In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Friday Prayers
By Irshad Mahmood - Director, Siraat-al-Mustaqeem Dawah Centre

If you MISS the Friday Speech then You LOSE Benefits of Friday Prayers. Major Differences between Friday Prayers and Regular Five Time Prayers is the Friday Speech. Best time for Friday Prayer is Dhuhr time, BUT can be offered after sunrise and before Asr time, if there is any reasonable issue with space etc. and cannot accommodate all at one time. Friday Prayer is Weekly Eid Prayer, which has Friday Speech like in Eid Prayer. Friday Prayer is Obligatory as per Quraan BUT not the Eid Pryaers and it must be performed even if you have offered Eid Prayers.

Men MUST give permission to their WOMEN to go for Friday Prayers:

When women ask permission for going to the masjid, do not prevent them, (Sahi Muslim_Book-4_Hadith-0884, 0885, 0887).

The best rows for men are the first rows, and the worst ones the last ones, and the best rows for women are the last ones and the worst ones for them are the first ones, (Ref: Sahi Muslim_Book-4_Hadith-0881).

Confusion of Women Praying in Masjid:

Generally women get confuse from the following Hadeeth, which is actually for Regular Five Time Prayers. Friday Prayers is DIFFERENT from the Regular Prayers and there is special Surah for it, Surah AL-JUMUA (THE CONGREGATION, FRIDAY), Chapter 62. Remember the Six Major Authentic Hadith collections, are:

Sahih Bukhari by Imam Bukhari (d. 870) 7275 hadiths

Sahih Muslim by Muslim b. al-Hajjaj (d. 875) included 9200
Sunan Abi Da'ud by Abu Da'ud (d. 888)  
Sunan al-Tirmidhi by al-Tirmidhi (d. 892)  
Sunan al-Sughra by al-Nasa'i (d. 915)  
Sunan Ibn Maja by Ibn Maja (d. 886)  

The original ahadith referring to "it is best that women pray Five Times Regular Prayers (NOT Friday Prayers) at home" is found in Musnad Ahmed (collection of ahadith), # 25331.  The translation of the 'Arabic text is found below:

"The best mosque for women is the bottom (meaning the inner-most part) of their homes."

Think! is perfume or other attractive wearings are more important than Friday Prayer?

It is better for women to pray in their houses than to attend congregational prayers (NOT Friday Prayers) . However, they may go to the masjid and attend the congregational prayer if they avoid wearing or using any attractive or tempting adornment or perfume, (Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume-2, Book-26, Congregational Prayer,  Fiqh-2.050).

Keep in mind that Women in the West go everywhere. They are in the markets, in malls, in restaurants, and in offices. It is ironic that some men allow them to go to all the places of temptation, but they want to stop them from coming to the places where they can pray to their Lord and learn about their faith.

And when they see business or sport (fun, entertainment) they rush for it, and leave you standing. Say: What is with Allah is better than sport (fun, entertainment) and (better) than business, and Allah is the best of Sustainers (Provider), (Al_Quraan_062.011).

Below is the website for more reference on Women Praying in Masjid:

Friday Prayers are for both Men as well as Women:

O you (Men and Women) who believe! when the call is made for prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), then hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off trading (business); that is better for you (Men and Women), if you (Men and Women) know. But when the prayer is ended then disperse in the land and seek of Allah's grace/bounty, and remember Allah much, that you (Men and Women) may be successful, (Al_Quraan_062.009-010).

(There is No such thing like Weekly Holiday in Islaam. So Work, Work and Work)

Al-Tirmidhi Hadeeth 1398 Narrated byUbayd ibn as-Sabbaq ; Abdullah ibn Abbas Ubayd told in mursal form that Allah`s Messenger (peace be upon him) said one Friday, "Company of Muslims, this is a day which Allah has appointed as a festival, so bathe, and if anyone has perfume it does him no harm to apply some of it; and you should use the tooth-stick." Malik transmitted it. Ibn Majah transmitted it from him, and it is fully connected form Ibn Abbas.

How to Offer Friday Salaat:

There is NO Duhr Salaat if you are offering Friday Salaat, so skip Duhr Salaat. Offer two Rakaat Sunnah, upon arrival at Masjid, BUT if the Friday Speech (Khutba) has already started then SKIP the Sunnah Prayer, which you may make up later. Then Listen to Friday Speech (Khutba) with Full Attention, since it is fard to listen to it with full attention and is part of Friday Prayers. Then offer two Rakaat Fard behind the Imaam (Sheikh) and finally offer two Rakaat Sunnah at the end.

Friday Khutba (Speech) is a very essential part in which we have a “Repeating and Reminding Sessions”, which is a key to the success of Effective Communication. Think, how many of Men explains the Friday Khutba (Speech) to their women after going to their home, may be less than 2% and out of which how many of them explains 100% of the Friday Khutba (Speech) 0%. So what education we are giving to our Women, almost Nothing. So what will happen to our generations? We must have enough space at the Masjid to accommodate our Women. Women are not slave; they are an essential part of the community on which our future generation is fully dependent.

Dark Side of NOT Offering Friday Salaat:

Let us see the dark side of not offering Friday Prayer. Our Future Generation are totally depend upon our women. On Friday there is a SPEECH before prayer, which is also COMPULSORY. Also Friday speech, which includes explanation of the Quraan, is a LESSON, Religious STUDY time for both MEN and WOMEN. BUT alas Shaitaan managed to enter some of the false Hadeeth by making fool to Ummah, so that WOMEN have stopped going to Masjid for Friday Prayers and so slowly they forgot and gone away from religious study, and so our Future Generation is. As you can see how badly our Ummah is away from the Quraan, and we are getting Disasters one after another including Cruel Rulers.

Don’t apply exceptional rules over general rules like for patients, pregnant women who are unable to go, etc. Specially, Working Women have NO choice other than do break for Friday Prayers. Those women who can manage to go for Friday Prayers without Great Difficulty, must go for it. They must also know when they are not allowed to offer prayers as well.

Allah has allowed Women to work as well:

And in no wise covet those things in which Allah hath bestowed his gifts more freely on some of you than on others: to men is allotted what they earn and to women what they earn: but ask Allah of His bounty: for Allah hath full knowledge of all things, (Al_Quraan_004.032).

How Enemy of Islaam succeeded on diverting Ummah from Quraan?

In the struggle for power and domination Quraan had been the biggest challenge to the Enemy of Islaam. Although, they could not stop Muslims from obedience of the Quraan BUT they succeeded in giving them very wrong concepts about it. That was a great conspiracy which took them three centuries to establish false beliefs and practices among the Muslims. Some of these false beliefs and practices are intelegently entered into Hadeeth to divert the Ummah.

REMEMBER: Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) never performed any single act against the Quraan. Actually Rasool Allah (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was walking/talking Quraan.

During the life time of the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) and his companion, it was impossible to say anything against Quraan but after them there was no check. The Enemy of Islaam has flooded the Muslims' world with LIES and fabrications against the Quraan. If anyone questioned that such and such belief or practice is against the Quraan the reply had always been, like today, that this is Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him). This way the enemies of Islam took away the Quraan from Muslims and succeeded in inflicting upon them an ignominious life.

Now, what happens they read lot of Quraan but  for Thawab only and not for guidance.  They establish prayers but to worship God and not to combat Fohsha wal Munkarat. They pay regular charity but to purify the wealth and not for its circulation among all classes in the society. And, when you ask them why they are doing this?  Everyone will reply this is Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him). And if asked who told this is Sunnah? They will name anyone from among the Companions who lived during the first century - for example, Omer (ra) or Aisha (ra) reported this and that. When asked who told this? They will name anyone from Taabe'heen or Tabb'a Taabe'heen who lived during the second century. When asked further they will ultimately confess that all this stuff came to us through Bukhari and other Mohaditheen who lived during the third century.

In other words, the Muslims are trapped in a great conspiracy. They are deceived to follow the path which is not found in Quraan. They think they are treading into the footsteps of the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) but, in fact, they are treading into the footsteps of Shaitaan. The interesting aspect of this conspiracy is that no one feels guilty. In spite of, all the sufferings and humiliations they are proud of what they are doing in the name of the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) and Islaam. No one likes to come out of this darkness. And, if any blessed soul endeavors to show them the right path they consider him an agent of the Enemy of Islaam. One wonders, what else the Enemy of Islaam want to do with Muslims? They had already sent them to the bottom of hell.

The truth is that the real source of Muslims' unity and honor was Quraan. The Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) and his great companions followed nothing except the Quraan. They never looked for guidance to any other historical or ideological source. They were solely inspired and motivated by the Quraan. When the Prophet (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) was alive and his life was the perfect embodiment of Quraanic Values. After his (Peace-Be-Upon-Him) death, Muslims kept treading in his footsteps and followed the Quraan with more zeal and devotion. Quraan elevated them to the highest level of morality and wisdom. They achieved great success and honor in the contemporary world and remained dominant as long as they followed the Quraan.

Non-Practicing Muslims are like ASS / Donkey carrying books, (Ref: Al_Quraan_062.005).

None argue concerning the revelations (Ayaat) of Allah but those who disbelieve …, (Ref: Al_Quraan_040.004).

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