Friday prayers in Islam is known as as “Salatul Jummah”, as it is one of the most important congregation prayers for the week. The spiritual significance of Jummah can never be underestimated, in fact it is encouraged that every able Muslim participate in it. Since 19th century Perth Muslims have been praying this special congregation prayer all around Western Australia. Perth Mosque in Northbridge in 1905, Fremantle 1895 and Coolgardie 1896 saw early WA Muslims performing this congregation prayer gaining respect and admiration of colonial governor.
In the post-modern times of the 21st century our metropolitan mosques and cultural centres are carrying on the same time-less tradition as their fore-bearers in beautiful unison by praising Allah- the creator and Lord of the heavens and Earth every Friday.
In the Muslim jurisprudence Jummah’s significance is firmly laid down as explained below:
Imam Bukhari and Muslim reported that Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) had said, “We (Muslims) came last and yet we are the first on the day of judgment. They have received the books before us (meaning Torah and Injil). We have received the book after them (meaning the Qur’an). Friday was their day to be glorified. However, they disputed on that while Allah had told us Friday is the day to glorify. Thus they will follow us. The Jews glorify Saturday, and the Christians glorify Sunday.”
By Sheikh Amin Abu Anas
The Friday prayer (Juma’ah Salat) is very important for each Muslim, male and female, because it is their weekly Salat and it is a blessing that Allah bestowed on the people ofMuhammad (SAW).
Also reported by Imam Muslim, Abo-Dawod, Al-Nesaii, and Al-Termithi, that Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) had said, “The best day during which the sun have risen is Friday. It is the Day Adam was created. It is the day when Adam entered paradise and also when he was taken out from it. It is also the day on which the day of judgment takes place.”
Rasulallah (P.B.U.H) is Reported to have said, “Recite Durood upon me in abundance on the day of Jummah since they are presented to me.” (Ibn Majah)
Jummah prayer is observed in every corner of the Planet.