Ramadan ka pehla jumma: Though the entire month of Ramzan is considered pious, Fridays hold a greater significance, especially the first Friday. To know the importance of the first Friday of Ramadan, read on.
Ramadan fasting commemorates the month when the teachings of the Holy Quran were first revealed to Prophet Muhammed.
Moreover, sawm (fasting), one of Islam’s five pillars, is practised during the month from sunrise to sunset.
And as per the Islamic tradition, Fridays (Jumu’ah in Arabic) are the holiest days of the week.
As per the Islamic tradition, Fridays (Jumu’ah in Arabic) are the holiest days of the week. Special congregational prayers are conducted in mosques, and Muslims in large numbers gather here to collectively offer prayers. Friday prayers are mandatory as they bestow blessings, and during Ramzan, the importance multiplies manifold.
Here’s how one of the verses in the Holy Quran describes the importance of a Friday prayer:
“O you who have faith! When the call is made for prayer on Friday, hurry toward the remembrance of God, and leave all business. That is better for you, should you know. And when the prayer is finished, disperse through the land and seek God’s grace, and remember God greatly so that you may be successful.”
Here’s how the Hadith quotes Prophet Muhammed as saying-
“On every Friday the angels take their stand at every gate of the mosques to write the names of the people chronologically and when the Imam sits they fold up their scrolls and get ready to listen to the sermon.”
Congregational prayers are emphasised as one of the most essential duties of a devout Muslim.
Here’s another quote by the Prophet on the importance of Friday-
“The best day the sun rises over is Friday; on it Allah created Adam. On it, he was made to enter paradise, on it he was expelled from it, and the Last Hour will take place on no other day than Friday.”
Therefore, Muslims worldwide attend the Jumu’ah prayers in a mosque, followed by the Khutba (sermons).
(Courtesy Times Now)