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Merits and Importance of Friday prayer

[ March 03, 2017 ]
The prayer (Salah) is the daily ritual prayer enjoined upon all Muslims as one of the five pillars of Islam and is performed five times a day by all Muslims. Salah is a precise worship, different from praying on the inspiration of the moment. Muslims pray or, perhaps more correctly, worship five times throughout the day.

As far as the importance of Friday prayer is concerned, it is obligatory for all muslims and this is supported by the holy Qur’an, the Sunnah and the consensus of the muslims. It occupies an important place among the distinctive features of Islam. A person who does not believe in the obligatory status of the Friday prayer falls outside the pale of Islam, and the one who abandons it due to negligence and carelessness, without a genuine reason, becomes a sinner. The holy Qur’án says: O Believers! When you hear the call to the Friday Prayer, hasten to the remembrance of almighty Allah and leave your trading; this is better for you only if you know it. (62 9). Here remembrance means the Friday Sermon and the congregational service, and hastening implies that one should make necessary preparations for it and attend the mosque promptly. This unusual stress throws light on the unique importance of the Friday Prayer. The other prayers can be offered without the congregation and, if missed, can be offered later also. But not so the Friday prayer. It is conditioned upon congregation and, if missed, cannot be offered later.
Therefore, as soon as the call for it is given, the believers are commanded to leave their business and trading and hasten to the mosque for the remembrance of almighty Allah. The fact is that the remembrance of almighty Allah for a little while and bowing and prostrating oneself before him along with the congregation in full consciousness yields eternal benefits for man far greater in value and worth than the temporary and meagre material gains that he craves for in the world. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has said : 1. The Friday Congregational prayer is obligatory for every Muslim, except the slave, the woman, the child and the sick. (Abu Da ud) 2. The Friday Prayer is obligatory on every person who believes in Almighty Allàh and the last day,i.e, the day if judgment ; the one who ignores it on account of sport or fun, or trade and business, will be ignored by Allah, who is pure and self-sufficient.