More often than not, we get so caught up in the humdrum of everyday activities and deadlines, and perhaps, we get a little too lost in the excitement of the upcoming weekend that we tend to overlook the blessedness of Friday itself!
Friday, or Jummah, is Allah’s (SWT) favorite day of the week, concentrated with endless virtue and blessings. According to the Islamic Calendar, the day of Jummah starts right after Maghrib on Thursday and concludes with the Maghrib prayer on Friday, hence Muslims are advised to commence their ibaadat the night prior to Friday.
The significance of Jummah becomes highly apparent in the following words by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
"The best day during which the sun have risen is Friday. It is the Day Adam was created. It is the day when Adam entered paradise and also when he was taken out from it. It is also the day on which the Day of Judgment takes place." (Sahih Muslim)
So how can you make the most of this blessed day? Here are a few go to tips to make your Jummah meaningful:
Wash up properly
As Friday is no ordinary day, one must take extra care when it comes to cleanliness and preparation for it. On this day, every Muslim should take a bath, trim his/her nails, brush his/her teeth, wear clean and freshly pressed clothes, along with a dash of nice perfume (non-alcoholic). All this is ideally to be practiced before the Jummah prayer in terms of the significance.
The Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said:
"Anyone of you attending the Friday (prayers) should take a bath." (Sahih Bukhari 2133)
Listen to the Sermon and offer Friday prayers in congregation
It is urged that all male individuals should finish up the worldly affairs a bit early on Friday and take some time off so that they can reach the Masjid well before time. The Jummah Khutbah (Friday sermon) is the sunnah and essential for all to hear. Its importance is illustrated in the following hadith by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
"On every Friday the angels take their stand at every gate of the mosque to write the names of the people chronologically (i.e. according to the time of their arrival for the Friday prayer) and when the Imam sits (on the pulpit) they fold up their scrolls and get ready to listen to the sermon." (Sahih Bukhari)
Moreover, every Muslim male is obligated to offer the Friday prayers in congregation (Jama'at). In the Quran, Allah (SWT) says:
“O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu'ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you if you only knew." (Surah Jumah:9)
Make abundant Du’as
According to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
“On Friday, there is a time when no Muslim stands and prays, asking Allah for something, but Allah will grant him it.” (Sahih Bukhari & Muslim)
So make du’a as much as you can on this day and avail this wonderful chance to get your Dua’s answered by the Almighty.
Recite Surah Kaa’hf
This Surah helps one expatiate from sins, gain blessings of Allah Almighty and prepare one’s self for the end of days. Hence, every Muslim individual must try getting into the habit of reciting Surah al Kahf regularly. Consciously take out time during the day to recite Surah Kaa’hf because according to Prophet’s (PBUH) tradition:
“Whoever reads Surah al-Kahf on Friday, he will be illuminated with light between the two Fridays”. (Sunan Al-Kubra 5856)
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is also reported to have said:
"If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of the Surah al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal." (Sahih Muslim)
Send blessings upon the Prophet (PBUH)
Along with constant remembrance of Allah (SWT), increased blessings should also be sent upon our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Friday, for it is stated in the Hadith:
“The best of your days is Friday. On that day Adam was created; on that day he died; on that day the Trumpet will be blown; and on that day all of creation will swoon. So send a lot of blessings upon me, for your blessings will be shown to me.” (Abu Dawood)