Friday is the most celebrated day of the Islamic week. Friday was the Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H favorite day, declaring it as a weekly Eid for Muslims. On this day, the Jumma prayers are offered. Friday’s prayers are obligatory on Muslims and it occupies an important place among the distinctive qualities of Islam. The importance of the prayers can be judged by the following.
Before the start of Jumma prayers, the imam deliver two sermons which serve as a reminder for Muslims about Taqwa ( Piousness) and Taubah ( Repentance) respectively. Muslims listening to the sermons can gain more knowledge about Islam and its teachings, which is useful for one’s spiritual growth.
In Mosques, Jumma is performed in congregation where people from all occupations stand together shoulder to shoulder to worship Allah. Jumma prayers help foster unity and goodwill between Muslims and nurtures collective understanding.
Beneficial for the hereafter
Those who prepare and go for Friday prayers are generously rewarded by Allah. It is said that every step taken to the mosque for Friday prayers is equal to a reward of a whole year’s Nafl Fast (Tirmidhi). The Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H stated, “The person who entered first (for Jumma) will receive the reward of sacrificing a camel in the path of Allah” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Regarding the virtues of Friday prayers, the Quran states,” O Believers! When you hear the call to the Friday Prayer, hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave your trading; this is better for you only if you know it. (62 9)”