FRIDAY (Jumu’ah) is the most auspicious Day in the Islamic calendar. The fadhaail (virtues) and thawaab (reward) for Ibaadat on Fridays are numerous and great. Muslims should acquire maximum benefit from this auspicious Day.
Friday is called Jumu’ah which means ‘conglomeration’ because on this Day Allah Ta’ala created the Arsh (His Throne), the Kursi, the heaven, the earth, Jannat, the sun, the moon, the stars and Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam).
SIGNIFICANCE OF JUMU’AH
* The Hour of Qiyaamah will be on a Friday on 10th Muharram.
* Jumu’ah is the ‘Hajj’ of the Masaakeen (the poor and des-titute who cannot afford to go for Hajj).
* He who makes ghusl, goes early to the Musjid and abstains from non-sensical talk along the way, receives for every step to the Musjid the thawaab of a year’s fasting and Salaat.
* Tilaawat of Surah Kahf on Fridays cultivates Noor for the reciter, and will save one from the fitnah of Dajjaal.
* On Fridays, Durood Shareef should be recited in abundance.
* According to Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah alayh), Jumuah is superior to even the Day of Arafaat.
* According to some Sahaabah, the Night of Jumu’ah is superior to even Lailatul Qadr.
MAUT ON JUMU’AH
There is considerable excellence and hopes for a person who dies on Friday. The questioning in the Grave is waived for one who dies on Friday. Along with this wonderful favour, the punishment and torments of the Grave will also be cancelled, Insha’Allah. Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Abbaas (radhiyallahu anhuma) narrated: “Allah Ta’ala will save three persons from the punishment of the Grave – the Muath-thin, the Shaheed and the one who dies on a Friday.”
At the time of sakraat (death throes) Allah Ta’ala will protect the Imaan of a person who performs on Fridays four raka’ts as follows: After Surah Faatihah, recite in every raka’t 11 times Surah Ikhlaas. After Salaam, recite 100 times Wala houla wala quw wata il laa billaahil azeem.
HAIR AND NAILS
It is Makrooh to cut nails and hair on Fridays before Jumu’ah Salaat. The one who cuts his nails and trims his moustache after Jumu’ah Salaat will receive the reward of a Hajj and Umrah.
FASTING ON JUMU’AH
The permanent practice of Hadhrat Nabi Daawood was to fast every alternate day. If the alternate day which happened to be his day of Iftaar, i.e. the day of not fasting, was a Friday, then he would fast. He would say to himself: “Why should I not fast on a Day whose fast is the equivalent of fasting 50,000 (fifty thousand) years?” This immense increase in reward applies to all good deeds on a Friday. There is absolutely no dearth of reward (thawaab) in the Divine Treasury.
HUSBAND AND WIFE
On a Friday the wife who welcomes cheerfully her husband when he comes home and speaks affectionately to him, Allah Ta’ala will grant her the reward of 200 years of righteous deeds, and the same amount of thawaab will be allocated for the husband as well.
MOMENTS OF ACCEPTANCE
It is highly meritorious on Fridays to be engrossed in Thikr, Tasbeeh, Tahleel and charitable acts from after Asr Salaat until sunset. Hadhrat Faatimah (radhiyallahu anha) said: “It is such a significant hour in which Allah Ta’ala will grant the Mu’min whatever he supplicates for.” Al-Muqaddisi (rahmatullah alayh) said: “I met Hadhrat Khidr (alayhis salaam). He said: ‘Allah Ta’ala will fulfil the need of a person who says after ‘Asr Salaat on Friday: ‘Ya Rahmaan, Ya Allaah, Ya Rahmaan, until sunset.