The Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said: ‘Jibreel Alaihis Salam came to me and in his hand was like a clear white mirror with a black spot in it.’
I said, ‘Jibreel, what is this?’
He said, ‘This is Friday’
I said, ‘What about Friday?’
He said, ‘There is goodness for you in it.’
I said, ‘What do we have on it?’
He said, ‘It is a happy day for you and for your people after you.’
I said, ‘What do we have on it?
He said, ‘There is an hour on that day in which if any Muslim servant asks Allah Ta’ala for anything in this world or the Hereafter and it is decreed for him, Allah Ta’ala will answer him. Or if it is not decreed for him, Allah Ta’ala will save something better for him. Or if he seeks Allah Ta’ala’s refuge from evil that is destined to him, Allah Ta’ala will take some worse evil away from him.’
I said, ‘What is this black spot in it?’
He said, ‘It is the Day of Resurrection and it will occur on a Friday. For us it is the superior of all days and on the Day of Resurrection, we call it The Day of Excess.’
I said, ‘Why?’
He said, ‘Because Your Lord the Exalted and Blessed took in Paradise a valley of white musk. On Friday, He the Almighty descends from ‘Iliyun on His Kursi. Then He surrounds the Kursi with pulpits of light, and then He salutes the Prophets till they sit on them. Afterwards, He surrounds the pulpits with golden seats, then the true believers and the martyrs come and sit on them. The people of the chambers descend to sit on those grains of aromatic musk.
Then their Lord, the Exalted and Blessed, shows Himself to them and says, ‘Ask for anything and I will give it to you.’
They ask for His satisfaction.
He then says, ‘My satisfaction with you is that I make you dwell in My Place and grant you My Grace. Ask Me and I will give it to you.’
They ask Him for His satisfaction and He announces that He is pleased with them. They will have opened for them equal to their worship on Friday what an eye never saw and an ear never heard of and what a human heart never thought of. Then Allah Ta’ala ascends followed by the Messengers. The true believers and martyrs ascend and the people of the chambers return to their chambers, which are white pearls free of defects or cracks, or red pearls or green chrysolite wherein are rooms and doors. Attached to them are rivers continuously flowing and fruits are hanging down. The need of that day is only to look more at their Lord and they get more of His Honour.’ (ibn Abi Shibah)
When the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi was asked why Friday was called Juma’ah he said, ‘It was called Juma’ah because Adam was brought together (created) on that day. [Juma’ah is from the same root as the word meaning ‘brought together’.]
Allah Ta’ala’s messeneger SallAllahu alaihiwasllam said, ‘Why was it called Juma’ah?’ because on it was formed the mud of your father and on it are the Blast, the Resurrection and the Impact, and on it will be the last three hours, one of which will be an hour that Allah Ta’ala will answer the one who prays to Him in it.’ (Ahmad)
The Truthful Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, ‘There is an hour on Friday that no believing servant witnesses praying and asking Allah Ta’ala for anything but Allah Ta’ala answers him.’ He was asked, ‘Which hour is it, Oh Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘The hour between Asr prayer and sunset.’ (Al-Hakim)
He SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, ‘The best day on which the sun ever rose is Firday. Adam was created on it, entered into the Garden on it and taken out from it, forgiven and died on it. On Friday will be the Hour. All creatures wake up on Friday afraid till the sun rises for fear of Resurrectionexcept the son of Adam. On Friday is an hour that no good servant witnesses while praying and asks Allah Ta’ala for anything but He grants it to him.’ (Malik and Abu Dawud, Ahmad and Al-Hakim)
The Scent of Paradise, a small volume by Abdul Aziz al-Shinnawy on Yaumul Juma’ah.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.