Jummah Prayer for Muslim:
Muslims perform the Jummah prayer on every Friday in congregation. It is offered in the noon to replace the Dhuhr prayer. On remaining days of week Muslims perform five obligatory prayer Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha. In Friday prayer Imam gives a Sermon and then leads the people in offering two Rakats.
Importance of Jummah Prayer in Islam:
Jummah prayer is offered in congregation by every adult, sane Muslim who can attend the prayer and has no valid reason to leave the prayer. Islam gives much importance to jumma prayer as it is obligation for men to leave all the activities and go to mosque to offer the prayer. There is given importance to Friday prayer in the Holy Quran.
Friday Prayer Time:
From various Ahadith it is proven that Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) used to perform the Jummah prayer. It is not obligatory to perform Jummah prayer for women. But, it is noted that in the time of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) women used to come to mosque and offer the jumma prayer. It is not only the Friday prayer that is offered in congregation but, Islam prefers to perform all the prayers in congregation. There are a lot of benefits of offering prayer in congregation. Muslims perform prayers in congregation, meet all brothers and a sense of brotherhood is being developed among them.
When Jummah prayer time is start? When Imam calls for Friday prayer it is necessary to leave all the activities and rush towards the mosque. It does not mean that just offering the prayer is enough. Sermon (Khutba) is also an integral part of Jummah prayer and it is important to listen it with attention. In Khutba on every Friday Imam discusses an issue and makes clear about the specific topic he has chosen.
What is Jummah Prayer:
Every prayer is performed with clean dress, body and on a proper clean place. Jummah prayer is said as the weekly Eid for Muslims so it must be offered with certain etiquette and manners. Following are the manners to be considered while going to offer the Muslim Friday prayer:
- Take a bath and dress up properly.
- Walk towards masque early as on every step towards mosque there is a reward.
- Do not jump over the people to get the specific place.
- Try to go to mosque early and sit in front rows near the Imam.
- Do not ask anyone to stand for taking his seat.
- Keep attentive and listen sermon carefully.
- Recite Surah AL-Kahaf.
- Go to mosque in calm condition not in a hurry.
- Recite Darood upon Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
- Do not talk during Khutba.
It is not feasible to take the presence in Jummah Prayer lightly as some people go to mosque after Imam has given half of sermon. We do not close the shops after the call for prayer. Some people shave on Friday thinking it as a part of Ghusal. We must avoid these habits.