Friday is a blessed day in which the Muslims offer salat prayers in congregation and listen to the Kutba, which discuss the ways towards becoming a perfect Muslim. The significance of this day can be gauged from the verse in which Allah states:
“O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.” [62:9]
Friday is the day when Allah’s special mercy and blessings are granted upon Muslim, a day of spiritual gathering in form of congregational prayers when Muslims can avail the divine virtues. Merits of Jummah prayers are followings in light of Quran and Sunnah:
- Friday is the Best Day:
The bliss and blessings of Friday is irrefutable because the best sun rise on this day. This was the day when Adam was created, expelled to earth, paradise has created by Allah, and this undoubtedly will be the day when the hour of reckoning will take place.
“The best day the sun rises over is Friday; on it Allah created Adam. On it, he was made to enter paradise, on it he was expelled from it, and the Last Hour will take place on no other day than Friday.” [Al Tirmidhi]
- Sins are Forgiven on Friday
One of the merits of Friday is that all the sins of a person are forgiven when he devotedly offers Jummah prayers and worship Allah affectionately. This merit is for all those Muslims who do special preparations for this day, took bath, use perfume and do ghusl then all the committed sins will be forgiven till next Friday.
“Any man who performs Ghusl on Friday, perfumes himself if he has perfume, wears the best of his clothes, then goes to the mosque and offers as many prayers as he wishes while not harming anybody, then listens quietly while the Imam speaks until he offers the prayer, will have all his sins between that Friday and the next forgiven.” [Al Bukhari]
- All Supplications are Answered:
During Jummah there is an hour when all the supplications are answered and Allah does not let go of the supplications. This hour can be any time between Jummah prayers until next prayer therefore seek His blessings and ask for forgiveness.
“On (the day of) Jumu’ah is an hour during which Allah gives to a Muslim servant standing in prayer whatever he asks for.” [Bukhari]
- Status of a Person who Die on Friday:
The blessings of this day are not specific to the sunrise and proclamation but are for those who will die on this day. Death is a natural thing and is from Allah, no one has one control over death, nor anyone can change it but can supplicate to the lord to make it happen on Friday. Anyone who will die on this day, for him the trial of grave will be alleviated as Hadith narrates:
“Any Muslim who dies during the day or night of Friday will be protected by Allah from the trial of the grave.” [Tirmidhi]
- Reward of Fasting:
Religion Islam is a religion of practice as it is not to talk but to walk the talk and act on the commandments. Allah has kept blessings in every step that a Muslim takes towards Him, same is for offering Jummah prayers. Any person who takes bath, ask his family to follow him in this ritual, walks towards the mosque and listen to the imaan with contemplation then for every step he will be rewarded with the virtues of Qayyam and fasting.
“Whoever does Ghusl on Friday and causes (his wife) to do Ghusl, and sets out early, and comes close to the imam and listens and keeps quiet, for every step he takes he will have the reward of fasting and praying qiyaam for one year.” [Tirmidhi]
Friday is not once in a lifetime event but occur after every week. Lucky are we that we still have chance to act on Allah’s divine commandments and grasp all these blessings for the redemption at the day when judgment day will be commenced.