Prayer. With regards to the Khutba or sermon of Friday, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “If anyone performs Wudu (ablution) properly, then comes to the Friday prayer, listens to the Khutba attentively and keeps silent, his (minor) sins between the Friday and the following Friday will be forgiven, with the addition of three more days; but he who touches pebbles has caused an interruption.” (Muslim)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in another hadith: “Whoever
reads Surah Kahf on Fridays, there will be a bright light to shine for him
between the two Fridays.” (Nasai)
There are some preparations that every Muslim should do for
Friday prayer before going to the mosque. Below we will discuss some Sunnah’s
of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) for the Day of Jummah.
- The first act to start with is to get purified by having a shower and also perform ablution.
- Then dress in clean clothes and apply Itr (perfume).
- Also, apply Surma in your eyes.
- Maintaining dignity and not talking during the prayer is a kind of etiquette one should follow.
- Listening to Friday Sermon is considered one of the good deeds.
- Try to sit close to Imam If there is a place in the front rows near the Imam.
- Try to recite Surah Kahf on the day of Friday. Recitation of Surah Kahf on Friday has great rewards and blessings.
May Allah Almighty give us the chance to offer Friday Prayer regularly so that we can earn all its blessings and rewards! Ameen