By: Sa'ad Saeed
As soon as the sun goes down on Thursday, a strange feeling of excitement invades most Muslim homes for the night is the beginning of Jum’ah, the leader of the days of the week. We thought of asking different people why they loved this day, here are the answers:
1. Now that you ask, yes, I do love this day but I was never conscious of it. Why? Well mostly because our Prophet Rasulullah sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam used to love this day and he made it special for us. It’s nice to have a special day every week.
2. Why do I love Jum'ah? I read once that Salahuddin Ayyubi rahimuhullah ‘alaih used to go out with his army on this day for he wished all the common Muslims and ulema to be begging Allah for victory as he marched out of the city with his soldiers. This inspired me a lot and it’s one of the reasons I love Jum’ah.
3. Because this was the day Prophet Adam was created.
4. I dread the day as much as I love it. In a hadith Rasulullah sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said that Qiyamah will come on Jum’ah.
5. Yes, I love Jum’ah because this day I just have to get myself cleaned up, I mean really clean…..hair, teeth, shaving, bathing, scrubbing, shampooing, perfuming. I’m not dirty the rest of the week, it’s just that somehow I make a special effort this day.
6. I love it coz mum makes biryani for lunch after the prayers.
7. I once read that there is a special time on Jum’ah when any prayer is answered. No one knows that slot of time so you have to make an effort the whole 24 hours to ask whatever you can. It gives you a nice feeling.
8. I like to dress up in my nicely pressed clothes and go for the jum’ah prayers with dad and my brothers.
9. The Jews have Saturday, the Christians Sunday, we Muslims have Friday. It’s exclusively for us and we love it.
10. I get really afraid sometimes to think that it will be the day when we will stand before our Creator.
11. I like Friday because our mosque is jam-packed with worshippers.
Umer Farooq, Kohat.
12. This day fascinates me because I remain at home all of the day.
Muhammad Waseem, Lahore.
13. I wait for this day excitedly because my Grandmother tells us the stories of Sahabah radhiyallahu ta’ala ‘anhum.
Imran Ahmad, Karachi.
14. This day brings for me an opportunity to remember Allah more and more and send Darood Shareef on Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam.
Fatimah Qasim, Karachi.
15. I love this day because the beloved of Allah Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam like it, too.
Abu Bakr, Islamabad.
The Excellence of Friday
Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
Abu Huraira رضی اللہ عنہreported the Holy Prophet, صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم as saying: ‘The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday; on it Adam was created, on it he was made to enter Paradise, on it he was expelled from it. And the Last Hour will take place on no day other than Friday.’ The Holy Prophet also said on the occasion of Friday: ‘We who are the last shall be the first on the Day of resurrection, except that every Ummah (nation) was given the Book before us and we where given it after them. It was this day (Friday) which Allah prescribed for us and guided us to it and the people came after us with regard to it, the Jews observing the next day and the Christians they day following that.’ With regard to Friday, the Holy Prophet was also reported as saying: ‘There is no time on Friday at which no Muslim would stand, pray and beg Allah for what is good but He would give it to him’ and he pointed with his hand that (this time) is short and narrow. There is a good deal of difference of opinion among the scholars as to what exactly is that fortunate hour on Friday when the supplication would be granted. The best course is that this hour should be treated as hidden, and the whole day should be spent in supplication and glorification of Allah. It was the Holy Prophet’s practice to attach special significance and honour to Friday. Examples of this behaviour are numerous, however, the following could be cited: On that day, he recommenced reciting Soorah as-Sajdah (in fajr) [and al-Insaan] because it is inclusive of all affairs relevant to Friday; taking a bath, using perfume and miswak, going to Friday’s congregational prayer early, listening to the sermon, wearing one’s best clothes and remembering Allah all the time. When the Holy Prophet stood on the pulpit delivering Friday speech (sermon), his eyes would redden and his voice rise sharply with extreme anger. He, however, used to shorten the speech but prolong the prayer following it.