The Best Day

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I magine the greatness and virtue of a day which according to authentic Ahadith is ….

  • The greatest of all days in the sight of Allah Ta'ala.

  • Hazrath Aadam (A.S.) was born on that day, entered into Jannah on the same day and also came down to earth on that very day.

  • A person who passes away on this day is saved from the punishment of the grave.

  • It is blessed with such a moment that any Dua made therein is certainly accepted.

The day that encompasses all these virtues and such tremendous significance is the day of Jumu'ah (Friday). It is due to this special significance that the day of Jumu'ah is among the Shi'aar of Islam (distinguishing signs by which Islam or a Muslim is identified, such as the Musjid, the month of Ramadhaan, Islamic headgear (topi), etc.). To respect the Shi'aar of Islam is to respect Islam itself while disregarding the Shi'aar of Islam brings severe consequences in this world and the Hereafter.

 

GREATEST IBADAH

The greatest ibadah on a Friday is Salatul Jumu'ah. Jumu'ah Salaah is compulsory on every baaligh (adult) male (unless excused by Shari'ah due to severe illness, etc.) Due to the very special status of Jumu'ah Salaah, we have been encouraged to prepare for it in advance, from Thursday evening. Among the preparations for Jumu’ah is recitation of istigfaar and Durood Shareef in abundance, clipping one's nails, taking a bath on Friday, wearing one's best clothes, applying itr (scent), etc. The Salaf-e- Saaliheen (pious predecessors) have stated that the person who will benefit most from Jumu'ah is the one who eagerly awaits it and prepares for it from the night before.

Going early for Jumu'ah earns one special rewards. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “On Friday the angels stand at the door of the Musjid and note down, in order of arrival, the names of those who come early. The one who comes first is like the one who has sacrificed a camel for Allah Ta’ala, the one who comes second is like one who has sacrificed a cow, the third person is like one who sacrificed a sheep, the next receives the reward of sacrificing a chicken and the person who comes thereafter is like the one who sacrificed an egg. When the Imaam proceeds towards the  pulpit, the angels roll up their scrolls and join the congregation (Bukhari).” This Hadith draws our attention to two aspects; the importance of going early for Jumu'ah as well as the harm of going late. Once the Imaam proceeds to the mimbar for the khutba, the angels stop recording the names of those who come later. Thus the one who comes after the Imaam proceeds for the khutba are, so to say, marked absent by the angels. Therefore, at the latest, upon commencement of the first Azaan everything must stop and one must immediately hasten directly to the Musjid.

 

WARNINGS

Together with the virtues of Jumu'ah, dire warnings have been sounded for neglecting Jumu'ah. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “The one who leaves out three Jumu'ahs due to neglect, Allah Ta'ala will seal his heart (thus he will be deprived of the ability to do good actions)” (Tirmizi). Therefore no Jumu'ah should be missed without a valid shar'i reason.

It should be noted that missing Jumu'ah due to school is not excusable at all. Proper arrangements should be made to attend Jumu'ah on time. If this is not possible at all, one should move to another school. It is extremely tragic that many Muslim learners often miss the Jumu’ah Salaah due to classes. An even greater tragedy is  that Muslim learners in many Christian ethos private schools also attend “chapel services” as part of the school program. The roots of Imaan are dried up due to missing Jumu’ah while the seeds of kufr are planted in the “chapel services!!! Parents must save their children from these disasters. 

May Allah Ta'ala enable us to give due importance to the day of Jumu'ah and may He protect our Imaan. Aameen.

 

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