The Reward for Jumu’ah

Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “He who performs his Wudu’ perfectly and comes to Jumu’ah prayer and listens (to the Khutbah) silently, the sins which he has committed since the previous Friday plus three more days (i.e., 10 days) will be forgiven for him. One who distracts himself with pebbles during the Khutbah will not get the reward.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith brings into prominence the following five important points:

It induces one to take full care in ablutions, that is to say, it should be strictly performed according to Sunnah.

The excellence of Jumu’ah, which is obligatory for every sane, adult, healthy and resident Muslim, whether he lives in a town or village. The Friday prayer is performed in the mosque in congregation. It has two Rak’ah at the time of noon prayer and is preceded by the Khutbah of the Imam (who leads the prayer). It is not performed individually at home.

Whoever does one good act will get ten-times reward in return. According to this principle, one who performs a Friday prayer, his minor sins relating to the Rights of Allah which are committed by him in ten days are forgiven.

Silence during the Khutbah is a must, otherwise, one loses the reward of Jumu’ah prayer.

It is also necessary for the Khatib to deliver a brief Khutbah.

And Allah Knows Best!

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