Jummah (Friday prayers) is the most important day of the week for Muslims. Muslims pray five times a day every day, but the most important prayer of the week is “Jummah,” or the day of gathering, on Friday. The Quran invokes the importance of Friday as a sacred day of worship in a chapter called “Al-Jummah. The day of Jummah has many religious significances and virtues associated with it. Jummah prayer is obligatory for every man except the sick, child, slave and woman. Allah says:
“Believers, when the call is made for prayer on Friday, drop all business and rush to the remembrance of God. That is better for you, if you only knew.” (Surah Al-Jummah 62:9)
The day of Jummah or Friday is the blessed day of the week we should try to spend it the way Allah Almighty mentioned in the Holy Quran and also we should try to perfect our Friday prayers according to Sunnah ways of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Another profound virtue of Fridays is that, if a Muslim passes away on a Friday, they will be protected from the trial of the grave. Allah says:
لَهُم مَّا يَشَاءُونَ فِيهَا وَلَدَيْنَا مَزِيدٌ
“Allah will appear to them on the day of Jummah.” (Surah Qaf, 50:35)
Jummah is truly a time of celebration for humankind. After all, it is the day on which we were created, the day on which Islam was perfected – and it contains the Hour of Acceptance. Every single week, when Jummah arrives, we have the chance to live through this hour and ask Allah for anything we want – truly a cause for celebration and happiness.
Here are some unique virtues of Friday that makes it so special:
- Jummah is more worthwhile than other days of the week
- Jummah is the greatest event to see Allah undoubtedly
- Jummah is the day of the week shares its supremacy
- Jummah is the day on which Muslims gather to pray
- Jummah is an honoured day that signed all things
- Jummah call for the special need of supplication
- Jummah is the day where fasting is prohibited
- Jummah contains the Hour of Acceptance
- Jummah is the original Blessed Day
- Jummah is the Mother of all days
- Jummah is the best day of the week
- Jummah is a good sign of the end day
- Jummah is a mark of honour and respect
- Jummah prayer is obligatory for every man
- Jummah is a day on which sins are forgiven
- Jummah is protection from the trial of the grave
- Jummah prayer obligation for every man in Islam
- Jummah is the Day of Judgement takes place on it
- Jummah has important than any other day of the week
- Jummah is viewed by Muslims as an Eid festival each week
The rank of Fridays is so vast that it outweighs the virtues of other days. It is therefore undoubtedly important for us to reflect on the virtues of this day and maximise our efforts on Friday. 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.
Good Deeds of Friday
There are some good deeds that you should perform on this blessed day are mentioned below:
- Leaving early from the house towards the mosque and waiting in the mosque for the prayers to begin is one of the good deeds that Allah likes the most
- Giving away alms to the poor and giving charity in the name of Allah is considered to be noble acts.
- Greet your parents and take their blessings.
- Recitation of Surah Kahf on Friday has great rewards and blessings.
- Listening to Friday Sermon is considered one of the good deeds.
Jummah is deeply connected to the Prophet Adam (as):
There are five significant events in the life of our great forefather, the Prophet Adam (as), that took place on Friday:
- Allah created Adam [Ibn Majah]
- Allah sent down Adam to earth [Ibn Majah]
- Allah caused Adam to die [Ibn Majah]
- He was made to enter Paradise [Muslim]
- His repentance (Tawbah) was accepted [Abu Dawud]
We should not let a Jummah prayer go by without having squeezed every ounce of blessings that we can. Friday’s are a chance for us to gain many goods deeds and to ask Allah for his forgiveness. On Friday, there is a blessed hour where a believer can make prayer asking Allah for anything and Allah will certainly meet his demand.
Some facts about the Day of Jummah:
Jummah or Friday is considered the most important day of the week also known as the master of the week. Below we will discuss some virtues and facts about the day of Jummah or Friday:
- On the day of Jummah Muslims offer congregational prayer which is an obligatory act in Islam and one of the greatest gatherings of Muslims.
- “On the day of Jummah is an hour during which Allah Almighty gives to a Muslim servant standing in prayer whatever he asks for.” (Muslim)
- “None of you should observe fast on Friday unless he observes fast a day before or after it.” (Al-Bukhari)
- One should give charity on the day of Jummah (Friday) because giving charity during this day is more virtuous than any other day
- One should do good deeds on the virtuous day of Friday
- Sins are expiated on the day of Jummah
- When walking to attend the Friday sermon, a Muslim gets the reward of both praying Qiyaam(i.e., the night prayer) and fasting a full year.
- Hell is fired-up during every day of the week except Friday, as a mark of honour and respect for the day of Jummah.
- Listening to the Khutbah or Friday Sermon before the Jummah prayer is highly bounteous and obligatory for every Muslim.
- One should recite Surah Al-Kahf on the day of Jummah.
- Make lots of Duas on this blessing day of Jummah (Friday) as Allah will surely grant them. But we must remember that Allah accepts those Duas which are best for us.
The day of Jummah is the Mother of all days and the most righteous and best of the days. That is the reason believers wait for it with so much devotion. It is a day loaded with kindness. It is a time when Muslims meet up to respect just a single Lord, discover the quality and show condolence by standing shoulder to bear and reaffirming their confidence and commitment to Him.
“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” (Tirmidhi)
Friday is the day that Muslims gather together to pray in congregation. Directly before the prayer, they listen to a lecture designed to empower them with valuable knowledge about Allah, and the religion of Islam. It is a blessed day that has been designated as such by Allah, no other day of the week shares its virtues. While there is no special place or special time to worship Allah, there are moments, days, or times that Allah has made more superior; Friday is one of those times. Allah says:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَوْفُوا بِالْعُقُودِ أُحِلَّتْ لَكُم بَهِيمَةُ الْأَنْعَامِ إِلَّا مَا يُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْكُمْ غَيْرَ مُحِلِّي الصَّيْدِ وَأَنتُمْ حُرُمٌ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَحْكُمُ مَا يُرِيدُ
“O you who believe! Fulfil the contracts. Are made lawful for you the quadruped (of) the grazing livestock except what is recited on you, not being permitted (to) hunt while you (are in) Ihram. Indeed, Allah decrees what He wills. ” (Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5:1)
We sincerely pray with all our hearts that Allah (swt) showers His favour and mercy upon us all and grants us entry into His eternal Garden of Bliss where we are truly blessed to see Him every Friday. We pray Allah accepts our efforts from us on this blessed Friday, Ameen.