Assalamu-alaykum (Peace be upon you)!
Bismillahi al r-rahmani al r-rahim
In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate.
Today’s friday (yay!), and it’s basically my favourite day of the week. Not only it is the start of the weekend, but also a really blessed day according to Islam. Let’s get started and find out why this specific day is so important to us Muslims and where the meanings behind it come from! 🙂
A child is seen near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg on the first day of Ramadan July 9, 2013.
1. Friday known as Jumah or Al-Jumu’ah or Jum’a (read as Dschumah)
The arabic word for friday means literally to congregate together as a group. This mainly refers to the Friday’s prayer in mosques, known by many as the Jumah-Prayer, where Muslims meet to pray together as a community. Those prayers start around miday, and usually begins with a sermon (called as Chutba) given by an Imam about several issues in a Muslim’s life, mostly about family issues or current-related topics in a society. Then it’s being prayed 2 Rakahs.
Allah (s.w.t.) says
Allah further says
“And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah , and remember Allah often that you may succeed” Quran [62:10].
Friday prayer is a religious obligation for men. Women do not have, but are allowed to pray if they want so.
2. Praying together brings tranquility, harmony and peace
It’s psychologically proven (you can even test it yourself!): Congregating regularly as a group to meet and pray together brings tranquility to the heart…because not only you stand shoulder by shoulder next to each other, but also get to talk about common problems that you could help to solve by following the sermon. And most beautifully, you are surrounded by your siblings in Islam, by people with same goals, same intentions for this world and the hereafter.
3. The Significance of Friday in Islam
The Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that among the most excellent of our days is friday. Why that?
Well, on friday:
- Adam (peace be upon him) was created, admitted into Paradise, sent down to earth, and died.
- the last trumpet will be blown (last hour will occur).
- the shout will be made.
- creation of heavens & earth was completed.
- there’s a moment when all your supplications are readily accepted! 🙂
4. The importance of reading Surah al-Kahf on fridays
Ibn Umar, stated in ‘al-Targheeb wal-Tarheeb, 1/298:
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two fridays.”
As many of you might have heard about it, reading the Surah al-Kahf (“the cave”) on fridays, which is the 18th chapter of the Quran by the way, is very benefical. According to the Hadith above, all of your sins between the two fridays, meaning from last friday on till the current one, will be forgiven! So why miss this opportunity? Let’s all read this beautiful Surah regularly on each friday, if God’s willing! 🙂
- Trial of Faith (People of the cave- Ashabul kahf)
- Trial of Wealth (stories of the 2 men & the 2 gardens)
- Trial of Knowledge (Prophet Moses- peace be upon him- & al-Khidr)
- Trial of Power (Dhul Qarnain with Ya’juj Ma’juj)
In the middle of these 4 stories in this Surah, Iblis (the Devil) is the one who provoke these trials (18:50).
So how do we survive these trials? Solutions can be found in this Surah al-Kahf, too.
- By Sincerity (18:110)
- By calling to Allah (18:27)
Maybe you got interested into the lessons from Surah al-Kahf? Here’s one of many Webpages that explain you the lessons: http://muslimmatters.org/2014/07/11/overcoming-trials-the-message-of-surah-al-kahf/
5. Last, but not least: Your To-Do list on fridays!
- Recite Surah al-Kahf
- Clipping nails
- Have a bath
- Use perfume
- Use miswak
- Apply kohl
- Wear nice clothes
- Suppilcate excessively…remember, there’s one single moment on friday where ALL of your supplications are readily accepted!
- Sending lots of blessings to our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
- To men: attend Jumu’ah prayer and listen to Khutba attentively
…and keep smiling as on every day!
I did put some references into the text as an inserted link, the rest is here to be found:
I hope you enjoyed this post. I’d be very very happy to hear from you by leaving a comment below! 🙂
Lots of love,