Nov 4, 2011

Lovely Fridays - Practical Advice on what YOU can do on day of Jumuah

by Umm Amin

“The best day on which the sun has risen, is Yaumu al Jumu’ah (Friday). During a Friday, Adam was created, entered Paradise and was expelled from it; the Last Hour will only commence on a Friday.” (At-Tirmidhi, Muslim, Ahmad, and An-Nasaii; Ibn Qayyim al-Jauziyah in Zad-ul-Ma’ad fi Hadyi khairi-l ‘Ibad)

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet Mohammad sallalahu alayhi wa salaam said, “The best day on which the sun has risen is Yaumu al Jumu’ah; during Fridays Adam was created, expelled, forgiven, and died. The Last Hour will commence on a Friday. Every animal listens carefully during Yaumu al-Jumu’ah from dawn until sunrise, weary that the Last Hour might start on that very day, except for the jinns and mankind. During Friday, there is an hour, if aMuslim slave reaches it while praing and invoking Allah for anything, then Allah will grant it to him.” (Imam Malik in Al-Muwatta, Ibn Qayyim al-Jauziyah in Zad-ul-Ma’ad fi Hadyi khairi-l ‘Ibad)

Whether or not you are able to make it to Friday prayer, Friday is a more virtuous day of the week for good deeds. If you cannot make it to the Friday prayer, there are many blessings you can seek out. Any beneficial deed will have a good reward on an excellent day like Friday. Make your intention to please Allah and get to it!

Some things you might be able to do on a Friday include:

· Attend the Subh (fajr) prayer at the mosque and reflect upon the surahs that are read out in prayers

· Increase the dua made for the Prophet Mohammad sallahu alayhi wa salaam

· Wearing nice, clean clothing and performing ghusl

· Reciting suratul Kahf

· Praying Salatul Duha

· Praying sunnah prayers

· Calling your loved ones to maintain ties of kinship

· Donating money, time, energy, encouraging words, or a smile in Sadaqah

· Visiting someone who is sick

· Calling to offer good words to your fellow sisters in Islam

· Removing a harmful thing from the road

· Reading, contemplating, and/or memorizing ayat of the Qur’aan

· Reading about Islam, seeking knowledge that will benefit you in the Hereafter

· Attending an Islamic learning circle

· Try to find the hour in which dua is accepted by increasing your dua and asking for forgiveness wherever you may be

· If you are able to do so, arrive early and attend the Jumu’ah prayer!

What other benefits can you seek out on a Friday?


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