Salatul Jumah, or Jum‘ah Prayers; One of the symbols of Islam carries great importance within our religion. It is an act of worship that one cannot possibly define all of the benefits. It is mentioned in the Holy Qur-an in Suratul Jum-ah; “Oh People who Believe! When the call for prayer is given on Friday, rush towards the remembrance of Allah and stop buying and selling, for this is better for those of you who understand”. In Hadeeth of the Prophet (s.a.w): “The most favourable day of all days is Friday. For this reason, read lots of Salaat and Salaam upon me, for I am notified of your Salaams”.

It is vital that we are prepared well for Jum‘ah Prayers; because it is a valuable and important act of worship, carried out on such a special day. As with all matters, once again we look to our Prophet (s.a.w) for guidance and example. Rasulullah (s.a.w) teaches us in numerous Hadeeths, how to prepare for when coming to Jum‘ah Prayers. In one Hadeeth from Sahih Buhari, Rasulullah says; “On Friday, if one person takes Ghusul ablution and washes thoroughly, then, if they attend the mosque after they have combed and oiled their hair and beard, or after they have used pleasant scents, and they sit without distrubing two people who have sat together, and if they pray as much as Allahu Ta’ala has given them permission, and if that person listens to the imam without saying a word, then all of his sins from this Jum‘ah to the next, shall all be forgiven”.

A general rule for when we attend to normal prayers with Jamaah, as well as Jumah prayers; is to stay away from eating strong scented foods raw; such as onion, garlic and leek as these can give disturbance to others around us. This is mentioned in a Hadeeth: “Whoever eats onion, garlic, or leek, should not come near to our Masjids. This is because, the Angels too are disturbed from what people are disturbed from”. When a person who enters the mosque for Jum‘ah prayers on a Friday, if the Khutbah has started of if they might disturb others, they should sit wherever they find space. If there are no spaces apart from spaces in the front lines, then they may -only because they have to- go up to where they find space.

When the Khatib takes his place in the Minbar, it is advised that the Jamaat remain quiet, that they do not speak, nor do they give or take salaam and that no Nawafil Salah should be performed. Regarding this, our Prophet (s.a.w) says in one Hadeeth: “When the imam is reading Hutbah on a Friday, he who tells his friend to be quiet will have made a mistake.” In addition, it is more beneficial to remain quiet even when we hear Rasulullah’s name within the hutbah, rather than reading Salaat and Salaam. According to a teaching from Imam Abu Yousef, in this state, we should still read Salaat and Salaam, but secretly and quietly.

One other important factor is the 10 Rak-ah we pray after the Jum‘ah Fard. If one person refrains from praying these 10 rak-ahs, and if their prayer is not accepted due to a defect, then that person’s Zuhr prayers will remain incomplete. For this reason, we must make every effort in completing our Jum‘ah prayers including the 10 Rak-ahs we pray after the Jum‘ah Fard. One of the most important factors of Islam, and also for being the day of celebration for Muslims, it is vital we show great value to Friday; Also we must stay awake and show full awareness and attention, especially at Jumah time.