You might have heard the greetings of 'Jummah Mubarak' many a times. But do you know what it means? This greeting is usually heard on Fridays which according to Islam is the holiest day of the week. In many religions there is a special day of the week that is considered holy. In Hinduism various days of the week are considered to be holy. But but in monotheistic religions like Christianity, Islam and Judaism, there is one special holy day in the week.
In Christianity and Judaism, both of which are Abrahamic religions, Sunday is the day of Sabbath or rest. It is the day when Christians go to Church. Similarly in Islam, Friday is the day for prayer and festivities. In many Islamic countries, Friday is set as weekly off. It is the first day of the week in these Islamic countries. However, very few people know the spiritual significance of Friday in Islam.
Why Friday Is The Holy Day Of The Week?
- According to Islamic scriptures, the holy prophet Mohammed proclaimed that Friday is the holiest day on which the sun rises.
- The prophet went to explain his proclamation by saying that God created the first man on Earth, Adam on the same day.
- Adam was also expelled from paradise on a fateful Friday due his his crime of passion.
- It was a Friday on which God forgave his son Adam and restored him to this Earth.
- According to Islamic scriptures, Quyamat or the day of destruction of this Universe will also be a Friday.
What Is Jummah?
Most people believe that Jummah is just another way of saying that it is a Friday. But that is not true. Jummah means much more than a mere day. It basically refers to the special prayers offered by Muslims on Friday. Devout Muslims are expected to pray or read the namaz five times in a day. It is not compulsory for them to go to mosque everyday. But all the Muslims are expected to be at the mosque for namaz on Friday evening. This is the prayer of Jummah which is usually conducted by a muezzin.
In large Mosques like the Jamma Masjid in Delhi, crowd of thousands gathers to offer their special Friday prayers.
Friday in Islam is a day for special prayer and festivities followed by it. Do you know any other reason why Friday is considered holy in Islam?