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Quarterly: Issue No 105

Muharram 1444 – July 2022

 

FRIDAY – BEST DAY OF THE WEEK

 

All Praise is due to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) and peace and blessing of Allah be upon his beloved Messenger Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).

 

The 2nd section of Surah Al-Jumu’ah (Chapter 62) was sent down on an occasion when a trade caravan arrived in Madinah right at the time of the Friday congregational service and hearing its clamour and drum the audience, except for 12 men, left the Prophet’s Mosque and rushed out to the caravan, although the Prophet (SAW) at that time was delivering the Sermon.  Thereupon it was enjoined that after the call is sounded for the Friday Prayer all trade and business and other occupations become forbidden. The believers should then suspend every kind of transaction and hasten to the remembrance of Allah. However, when the Prayer is over, they have the right to disperse in the land to resume their normal occupations.  As Allah (SWT) says:

“O ye who believe! When the call (adhaan) is proclaimed to Salaah on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if you but knew!

And when the Salaah is finished, then may you disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah: and celebrate the Praises of Allah often: that ye may prosper.

But when they see some business bargain (caravan) or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave thee standing. Say: ‘The (blessing) from the Presence of Allah is better than any amusement or business bargain! and Allah is the Best to provide (for all needs).’”  Surah Al-Jumu’ah (Chapter 62) Verses 9-11

 

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) mentioned that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,”

“The best day of the week the sun rises is on Friday. Adam (AS) was created, placed in Paradise, and removed from there also on Friday”.  (Sahih Muslim)

The Jumu’ah prayer is on Friday.  A great emphasis has been put on the obligation for the Prayer. Furthermore, this prayer is the best congregational Salaah. Whoever is heedless of this prayer, Allah will place a seal over his heart.

Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said,”

“Advise the people to avoid missing the Jumu’ah Salaah, because if they neglect it Allah will place a seal over their hearts. Then they will be among the heedless hypocrites.” (Sahih Muslim)

 

There is an hour during Friday when supplications are answered.

Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW):

“There is an hour on Friday when the servant stands, prays and asks Allah for something it is given to him.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

 

Hafiz Ibn Al-Qayyim (ra) mentioned that there is a difference of opinion about when this hour is. The commonly acceptable of opinions are two: (Maulana Yusuf Binnori (ra) is also of the same opinion) 

1.        This hour is from when the khateeb sits until the completion of Salaah.

2.        This hour is after Asr until sunset – and this view is the most acceptable one. (Zaad Al-Ma’aad)

 

Giving charity on Friday is the best day of the week to do so.

Hafiz Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “Giving charity on Friday over any other day of the week is the best day to do so. This is like the superiority of giving charity during Ramadhan over the rest of the other months.”

Sayyiduna Ka’b (RA) said,”

“Giving Sadaqah on Friday is better than giving it on any other day of the week”.  (Musannaf of Abdur Razzaak – graded saheeh)

 

Friday is our weekly ‘Eid

Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) conveyed that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“Verily today is an ‘Eid which Allah has decreed for the Muslims. So, whoever comes for the Prayer must perform a ghusl…” (Sunan Ibn Maajah and At-Tabraani). Graded Saheeh - At-Targeeb wat Tarheeb).

 

The past sins of servants are forgiven on Friday

Salman Al-Farsee (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said,

 “Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumu’ah prayer) and does not separate two people sitting together (in the masjid), then prays as much as (Allah has) written for him and remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven.”  (Sahih Bukhari)

 

Dying on a Friday, whether day or night is a sign of a good departure from this world, and he/she will be safeguarded against the trials in the grave.

Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr (RA) said, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said,

“Any Muslim who dies on Friday Allah will protect him from the trials of the grave”.  (Sunan at-Tirmidhi and Ahmad)

 

PROBLEMS STRESS AND ILLNESS

It must be clearly understood that not every problem, stress and illnesses is linked to sinning.

 

Most of the time it is a test to see who will return to Allah (SWT) with sincere repentance. Allah (SWT) says:

“.. and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial. To Us must you return.”  (Surah Al-Anbiya 21: Verse 35)

 

All the Prophets of Allah (SWT) were severely tested as mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. They were sinless! The righteous were and are always being tested. 

The Ulama state that people are tested, and they flee towards Allah (SWT) with sincere repentance, then this is a good sign of their acceptance.

However, when people are tested but do not change their ways or flee towards Allah (SWT) with sincere repentance, then it should be taken as a form of a punishment from Allah (SWT) and a wakeup call.

 

Let us all study the lives of the Prophets, the Sahabas and the righteous - and take lessons.   Allah (SWT) says:

Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, "We believe", and that they will not be tested?

(Surah Al-Ankaboot 29: Verse 2)

 

ARE OUR DEEDS ACCEPTED?

The requirement of any good deeds to be accepted requires those deeds to be:

1. According to Shari’ah (Qur’an and Sunnah)

2. With sole intention to please Allah (SWT) alone.

Allah (SWT) says:

Say: "Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds:

(Surah Al-An'aam 6: Verse 162)

 

There are some whose deeds are rejected!  Why?   Allah (SWT) says:

"Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life, while they thought that they were acquiring good by their works?"

(Surah Al-Kahf 18: Verse 104)

 

In a Hadith narrated Aishah (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said: "Whoever performs a (good) deed which we have not ordered (anyone) to do (or is not in accord with our religion of Islamic Monotheism), then that deed will be rejected and will not be accepted." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

 

O Allah! Your Forgiveness is far greater than my sins and I have more hope in Your Mercy than in my own deeds.

 

Requesting your duas!  Abdul Haq Abdul Kadir, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa