It’s the day of Jumuah, one of the blessed days in Islam. For many of us, the Day of Jumuah may seem like every other week day. And while that is true, as a Muslim, there are acts of worship that you should do to make your Friday as rewarding as possible.
If you have been having a regular Friday, here are some recommended Sunnah activities to make part of your routine.
Showering or taking a bath on Friday morning is great (and of course expected of any human), but what’s even better for a Muslim is to perform the ritual bath (Ghusl) along with their regular shower and ablution.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Anyone of you attending the Friday (prayers) should take a bath.” (Bukhari)
Attend the Jumuah Salah
The Jumuah Salah is a Salah like no other, although that should even go without saying. The prayer is compulsory for men to attend, while women have the choice to either attend the congregational Salah or pray at home.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever misses Jumu’ah three times with no cogent excuse, Allah (SWT) will place a seal on his heart.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i)
For the men, don’t allow yourself to have an excuse for missing the Jumuah prayers. Find a masjid near your workplace and do your best to attend.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “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.” (Bukhari)
Wear the Best Clothes
The Day of Jumuah is a day of Eid for Muslims. How would you dress to Eid? Dress similarly for Jumuah. Even if you are going to work with a strict dress code, still look your best for the Jumuah Salah.
“There is nothing wrong with anyone of you, if he can afford it, buying two garments for Friday, other than his daily work clothes.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
Make Lots of Dua
There is a time on Friday when prayers are accepted and we should endeavor to make good use of it. Now, we don’t know when this time is, so the way around that is to make as much Dua as you can every hour of Friday.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) talked about Friday and said, “There is an hour (opportune time) on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while praying and asks something from Allah, then Allah will definitely meet his demand.” And he (the Prophet) pointed out the shortness of that time with his hands. (Bukhari)
Make dua to yourself while in commute, as you go about your daily activities, after Salah, etc. Any time you find yourself not engrossed in something, remember to use the time to make Dua.
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Send Salutations Upon the Prophet (ﷺ)
It was narrated from Abu Darda’ that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“Send a great deal of blessing upon me on Fridays, for it is witnessed by the angels. No one sends blessing upon me but his blessing will be presented to me, until he finishes them.” A man said: “Even after death?” He said: “Even after death, for Allah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets, so the Prophet of Allah is alive and receives provision.’” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
The Salutation to Send Upon the Prophet:
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ
“Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin kama sallayta ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala ali Ibrahim; Allahumma barik ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin kama barakta ‘ala Ibrahim wa ‘ala ali Ibrahim, innaka Hamidum Majid”
“O Allah, send Your grace, honour and mercy upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, as You sent Your grace, honour and mercy upon Ibrahim, You are indeed Praiseworthy, Most Glorious. O Allah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim, You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious).’”
Let’s make the Day of Jumuah a special day by filling it with as much recommended Sunnah activities as we are able to perform.