Friday is The Blessed Day:
Every day of the week has its uniqueness. For every Muslim, Friday is a big day as believers gather for lectures and worship. Friday is the mother of all days and the most virtuous and best day. That is why believers look forward to it with so much eagerness. This is a blessed day filled with mercy. It is a day when Jummah Prayers are offered, and Muslims come together to worship the only one ALLAH, find strength and comfort by standing shoulder to shoulder, and acknowledge their faith and devotion to Him.
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ إِذَا نُودِىَ لِلصَّلَوٰةِ مِن يَوْمِ ٱلْجُمُعَةِ فَٱسْعَوْا۟ إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ ٱللَّهِ وَذَرُوا۟ ٱلْبَيْعَ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ
“O you who believe! When the call to prayer is proclaimed on Friday, hasten earnestly to the remembrance of God and leave aside business. That is best for you if you but knew.”
A believer’s entire life is one of worship; even celebrations are conducted as worship. While there is no particular place or time to worship ALLAH, there are moments, days, or times that ALLAH has made more superior; Friday is one of those times. Muslims does not neglect Jummah prayer due to work, study, or for other worldly purpose. Believers should make attending their prayer a priority. Ignoring it three times in a row, with no valid reason, will cause a believer to stray from the straight path.
Importance of Friday
In Islam, Jumu’ah is the holiest day of the week. One of Islam’s Five Pillars is a day of communal prayer and reflection. On Friday, Muslims must attend a congregational prayer (Salat al-Jumu’ah) at a mosque, which replaces the midday prayer (Salat al-Dhuhr). It includes a sermon (khutbah) by the imam, which usually covers religious and moral teachings.
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) had said About Jummah Mubarak,
“The best day during which the sun has risen is Friday. It is the day Adam was created. Moreover, it is the day when Adam entered paradise and was taken out of it. It is also the Day of Judgment takes place.”
The above Hadith summed up the importance of Friday in Islam. The sixth day of the Islamic week is Friday (Yaum-ul-Jummah) which has its values and virtues in the sight of Allah SWT, and it is demonstrated in the Quran that the Master of all days is Friday (Jummah Mubarak).
It is considered a day of forgiveness and spiritual renewal. Many Muslims will fast on this day as an act of devotion and seek forgiveness. Additionally, it is a day of sacrifice and charity, where Muslims are encouraged to give money or goods to the poor.
Overall, it holds a special place in the Islamic tradition as a day of communal worship, reflection, and spiritual renewal. It is a day to strengthen one’s connection to God and the community.
The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said:
“Whoever takes a bath on Friday purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jummah prayer) and does not separate two-person sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sis in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.”
Believers would be wise to take advantage of the blessings ALLAH sends to His slaves on this blessed day. This is a day for worshippers, a day of celebrations, deliberation, and prayer. Thus we should make preparations for Friday prayer on Thursday night. Those who will receive the most benefit on that day will be those who wait for it and prepare for it from Thursday.