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What Are the Recommended Acts of Worship on Friday?

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Publication : 29-07-2006

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Question

I know that Friday has many virtues. Could you tell me some acts of worship that I can do on Friday?

Summary of answer

1. Friday is a good day. There are many hadiths which speak of the virtues of Friday. 2. There are many acts of worship which are recommended for the Muslim to do on Friday such as offering Friday prayer, making a lot of du’a, sending a lot of blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and reading Surat al-Kahf.

Praise be to Allah.

Yes, Friday is a good day; there are many hadiths which speak of its virtues. See Question no. (9211 ).  

There are many acts of worship which are prescribed for the Muslim to do on this day. These include: 

1 – Salat al-Jumu’ah (Friday prayer) 

Allah 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 Allah [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]

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Zad al-Ma`ad (1/376): 

Friday prayer is one of the most important obligations in Islam, and one of the greatest gatherings of the Muslims. Gathering on Friday is more important and more obligatory than any other gathering apart from `Arafah. Whoever neglects it, Allah will place a seal on his heart. 

It was narrated from Abu’l-Ja’d al-Damari – who was a Companion of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) – that the Prophet said: “Whoever neglects three Jumu’ahs, Allah will place a seal on his heart.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud, 1052; classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih Abi Dawud, 928)

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah that they heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say on the pulpit: 

“Let people stop neglecting Jumu’ah, or Allah will place a seal on their hearts, then they will be among those who are neglectful.” (Narrated by Muslim, 865) 

2 – Making a lot of du’aa’

On this day there is a time when a person’s Lord will answer his du’a – by Allah’s leave. 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned Friday and said: “On this day there is a time when no Muslim stands and prays, asking Allah for something, but Allah will grant him it” – and he gestured with his hands to indicate how short that time is. (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 893; Muslim, 852)

3 – Reading Surat al-Kahf

It was narrated from Abu Sa’id al-Khduri that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever reads Surat al-Kahf on Friday, he will be illuminated with light between the two Fridays.” (Narrated by al-Hakim; classed as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih al-Targhib, 836)

4 – Sending a lot of blessings upon the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). 

It was narrated from Aws ibn Aws that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The best of your days is Friday. On that day Adam (peace be upon him) was created; on that day he died; on that day the Trumpet will be blown; and on that day all of creation will swoon. So send a great deal of blessings upon me (i.e. on Friday), for your blessings will be shown to me.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, how will our blessings upon you be shown to you when you have turned to dust?” He said, “Allah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of the Prophets, peace be upon them.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud, 1047; classed as sahih by Ibn al-Qayyim in his comments on Sunan Abi Dawud, 4/273; classed as sahih by al-Albani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 925. 

He said in ‘Awn al-Ma’bud

Friday is singled out because it is the best of days and the chosen day. So there is an advantage to sending blessings upon him on that day that is not present on any other day. 

Along with these virtues and acts of worship, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forbade singling out Friday for fasting, or singling out the night of Friday for doing acts of worship that are not narrated in sharee’ah.  

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Do not single out the night of Friday for qiyaam al-layl, and do not single out the day of Friday for fasting, unless that is part of the habitual fasting of any one of you.” ((Narrated by Muslim, 1144)

Al-San’ani said in Subul al-Salam

This hadith indicates that it is haram to single out the night of Friday for worship or reading Qur’an that is not one’s regular custom, apart from that which is indicated in the texts, such as reading Surat al-Kahf. 

Al-Nawawi said: 

This hadith clearly states that it is forbidden to single out the night of Friday for prayer or the day of Friday for fasting. It is agreed (among the scholars) that this is makruh

He also said: 

The scholars said that the reason why it is forbidden to single out Friday for fasting is that Friday is a day of du’a, dhikr and worship , such as ghusl, going early to the prayer, waiting for the prayer, listening to the khutbah and reciting a lot of dhikr afterwards, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Then when the (Jumu‘ah) Salaah (prayer) is ended, you may disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allah (by working), and remember Allah much.” (Al-Jumu’ah 62:10)

And there are other acts of worship to be done on this day. So it is preferable not to fast then, as this will help a person to perform these duties in an energetic manner and enjoy them without feeling bored or tired. This is like the pilgrim on the day of ‘Arafah in ‘Arafah, because the Sunnah is for him not to fast on that day for the same reason… This is the reason for not allowing singling out Friday for fasting. And it was said that the reason is so that people will not go to extremes in venerating it as happened in the case of Saturday. But this view is weak, because on that day we offer Jumu’ah prayer and do other acts of worship which are a kind of veneration. And it was said that the reason for its prohibition is so that people would not think that this was obligatory. This is also a weak view because it is encouraged to fast on Mondays and there was no fear that anyone would think it was obligatory. No attention should be paid to this far-fetched view. The same argument is applicable in the case of fasting the day of ‘Arafah and the day of ‘Ashura’, etc. The correct view is that which we have stated above. 

And Allah knows best.

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