Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Etiquette For Solah al-Jumuah

The Etiquette For Solah al-Jumuah

In the Name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful;
All praise and thanks are due to Allāh, May Allāh blessings and peace be upon His Messenger.

Allah says: "O believers, when the call is proclaimed for the prayer on Friday, come to the remembrance of Allah and leave off business, that is better for you if you but did know." [Al-Jumuah, 62:9]

Purifying and cleaning oneself

The person intending to perform Salah al-Jumuah is highly encouraged to have ghusul (full bath or shower). The majority of the scholars are of the opinion that the ghusl for Solat a-Jumuah is recommended (sunnah) but not obligatory. The ghusul is performed starting from the time of Fajar Prayer. Also, if a person performs ghusul and then later invalidates his ablution, he need not repeat the ghusul. Making ablution (wudhu’) suffices. Furthermore, one ghusl may be used for removing sexual defilement (janabah) and for Solah al-Jumuah.

Going early to the masjid

There is a great reward in going early to Solah al-Jumuah, beginning after sunrise. By leaving for Solat al-Jumuah, one gets the reward of waiting for the Prayer, making dzikir (remembering Allah) and voluntary prayers during that time. Abu Umamah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) said, "The angels sit at the doors to the Masjids and with them are scrolls in which they record the people [who come]. When the Imam appears, the scrolls are rolled up." Abu Umamah was asked, "Does the one who comes after the Imam still have a Friday Prayer?" he said, "Certainly, but he is not one of those who is recorded [as coming early]." [Ahmad and al-Tabarani]

Dressing well for Solat al-Jumuah

This is a special time that requires Muslims to appear in the best manner possible. One should therefore put on his best attire for Solat al-Jumuah.

Allah Says: "O Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters." [Al-A'raf, 7:31]

The Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) said, "If one has the means, he should buy two pieces of clothing, other than his work clothes or [everyday clothing], to wear on Friday." [Abu Dawud]

Performing Tahiyyat al-Masjid

If a person comes late to the Friday Prayer while the Imam is delivering the khutbah, should he pray the two raka`ahs of Tahiyyat al-Masjid (prayer of greeting the mosque) and the sit or should he simply skip them? The strongest opinion is to perform the Tahiyyat al-Masjid based on the Hadith of the Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam): "If one of you comes to the Masjid, he should pray two rak`ahs before he sits" [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. However, Tahiyyat al-Masjid is not required of the person giving the khutbah. Also, this requirement is limited only to prayers offered in a Masjid.

Other Etiquette of Solah al-Jumuah:

1.Walking to the Masjid whenever feasible as there is a reward for every step taken to the Masjid.
2.Avoiding stepping over people to get to a particular spot in the Masjid.
3.Avoiding dividing two people who are sitting together.
4.Not making someone stand and taking his place.
5.Not clasping one’s hands and intertwining one’s fingers while waiting for the prayer.
6.Sitting in the front rows and close to the Imam whenever possible.
7.Remaining quiet while the Imam is delivering the khutbah. This actually includes listening to the Imam and not playing with anything while the Imam is speaking.
8.Going to the Masjid in a state of calmness and not being hurried.
9.Reciting Surah Al-Kahfi (surah 18) as an authentic Hadith states: "For whoever recites Surah Al-Kahfi on Friday, it will be a light for him from that Friday to the next." [Al-Bayhaqi and Al-Hakim] The surah could be read any time of the day.

Indeed, Solah al-Jumuah is one of the most important acts of worship in Islam. The Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) has described the wonderful blessings and benefits that Allah has vouchsafed upon Muslims through this magnificent act. Knowing how important this prayer is in Allah’s sight, Muslims must do their best to perform it in the best way possible. They should strive and sacrifice for the sake of this Prayer.

Excerpted from Solat al-Jumuah from Al-Jumuah magazine (Vol. 8, No.4)[Adapted from the Fiqh of the Friday Prayer © IANA ]

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