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The Day of Jummah (Friday)

Muslim man sitting in Sidi Okba mosque, praying on Jummah
Man sitting in Mosque Sidi Okba for Jummah prayer © Bapaume | Dreamstime.com

The day of Jummah (Friday) is very important for us as Muslims. Alongside the Jummah prayer that is prayed in the mosque on Friday, there are many significant things about this day. We read in a hadith that:

“There is an hour on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while offering Salat and asks something from Allah the almighty, then Allah will definitely fulfil his demands and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) pointed out the shortness of that particular time with his hands.” (Bukhari)

We learn from this about the significance of our worship on Jummah. It is important to worship our Lord each day, but Jummah is a special day for us. As we read in the above hadith, we realise that we should not let our time on that day go to waste and we should spend as much time as we can worshipping our Creator.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (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.” (Tirmidhi)

We read in the above hadith that Jummah is the best day of the week. It is a special day for us as it is the day that Allah created Adam (AS), and the Last Hour will also be on a day of Jummah.

There are times when we may choose to do an optional fast. We should remember that we are not allowed to fast on Jummah, unless we also fast on the day preceding or following it. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“None of you should observe fast on Friday unless he observes fast a day before or after it.” (Bukhari)

The day of Jummah is also a chance for us to seek extra forgiveness from our Lord, as our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in hadith:

“Whoever takes a bath on a Friday and does it well, and purifies himself and does it well, and puts on his best clothes, and puts on whatever Allah decrees for him of the perfume of his family, then comes to the mosque and does not engage in idle talk or separate (pushing between) two people; he will be forgiven for (his sins) between that day and the previous Friday.” (Ibn Majah)

We learn from the above hadith that by following the correct way on Jummah, we gain an opportunity to seek Allah’s forgiveness for our sins between that day of Jummah, and the Jummah of the previous week. If we take a moment to ponder on this, we realise how much we are in need of this opportunity. We have all made mistakes, so we should all seek Allah’s forgiveness. We should not lose out on this opportunity that our Lord has blessed us with.

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