Sunday, 25 January 2015

Importance of a Mother’s Forgiveness – The Story of Alaqma

Mother in Islam

There are Quranic verses and Hadiths showing the importance of forgiveness in Islam and being obedient to our parents. Let us see what happened to Alqamah (radi Allahu anhu) during the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Alqamah (radi Allahu anhu) was a very pious person. He spent his time in prayer and fasting. At the approach of death he was unable to proclaim the Kalima Shahada, in spite of repeated instruction by those present. Alqamah’s wife sent a messenger to Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to inform him of Alqamah’s grave condition.
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) enquired whether the parents of Alqamah were alive. He was informed that Alqamah’s mother was alive. Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked the aged mother about Alqamah. She replied: “Alqamah is a very pious person. He passes his time in Salat and Saum. He performs Tahajjud, but he always disobeys me for the sake of his wife. I am, therefore, displeased with him.’
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “It will be best for him if you forgive him.’ However, she refused. Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered Bilal (radi Allahu anhu) to gather firewood. On hearing this order, Alqamah’s mother asked in consternation: “Will my child be burnt in the fire?’
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Yes! Compared to the punishment of Allah, our punishment is light. I take oath by Allah that as long as you remain displeased with him, neither his Salat nor his Sadaqah is accepted.’
The old lady said: “I make you and all people present witness that I have forgiven Alqamah.’ Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) addressing the gathering, said: “Go and see if the Kalima is on the tongue of Alqamah or not.’
After returning from Alqamah the people informed him that he was reciting the Kalima. Thus, he left this world with the Kalima on his lips. After burying Alqamah, Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The curse of Allah is on the one who causes difficulty to his mother. The curse of the angels and the curse of mankind be on him. Allah Ta’ala neither accepts his Fardh nor his Nafl Ibadat as long as he does not repent and obey his mother. He has to gain her pleasure as best as he can. Allah’s Pleasure depends on the mother’s pleasure and His Wrath is concealed in her wrath.’” (Ahmad)
This Hadith is an important reminder for us to be respectful and obedient to our parents and try to keep them happy with us. Our mothers deserve our utmost attention, respect and obedience. It is not a small matter to upset them for the sake of our friends or others who we value more.
It is also important to find out what are the rights of our children, spouses, relatives, friends and other Muslims so that we know what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) wants us to do in case there is a clash between what different people want from us. This is the only proper way to balance relationships as it seeks Allah’s pleasure.


And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.
[Quran 17:23]
And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination.
[Quran 31:14]
Narrated Abu Huraira:
A man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Who is more entitled to be treated with the best companionship by me?” The Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man said. “Who is next?” The Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man further said, “Who is next?” The Prophet said, “Your mother.” The man asked for the fourth time, “Who is next?” The Prophet said, “Your father. ”
[Bukhari and Muslim]

Story about Hazrat Ghaus E Azam Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani Alayhi Rahma

One morning, close to mid day, Huzoor Ghaus-e-Azam (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) saw in his dream Huzoor Pur-Noor Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked him, “O Abdul Qadir, Why do you not lecture and give advice to the people?” He replied, “Ya Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) I am a non-Arab. What am I going to say in front of the fluen…t-speaking Arabs?” Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Open your mouth.” He then placed his blessed Saliva seven times into the mouth of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Azam (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) and said, “Go, address mankind and invite them to the path of your Lord with wise and beautiful words.
After waking from this spiritually enlightening dream, Huzoor Ghaus-e-Azam (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) performed his Zohr Salaah and prepared to deliver his first lecture to the people of Baghdad. At once, people began to gather around him and he became nervous. Just then he entered a spiritual condition in which he saw Sher-e-Khuda Sayyiduna Ali-e-Murtaza (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) standing in front of him and saying, “Why are you not commencing your lecture?” Huzoor Ghaus-e-Azam (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) said, “I feel nervous.” Sayyiduna Ali (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) then said, “Open your mouth,” and placed his blessed saliva six times into the mouth of Huzoor Ghaus-e-Azam (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) who then asked, “Why did you not place your blessed saliva seven times like Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)?” Sayyiduna Ali (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) then replied, “Out of respect for the Beloved Rasool (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam),” and then disappeared. Huzoor Ghaus-e-Azam (Radiallahu Ta’ala Anh) then commenced his lecture in such pure and fluent Arabic that authorities of the Arabic language seated in his lecture where astounded by his lecture.

One Apple Leads To His Marriage. A Beautiful Story!

One of our pious predecessors, Thabit Bin Nu’man, was hungry and tired as he was passing through a garden that bordered a river. He was so hungry that he could hear his stomach growling, and so his eyes became fixed on the fruits he saw on the various trees of the garden. In a fit of desperation, he forgot himself and extended his hand to an apple that was within reach. He ate half of it and then drank water from the river. But then he became overcome with guilt, despite the fact that he had only eaten because of dire need.
He said to himself, “Woe unto me! How can I eat someone else’s fruits without his permission? I make it binding upon myself not to leave this place until I find the owner of this garden and ask him to forgive me for having eaten one of his apples.“
After a brief search, he found the owner’s house. He knocked on the door and the owner of the garden came out and asked him what he wanted.
Thabit Bin Nu’man said, “I entered your garden that borders the river, and I took this apple and ate half of it. Then I remembered it does not belong to me, and so I ask you now to excuse me for having eaten it and to forgive me for my mistake.“
The man said, “On one condition only I will forgive you for your mistake.“
Thabit Bin Nu’man asked, “And what is that condition?“
He said, “That you marry my daughter.“
Thabit Bin Nu’man said, “I will marry her.“
The man said, “But heed you this; indeed my daughter is blind, she does not see; mute, she does not speak;deaf, she does not hear.“
Thabit Bin Nu’man began to ponder over his situation; a difficult predicament indeed did he find himself in now; what should he do? Not get out of it, thought Thabit, for he realised that to be tested by such a woman, to take care of her, and to serve her, are all better than to eat from the foul matter of the Hellfire as a reward for the apple that he ate. And after all, the days of this world are limited.
And so he accepted the condition to mary the girl, seeking his reward from Allaah, Lord of all that exists. He was nonetheless somewhat anxious in the days prior to the marriage.
He thought, “How can I have sexual relations with a woman who neither speaks nor sees nor hears?“
So miserable did he become that he almost wished for the earth to swallow him up before the appointed date.
Yet despite such apprehensions, he placed his complete trust upon Allaah and he said, “There is neither might nor power except with Allaah. Indeed to Allaah do we belong and indeed to Him shall we al return.“
On the day of the marriage he saw her for the first time. She stood up before him and said,“Peace, mercy and blessings of Allaah be upon you.“
When he saw her grace and beauty, he was reminded of what he would see when he would imagine the fair maidens of paradise (i.e., the gorgeous hoor al-ayn). After a brief pause he said, “What is this? She indeed speaks, hears and sees.” He then told her what her father said earlier.
She said, “My father has spoken the truth. He said I was mute because I do not speak any forbidden word, and I have never spoken to any man who is not lawful to me (i.e., she has never spoken to any ghair mahrams)! And I am indeed deaf in the sense that I have never sat in a gathering in which there is backbiting, slander, or false and vain speech! And I am indeed blind, in the sense that I have never looked upon a man who is not permissible for me!“
Noble reader, reflect on and learn a lesson from this story!
My brothers in Islaam, see how much he feared Allaah, and how much he had his trust in Allaah, and where this got him!
My sisters in Islaam, see how this woman kept herself chaste, pious, in her hijaab, so much so, she was considered mute (not speaking to any man), deaf (avoiding places of backbiting) and blind (not seeing any man). Allaahu Akbar, isn’t it these qualities that pious men love to see in their wives? Nay; aren’t these qualities all men (Muslim and non-Muslims) wish to see in their wives? Isn’t it these qualities that give men the crave and yearn to meet their hoor al-ayn in jannah?
The fruit of this marriage was the birth of a child who grew up to be known as Imaam Abu Haneefah.

Rabi Al Thani

This month, also known as Rabi ul Akhir is the fourth month of the Islamic calendar. The literal meaning of this month means "the second spring". This is perhaps one of the most benefiting months for those who cannot afford food and clothes. Muslim from all over the world perform the acts of generosity through giving Sadqah and doing Fateha/Niyaz in the names of Prophets and Aulia of Allah. In this month the urs of Peeran-e-Peer, Ghauth-e-Pak Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani takes place. This is one of the main reason as to why Muslims give charities and celebrate the personality of Ghauthe Azam.

Salat al Asrar

Also known as Salatul Ghausia, it is specially performed in the month of Rabi al thani, although it is believed that it can be performed in any month. It is proven that if one needs and requires any help and solution for his/her problems then they should perform this Salah. Hazrat Mulla Ali Qari, Hazrat Abdul Haq Muhaddith Dehalvi and Hazrat Abdul Hasan Nuruddin have reported from Ghauth e Pak regarding the method of this Salah

1) Complete the fard and sunnat salah of Maghrib

2) After completion perform 2 rakah

3) In each rakah read Surah al Fatiha and then Surah al Ikhlas for 11 times

4) After reciting Surah al Ikhlaas recite, then recite 11 times the dua mentioned below:

YA Rasoola Allah hi YA NAbi Allah hi Aghisni wa Amdidni Fi Qadi ai Hajati Ya Qadi al Hajaat

After reading this dua, take 11 steps towards Iraq and on each step recite this dua:

Ya Ghaus Saqalaini Ya Kareem-at-Tarfaini Aghisni was amdidni fi Qada-e-Hajati Ya Qaadi al Hajaat

After this ask Allah by making the waseela of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and INshallah all your needs will be fulfilled. Remember Ghauth Pak said:


If a person in distress or hardships calls out to me, his hardships will be eradicated.
If a person uses my name as a Wasila ( Medium ) when he pleads to Allah Almighty,
his need will be fulfilled

Events in this month

1) Battle of Furu took place from Bahran in 3 AH.

2) Battle of Sariyya took place, in which the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were honoured to lead it, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not participate. It is reported that Ali ibn Talib (MAy Allah be pleased with him) was consigned for Sariyya with Ibn Alqama Mujazziz Mujdalee

Nawafil in the month of Rabi al thani

on the first of Rabi al Thani perform after Maghrib Salah, perform 8 rakah nawafil in sets of Two Rakah each. After Surah al Fatiha read Surah Ikhlas 3 times in the first rakah and Surah al Kafiroon in the second rakah or Surah al Ikhlas 3 times in all rakah. It is believed that the rewards for his are enormous.

on the 1st, 15th and 29th night of Rabi al thani read 4 rakah nafil with reciting 5 times Surah al-Ihklaas in each rakah after Surah reciting Surah al-fatiha. It is believed that by doing this Allah (subhana was ta'ala) will forgive your 1000 sins and reward you with 1000 blessings. Inshallah.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014


An 80-year-old man who was sitting on the sofa in his house with his highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window sill. The father asked his son, “Hey, what’s that?” The son replied, “It is a crow.” After a few minutes, the father asked his son again, “What is that?” The son said “Father, I just told you: It’s a crow.” After a little while, the old father again asked his son the a third time, “What is this?”
The son said, with some irritation, “It’s a crow, a crow.” A moment passed, and the father asked, “Hey, what’s that?”
”Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again?” The son shouted at his father. “I have told you so many times: It’s a stupid crow! Can’t you understand that?”
The father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his son was born. He flipped through it, handed it to his son, and asked him to read a page: “Today my little son, aged three, was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow landed on the window. My son asked me 23 times what it was. Each time, I hugged him, kissed his head, and said, ‘It’s a crow.’” - (Author Unknown)
"And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. (23) And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was young." (The Qur'an 17:23-24) - Ameen

Eid e Milad un Nabi | In the light of Quran & Hadith

When we celebrate Milad, we gather, in order to send salutations (Esal-e-Sawab) to the Prophet [pbuh], give charity to the poor (Sadaqah Khairat) and remember wilaadah (Birth) and virtues of the Prophet [May Allah bless him and grant Him peace]. The Ahle Sunnah wal jamaat does not say that one must celebrate “Milad” only on 12 Rabee’-ul-Awwal, in fact it can be celebrated at anytime of the year. Generally Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated, on the 12th of Rabee’ul-Awwal, by Muslims all over the world. In every Muslim country, there is a public holiday for “Milaad-un-Nabee”, except one country, but even in that country, the people celebrate “Milaad” individually. The birth of the Anbiyaa’ has been mentioned in the Qur’an. For example, Adam, Musaa, Eesaa, and Yahyaa (May Allah bless them and grant them peace). If it is wrong to talk about the birth of the Prophet (pbuh), then why has Allah TA’ALA mentioned it in the Qur’an?

Evidence of Milad-un-Nabi from the Qur’an: 

Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’anAllah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’an:

Say: “In the bounty of Allah, and his mercy; - Therein let them rejoice.” That is better then what they amass.

                                                                                                             [Surah Yunus, 10: 58]

In this verse, Allah Almighty tells us that we should be happy when we receive blessings and mercy from Him. Without doubt, the Prophet [pbuh] is the greatest mercy and blessing of Allah Almighty

Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an:

And we have sent you (O Muhammad SAW) not but as a mercy for the 'Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists).

                                                                                                          [Surah Anbiyaa 21: 107]

Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an:

                                             Remind them of the day of Allah
                                                                                                            [Surah Ibrahim 14: 05]

Hafidhh Ibn Kathir and Qadi Shawkani write that:
The day of Allah” refers to the day on which Allah Almighty has done a favour on mankind. For example, the freedom of Bani Isra’il from the slavery of Fir’awn.

                                                                        [Tafsir Ibn Kathir and Qaadee Shawkaanee]

Allah’s greatest favour on mankind was the birth of the Prophet [pbuh]. This means that the Milaad of the Prophet [pbuh] is a “Day of Allah”, therefore we should remember it.

Hafidh Ibn Rajab writes:
It is recommended to fast on those days on which Allah Almighty has sent blessings on us. The greatest favour which Allah Almighty has bestowed us with is the sending down of the Prophet [pbuh]. Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an:

                       “I have favored among nations and sent to you a Prophet from among you”

                                                                                       [ltaa’if-ul-ma’rif by Hafidh Ibn Rajab]

                                         Evidence of Milad-un-Nabi from the Hadith:

Our Prophet [pbuh] celebrated the birth of his son Ibraaheem by freeing a slave.

                                                                                                                   [Tareekh Ibn Kathir]
Imam Muslim writes:
That the Prophet [pbuh] was asked about the fast on Mondays, which he used to keep, the Prophet replied “This is the day of my birth”.
                                                                                                                         [Sahih Muslim]

                 This proves that the Prophet [pbuh] kept fast on Mondays to show gratitude for his birth.

Imam Bukhari writes that:
When Abu Lahab died, someone from his household saw him in a dream, they asked him what happened in the grave he said “I am being punished severely, but on Mondays, I get water from my finger with which I am freed Thuwayba,
                                                                                                                      [Sahih Bukhari]

This proves that a kaafir, Abu Lahab, was happy on the day of the birth of the Prophet [pbuh] and was rewarded by having his punishment reduced. If this is true, then indeed Allah will bless a Muslim who rejoices the birth of the Prophet [pbuh]. This Hadith has been used by many ‘Ulamaa’, to justify the celebration of Milad.

Ibn Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab Najdi, in his book, writes:
Thuwayba, who was the freed slave of Abu Lahab, fed RasoolAllah Sallalalhu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Abu Lahab freed Thuwayba at the time when she informed him that a son has been born at your brother’s house. After the death of Abu Lahab he was seen in a dream, in which he said ‘I am in severe punishment but this is lessened on Mondays, he showed his forefinger, and said that he would suck from it. This is so because it was with this finger that I freed Thuwayba when she informed of the birth of the Prophet, and she also fed the Prophet Sallalalhu ‘alaihi wa sallam.
Ibn Jawzi states: Abu Lahab is that kaafir who has been specially referred to, in the Qur’an. If such a person can be rewarded for celebrating the Milaad of the Prophet Sallalalhu ‘alaihi WA Sallam, then imagine how great the reward would be for a Muslim when he celebrates it.

Allama Ibn Hajr Asqalani writes:
That Sohaily said that Abbaas (raa) who was the uncle of the Prophet [pbuh] had the above dream. Apart from this, other Muhadditheen have also attributed this dream to Abbaas (raa). 

A person may ask, “When did Abbaas (raa) have this dream? Was it before or after he embraced Islam?” The answer to this is that he had this dream after coming into the fold of Islam (Seerah-Ibn-Hashaam) Abu Lahab died after the battle of Badr before which Abbaas (raa) embraced Islam.

                    Friday is a special day for Muslims because this is the day that Allah created Adam [A.S]
                                                                                                                        [Sahih Muslim]

                                                            Fatwa of Scholars for Milad

Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah writes:
Those people, who celebrate Milaad through the love and respect of the Prophet [pbuh], will be rewarded by Allah.
                                                                                                 [Iqtidaa’ us-siraat-il-Mustaqeem]

He also writes that:

If someone celebrates Milaad with the love and respect of Prophet [pbuh], he will have a “big reward”. He says that in Muslim communities, Milaad-un-Nabi gatherings are only done with the respect and love of the Muslims for the Prophet [pbuh]

                                                  [Iqtidaa’ as-siraat-il-Mustaqeem, by Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah]

Hafidhh Ibn Kathir wrote that:
There was once a King, Abu Sa’eed Malik Muzaffar - a man of good deeds. In his kingdom, wherever he saw a lack of water, he would build a well. He also established many Islamic study centers. Every year, he would spend half a million dinars on hosting a gathering of his people to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet [pbuh]

                                                                                          [Tareekh Ibn Kathir, Volume 13]

The above is evidence that celebrating the birthday of the Prophet [pbuh] in the form of a gathering is permissible. Otherwise Hafidhh Ibn Kathir would not have referred to it as a good deed & Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah would not have said that there would be a big reward for doing so.

Some people have the opinion that King Abu Sa’eed introduced the celebrating of this occasion. This is not true because Hafidh Ibn Kathir states that in the 5th Century hijree, a King named Malik Shah celebrated it also with a gathering
                                                                           [Tareekh Ibn Katheer biography of Malik Shah]

Some people even argue that the Holy Prophet was not even born on the 12th Rabbi Awwal. This argument is baseless, as Hafidh Ibn Kathir has discussed this in Sirat-un-nabi. He states that the majority of the scholars agree that the Prophet was born on the 12th of Rabee’ul-Aawal. The evidence of the people who do not accept this is weak.
                                                                                                      [As-Sirat-un-nabi, vol.1]

The Alhe Sunnah celebrates the Milaad of the Prophet [pbuh] with love and respect. If someone does not celebrate it, we do not call them a kaafir because the matter of Milaad does not affect the ‘Aqeedah of a person. The celebrating of this should not cause any divisions among Muslims. 

Hafidhh Salaahuddeen Yoosuf [A great follower of Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah] writes:
On the birth date of the Prophet [pbuh], to give charity to the poor or to build a Masjid. We agree in this type of celebration of Milaad.
                                                                                             [Milaad-un-nabi, by Hafidhh.Yoosuf]

Hafidh Ibn Kathir writes:
                      On the day of the birth of Prophet [pbuh] Shaytaan cried a lot.

                                                                                             [Sirat-un-nabi, by Hafidh Ibn Kathir]

From Ibn Kathirs narration we can see that to feel unhappy on the Birthday of the Prophet [pbuh] is the way of                                                                 shaytaan not the way of a Muslim!

Some questions raised concerning the Milaad
Although the Prophet [pbuh] was born on the 12th of Rabee’ul-awwal he also died on the same date. How then can the 12th of Rabee’ul-awwal be a happy day?

Mourning for someone’s death should not be more than three days, except for a woman, who has lost her husband. The Prophet’s [pbuh] death was over 1400 years ago, so the period of mourning has passed. But, after someone dies, his death is remembered by reciting the Qur'an, remembering his merits, giving alms, and making Du’a for him. Even if the period of mourning for the Prophet’s [pbuh] death exists; all the actions mentioned above are included when people gather for Milaad-un-nabee. For this reason, there is not need to separate the celebration of the Prophet’s [pbuh] birth and the mourning of his death.

How can there be an Eid Milaad-un-nabi when there are only two Eids (Al-Fitr and Al-Adha)?

 Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an:


Prophet Isa [pbuh] prayed to Allah Almighty “Oh Allah, our Lord, send down to us a tray of food from the Heavens so that it may be an occasion of Eid for us for the first and the last of us.”
                                                                                                        [Surah Maa’idah, 5:114]

Imam Hakim writes:
That the Prophet [pbuh] said “Friday is also an Eid day”. Once, in the Prophet [pbuh] time Eid came on Friday and the Prophet [pbuh] said “Allah has given you two Eids today”.

Imam Tirmidhi writes:
Abdullah-bin-Abbaas was reciting verse 3 of surah Maa’idah, from the Qur’an. A Jew, sitting close-by heard it and said to Abdullah “If that verse, which you recited, was revealed to us, we would make that day an Eid day”. Abdullah-bin-Abbas replied “When this verse was revealed, there were two Eids on that day. One of them was the Hajj day and the other Friday”.

                                                                   [Tirmidhi Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Surah Maa’idah 5: 3]

From the references above, it is proved that the term “Eid day” does not specifically apply to the two Eid days (Al-Fitr and Al-Adha), but instead, it could be used for any Islamic holy day. This means that we can refer to “Milaad-un-Nabi” as “Eid-Milaad-un-nabi”
                                                                       Allah knows the best


Friday, 5 December 2014

Importance Of Friday In Islam

One of the blessings with which the Muslim nation has been endowed is the day of Jumu'ah, or Friday. The Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “The best day the sun rises over is Friday; on it Allaah created Aadam. On it, he was made to enter paradise, on it he was expelled from it, and the Last Hour will take place on no other day than Friday.”[Ahmad and At-At-Tirmithi].

Imaam Ibn Katheer,  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, "It was named Jumu'ah because it is derived from the word Al-Jam' in Arabic which means to gather, as Muslims gather on this day every week, and Allaah has commanded the believers to gather for His worship, as He says that which means:{"O you who believe! When the call is proclaimed for Jumu`ah (Friday prayer), come fast to the remembrance of Allaah"}[Quran, 62: 9] meaning be keen to go and attend it."

Here are some other virtues and facts about the Day of Jumu'ah:

·        It includes the congregational Jumu'ah prayer, which is one of the obligatory acts in Islam and one of the great gatherings of the Muslims. Allah The Almighty will seal the heart of whoever abandons and slights this, according to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), in a Hadeeth (narration) in the book of Imaam Muslim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him.

·              The day of Jumu'ah includes an hour during which all supplications are accepted. Abu Hurayrah,  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: "On (the day of) Jumu'ah is an hour during which Allaah gives to a Muslim servant standing in prayer whatever he asks for.”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].

·              Giving in charity during this day is more virtuous than any other day. Ka'b,  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: "Charity given during the day of Jumu'ah is greater (in reward) than any other day."

·              The believers will see their Lord from Paradise on that day. Anas ibn Maalik, may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said regarding the saying of Allaah The Almighty (which means): {"And We have more (i.e. a glance at the All-Mighty)"}[Quran, 50: 35] "Allaah will appear to them on the day of Jumu'ah."

·              It is an 'Eed, i.e., a recurrent holiday and celebration. Ibn 'Abbaas,  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Jumu'ah is a day of celebration, so whoever attends it should perform Ghusl (bathing) beforehand." [Ibn Maajah].

·              It is a day on which sins are forgiven, as narrated by Salmaan  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who narrated that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )  said: “Any man who performs Ghusl on Friday, perfumes himself if he has perfume, wears the best of his clothes, then goes to the mosque and offers as many prayers as he wishes while not harming anybody, then listens quietly while the Imaam speaks until he offers the prayer, will have all his sins between that Friday and the next forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaari].

·              When walking to attend the Friday sermon, a Muslim gets the reward of both praying Qiyaam (i.e., the night prayer) and fasting a full year. Aws ibn Aws  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Whoever performs Ghusl on Friday after having sexual intercourse with his wife, then goes early to the mosque and attends from the beginning of the Khutbah and draws near to the Imaam and listens to him attentively, Allaah will give him the full reward of fasting all the days of a year and observing night-vigil on each of its nights for every step that he took towards the mosque.”[Ibn Khuzaymah, Ahmad].

·              Hell is fired-up during every day of the week except Friday, as a mark of honour and respect for the day of Friday.

·              Dying on Friday, during the day or night, is a sign of a good end, for the one who dies on that day will be protected from the trial of the grave (i.e., Allaah The Almighty will enable such a person to be steadfast during it). The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Any Muslim who dies during the day or night of Friday will be protected by Allaah from the trial of the grave.” [At-Tirmithi and Ahmad].