Fridays were always my favorite days since I started school and then entered the workforce. I would wake up on Fridays mornings knowing that the week was almost done and the sweet relief of the weekend would shortly be upon us. Then I had kids and out the window went the anticipation of sleeping in on the weekends, but Fridays still meant a break from work. But since I started my maternity leave (a year off in Canada) with my second child, Fridays once again became my favorite day of the week but for a completely different reason. Once my youngest turned 6 months old and I started becoming more comfortable with taking them out all by myself, I started going to Friday prayers at the mosque. I am ashamed to say that I never really cherished this beautiful Sunnah before now. At first, it was just an occasion for me to leave the house and be among other adults, something that many stay-at-home mothers will understand. But then something changed that I couldn’t describe, all I know is that after each Friday prayer I would be overcome with such a peace and a feeling of calmness would descend upon my heart.
Then I read about the importance of Friday Jummah prayers: From various hadith, it is proven that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to celebrate this day and he declared Jummah as weekly Eid for Muslims. He (SAW) used to wear clean and new (washed) clothes, used to take a bath, wear fragrance, and wear surmah for this day specially1.
Also: The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) described the virtues of Jummah prayer in the following hadith with these words;
“When the Friday comes, at every door of the Masjid there stands Angels who write down (the names of) those who come First, and then who comes next. When the Imam sits down, the records are closed and they come to listen to the reminder, i.e. the Khutba….” (Muslim 1984).
How amazing is that? I truly believe that when Allah wants something good for you he guides you toward him. Those of us that are born into Islam, we often take certain practices for granted and don’t value how important they are or how they can transform our lives. Our Fridays are our “weekly Eid.” From sun up to sun down, we remember and honor Allah in all our actions and activities. We make sure we take baths, put on our best clothes, recite the Quran, perform Jummah prayer, and have quality family time. Now that I’m back at work I miss the liberty of performing the Friday Jummah prayer; however, I do my utmost to attend as often as I can. May God guide us in a way that will benefit us and transform our lives, Amen!