Rasulullah H has said: “Friday is the best of days. It was on this day that Hadhrat Aadam (alayhis salaam) was created, it was on this day that he was granted entry into Jannah, it was on this day that he was removed from Jannah (which became the cause for man’s existence in this universe, and which is a great blessing), and the day of Qiyaamah will also take place on this day.”
Rasulullah H said: “Friday is the “mother” of all days and the most virtuous in the sight of Allah Ta’ala. In the sight of Allah Ta’ala it has more greatness than Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Ad’haa.”
Rasulullah H said: “The Muslim who passes away on the night or during the day of Friday, Allah Ta’ala saves him from the punishment of the grave.”
The Night preceding Jumuah
Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahmatullahi alayh) has said, “There are five nights in which duas are accepted. The night preceding Friday, the night before both Eids, the first night of Rajab and Laylatul Baraa’ah.
Imaam Ahmad (rahmatullahi alayh) has said that in certain aspects the rank of the night of Jumu’ah is even higher than Laylatul Qadr. One of the reasons for this is that it was on this night that Rasulullah H appeared in the womb of his mother and Rasulullah’s H appearance in this world was a cause of so much good and blessings both in this world and in the hereafter that they cannot be enumerated.
Rasulullah H used to say that the night of Jumu’ah is an illustrious night, and the day of Jumu’ah is an illustrious day.
In one Hadith it is mentioned that Rasulullah H said: “Recite Durood in abundance upon me during the eve and the day of Jumu’ah for whosoever does so I will be his witness and will intercede for him on the day of Qiyaamah.”
What to do on the eve of Jumuah
- Istghfaar: Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (RA) used to advise his mureeds to make lots of istighfaar on a Thursday asking the forgiveness of Allah Ta’ala before this mubaarak night sets in
- Make ta’leem at home from Fazaail-e-Durood
- Recite the 40 Durood and Salaam
- Recite Surah Dukhaan
- Recite Surah Yaaseen
- Sit with your entire family and recite as much Durood Shareef as possible
- Engage in fervent dua to Allah Ta’ala
Sunnats of the day of Jumuah
- To wake up early.
- To have a bath.
- To make miswaak.
- To remove unwanted hair.
- To apply oil on one’s head.
- To wear clean clothes.
- To apply itr (males only).
- To clip the finger and toe nails.
- To recite abundant durood shareef.
- To recite Surah Kahaf.
- To go early to the masjid. (males only)
- To go walking to the masjid.
Reciting Duroord Shareef of a Friday
Among the most rewarding acts to be done on the Day of Jumu’ah is the excessive recitation of durood shareef.
Hadhrat Abu Darda I narrates that Rasulullah H said, “Send durood upon me abundantly on a Friday, for it is a day in which the angels are present. Nobody sends durood upon me except that his durood is presented to me as soon as he has sent them.”
Hadhrat Abu Umaamah I narrates that Rasulullah H said, “Send durood upon me abundantly on Friday, for the durood of my followers are presented to me every Friday. Whoever sends the most durood upon me shall be closest to me on the Day of Qiyaamah.”
100 needs fulfilled
Hadhrat Anas I narrates that Rasulullah H said, “Whoever recites durood on me on a Friday, or on a Thursday night, for him Allah Ta’ala shall fulfil one hundred of his needs. Allah Ta’ala appoints an angel who brings that durood to me by my grave in the same manner as you people have gifts presented to you.”
Reading Durood Shareef 80 times after Asr on a Friday
Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah I narrates that Rasulullah H said, “Sending durood upon me will be a light on the Siraat (bridge). Whoever sends durood upon me 80 times on Friday, 80 years of his sins will be forgiven.” In a Hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah I it is mentioned that whoever recites the following durood 80 times before getting up from his place after Asr Salaah on Friday, 80 years of his sins will be forgiven and he will be granted the reward of 80 years of Ibaadat (worship)
اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى مُحَمَّدِۨ ِالنَّبِىِّ الْاُمِّىِّ وَعَلٰى اٰلِهِ وَسَلِّمْ تَسْلِيْمًا
Reciting 100 Durood on a Friday
Hadhrat Ali I has narrated that Rasulullah H said, “Whoever sends 100 durood upon me on Friday will be granted such light on the Day of Qiyaamah that would suffice for the entire creation.”
Reciting 1000 Durood on a Friday
It is mentioned in a Hadith that one who recites Durood Shareef one thousand times on a Friday, will most certainly see his abode in Jannah before death. (Targheeb).
The Jumuah Salaah
Hadhrat Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibnul- Aas I narrates that Rasulullah H said: “He who takes a bath and baths thoroughly, comes to the masjid early, sits close to the mimbar, and listens (to the khutbah) attentively, then for every step that he took he will receive the reward of Ibaadat at night for one year and keeping fast for one year.”
Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah I narrates that Rasululah H said: ‘When it is Friday and a person takes a bath, washed his head, applies best perfume he has, wears the best clothes he has, then goes for the (Friday) Salaah, does not separate two people sitting next to each other and listens attentively to the Imaam, his sins from one Friday to the next Friday plus another three days are forgiven.”
Reward for going early for the Jumuah
Rasulullah H has said: “At every entrance of the masjid there are two angels recording the names of those who come, starting with those who come first and then those who come after them. The one who comes first is like one who has presented a camel, then like he who has presented a cow, then like he who has presented a sheep, then like he who has presented a chicken, then like he who has presented an egg. Then once the Imaam sits (on the pulpit), the scrolls are rolled up.”
Warning for not attending Jumu’ah Salaah
It is reported from Hadhrat Ibn Umar I that he heard Nabi H saying, “People should stop leaving out Jumu’ah or else Allah Ta’ala will seal their hearts. They will then be counted among the neglectful.” In another Hadith it is mentioned that if a Muslim misses out three Jumu’ahs in a row, he will become a disbeliever.
What to read on a Friday
Surah Kahaf – one who reads this Surah will be saved from all fitnahs for 8 days, will be protected from Dajjaal, a special nur (light) will be illuminated from beneath his feet till the skies which will be a means of brightness for him on the day of Qiyaamah and he will be forgiven between the two Jumuahs.
Surah Dukhaan – One who reads Surah Dukhaan on a Thursday night all ones sins will be forgiven and Allah Ta’ala will build for him a house in Jannah.”
Surah Yaaseen – One who recites Surah Yaseen on a Friday night will be forgiven.
Salaatut Tasbeeh — Hadhrat Shaikhul Hadith, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA) would instruct his mureeds to perform this salaah on a Jumuah and made it part of their mamoolaat. Great virtues have been mentioned in the Hadith for one who offers this salaah. Rasulullah H had taught this salaat to his uncle, Hadhrat Abbaas I, and said to him that by offering this salaat, all your future, past, minor and major sins will be forgiven.
Duas are accepted
Rasulullah H has said: “There is such an hour on a Friday that if any Muslim makes dua, his dua will definitely be accepted.” Most of the Ulama say that this moment refers to the last part of the day between Asar and Maghrib. Hadhrat Fatimah (radhiyallahu anha) used to order her maid (servant) on Fridays to inform her when the day is about to end so that she could occupy herself in making zikr and dua. We should also dedicate this mubaarak time on a Friday before Maghrib for dua. Men should try and go early to the Masjid and women should sit on the musalla at home and engage in fervent dua for themselves as well as the Ummat of Rasulullah H.
May Allah Ta’ala bless us all with the barkat of this mubaarak day. Aameen.
 Bukhaari, Muslim