What is the etiquette of friday? What are the etiquettes of jummah?
Allah the Almighty loves His servants very much. He wants them to enter Paradise. This is why He bestows upon us from His endless treasures and offers us many opportunities. In order to forgive the people’s knowingly or unknowingly committed mistakes and sins, He informs us about special days and nights. He also bestows great rewards for little deeds performed at such special times. Friday is one of those special times.
Allah’s Messenger -peace and blessings be upon him- said:
“… The sun does not rise nor set, upon a day that is more virtuous than it. In it, there is an hour in which no believing worshipper makes a supplication to Allah for good, except that Allah answers it for him, and he does not seek Allah’s aid for something, except that He aids him in it.” (Tirmidhi, Tafsir, Buruj, (3336)).
One should start to get ready for Friday in the night before.
Our beloved Prophet -peace and blessings be upon him- would begin to get ready for Friday in the night before. He would take a nice bath lustration. In the Friday morning he would put on his nicest clothes. He would wear some nice perfume and comb his hair. He would get a haircut and clip his finger nails if he needed. He would always remember Allah the Almighty with both his tongue and heart. Friday was special and valuable day for him. On his way to the mosque, every place that he passed by would smell like roses. He showed us how to spend Fridays through his personal application:
One should willingly go to Friday prayer and rush to go it.
Our Almighty Lord states in the Qur’an:
“O you who believe! When the call is made for prayer on Friday, then hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off trading; that is better for you, if you know.” (al-Jumu’a, 62: 9)
Allah’s Messenger -peace be upon him- informs us that whoever goes to Friday prayer earlier will get the most spiritual rewards:
“When it is Friday, the angels stand at every door of the mosque and record the people in the order of their arrival, and when the Imam sits (on the pulpit for delivering the sermon) they fold up their sheets (manuscripts of the Qur’an) and listen to the mention (of Allah). And he who comes early is like one who offers a she-camel as a sacrifice, the next like one who offers a cow, the next a ram, the next a hen, the next an egg.” (Muslim, Jumu’a 24, (850)).
On Friday one should invoke blessings upon the Messenger of Allah as many times as possible.
Our Prophet -peace be upon him- informed:
– Among the most excellent of your days is Friday; on it Adam was created, on it he died, on it the last trumpet will be blown, and on it the shout will be made, so invoke more blessings on me that day, for your blessings will be submitted to me.
The people asked:
O Messenger of Allah! How can it be that our blessings will be submitted to you after you die and your body is decayed?
He replied: Allah, the Exalted, has prohibited the earth from consuming the bodies of Prophets.”
– If any one of you greets me, Allah returns my soul to me and I respond to the greeting.” (Abu Dawud, Salat, 201. Abu Dawud, Manasik, 96)
We should also excitedly and respectfully invoke blessings upon our beloved Prophet so that the Messenger of Allah -peace be upon him- personally responds to our prayers and invocations.