10 things to do on the day of Jummah

The day of Friday is a blessed day, better than any other day of the week. The Prophet ﷺ said “The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday”. Indeed, just as Ramadan is the best of months, and Laylatul Qadr is the best of nights, likewise Friday is the best of days. The apostle of Allah ﷺ said It contains a time at which no Muslim prays and asks anything from Allah, except that Allah gives it to him.

1. Clip Nails & Remove Extra hair

It is proved in the sound collections of Hadith of al-Bukhari and Muslim from Abu Hurairah (Radiya Allahu Anhu) that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: 

Five things are part of one’s Fitra (human nature and disposition): Shaving the pubic hairs, circumcision, trimming the moustache, removing the hair under the arms and trimming the nails

2. Take a bath

There are many Hadith which indicate that ghouls on Friday is highly recommended. The Prophet ﷺ once came out on a hot day and the people perspired profusely in their wooden clothes, so much that a foul smell emitted from them and troubled others. These people were mostly workers and had no servants. The Prophet ﷺ said “were you to take a bath on Friday”.

It is also narrated by `Abdullah bin `Umar that he heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying

Anyone of you coming for the Jumua prayer should take a bath.

Bukhari 894

3. Dress in finest clothes

The Prophet of Allah ﷺ insisted on wearing his best clothes on Friday, therefore we as his followers should do likewise. It has been narrated by `Abdullah bin `Umar:

`Umar bin Al-Khattab saw a silken cloak (being sold) at the gate of the Mosque and said to Allah’s Apostle, “I wish you would buy this to wear on Fridays and also on occasions of the arrivals of the delegations.” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) replied, “This will be worn by a person who will have no share (reward) in the Hereafter.” Later on similar cloaks were given to Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and he gave one of them to `Umar bin Al-Khattab. On that `Umar said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! You have given me this cloak although on the cloak of Atarid (a cloak merchant who was selling that silken cloak at the gate of the mosque) you passed such and such a remark.” Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) replied, “I have not given you this to wear”. And so `Umar bin Al-Khattab gave it to his pagan brother in Mecca to wear.

Sahih al-Bukhari 886

This hadith shows that the Prophet ﷺ and his companions, may Allah be please with them, would wear fine clothes on Friday. Just as we wear nice clothes on the two Eid’s, as Friday is considered the Eid of the week, we should also wear our best clothes on this day.

4. Use miswak

There are many Hadith in which the mistake is highly recommended for every prayer, and highly recmmended for the Friday prayer. It has been narrated by Abu Huraira that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,

“If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak for every prayer.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 887

5. Apply Perfume

Narrated Abu Sa`id:

I testify that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The taking of a bath on Friday is compulsory for every male Muslim who has attained the age of puberty and (also) the cleaning of his teeth with Siwak, and the using of perfume if it is available.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 880

It is clear that nobody should go to the mosque with an offensive smell about him. He should take a bath, perfume himself, use miswak and arrive as early as possible.

6. Read Surah al-Kahf

Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said

Whoever recites Surat al-Kahf on Friday will have a light between this Friday and the next.”

In another narration, the Prophet said,

Whoever reads Surat al-Kahf as it was revealed, there will be a light for him on the Day of Resurrection.

al-Sunan al-Kubrá 5856

7. Go the mosque early

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) said, “Any person who takes a bath on Friday like the bath of Janaba and then goes for the prayer (in the first hour i.e. early), it is as if he had sacrificed a camel (in Allah’s cause); and whoever goes in the second hour it is as if he had sacrificed a cow; and whoever goes in the third hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a horned ram; and if one goes in the fourth hour, then it is as if he had sacrificed a hen; and whoever goes in the fifth hour then it is as if he had offered an egg. When the Imam comes out (i.e. starts delivering the Khutba), the angels present themselves to listen to the Khutba.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 881

8. Listen to the sermon attentively

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “When it is a Friday, the angels stand at the gate of the mosque and keep on writing the names of the persons coming to the mosque in succession according to their arrivals. The example of the one who enters the mosque in the earliest hour is that of one offering a camel (in sacrifice). The one coming next is like one offering a cow and then a ram and then a chicken and then an egg respectively. When the Imam comes out (for Jumua prayer) they (i.e. angels) fold their papers and listen to the Khutba.”

 Sahih al-Bukhari 929

9. Invoke blessings on the Prophet ﷺ

Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.

Quran 33:56

10. Supplicate abundantly to Allah

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) talked about Friday and said, “There is an hour (opportune time) on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while praying and asks something from Allah, then Allah will definitely meet his demand.” And he (the Prophet) pointed out the shortness of that time with his hands.

 Sahih al-Bukhari 935

There is difference of opinion amongst the scholars as to when this hour occurs. However preference has been given to two views:

  1. It is from the time when the imam sits on the minbar until the end of the prayer
  2. It is after ‘Asr salah and before Maghrib Salah.