Angels Who Record the Names on Jummu’ah

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When the day of Friday arrives there are angels upon the door of every mosque to record those who arrive in order and when the Imam sits to deliver the sermon they close their scrolls and come to listen to the remembrance. The example of one who arrives earliest is like one who offers a fine camel, then the next is like one who offers a cow, then the next is like one who offers a ram, then the next is like one who offers a chicken, then the next is like one who offers an egg.”

(Sahih Bukhari 887, Sahih Muslim 850)

What is meant here by the sitting of the Imam?

The narration refers to the Imam coming in at the beginning, meaning the start of the khutbah as suggested and explained by Imaam al Maawardi (rh) and Allah Knows Best.

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Jumu’ah Reminder

Abu Zur’ah al-‘Iraqi said: I don’t know of any Hadith, that is more authentic than this Hadith, which has so much reward for such a small amount of action.

Do you know which hadith is he referring to?

It’s the authentic Hadith of Aws b. Aws reported by Ahmad and Abu Dawud, that the Messenger of Allah, SallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam, said:

مَنْ اغْتَسَلَ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ وَغَسَّلَ ، وَبَكَّرَ وَابْتَكَرَ ، وَدَنَا وَاسْتَمَعَ وَأَنْصَتَ ، كَانَ لَهُ بِكُلِّ خُطْوَةٍ يَخْطُوهَا أَجْرُ سَنَةٍ صِيَامُهَا وَقِيَامُهَا

“Whoever does ghusl on Friday and washes his head, and sets out early, and comes close to the imam and listens and keeps quiet, for every step he takes he will have the reward of fasting and praying qiyaam for one year.”

Another amazing Hadith is that of Salman al-Farisi who narrated that the Messenger of Allah, SallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam, said:

لَا يَغْتَسِلُ رَجُلٌ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ وَيَتَطَهَّرُ مَا اسْتَطَاعَ مِنْ طُهْرٍ وَيَدَّهِنُ مِنْ دُهْنِهِ أَوْ يَمَسُّ مِنْ طِيبِ بَيْتِهِ ثُمَّ يَخْرُجُ فَلَا يُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ اثْنَيْنِ ثُمَّ يُصَلِّي مَا كُتِبَ لَهُ ثُمَّ يُنْصِتُ إِذَا تَكَلَّمَ الْإِمَامُ إِلَّا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَ الْجُمُعَةِ الْأُخْرَى

“If a man takes a bath on Friday, and purifies himself as much as possible, oils his hair, applies whatever perfume available in his house, sets forth (for the mosque), does not separate two people (to make a seat for himself), performs Salat what is prescribed for him, remains silent when the Imam speaks, his sins between that Friday and the following Friday will be forgiven.”
(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Don’t forget to add some sadaqah to your good deeds on this day. Ka’b b. Malik said as reported by Ibn Abi Shaybah:

“(Reward of) Al-Sadaqah (charity) is multiplied on the day of Jumu’ah.”

Making Du’a On Friday

Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim from Abu Huraira (ra) who said: Abu’l-Qaasim (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “On Friday there is an hour when, if a Muslim happens to pray at that time and ask Allaah for something good, He will give it to him.”

Generally the Sahaabah viewed this to be just before Maghrib. So in the last half an hour, or however long you can commit to, even 5 minutes, supplicate and beg Allah! This is only on Fridays.

Rewards For The Day of Jumu’ah

A scholar of the past said regarding a Hadith: “I don’t know of any Hadith that is more authentic than this Hadith – which has so much reward for such a small amount of action.”

Do you know which Hadith that is?

It’s the authentic narration of Aws b. Aws reported by Ahmad and Abu Dawud that the Messenger of Allah, SallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam, said:

مَنْ اغْتَسَلَ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ وَغَسَّلَ ، وَبَكَّرَ وَابْتَكَرَ ، وَدَنَا وَاسْتَمَعَ وَأَنْصَتَ ، كَانَ لَهُ بِكُلِّ خُطْوَةٍ يَخْطُوهَا أَجْرُ سَنَةٍ صِيَامُهَا وَقِيَامُهَا

“Whoever does ghusl on Friday and washes his head, and sets out early, and comes close to the imam and listens and keeps quiet, for every step he takes he will have the reward of fasting and praying qiyaam for one year.”

Also, Salman al-Farisi narrated that the Messenger of Allah, SallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam, said:

لَا يَغْتَسِلُ رَجُلٌ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ وَيَتَطَهَّرُ مَا اسْتَطَاعَ مِنْ طُهْرٍ وَيَدَّهِنُ مِنْ دُهْنِهِ أَوْ يَمَسُّ مِنْ طِيبِ بَيْتِهِ ثُمَّ يَخْرُجُ فَلَا يُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ اثْنَيْنِ ثُمَّ يُصَلِّي مَا كُتِبَ لَهُ ثُمَّ يُنْصِتُ إِذَا تَكَلَّمَ الْإِمَامُ إِلَّا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَ الْجُمُعَةِ الْأُخْرَى

“If a man takes a bath on Friday, and purifies himself as much as possible, oils his hair, applies whatever perfume available in his house, sets forth (for the mosque), does not separate two people (to make a seat for himself), performs Salat what is prescribed for him, remains silent when the Imam speaks, his sins between that Friday and the following Friday will be forgiven.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Finally, if you want to stack up more reward then remember the authentic report of Ka’b b. Malik reported by Ibn Abi Shaybah:

“(Reward of) Al-Sadaqah (charity) is multiplied on the day of Jumu’ah.”