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Friday, January 28, 2011

Race you to the next Friday!

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Ever wondered why many Muslims like greeting ‘Jumuah Mubarakah’ every Friday?

Ever tried to ask or never even bothered to?

Ahaha! Now that you got yourself clicked the link (which leads to my blog) you have no choice but to know about it! (nyehnyeh.. u got into my trap!)

I know that I am only acquainted with just a little knowledge about the day; ‘Friday’. But, that small quarter of information I have on Fridays is enough for me to be thankful that I am still being given the chance to embrace God’s Grace on this blissful day.

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*FLASHBACK*

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When I was a kid, I used to hate Fridays. I don’t know if its due to the geography of the place I lived in (my house was situated right opposite the beach, a place called “Chendering”), but Friday has always been HOT!

And the smell of Friday is like vomit. And the Ustazah who teaches my sisters and I Quran will come in the evening. What a bore…I hate to see her thin cane..Felt like being treated like a cattle..(but i love her :D)

The only reason why I loved Friday when I was a kid, was for the Bollywood movies they showed on TV2 and the fact that my dad doesn’t have to go to his clinic in the evening.


However, as I grew older, I’ve learnt to appreciate Fridays more. Honestly, it took a ‘looong’ while. Haha.

So, what’s so great about Friday again?

I was born on that day! And my mom will cook Arabic food. And my house will have the nice smell of bakhour (it smells no more of vomit :P) ^_^… No, seriously Ameera, other than “it’s all about your world”

Other than that, comes the Islamic view on why Friday is special.

Abu Lubaabah ibn ‘Abd al-Mundhir (r.a) said the Prophet (s.a.w) said:

“Friday is the master of days, and the greatest of them before Allah. It is greater before Allah than the day of Al-Adha and the day of Al-Fitr. It has five characteristics:
- Allah created Adam (a.s)
- Allah sent Adam (a.s) down to the earth
- Allah caused Adam (a.s) to die
- a time when a person does not ask Allah for anything but He gives it but not asking for anything haraam
- the Hour will begin.

There is no angel who is close to Allah, no heaven, no earth, no wind, no mountain and no sea that does not fear Friday.”

(Ibn Maajah, 1084)


Al-Sanadi said “They fear Friday” means they fear the onset of the Hour. This indicates that all created beings are aware of the days and they know that the Day of Resurrection will come on a Friday.

Regarding to the day of resurrection, and the different days by other Religion of the Book, It was narrated that Abu Hurairah and Hudhaifah (r.a) said the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said:

“Allah led those who came before us away from Friday. The Jews had Saturday, and the Christians had Sunday. Then Allah brought us and Allah guided us to Friday. So there is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and thus they will follow us on the Day of Resurrection. We are the last of the people of this world but we will be the first on the Day of Resurrection, and we will be dealt with before all others.”

(Muslim, 856)


It is the day with which Allaah has exclusively favoured this ummah, and from which He led the People of the Book astray before them, as it says in al-Saheeh, where it is narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The sun has never risen or set on any day better than Friday. Allaah guided us to it and led the people away from it. The people are behind us in this respect. It (Friday) is for us, Saturday is for the Jews and Sunday is for the Christians.”

(Narrated by Ahmad, 10305, classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah, 3/114).

From what I know, Friday is a day full of barakah. Its like God is having a “blessing/reward GIVEAWAY of the week” for us. Furthermore, Friday is the only day I know which has it’s own Surah in the Quran (And I memorized it! Nyehehe *proud* aHaHaHa !! u guys r LOSERS! :P hihi jk!! I dun mean it..)

Once we know why Fridays special, then we ourselves will come to realize that Fridays should not be taken for granted and insyaAllah we shall make use of the day fully.


When I was little, my ustazah used to bait me saying that every time, if I do good on Fridays, my reward will double up. Hmm.. I don’t know whether its true or she’s just saying it but it made me feel motivated to be rascal-less (lol, is there even a word?).


Some other virtues would be (this is taken from a link) (if ur tired, just read the highlighted words. The others are just elaboration):

1. – In Fajr prayer, on Friday recite the Soorahs (al-Sajdah, no. 32) and (al-Insaan, no. 76).

2. – It is mustahabb (recommended) to send lots of blessings upon the Prophet SAWS on the day of Friday and the night before, because he said: “Send lots of blessings upon me on Friday and the night before.” (Narrated by al-Bayhaqi, 3/249; classed as saheeh (sound) by al-Arna’oot).

3. –The people of Paradise will be brought closer (to Allaah) on the Day of Resurrection and they will see Allaah sooner, commensurate with how close they were to the imam on the day of Jumu’ah and how early they came to Jumu’ah prayers.

4. – The command to do ghusl (take a bath for the purpose of purification) on Friday; this command is most emphatic,and Wearing perfume on Friday; this is better than wearing perfume on any other day of the week. And wear the best clothes one has on Friday. Imaam Ahmad narrated in his Musnad that Abu Ayyoob said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, ‘Whoever takes a bath on Friday, puts on perfume if he has some, wears his best clothes then goes out , walking in a dignified manner until he reaches the mosque, then he prostrates in prayer if he wants and does not disturb anybody, then he remains quiet until the imaam comes out and he prays, that will be an expiation from one Friday to the next.’” (Narrated by Ahmad in al-Musnad, 23059; classed as hasan by al-Ana’oot).

5. Cleaning the teeth with the siwaak (tooth stick); this is better than using the siwaak on any other day.

6. Going to the prayers early.

7. – Keeping oneself busy with prayer, dhikr (remembering Allaah) and reading Qur’aan until the imaam comes out to give the khutbah (sermon).

8. – Listening attentively to the khutbah.

9. Reading Soorat al-Kahf (no. 18) during the day of Friday. It was narrated that the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on a Friday, light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine on him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven from one Friday to the next.” (Narrated by al-Haakim, 2/368; classed as saheeh by al-Arna’oot).

10. – On Friday there is the “hour of response” which is an hour in which no Muslim asks Allaah for something but He will grant it. In al-Saheehayn it is narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘On Friday there is an hour in which no Muslim asks for something whilst he is standing in prayer, but it will be given to him” – and he demonstrated the shortness of that time with his hands. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 883; Muslim, 1406).

To list out, it will be too long. So what I can do is, I’ll attach a few links here; and if you’re interested to know, then you can check them out. It’s something worth reading. :)

http://www.deenislam.co.uk/friday.htm

http://sharingknowledgeofislam.blogspot.com/2010/11/speciality-about-friday.html

http://islamqa.com/en/ref/13497

Those are the lucky three. But I bet there are lots more other sites, maybe better than this.

If I were a guy, I would be more grateful that there’s Friday. This is because, they have lots more advantages in getting rewards than women on that day. Well actually, its just the same and a woman’s job is easier but its not as ‘sophisticated’ as men’s job for getting the reward.

Its like; we do this and that = yeay reward. Its free.

Unlike guys; they go to the mosque early +Friday prayers = get reward. It’s done with effort and it looks so pro!

Hmmm… but to think of going every Friday to the mosque …

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*blekh*.. i take back my words.. I hardly go for my tilawah class on Thursdays let alone something like Friday prayer.. hihi.. I’m happy to be a WOMAN!


*Shouts* WOMAN! WOMAN!hihi


So now I bet some of us cant wait for the next Friday to come right? (just say yes, so i can stop yapping already)

Hmm.. although Friday has past for this week.. I'm up for TGIF anytime! =D Ribs would be deliziouza! picasa mikasa sukasa mikasa. any takers? :p

K night. sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepyyyyy

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14 comments:

Mamad Bafaraj said...

nice one meer.

kyo_9 said...

wow.. we both born on the same day.. Zawawy FTW!!

ameera alzawawy said...

@ mamad bafaraj - :)

@kyo_9 - whats FTW??

Anonymous said...

All the best to you Ameera!

Abdullah said...

This was a long one but a very good entry... Well done!

Here comes "Ustad" Abdullah..

I'd just add reading the fallowing surahs on Thursday nights in addition to what was mentioned in the original post:

1) Surah Al-Hashr
2) Surah Al-Mulk
3) Surah Al-Tawbah
4) Surah Al-Talaq
5) Surah Al-Waqi'ah
6) Surah Al-AdhHa
7) Surah Al-Sharh
8) Surah Al-Quraish

On the topic of rewards for different genders..

There's no difference between men and women in getting rewards, Allah is fair, allah compensated women who dont go for friday prayers and by not being able to read quraan during their menstrual period and made is simple for them with something even simpler than men..

Most of us tend to overlook or abuse the fallowing hadeeth:

إنما الأعمال بالنيات

Whatever we do is based on the intention of it..

So if you have the niah (Intention) to go but you are forbidden from doing it.. it will be counted as you have done it.. so for women.. just the fact that you wish you could go for friday prayers or reading quraan during your menstrual period it will be counted as if you have done it!

A scholar once said: "Heaven is cheap" what he means by cheap is that its easy to enter.. you just got to do what allah asked you to do (which scientifically is good for you)and avoid doing what is forbidden (which is obviously scientifically bad for you).

There's another way for you to get rewards every second is your life simply just by living.. Marriage!

Which also why Islam encourages getting married at a young age so that you'll accumulate a huge wealth of ajr (rewards).. just by smiling at eachother ajr... by kissing eachother ajr, by making love ajr, by preparing yourself to see your other half ajr, spraying perfume ajr, watching tv together ajr, by thinking of eachother ajr... the list goes on and on.. Imagine how much ajr you can get just by getting married!*

So don't worry about what men get and women get.. in the end of the day to allah we are all the same..

I pray that not only for all to be in heaven... but to be rewarded with the ultimate gift of being neighbors with rasulallah! ameen..

*Terms & conditions apply

:-D

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Abdullah said...

Apologies.. Didn't realize i typed this long.. Got carried away.. :-S

ameera alzawawy said...

Haha.. No sweat.. I like additions to my post..

Good morning!!! Haha.. Anyway, I was just jk bout the reward thingy...
Just that it looks more sophisticated wt guys... Hahah

Anyway, what r the terms and conditions?

And , why is it that my ustaz from tilawah class says its okay for women to read quran while in the menses
Because its a part of learning tajwid

Tq! :P

ameera alzawawy said...

Sorry, can't see wat am writing.. Its thru bb. Haha.. *their not the.. Haha..sorry.. And for the selling errir as well.

Abdullah said...

Good morning! I'm guessing that the question is for me..

I guess it looks more sophisticated for guys because guys have more responsibilities than women. We will be held responsible for everything concerning the family we are leading.

About what reading quraan during a woman's menstural period, from my humble knowledge I know that one can read the quraan without abolution for learning purposes.. Not sure about menstural period.. I doubt you can.. I'll check with my father and will let you know as soon as possible.

As for the terms & conditions for marriage, that's a whole new topic.. Its almost 3am here...

Office at 10.. Hope to get some sleep soon..

Hope ur feeling better already!

ameera alzawawy said...

Oh.. Hehe! Sorry, forgot ur bk in ur hometoen..
Alryt thanx!looking frward to her fr u soon!
Again am so s orry. :D

Abdullah said...

Hey Ameera..

I've asked my dad regarding women reading quraan during their menstural period..

He said that there's a debate on that matter depending on the ulama (scholars)you fallow as some scholars forbid women from touching the quraan let alone reading it, some scholars say that its ok if you recite it without reading it for thikir purposes only and not tilawah, other scholars say that its ok for you to touch and read it for educational/learning purposes but it should not be held in a mosque..

Bottom line is that you can read the quraan during your menstrual period for learning purposes (not tilawah) and it should not be in a mosque.

I hope this helps with your question and i pray that allah guides us all and keep us on the right path..

It is good that you are learning tajueed, but i would recommend that you focus more on fiqih as it focuses on the proper way of ibadah and discusses the issues of halal and haram which helps you in your daily life. The only thing you should be worried about is the teacher or the ustad you're learning from is not an extremist and teaches you according to your mathHab.. no doubt that all mathHabs are good and they ultimately lead to heaven, but it just helps eliminate the confusion of mixing and matching.

Anonymous said...

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ameera alzawawy said...

hey abdullah. thanks for the info.

ah, its just the university requirement. everybody has to take it. they just wanna make sure everyone can read the Quran after we graduate. it doesnt even have credit hour.

thank again! :)