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16 Specialities of Friday
Maulana Shahzayb Attari Madani
Friday is a special day, gifted to us by Allah Almighty. In ancient Arabia, it was called Arūbah until it was changed to its current name, Jumu’ah, by the Beloved Prophet’s صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم ancestor, Ka’b b. Lu’ayy, (Siraat-ul-Jinan, vol. 10, p. 152).
A day of great merit and virtue, it has many specialities, as confirmed by the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in these hadith:
1. A Day of Eid
Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has made Friday a day of celebration (Eid) for the Muslims, (Ibn-e-Majah, vol. 2, p. 16, Hadith 1098).
2. The Cardinal Day
Friday is the chief of days, (Ibn-e-Majah, vol. 2, p. 8, Hadith 1084).
3. The Best of Days
The best day on which the sun rises is the day of Friday, (Muslim, p. 331, Hadith 1977).
4. The Day of Forgiveness
Six hundred people are freed from Hell in every moment of Friday and the night of Friday, (Musnad Abi Ya’la, vol. 3, p. 235, Hadith 3471).
5. A Bastion of Rewards
On Friday, the person who performs Ghusl, walks early [to the masjid], listens attentively to the sermon from nearby, and does not do anything unnecessary, will receive the reward of fasting and worshipping at night for a year with every step, (Ibn-e-Majah, vol. 2, p. 10, Hadith 1087).
6. Hell is not Heated
Hell is heated up and its doors are opened every day, except on Friday, (Musnad Al-Shamiyeen, vol. 2, p. 238, Hadith 9512).
7. The Reward of 70 Fridays
One Friday with an Imamah is equivalent to seventy Fridays without an Imamah, (Kanz-ul-Ummal, vol. 15, p. 133, Hadith 41131).
Allah Almighty protects the Muslim who passes away on the day or night of Friday against the trial of the grave, (Tirmizi, vol. 2, p. 339, Hadith 1076).
9. Hajj of the Destitute
Friday is the Hajj of the poor, (Jami’ah-us-Sagheer, p. 221, Hadith 3635).
10. Reward of Umrah
The one who awaits Asr after Friday prayer will receive the reward of Umrah, (Shu’ab-ul-Iman, vol. 3, p. 115, Hadith 3046).
11. Time of Acceptance
There is a special period of time on Friday in which supplications are accepted, (Muslim, p. 330, Hadith 1973).
12. Placing of a Seal
Those who abandon Friday prayer should desist. Otherwise, Allah Almighty will place a seal on them, and they will be counted among the heedless, (Muslim, p. 433, Hadith 2002).
13. Ruling of Expiation (kaffarah)
Whosoever misses Friday prayer without a [valid] reason should give one dinar or half a dinar in charity, (Abu Dawood, vol. 1, p. 393, Hadith 1053).
14. The Day of Judgment
The Day of Judgment will take place on a Friday, (Muslim, p. 331, Hadith 1977).
15. Reward of Martyrdom
The one who dies on a Friday will receive the reward of martyrdom, (Mirqat-ul-Mafatih, vol. 3, p. 461).
16. The Plains of Resurrection
On the Day of Judgment, Allah Almighty will raise all of the days with their forms, and He will raise Friday while it is radiant and bright, (Al-Mustadrak-lil-Haakim, vol. 1, p. 567, Hadith 1066).
May Allah Almighty grant us all the blessings of this sacred day.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم