Friday is a blessed day for Muslims and should be a day of dedicated and increased worship. This day has a lot of importance in Islam.
‘The best day on which the sun rises is Friday. On Friday, Adam was created, on it he was admitted to Paradise and on it he was expelled therefrom.’ (Muslim)
On Friday, Muslims should go for Jummah prayer. Every mosque is different, but usually the sermon (talk) lasts around 30-45 minutes, and the prayer of two units lasts around 5-10 minutes. It is compulsory for men who are baligh (adult) to attend Jummah prayer at the mosque. Every step to a place of prayer is a good deed, so by going to the mosque, you can reap more rewards!
On a Friday, we should recite more Durood Shareef and Salawat:
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.
As well as sending Salawat on the Prophet (PBUH), there are other things we should or can also do on a Friday:
- Cut your nails
- Have a bath/shower - cleanliness is very important in Islam
- Wear new and clean clothes
- Apply perfume
- Make dua
- Read Surah Al-Kahf – protection from Dajjal
- Give charity – There are many forms of charity!
Importance of Friday Charity
Giving charity is extremely important in Islam. It is a way of showing gratitude for our blessings and a way to helping others who are less fortunate.
Your Friday donations can have a great impact on people in need, as well as give you the opportunity to invest in the hereafter. This world is a test, and as Muslims, we believe that every good deed we do will not be ignored and that we will be paid back in full for our deeds in this life in the form of the hereafter.
Muhammad, upon him be peace, said: "When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased)." (Muslim)
In another hadith, the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “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)
We should strive to do more good deeds, including giving charity every single day, so that we can reap the rewards of such acts of worship to please Allah (SWT) and invest in the next life. There are many forms of charity that each hold rewards. Some include:
- Visiting the sick
- Helping the elderly
- Donating to a charity
- Feeding the poor
- Teaching and passing on knowledge
- Paying Zakat
- Giving Sadaqah
- Giving Lillah
- Giving gifts to one another out of love
- Smiling – it's a Sunnah!
Donate with UKIM
Want to make the most of this Friday by giving to charity? You can donate to UKIM to help those in need in the local and wider vicinities. Your donations can have a huge impact on those who receive them as well as having a great spiritual benefit for you as the giver.
UKIM was established in 2016
The Prophet, upon be peace, said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
You can donate to several UKIM appeals such as the orphanage project, the neighbours in need appeal, or the build a mosque project.