‘Alhamdulillah it’s Jummah’ Series by @kitabkids
Friday is the most important day of the week in the Islamic calendar and yet, as a Muslim living in the West, it is sadly very easy to overlook and neglect. Life carries on at a hectic pace, business continues on as normal and most people often consider themselves fortunate if they can make it to Jummah prayers. It’s the responsibility of the individual to slow down and recognise the value of the day. Particularly since having children this has played on my mind. How could I, as a mother, ensure that Jummah is properly valued by my children as the most blessed day of the week? How can I truly instill within them a sense of its importance when others around them do not share that appreciation? As with most other questions that present themselves in the educating and raising of my children, I turned to craft for the answer and our ‘Alhumdulillah it’s Jummah’ series was born!
Salman (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet PBUH said, “If a man takes a bath on Friday, cleans himself as much as he can, oils his hair, applies perfume available in his house, sets forth for the mosque, does not separate two people (to make a seat for himself), performs as many prayers as written (by Allah) for him, remains silent when the Imam speaks, his sins between this Friday and the following Friday will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
Allah’s Messenger PBUH said, “The taking of a bath on Friday is compulsory for every male Muslim who has attained the age of puberty and also the cleaning of his teeth with siwak, and the using of perfume if it is available.”
The Prophet PBUH said “Any man who performs ghusl on Friday, perfumes himself if he has perfume, wears the best of his clothes, then goes to the mosque and offers as many prayers as he wishes while not harming anybody, then listens quietly while the Imam speaks until he offers the prayer, will have all his sins between that Friday and the next forgiven.”
It was narrated by Aws ibn Aws al-Thaqafi that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Whoever does ghusl on Friday and causes (his wife) to do ghusl, and sets out early, and comes close to the imam and listens and keeps quiet, for every step he takes he will have the reward of fasting and praying qiyaam for one year.”
The Messenger of Allah PBUH is reported to have said “Whoever sends salutations upon me 80 times on a Friday, will have 80 years of sins forgiven”. When the Sahabah (may Allah SWT be pleased with them) enquired how to do so, Rasulullah PBUH replied, “Say, ‘Oh Allah send salat upon Muhammed, Your Servant, Your Messenger, the Un-lettered Prophet.’
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported that the Prophet PBUH said, ‘“Whoever recites Surat Al-Kahf on Jumu’ah will have illumination from the light from one Jumu’ah to the next.”