Friday, 12 June 2009

Jumuah 3 - late Friday post

This day Friday is called Jumuah because this is the day that the whole of creation was gathered (mujtama’) together, and the clay of Adam alayhi salam was collected (jam’) and because people gather (jam’) and perform the Friday salah on this day. Before the advent of Islam, this day was called ‘Aroobah.

Imams Bukhari and Muslim reported that Rasoolillah (SAW) had said, "We (Muslims) came last and yet we are the first on the day of judgment. They have received the books before us (meaning Torah and Injil). We have received the book after them (meaning the Qur’an). Friday was their day to be glorified. However, they disputed on that while Allah had told us Friday is the day to glorify. Thus they will follow us. The Jews glorify Saturday, and the Christians glorify Sunday."

Also reported by Imam Muslim, Abu Dawud, Al-Nisai, and Al-Tirmidhi, that Rasoolillah (SAW) had said, "The best day during which the sun have risen is Friday. It is the Day Adam was created. It is the day when Adam entered paradise and also when he was taken out from it. It is also the day on which the day of judgment takes place."

3 things to do this Jumu’ah:

1.)Men are obligated to participate in Friday Prayer. Allah (SWT) said in Surah Al-Jumauah, (verse 9), what can be translated as, "O’ you who believe! When the call is proclaimed to Prayer on Friday hasten earnestly to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off business. That is best for you if you but knew."

2.)It is also recommended to increase supplication especially at the last hour of the day since it is the hour when requests are replied by Allah. In an authentic hadith reported by Imam Al-Nisai, Abu-Dawod, and Al-hakim, that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, "Friday has 12 hours, one of which is the hour where cries are granted for Muslim believers. This hour is sought at the last hour after Asar."

3.)It is also recommended that Muslims recite Surah Al-Kahf, because of the authentic hadith reported by Imam Al-Baihaqee and Al-Hakim, that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had said, "Who ever recites Surah Al-Kahf on Friday, Allah will give him a light to the next Friday."
Allah (SWT) said in Surah Al-Jumu’ah, (verse 10), what can be translated as, "And when the prayer is finished, then you may disperse through the land and seek of the bounty of Allah." It was not a habit of any of the companions to consider Friday as a day to take off work.

It is also the day our father Adam was created. So something else to ponder is the something thousand of thousand year anniversary of man’s existence on this beautiful earth. Have we come far? Are we proud of what we have done to this earth? What have we done since we came into existence done for good? What can we do more? Inshallah these are things to reflect on.

Allah tells us "O' mankind! Surely We created you from dust." (Surah 30: Verse 20). This is something humbling. How is it that we come from dust and get back to dust but in the meantime on earth we can be so arrogant and heedless. Allah Ta’allah reminds us that He is far greater than we.
Before Adam’s creation Allah told the angels what He was going to do.
"And when your Lord said to the angels: I am about to appoint a vicegerent in the earth. They said: Will you place therein such as will cause disorder in it or shed blood ? We celebrate your praise and extol your holy names. He answered: I know what you know not." (Surah 2: Verse 30)
This means that unlike the first assumptions of the angels, that we will cause disorder and shed blood which we continually do, there must be some good out of this creation of Adam alayhi salam. We too like the angels must praise the One most deserving of praise and worship. Be grateful for the bounty He has bestowed on us. That which we asked for and indeed that which we did not.
"And He taught Adam the names of all things; then presenting them to the angels, He said: Tell Me the names of these if you are right." (Surah 2: Verse 31)
The Angels did not know their names and said:
"Glory be to You. We have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Surely, You are Knowing, the Wise." (Surah 2: Verse 32)
After that Allah questioned Adam in the presence of all Angels about the names of different objects. He gave correct answers on the basis of this superiority. Allah asked all the Angels to bow as a mark of respect to Adam who was created so miraculously. The Holy Quran affirms:
"O' angels! Fall down making obeisance to Adam" (Surah 15: Verse 29)
And when Allah asked them to bow to Adam alayhi salam all the angels obeyed except a Jinn that was amongst them, Iblis.

His pride and arrogance blinded him. We can see the different workings of Angels as compared to Jinn. Angels do not have the capacity to disobey. They are made to perfect submission. Jinn, like us can disobey.
The Noble Qur'an - Ar-Rahmaan 55:15, 15
He created man (Adam) from sounding clay like the clay of pottery.
And the jinns did He create from a smokeless flame of fire.
Iblis felt that his make up was more superior than Adam’s and was defiant. As a result Allah Ta’alah expelled him out of the Garden of Bliss and deprived him of all Divine favours.

"Iblis said: Give me respite till the Resurrection Day. Allah said: Be you among those who are given respite. He said: Because You have thrown me out of the way, I will certainly lie in wait for them on Your Straight Path. Then will assault them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, nor will You find most of them grateful." (Surah 7: 14-18)
So Allah granted him and his progeny life until the Day of Judgement. Todate Shaytan and his army are around us tempting us, guiding us to the wrong path. He’s already lied to people that he didn’t exist. And, Poof like that , he’s gone. So now, most people don’t know he’s there, so they don’t guard against our biggest enemy!

Just to point out when the man says "Satan and his angels". {---- (false) ....satan and his fellow jinn. Disclaimer: UFOs don't exist. :)

But we must make JIHAD. Fight the Devil in ourselves. The doubt. The temptation.
This Friday, we must do that by first acknowledging there is A God, one God and He is giving us Signs, everyday…look around you, look inside you…Signs everywhere, the One true guide in Islam, the logic.
We will soon show them Signs in the Universe and inside their selves until it will become quite clear to them that it is the Truth. Is it not sufficient as regards your Lord that He is a Witness over all things? –The Noble Quran 41:53

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

The Purity- Chapter 112, Quran

Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him.

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