Even though we are all aware of the significance of Jumu’ah (Friday) in our religion, we occasionally need reminders to help us remember its grandeur. There are some Important Sunnahs of Jummah that gives added benefit on the day of Friday which everyone should strive for.
For Muslims, Friday is a special day. The greatest human being who has ever lived, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), has the honor of referring to it as the “best day of the week”.
There are many activities that are suggested as Important Sunnahs of Jummah to conduct on Fridays. Before you dive into the important Sunnahs of Jummah, have you ever wondered why so much protocol is still followed today? This is why:
Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reported that the Prophet (S.A.W) said “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 (the Day of Resurrection) will take place on no day other than Friday.” (Muslim)
There is no period for Ibadah that can be referred to as “unimportant,” yet there are some days, hours, and months throughout the year that are “better” than others. The list includes Friday.
Even a whole Surah (Chapter) in the Quran is referred to as “Jumuah.”
Furthermore, our Prophet (S.A.W.) completed and refined our Deen on Friday alone.
“O you who believe! When the call to prayer is proclaimed on Friday hasten earnestly to the remembrance of God, and leave aside business. That is best for you if you but knew.”
But Friday should not merely be considered a “Special day.” Allah (S.W.T.) has given it a very clear and important role in the development of Islam.
It is the one day of the week when the Muslim Ummah sets aside all matters pertaining to Dunya, observes a very brief window of time, and assembles to form spiritual bonds. The Friday Khutbah, the congregational prayers, and the time spent in the mosque with one another all serve to unite the Muslim Ummah each week.
Islam would be the superpower of the modern world if all the men in the Muslim Ummah regularly gathered in the spiritual setting of Masjids to support one another spiritually and work for our Deen.
But the sad truth is that most of us don’t treat Friday with the respect it rightfully deserves. So, in the hopes that we can get back on track with Fridays, this article is dedicated to Fridays.
All of the important Sunnahs of Jummah are listed below. Until they become a part of our weekly Friday routine, it can be difficult to remember everything.
15 Important Sunnahs of Jummah
1. Clipping Nails
Abu Hurayra once stated, “Five are the demonstrations of fitra (natural slant): 1) circumcision, 2) removal of hair from beneath the navel, 3) clipping of the mustache, 4) cutting of the nails, and 5) plucking of underarm hair.
Also Read: Nail Cutting in Islam: Nail Cutting Sunnah
2. Reciting Surah Al-Kahf
The Prophet (Sallallahu ályhi Wa Sallam) is reported to have said: “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on Friday will be lit with light between the two Fridays,” according to Abu Sa’eed al-Khduri. (Saheeh according to al-Albaani; narrated by al-Haakim)
3. Taking a bath (Ghusl)
Taking Ghusl and completely grooming oneself.
In light of this, the Hadith quoted earlier makes it clear that in addition to general bathing, one must also perform greater bathing (ghusl) while taking a shower.
Also Read: How to do Ghusl
4. Putting on fresh clothing, brushing teeth (miswak), and using perfume (nonalcoholic scent)
Remember the day you had that important event when you spent hours washing every inch of your body and dousing yourself in every imaginable scent? That is exactly how you should prepare for Jumuah! Wash yourself, follow the Sunan Al-Fitra’s for clipping nails, removing hair from pubic areas and armpits, applying copious amounts of fragrance, and other practices. Make sure your Jumuah clothes are flawless, clean, and pressed, and that nothing you are wearing has been recolored or folded from something you wore two days before. Additionally, practice extreme dental hygiene by cleaning your teeth for the recommended four minutes, using alcohol-free mouthwash, miswak/siwak, etc. essentially,
5. Leaving for the mosque early
Not before the Muazzan or Imam arrives, not that early but after the azan has been called, be quick and try to walk there if it’s not too far. Try to arrive early.
6. Friday Prayer
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salaah (prayer) on Friday (Jumu‘ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allaah [Jumu‘ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salaah (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing). That is better for you if you did but know!” [al-Jumu’ah 62:9]
7. Traveling by foot to a mosque
The achievement of gifts on one stage and the forgiveness of sins on another are achieved by strolling toward the mosque.
8. Friday congregational prayers and sermon listening
On Friday, it is recommended that all men finish up their work a little early and take some time off so they may get to the Masjid in plenty of time. The Khutbah (Friday sermon), which is an important sunnah of Jummah, must be heard by everyone. Additionally, it is mandatory for all Muslim men to offer the Friday congregational prayers (Jama’at).
9. Make many duas
According to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
“On Friday, there is a time when no Muslim stands and prays, asking Allah for something, but Allah will grant him it.” (Sahih Bukhari & Muslim)
Make as many du’a as you can on this day to take advantage of the amazing opportunity to have the Almighty answer your du’as.
10. After the Jummah prayer, offer sunnah prayers.
People should offer the Sunnah prayer as well after offering the Friday prayer. This will raise their Iman level and elevate their standing before Allah.
11. Provide Sadqah to those in need.
Muslims all around the world are commanded to provide sadaqah (alms) to the impoverished and needy people in their communities on Friday. The level of reward for sadaqah given on a Friday is higher, and Allah also bestows benefits on the giver. These Islamic sayings on charity are some of the greatest.
12. Seek out the sick
In addition, Friday visits to the sick are encouraged by Islam and the teachings of Allah. They can be their friends, family, or just familiar faces. This is advantageous since it will improve the moods of lonely and sickly people. People receive Allah’s blessings and are rewarded for their good deeds in this way.
13. After the Jummah prayer, mingle with other Muslims.
After the Friday prayer, Muslims are also advised to interact with other Muslims. This improves societal ties and fraternity.
14. Repent for sins
Additionally, Jummah is the ideal time for sin repentance. Friday is the most auspicious day of the week, making it the best day to ask Allah for pardon and make amends. This can involve behaviors like smoking, yelling, abusing drugs, and making an unauthorized living.
15. Invite the family to the mosque
Muslims are advised to bring their families to the mosques. All members of the family will so benefit from the Friday sermon and prayer.
Conclusion: Strive to Follow Important Sunnahs of Jummah
May we follow and perform these important Sunnahs of Jummah and strive to become better people.