“O ye who believe! when the call is made for Prayer on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off all business. That is better for you, if you only knew.
And when the Prayer is finished, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s grace, and remember Allah much, that you may prosper.”
(Surah Jumuah 62:10)
Nothing beats Fridays. After a long week of being submerged in school or work, Fridays bring us a chance to take a step back from the daily grind.
Fridays have an immense significance for Muslims. Jumuah (Friday Prayer) is a time for all Muslims to leave their day-to-day activities for a congregational prayer and sermon. As the verse of the Holy Qur’an states, God commands all believers to leave their worldly pursuits for the sake of their spiritual progress.
Muslims come together to worship God the Almighty and strengthen their bonds of brother/sisterhood. The community is enlightened on topics of religious knowledge and the ways to attain spiritual success.
The commandment of the Holy Qur’an above has a deeper meaning than one might think.
A companion of The Holy Prophet relates: One day we were sitting with The Holy Prophetsa when this chapter was revealed. I enquired from Muhammadsa. Who are the people to whom the words ‘and among others of them who have not yet joined them’ refer to? Salmanra, a Persian was sitting among us. The Holy Prophetsa put his hand on Salmanra and said. ‘If faith were to go up to the Pleiades, a man from among these would surely find it.’ (Bukhari)
Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih I (may Allah be pleased with him) said that in 62:10 ‘O ye who believe!’ directly refers to those who have accepted the Promised Messiah (peace be upon him). Since the Chapter has linked the significance of Friday Prayers with the time of the Messiah, following this commandment is that much more important for the followers of the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). Consequently, the members of the Jama’at need to make a special effort every Friday to follow through on this command of God Almighty.
The Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said:
‘From all your days, Friday is the best day, it is the day Hadhrat Adam was born, it is the day he passed away and it is the day the Trumpet will be blown and unconsciousness will be induced. Profusely invoke Durud on me on this day for this is the day your invocation of Durud will be presented to me.’
He also said, ‘Friday is the chief of all days and is the greatest in Allah’s sight. It is a Day that is greater than the Day of Adha and the Day of Fitr in Allah’s sight.
In one of his Friday Sermons, Hadhrat Khalifat-ul-Masih Vaba mentioned,
“It is, as if, God sent us to be tried and tested as to what extent we have a connection with the Messiah of the latter-days and to what extent are we true in our assertion that we will fulfill our pledge of Bai’at to the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace). For this, attendance at Friday Prayers has been set as the benchmark. Each Ahmadi should remember that attendance at Friday Prayers at a mosque or gathering for it at a place is most essential. This is not just for the Fridays of Ramadan or the last Friday of Ramadan, rather it should be so that all year round our mosques should appear full beyond capacity.”
The Holy Prophet also said that on Friday the reward of good deeds is enhanced manifold. He said that a person who bathes on Friday, and purifies himself according to his capacity, puts on oil, leaves home wearing scent and does not separate two people (that is, does not forcibly make space for himself at the mosque) and offers the Salat that is obligatory and listens to the sermon of the Imam silently, all his sins between that Friday and the next Friday will be forgiven.
He also mentioned that on the Day of Judgment people will be seated in accordance to their attendance at Friday Prayers.
In his commentary of Surah Al-Maidah, 5:4 ‘…This day have I perfected your religion for you…’ the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said this has two significances, one that God has purified you, second that He has completed the Book. This verse was revealed on a Friday. A Jew said to Hadhrat Umer (may Allah be pleased with him) that the day of the revelation of this verse should be commemorated as Eid. Hadhrat Umer (may Allah be pleased with him replied) ‘Friday is indeed Eid’. The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) said many people are unaware about this Eid and wear unclean clothes on the day. He said for him this Eid was more excellent than the other Eids, for this Eid Surah Al Jumuah was revealed. The first man was born on this day and the Qur’an was completed on this day.
Islam is a practical and tolerant religion for its followers.
The Quranic verse about Jumuah also says that following the Friday Prayer believers should return to their daily lives. They should return to their normal routine with the remembrance of God in mind. Prosperity is promised to those who follow the guidance regarding Jumuah.
– N. Ahmad Tariq