WHAT DO YOU DO ON FRIDAYS?

 

Kashmiri women attend Friday prayers at the Jamia mosque October 3, 2008 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. Kashmiri people have been protesting against Indian rule claiming that they are alienated from the Indian state and want a platform for autonomy. Courtesy: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/lbeZD8dCANq/Friday+Prayers+In+Srinagar

Every culture has different traditions for Friday. What does Allah commands us for Friday? Here it is:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلَاةِ مِن يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ اللَّـهِ وَذَرُوا الْبَيْعَ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ ﴿٩

[Quran 62:9] Yusuf Ali

O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if ye but knew!

HADITH

(11) Narrated Salman-Al-Farsi: The Prophet (p.b.u.h) 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 Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons 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 sins in-between the present and the last friday would be forgiven.”  

SAHIH BUKHARI (Book #13, Hadith #8)

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About Kaukab Siddique PhD

Professor of English, World Literature and Journalism at Lincoln University. Research specialization in Women and Islam

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