Dear brothers, this is the best day of the week as Muslims and so this is the perfect day to follow the example of the Prophet SAWS and to gain reward with Allah SWT. This is mentioned in the Quran by Allah SWT in Sura Al-Jummah, ayat 9:
O you who believe, When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the day of assembly), hasten earnestly to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic) : That is the best for you if you but knew.
Dear brothers, we have been blessed with many mercies from Allah SWT and they really are too many in number to mention but as the topic of Jumma is this week’s khutba, it is important to relate the following hadith in which the Prophet SAWS said:
“Whoever goes out of his out on day of Friday then prayed two Rak’as and did not cause any nuisance and then listened until the Imam finished, then prayed with the Imam then Allah will forgive his sins between this Friday and the next”
Dear brothers, here we have the Prophet SAWS informing us of how to wipe the slate clean from one Friday to the next. How important it is then that we adhere to the manners associated with this blessed day?
The remainder of this khutba outlines the manners and blessings associated with this day so that we can aim to be of the people that are mentioned in the Hadith above.
One of the manners of this day is to read Sura Kahf. We should treat this like we do any routine appointment or meeting we have in our calendars and put it in our schedule to be completed every Friday.
Another point worth remembering is the danger of missing this prayer. The imam reminded us about the following hadith in which it is translated to say:
“People must cease to neglect the Friday prayers, or else Allah will seal their hearts and then they will be among the unmindful.”
Dear brothers, we are blessed to live in a part of the world where we are still able to practice our faith freely. As challenging as it may be to come for Friday prayers in a country where this day isn’t a weekend day, we must remember that there is a warning to those who neglect this prayer.
And alongside this, it’s worth remembering one of the jewels of this day and that is conveyed in the following hadith in which the Prophet SAWS said:
Friday is divided into twelve hours. Amongst them there is an hour in which a Muslim does not ask Allah for anything but He gives it to him. So seek it in the last hour after the afternoon prayer.
Dear brothers, 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 promised Muslims through this magnificent act.
Knowing how important this prayer is in Allah’s SWT 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.
May Allah SWT enable us to recognize the importance of this blessed day. May Allah SWT give us the ability to carry out the manners associated with this blessed day. And May Allah SWT make us from amongst those who benefit the most from this blessed day.