What is the importance of Friday prayer?

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What is the importance of Friday prayer?
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Friday and the Friday prayer are among the greatest principles and signs of Islam. The greatest meeting of Muslims is on the day of Arafa, one day before the eid al-adha on Arafat for hajj; a huge group of Muslims from all over the world comes together there every year. Other big gatherings of Muslims are eid prayers and Friday prayers. Since Friday prayer is performed every week, it is of great importance for Muslims because it makes them come together like an eid (festival) day.

It is fard for men to go to mosque for Friday prayer when the adhan is called at noon on Friday. God Almighty states the following regarding the issue: "O ye who believe! when the call is proclaimed to prayer 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 ye but knew! And when the Prayer is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah: and celebrate the Praises of Allah often (and without stint): that ye may prosper." (al-Jumu'a, 62/9­10)

Therefore, it is stated in hadiths that those who are not conscious about the worshipping of that great day and who act indifferently are regarded as heedless people. As a matter of fact, our Prophet (pbuh) himself stated that it was a great sin to abandon Friday prayer. Our Prophet stated the following regarding the issue: "There are some people who abandon Friday prayer; they should stop it and start to perform Friday prayer; otherwise, Allah will seal their hearts and they will definitely be heedless people." (Muslim, Jumu'a, 40) "Allah seals the heart of a person who abandons Friday prayer three weeks on end without heeding it." (at­Taj, I, 273)

To say salawat for our Prophet (pbuh) on Friday and the night before has great rewards and merits because they owe the belief and bliss of Islam to him. God Almighty granted Muslims the bliss both in this world and in the hereafter. The divine blessings and grants to be given to the believers will be obtained by them on Friday, and they will be sent to their places in Paradise on Friday. When the believers enter Paradise, it will be “the day of mazid”, when they will be given the divine blessings abundantly, more than they would expect. In addition, Friday is an eid day for believers in the world; the hands that are opened toward God Almighty, praying sincerely that day will not be left empty because the hour of ijabah (time when prayers and wishes are answered) is on that day. The houses of those who spend that day with the consciousness of eid day will be filled with blessings and delight. They are the favorable fruits of approving Hazrat Prophet and following his track without leaving it. It will be appropriate for believers to say salawat a lot for Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), the Master of the Universe, who is the cause of their happiness, on Friday and the previous night within this consciousness. As a matter of fact, according to what is reported in the religious sources, Hazrat Prophet (pbuh) advised Muslims to say salawat a lot for him on Friday and said that they would be presented to him on Friday.

In short, Friday is the weekly eid day of Muslims; the rewards and merits of that day are too many to count. Therefore, Muslims should pay attention to their worshipping on Friday and say salawat for the Prophet. Besides, they should love him more and try to understand the hadiths. Those who read the chapter al-Kahf on Friday are given the glad tidings that they will be rewarded in the hereafter and that each Friday prayer would cause the sins to be forgiven until the next Friday. The reward of helping the poor and giving them money is a lot. Friday is the day of preaching. The issues mentioned in the preaching before the adhan and in the sermon (khutbah) on Friday should shed light on the important problems of Muslims and everybody should try to correct their mistakes and complete their deficiencies during this spiritual enlightenment.

God Almighty chose Ramadan among the months, the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) among the nights, Makkah among the cities in the world, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) among people and Friday among the days.

Mübarek Gün ve Geceler (Holy Days and Nights)

 Hüseyin Algül

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