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FREE COWS AND SHEEP EVERY WEEK! HURRY … ONLY FOR THOSE WHO COME EARLY. Imagine if one live camel, cow and sheep were to be distributed at every musjid to the first three people who enter the musjid for jumu‘ah. The musjid car parks will be filled with people camping overnight in order to try and be among the first to enter the musjid the next day.

While live animals may not be distributed at any musjid, the reward of sacrificing a camel, cow or sheep can be attained every Friday for free, simply by going early to the musjid for jumu‘ah. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “On the day of jumu‘ah, the Angels stand at the door of the musjid, recording in sequence the names of those who come for the jumu‘ah salaah. The one who enters first is conferred with the reward of offering a camel in the path of Allah Ta‘ala, the one who comes second is given the reward of the one who offers a cow, the one who follows in thereafter is given the reward of sacrificing a sheep or goat, the one who reaches after him receives the reward of sacrificing a chicken and the one who comes subsequent to him is granted the reward of offering an egg in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. Once the imaam comes out to deliver the khutbah, the Angels close their books and listen to the khutbah” (Thus the names of the latecomers are not recorded in the list of those who attended jumu‘ah) (Saheeh Bukhaari).

Fasting for One Year

Another hadeeth also highlights the importance of going early to the musjid for jumu‘ah. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned: “Whoever takes a thorough bath on the day of jumu‘ah, sets out early for the jumu‘ah salaah on foot without any mode of transport and he takes a spot close to the imaam listening attentively to the khutbah without engaging in any futile talk, for every step taken he will be granted the reward of fasting for an entire year and the reward of standing at night in ‘ibaadah for an entire year” (Sunan Abi Dawood). What a cheap bargain! Furthermore, during any event every person loves to have a seat closest to the stage. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the closest proximity to Allah Ta‘ala on the Day of Qiyaamah while others will be at a distance? ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “On the Day of Qiyaamah, the proximity that people will enjoy with Allah Ta‘ala will be in accordance to their times of arrival for the jumu‘ah salaah” (Sunan Ibni Maajah). Hence, the effort made for getting a place in the first saff (row) for the jumu‘ah salaah reserves one a place in the first saff on the day of Qiyaamah.

Nevertheless, advanced preparations and a high level of enthusiasm are vital in order to gain and reap the maximum rewards and benefits, especially when the rewards are based on arriving early.

Leader of All Days

The great virtues mentioned above are just some of the many great virtues of a very great day - the day of jumu‘ah.  The significance of this day can be easily understood from the ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “The best day that the sun ever rises on is the day of jumu‘ah. Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) was created on this day; he was entered into Jannah on this day and also removed from Jannah (sent to the earth) on this day” (Saheeh Muslim). In yet another hadeeth, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have mentioned: “The leader of all days is the day of jumu‘ah and it is the greatest in the sight of Allah Ta‘ala, even greater than the days of ‘Eidul Fitr and ‘Eidul Adha” (Musnad Ahmad).

Multiplied Rewards

These ahaadeeth signify the virtue and auspiciousness that Allah Ta‘ala Himself attaches to the day of jumu‘ah. When the day itself is so auspicious, one can well imagine the innumerable multiplied rewards that Allah Ta‘ala has kept in store for the deeds carried out on this day. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Rewards are multiplied on the day of jumu‘ah” (Tabraani). Among other ‘ibaadat, of special significance on jumu‘ah is that recitation of Durood Shareef be greatly increased and Surah Kahaf and Surah Dukhaan be recited. Thus the night and day of jumu‘ah are not times to while away. Jumu‘ah is a day greater than the days of ‘Eid and a time to get very much closer to Allah Ta‘ala and be drenched in the showers of His mercy and blessings.

Multiplied Sins

While the rewards are multiplied on special occasions and in sacred places, likewise sins committed in such times and places are also multiplied. The same applies to the sacred occasion of jumu‘ah. Hence how tragic it would be if, due to our indifference, neglect and sins, the very night of jumu‘ah becomes a time of being distanced away from Allah Ta‘ala. May Allah Ta‘ala protect us.

Therefore, let us firmly resolve to cast aside all futile activities on the day of jumu‘ah, and especially refrain from every sin and disobedience. Thus we will be able to grab the great bargains and opportunities on this mubaarak day and gain the closeness and and special mercies of our most beloved Allah Ta‘ala.

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