Jumu’ah Mubarak! Alhamdulilah we are blessed to be witnessing the first Jumu’ah of Ramadan. The day of Jumu’ah is the best of days before Allah (swt). As Muslims we are obligated to regard this day and consider it one of our Eids or festivals. In sha Allah, starting next Jumu’ah we will be posting a new virtue about Jumu’ah every week. We are going to be taking the virtues from Ibn al-Qayyim Jawziyya’s book, Za’d al Ma’d. For today, we just want to share some brief insight about what Ibn al-Qayyim had to say abut the importance of this blessed day.
Ibn al-Qayyim said:
Jumu‘ah prayer is singled out from among all the other obligatory prayers for having particular characteristics that are not found in other prayers, including the fact that it is offered in congregation, has a minimum number of worshippers required in order for it to be valid, the iqamah is a condition of its being valid, one must not be travelling in order for it to be obligatory, and the recitation is done out loud.
There is an emphasis on its importance the like of which is not mentioned for other prayers except Asr prayer. In the four Sunans it is narrated in the hadeeth of Abu’l-Ja‘d ad-Dumari – who was a Companion – that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever misses three Jumu‘ahs out of heedlessness, Allah will place a seal on his heart.”
May Allah (swt) guide us all and make us respect the day of Jumu’ah the way it deserves to be respected. Ameen.