Friday should be a day of joy ad a day of increased worship. Muslims believe that this day was made blessed by Allah (SWT) and is a day that should be dedicated to worshipping Allah (SWT) the Most High. Jummah prayers should be prayed in congregation, and this brings family, friends and communities together, which strengthens brotherhood and sisterhood.
On Friday, Muslims should try to do several things. We should make dua, send Salawat upon the prophet (PBUH) and give charity.
Salawat to recite: Allahumma SalliI Ala Muhammadiw Wa Ala Aali Muhammadin Kamaa Sal’laita Ala Ibrahima Wa Ala Aali Ibrahima Inna’ka Hamidum Majid. Allahumma Baarik Ala Muhammadiw Wa Ala Aali Muhammadin Kamaa Baarakta Ala Ibrahima Wa Ala Aali Ibrahima Inna’ka Hamidum Majid.
Translation: O Allah, let Your Blessings come upon Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the family of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious.
Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said: “On the day of Judgment the person closest to me will be the one who has sent the most Durood into me.” (Tirmidhi).
We should also do the following:
- Have a shower or bath
- Cut nails
- Wear new clean clothes
- Wear perfume
- Pray Jummah at the Mosque
- Read more Qur’an
- Recite Surah al-Kahf
Giving charity on Friday is important in Islam. There are many benefits of giving charity, and this is even more virtuous on the blessed day of Friday.
There are several ways in which you can give charity. You can give Sadaqah voluntary donations to help others in need, you can help a friend or neighbour, or you can even smile! This is a sunnah.
There are many hadiths about charity which should encourage us to give more.
“A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
This hadith shows that we should be giving a form of charity every single day.
Forms of Charity
This Friday, you could aim to do some of the following:
- Donate money to a charity
- Feed a poor person
- Give water to an animal
- Help an elderly person
- Visit a neighbour
- Give dawah
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or care home
- Donate materials to your local mosque, such as prayer mats, tasbihs and Qurans
Give More on Fridays
Make the most of every Friday by donating to UKIM to help others! There are many appeals you can choose to donate to which will greatly benefit others around the world, such as those in Turkey, Pakistan and Gaza.
Giving more on the blessed day of Friday will only benefit you. Giving your wealth to others will in time, increase your own wealth. Allah (SWT) will return your donations to you in this life or in the next, Insha’Allah.
Muhammad, upon him be peace, said: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” (Muslim)
Some Benefits of Giving Charity:
- Giving charity allows you to show gratitude for the blessings you have.
- It allows you the opportunity to help others and be rewarded for it.
- Charity work in communities brings people closer together and creates brotherhood and sisterhood.
You can donate to UKIM this Friday to please Allah (SWT) on this blessed day. Your donations will benefit you in the hereafter by attaining Allah’s (SWT) pleasure and providing help to others who are less fortunate.
There are people around the world of all ages, races and genders that are facing struggles we can’t imagine. We don’t have to worry about not having food to feed our children, or not having a stable house for shelter. But many people do.
While the struggles are hard, we must always remember the Quran verse: ‘Allah does not require of any soul more than what it can afford’ (Quran 2:286)
Sponsor an orphan, build a hand water pump, or even support revert Muslims to get the blessings of Jummah and help such people who are facing struggles.
Giving charity can only have good benefits, both for the receiver, but especially for the giver. “Allah, the Exalted, says, ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’” – Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).