What to do on Fridays (Jummah)

Friday is the Eid of the week. The Prophet SAW, who is an example for mankind, used to do a number of things on Fridays. He prescribed that one should cut their nails on Friday and read Surah Al-Kahf. It was described from Abu Sa’eed al-Khduri that the Prophet SAW said: “Whoever reads Surah Al-Kahf on Friday, he will be illuminated with light between the two Fridays.” (Narrated by al-Haakim).

Friday is a great opportunity to make plenty of Dua. It was described from Abu Hurraira that the Messenger of Allah SAW specified Friday and said: “On this day there is a time when no Muslim stands and prays, asking Allah for something, but Allah will grant him it” – and he gestured with his hands to indicate how short that time is. [Bukhari 893 Muslim, 852]. Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said: “Friday has twelve hours (or part to it). There is one hour during which if a Muslim asks Allah anything, Allah will give it to him, so find it during the last hour after Asr.” {Abu Dawud & An-Nasai}. It is also sunnah to take a Bath (Ghusl) on Fridays which is the washing up of one’s self and performing the ritual bath. It is mentioned in Sahih Muslim that Umar R.A. said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah, pbuh say: ‘When one of you wants to come to Jumu’ah, let him perform Ghusl.” Furthermore, one should wear clean clothes, use miswaak (brushing teeth) and apply perfume (nonalcoholic)

Going to the mosque early is very important as described by Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger SAW said, “When it is Jumuah, the Angels stand at the gate of the masjid and keep on writing the names of the persons coming to the masjid in succession according to their arrivals. The example of the one who enters the masjid in the earliest hour is that of one offering a camel (in sacrifice); the one coming next is like one offering a cow; and then a ram; and then a chicken; and then an egg respectively. When the Imam comes out (for Jumuah sermon) they (i.e. Angels) fold their papers and listen to the sermon. [Translation of Sahih Al-Bukhari]”. One must also offer the Friday Prayer. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salah (prayer) on Friday (Jumu‘ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allaah and leave off business (and every other thing). That is better for you if you did but know!” [al-Jumu’ah 62:9]

It was narrated from Aws ibn Aws that the Prophet SAW said: “The best of your days is Friday. On that day Adam, pbuh was created; on that day he died; on that day the Trumpet will be blown; and on that day all of creation will swoon. So send a great deal of blessings upon me, for your blessings will be shown to me.” They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, how will our blessings upon you be shown to you when you have turned to dust?” He said, “Allaah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets, pbuh.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1047. Walking to the Mosque is also a sunnah. Abu Hurrairah (R.A) portrayed Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) talking as: He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).” (Muslim)

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