To many of us, Friday represents the conclusion of a long, arduous week’s worth of school and the usher to a weekend of relaxed vacuity. Although this view is certainly not misplaced nor pernicious by any means, it is important to remember that Friday holds an Islamic significance. As our Prophet (PBUH) said, “The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday; on it Adam was created; on it he was made to enter Paradise; on it he was expelled from it; and the [last] hour (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) will take place on no day other than Friday.” (Muslim).
The Prophet (PBUH) also stated, “There is a time on Friday at which Allah grants the request of any Muslim servant who, at this time, happens to be asking Allah for something while standing in Prayer” And the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) pointed with his hand to indicate that this period of time is very short (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). If Allah is so merciful as to give us such an opportunity, it would certainly be foolish to not take advantage of it.
And while it is hard for many of us to attend Jumaah every week, whether it be due to school or work, an effort should always be made, as it’s benefits are tremendous. Our Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said, “The five [daily prescribed] Prayers, and Friday [prayer] to the [next] Friday [prayer], and Ramadan to the next Ramadan, is expiation of the sins committed in between them, so long as major sins are avoided.” (Muslim)
We’ve all heard, of course, to read Surat Al-Kahf every Friday, but why exactly should we? Another hadith of the Prophet states “Whoever reads Surah al Kahf on the night of Jummah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Kabah” (al-Jaami). Aisha (RA) articulatd that the Prophet had even described Surat Al-Kahf as “a Surah which is so full of greatness it reaches between the heaven and earth and it has blessings written for it of similar proportions (from the sky to earth) whoever reads it on Yaumul Jummah is forgiven what occurred between that Jumaah and the next, in addition to 3 days (i.e. 10 days in all) and whoever reads the last five ayat of it when he goes to sleep, Allah will send him that night what he wants.” Undoubtedly, we should all strive to read Kahf every Friday and perhaps even more often, as Allah in his infinite mercy has made its benefits immense.