In today’s blog, we will discuss the most important topic from an Islamic perspective: what is Friday and why Muslim prayer is on Friday. There are a lot of questions in our minds. Inshallah, We will try to cover each question about Friday.
When we see the majority of Muslims on Friday, they go for prayer, not on other days; however, being Muslims, we should pray five times daily, but still, some Muslims only go for the pay on Friday.
When they go for prayer, the main question that comes into our minds, and non-believers think about it, is what is the importance of Friday prayer in Islam, and what’s the reward you get if you pray on Friday?
What is Friday?
First of all, we should know why Muslims pray on Friday. And what is the importance of Friday prayer in Islam, and what’s the reward you get if you pray on Friday?
Our beloved prophet SAW almost 1500 years ago from abu Hurairah, our prophet, reminds us, ” the best day for all of us is Friday. Allah SWT created so many days, But the best day he chose is Friday jummah”.
Why is this day So essential for us? Why this day, allah SWT Says in the holy Quran.
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلَوٰةِ مِن يَوۡمِ ٱلۡجُمُعَةِ فَٱسۡعَوۡاْ إِلَىٰ ذِكۡرِ ٱللَّهِ وَذَرُواْ ٱلۡبَيۡعَۚ ذَٰلِكُمۡ خَيۡرٞ لَّكُمۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُونَ
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 AL-JUMUAH
Some of the authentic hadith given below is what dose our Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said about Friday (juma).
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) 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.Sahih Muslim, Book : 4, number 1856
Abu Huraira reported the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) 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.
Abu Huraira has narrated a hadith like this that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: We are the last and would be the first on the Day of Resurrection.Sahih Muslim book 4 number 1859
These were some of the holy Quran verses and authentic hadith of our beloved prophet SWA PBUH. We can assume how important days are Friday in Islam. Allah SWT also makes this day important because of Our beloved prophet SAW said that this day is crucial because of Allah SWT.
- Created first man Adam (AS). It was made on Friday.
- Adam (AS) was admitted into Jannah on Friday. The same day, Adam (AS) was expelled from Jannah in and out on Friday.
- Adam (AS) was sent down on this planet on Friday. And this is the day Allah forgives all the sins of Adam (AS).
Why do Muslims Pray on Friday
As stated earlier in this article, how important Friday is in Islam; Muslims pray Friday because Allah SWT made this important for us Friday, also known as Jumma, which means “gathering” or “congregation”, the Arabic meaning. Here we have taken some important reasons why Muslims pray on Friday.
Obligation prayer: we all know praying five times a day is obligatory in Islam as well praying on Friday is also obligatory according to Islam teaching Allah SWT made this day important for all Muslims, that’s why and also praying on Friday is one of the weekly congregational prayers that are necessary to attend this prayer for all Muslims.
Spiritual significance: the day of Friday, also known as jummah, holds spiritual significance in Islam. Muslims also believed in that this was the best day of the week. Also, Allah SWT made this day the best for us, which carries many blessings. Muslims also strive to observe if they will perform some additional acts on this day so Allah SWT will give many rewards and success to his worshipper.
What Time is Muslim Prayer on Friday
Friday, which is also known as jummah in Islam. It is an obligatory weekly prayer and a congregation prayer that performs in the early afternoon.
But the Friday prayer time varies, depending on the location and the season. Check the local prayer timetable or consult your local Mosque imam if you find Friday prayer time.
Also, with the help of the Islamic centre, you can know the actual time of jummah prayer in your area.
How Long is Muslim Prayer on Friday
The duration of Friday prayer depends on the imam and how long they recite Quran verses during salah. Friday prayer, also known as jummah prayer, is the congregational prayer obligatory in Islam, and this prayer is shorter than other obligatory daily prayer.
The jummah prayer consists of the most important thing: the sermon (khutbah). The imam recites the sermon before performing the salah. Typically, the sermon lasts around 10-15 minutes.
In contrast, Friday prayer takes 10-15 minutes. Also, we need to perform sunnah and nafil after the two rakha Fridays, the total Rak’ah on Friday including two obligatory Rak’ah. Therefore the complete duration of Friday prayer is around 30-45 minutes.
When is Muslim Prayer Time on Friday
Friday prayer time varies, depending on the location and the season. Check the local prayer timetable or consult your local Mosque imam if you find Friday prayer time. Also, with the help of the Islamic centre, you can know the actual time of jummah prayer in your area.
The Friday time is determined based on the movement of the sun, and this usually performs the early afternoon. And it has been seen the local Islam organization also provides the timetable so that we can determine the exact time of Friday prayer at our specific location.
Do Muslims have a Prayer Day on Friday
Yes, Friday also holds the obligatory prayer, also known as the jummah prayer. This prayer is a special, significant weekly prayer for Muslims and a congregational prayer. This prayer is held in the mosque behind the imam or leader.
Also, this prayer contains the sermon (khutba), which makes it more important to this prayer. Therefore other obligatory prayer does not contain the sermon (khutba)—Jummah prayer and engaging in worship and remembrance of Allah on this day.
Praying five times daily is mandatory for those who have reached the age of puberty, except those who cannot perform the salah due to mental and physical health disabilities. And that is menstruating (hayd) or experiencing postnatal bleeding (nifas).
Prayer or salat five times daily is obligatory for all Muslims in Islam, whether you are rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white and male or female.
Prayer allows the believers to enrich their spirituality and cultivate the souls right to love and worship the creator. Salah is used to seek solace, forgiveness and peace by invoking Allah’s assistance.
Friday Allah SWT made this important for us Friday, also known as Jumma, which means “gathering” or “congregation”, the Arabic meaning. Friday also holds the obligatory prayer, also known as the jummah prayer.
This prayer is a special, significant weekly prayer for Muslims and a congregational prayer. Jummah prayer and engaging in worship and remembrance of Allah on this day.