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    The Etiquette for Salat al-Jumuah

    Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo

    Excerpted from Salat al-Jumuah from AlJumuah magazine (vol. 8, #4)

    - Adapted from the Fiqh of the Friday Prayer

    "O believers, when the call is proclaimed for the prayer on Friday,
    come to the remembrance of Allah and leave off business, that is
    better for you if you but did know." [Al-Jumuah, 62:9]

    Purifying and cleaning oneself

    The person intending to perform Salat al-Jumuah is highly encouraged
    to have ghusl (full bath or shower). The majority of the scholars are
    of the opinion that the ghusl for Salat a-Jumuah is recommended
    (sunnah) but not obligatory. The ghusl is performed starting from the
    time of Fajr Prayer. Also, if a person performs ghusl and then later
    invalidates his ablution, he need not repeat the ghusl. Making
    ablution (wudhu) suffices. Furthermore, one ghusl may be used for
    removing sexual defilement (janabah) and for Salat al-Jumuah.

    Going early to the masjid

    There is a great reward in going early to Salat al-Jumuah, beginning
    after sunrise. By leaving for Salat al-Jumuah, one gets the reward of
    waiting for the Prayer, making dhikr (remembering Allah) and
    voluntary prayers during that time. Abu Umamah narrated that the
    Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) said, "The angels
    sit at the doors to the Masjids and with them are scrolls in which
    they record the people [who come]. When the Imam appears, the scrolls
    are rolled up." Abu Umamah was asked, "Does the one who comes after
    the Imam still have a Friday Prayer?" he said, "Certainly, but he is
    not one of those who is recorded [as coming early]." [Ahmad and al-

    Dressing well for Salat al-Jumuah

    This is a special time that requires Muslims to appear in the best
    manner possible. One should therefore put on his best attire for
    Salat al-Jumuah.

    The Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) said, "If one has the
    means, he should buy two pieces of clothing, other than his work
    clothes or [everyday clothing], to wear on Friday." [Abu Dawud]

    Performing tahiyyat al-Masjid

    If a person comes late to the Friday Prayer while the Imam is
    delivering the khutbah, should he pray the two rak`ahs of tahiyyat al-
    Masjid (prayer of greeting the mosque) and the sit or should he
    simply skip them? The strongest opinion is to perform the tahiyyat al-
    Masjid based on the Hadith of the Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa
    sallam): "If one of you comes to the Masjid, he should pray two
    rak`ahs before he sits" [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. However, tahiyyat al-
    Masjid is not required of the person giving the khutbah. Also, this
    requirement is limited only to prayers offered in a Masjid.

    Other Etiquette of Salat al-Jumuah:

    Walking to the Masjid whenever feasible as there is a reward for
    every step taken to the Masjid.
    Avoiding stepping over people to get to a particular spot in the
    Avoiding dividing two people who are sitting together.
    Not making someone stand and taking his place.
    Not clasping one's hands and intertwining one's fingers while waiting
    for the prayer.
    Sitting in the front rows and close to the Imam whenever possible.
    Remaining quiet while the Imam is delivering the khutbah. This
    actually includes listening to the Imam and not playing with anything
    while the Imam is speaking.
    Going to the Masjid in a state of calmness and not being hurried.
    Reciting surah al-Kahf (surah 18) as an authentic Hadith states: "For
    whoever recites surah al-Kahf on Friday, it will be a light for him
    from that Friday to the next." [Al-Bayahaqi and Al-Hakim] The surah
    could be read any time of the day.
    Indeed, Salat al-Jumuah is one of the most important acts of worship
    in Islam. The Prophet (sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam) has described
    the wonderful blessings and benefits that Allah has vouchsafed upon
    Muslims through this magnificent act. Knowing how important this
    prayer is in Allah's sight, Muslims must do their best to perform it
    in the best way possible. They should strive and sacrifice for the
    sake of this Prayer.

    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

    [This message has been edited by Sadiaa (edited March 02, 2002).]


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      Thx for posting, we all need to polish up on our etiquette.