Value Of Friday


Allahu ta'ala has assigned Friday to Muslims. He declares at the end of Jum'a sura [1]: "O my slaves who have been honoured with iman! When the adhan (azan) [2] of early afternoon prayer is said on Friday run to the mosque to listen to the khutba [3] and to perform Friday prayer. Stop buying and selling! Friday prayer and the khutba are more useful to you than your other businesses. After performing Friday prayer you may leave the mosque and disperse so that you can do your wordly affairs. You work, and expect your sustenance from Allahu ta'ala. Remember Allahu ta'ala very often so that you will be saved!"

Hadith-i sharifs [4] declare also as follows:

"If a Muslim makes a ghusl and goes to the mosque for Friday prayer, his week's sins will be forgiven and he will be given blessings for each step."

"The most valuable of days is Friday. Friday is more valuable than the days of 'Iyd and the day of Ashura (the tenth day of Muharram). Friday is the Believers' day of feast in this world and in the next. "

"Allahu ta'ala seals the hearts of those who do not perform the Friday prayer. They become unaware. "

"If a person does not perform three Friday prayers though there is no hindrance, Allahu ta'ala seals his heart. That is, he can never do any good. "

"On Fridays there is a moment when any prayer a Believer sends is not refused. "

"If you say a certain prayer, 'Estaghfirullah-al-azim-allazi la ilaha illa huwal hayyal qayyuma wa atubu ilayh,' before the morning prayer of Friday all your sins will be forgiven. "

"If a person says the sura of Ikhlas and the suras of Mu'awwazatayn seven times after Friday prayer Allahu ta'ala protects him against calamities, troubles and evil deeds for one week. "

"As Saturday was given to Jews and Sunday to Christians, Friday has been given to Muslims. On this day there are uses, barakats (fruitfulness) and goodnesses for Muslims. "

[1] suura(t): a Qur'anic chapter [a chapter of the Qur'an].
[2] adhan: i) the Muslim call to prayer. ii) the call to salat.
[3] khutba: the preaching delievered at mosque; the homily delivered at the pulpit by the imam at Jum'a and 'Iyd prayers ( at the prayers of Friday and of Islamic festivals), which must be read in Arabic all over the world (sinful if read in another language).
[4] hadith (sharif): i) a saying of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam).; al-Hadith ash-sharif: all the hadiths as a whole; ii) 'ilm al-hadith; iii) Books of the hadith ash-sharif. iv) Al-hadith al-qudsi, as-sahih, al-hasan: kinds of hadiths (for which, see Endless Bliss, II).