The Wonderful Friday

Friday! My favorite day!

Not because in Egypt it is the official day-off
and not because here in Germany, it is a Short Day.

Friday is a special day.

Did you know that Friday was the day that Adam (peace be upon him) was created?
And the day he was placed into Paradise, the day he was sent down to the earth and the day that he died?

Did you know that after death we will all be resurrected on a Friday?

Did you know that on Friday the doors of Heaven are open whereas the doors of Hell are closed?

Did you know that there is an hour on Friday on which you can ask God for anything and He will make it true?

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“Friday is the master of days, and the greatest of them before Allaah. It is greater before Allaah than the day of al-Adha and the day of al-Fitr. It has five characteristics: on this day Allaah created Adam, on it He sent Adam down to the earth, on it Allaah caused Adam to die, on it there is a time when a person does not ask Allaah for anything but He gives it to him, so long as he does not ask for anything haraam, and on it the Hour will begin. There is no angel who is close to Allaah, no heaven, no earth, no wind, no mountain and no sea that does not fear Friday.”

Some people say it’s the last hour before sunset, but actually God didn’t let us know when this hour this so that we keep supplicating to him as much as we can throughout the day so that no hour passes without remembering God. The day of Friday (and every day in Islam) begins at the sunset of the previous day and ends at the sunset of Friday.

This day is so important that there is a whole chapter in the Qur’an named “Friday” (“Al-Jummuah”) .

This is why Friday is supposed to be like a little feast for Muslims every week.
We are recommended to start the day by waking up early, taking a shower, cutting our nails and trying to be as clean as possible, wear nice clothes and make sure we smell nice.

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“Take a bath on Friday and wash your heads .. and use perfume.”
He also said:
“If one has the means, he should buy two pieces of clothing, other than his work clothes to wear on Friday.”

In the early morning, we should pray the Fajr prayer as usual, but on Friday it is recommended to pray Fajr in congregation (in a group):
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“The best prayer before Allaah is Fajr prayer on Friday in congregation.”

At midday comes the Friday prayer. Men are obliged to attend it and listen to the sermon whereas women my choose not to go.

God The Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an Chapter “Friday”:
“O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed for the prayer on Friday come to the remembrance of Allaah and leave off business . That is better for you if you did but know!” (Al-Jumu’ah 62:9)

The silent attendance of the Friday Prayer has as a reward that all your sins between the two Fridays are forgiven:
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“If anyone performs Wudu’ properly, then comes to the Friday prayer, listens to the sermon attentively and keeps silent, his (minor) sins between that Friday and the following Friday will be forgiven, with the addition of three more days; but he who touches pebbles has caused an interruption. ”
Unfortunately, lots of Muslims, especially women keep talking throughout the sermon. By doing this, they don’t just loose the reward, but disturb others. For me, it would be better if they stayed at home and let other people benefit from the sermon.

Also, it is recommended to go as early as possible to prayer.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“The angels sit at the doors to the Masjids and with them are scrolls in which they record the people [who come]. When the Imam appears, the scrolls are rolled up.” Abu Umamah was asked, “Does the one who comes after the Imam still have a Friday Prayer?” he said, “Certainly, but he is not one of those who is recorded [as coming early].”

He also said:
“He who takes a bath on Friday, like the bath for ceremonial purity, and then goes (to the mosque), he is like one who offers a camel as a sacrifice to seek the Pleasure of Allah; and he who comes at the second hour is like one who offers a cow to win the Pleasure of Allah; and he who comes at the third hour is like one who offers a ram with horns (in sacrifice); and he who comes at the fourth hour is like one who offers a hen; and he who comes at the fifth hour is like one who offers an egg. And when the Imam ascends the pulpit, the angels close (their record) in order to listen to the Khutbah.”

If you come in late, you shouldn’t walk between sitting people during Friday gathering unless there is an empty spot to fill. A man came and started walking between people during a Friday gathering while Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was delivering his speech, so the Prophet told him, “Sit because you caused harm to other people and came in late.”

After the prayer, Muslims can return to their everyday duties. God said in the Qur’an:
“Then when the prayer is ended, you may disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allah (by working), and remember Allah much: that you may be successful.” (Al-Jumuah 62:10)

And I am telling you something, if you are a Muslim man, wherever you are and whatever your reasons are (if nothing serious, of course), don’t you ever neglect a Friday Prayer!
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“Either some peoplestop neglecting the Friday prayers, or Allah will seal their hearts and they will be among the heedless.”

Another virtue of Friday in Islam is that there is no day in the week associated with reading a certain chapter in the Qur’an but Friday.
On Friday, we are supposed to read the Chapter 18 of the Holy Qur’an entitled “The Cave” (“Al-Kahf”).

You can read it from the sunset of Thursday till the sunset of Friday.

Do you know what happens when you read it on Friday?

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“Whoever reads Chapter “The Cave” on the day of Friday, a light will shine for him 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.”

In Egypt, I used to listen to the recitation of this chapter every Friday by children with really lovely and mature voices on Al-Fajr channel. Here in Germany I felt I missed this, so I searched for this recitation online.
I was very happy when I found the mp3, you can download it here with high, medium or low quality.

And in the following three videos, you can listen to the Chapter Al-Kahf while reading the English Translation:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:

And in the following video, Amr Khaled is summarizing the main important stories and lessons of Chapter Al-Kahf (in Arabic):

[youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k91AOPnKbLU]


Original Posted By Laila Hussein to Thoughts & Tips at 7/13/2008 06:18:00 PM

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