WHAT MAKES FRIDAY HOLIER IN ISLAM?
As usual, Muhammad would sure give ridiculous reasons for his declaration of Friday as a sacred day in Islam. The Jews and Christians had observed Saturday and Sunday respectively as sacred for centuries before Islam's birth. After the failure of his 13-year mission to become the leader of Mecca, Muhammad migrated to Medina with the intention of becoming its leader. Jews were the dominant and prosperous community there, and Muhammad adopted almost all religious customs of the Jews. He observed fasting and offered spacial prayer on Saturdays facing toward the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. He tried his utmost to convince the Jews to accept him as their leader, but they flatly rejected him:
Narrated by Ibn Abbas, “The Prophet used to copy the people of the Scriptures (Jews & Christians) in matters in which there was no order from Allah.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7:799)
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Had only ten Jews (amongst their chiefs) believe me, all the Jews would definitely have believed me." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5:58:277)
MUHAMMAD MADE FRIDAY AS ISLAM'S AUSPICIOUS DAY DUE TO HIS FRUSTRATION WITH THE JEWS
After trying his best for 17 months, Muhammad realized that it was impossible to convince the Jews to join his prophetic mission. Not willing to digest the failure, Muhammad ordered his disciples to turn toward Mecca instead of Jerusalem. (See Sahih Al-Bukhari 6:60:20)
Muhammad also did not want to observe the Jewish Sabath day (Saturday) as 'Rest Day' for his cult anymore. So, he declared Friday as the ‘Rest Day’ for his cult. There is absolutely no spiritual reason behind declaring Friday as the weekly auspicious day in Islam.
It is narrated by Abu Huraira and Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: It was Friday from which Allah diverted those who were before us. For the Jews (the day set aside for prayer) was Sabt (Saturday), and for the Christians it was Sunday. And Allah turned towards us and guided us to Friday (as the day of prayer) for us. In fact, He (Allah) made Friday, Saturday and Sunday (as days of prayer)…..” (Sahih Muslim 4:1862)
(See more Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:13:1,21, 4:56:693; Sahih Muslim 4:1860-1863)
FRIDAY SERMON & PRAYER MUST FOR MUSLIM MEN
Friday prayer is important in Islam only because it is the day of brainwashing the Muslim masses by means of tempting lectures called ‘Qutba’ (sermon) in Arabic. Most Muslims today, particularly the non-Arabs, may not know that they should not offer Friday prayer in small mosques in their locality. It should be offered in main mosque of the city lead by the chief Imaam, as Muhammad tused to forced all of his followers to attend his mosque in Medina for Friday prayers. In the sermon, he used to declare his his plans for his next raids (jihad) on the non-Muslims – of course all for the sake of Allah. Therefore, it is compulsory for every Muslim man to attend the Friday prayer sermon in the grand mosque of their town.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: It is necessary for every adult (person) to go for (saying) Friday (prayer), and for everyone who goes for Friday (prayer) washing is necessary. (Abu Dawud 1:342)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The Friday prayer is obligatory on him who hears the call. (Abu Dawud 3:1051,1062)
LESSER MUSLIMS SLAVES & WOMEN NEED NOT ATTEND FRIDAY PRAYERS
As related above, Friday's congregationaly prayer was mainly for declaring Muhammad's plans for Jihad raids on the non-Muslim communities. So the presence of women in this prayer was meaningless. Slaves under Muslim masters were also ‘exempted’ from Friday congregation prayer, because Muhammad did not want to dirty his sacred mosque by giving access to filthy slaves. He also did not want the lowly slaves to stand shoulder to shoulder with their masters while praying. Yet, the slaves used to be the real fighters at the frontline in Islamic Jihad raids. Muhammad knew that individual masters will force their stock of slaves to participate in his Jihad raids. So, only the masters were needed to attend the Friday prayer. For these reasons, women and the slaves were kept away from attending the Friday ‘Qutba’ in Muhammad's grand mosque.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The Friday prayer in congregation is a necessary duty for every Muslim, with four exceptions; a slave, a woman, a boy, and a sick person. (Abu Dawud 3:1062)
MUSLIMS MUST BATHE AT LEAST ON FRIDAY
The prophet of Islam and his companions resembled the Stone Age men with long unkempt hair full of lice, wearing two pieces of skin sheets with the smell of sheep on them. They wouldn’t take bath for several days. In order to avoid sniffing the nasty smell coming from their body during grand Friday prayer gathering, Muhammad ordered them to take bath at least once a week on Friday and spray scents on them. The following few hadiths tell the story:
MUHAMMAD’S UNKEMPT STICKY LONG HAIRS INFESTED WITH LICE
“…Allah's Apostle used to visit Um Haran bint Milhan, who would offer him reals. Um-Haram was the wife of Ubada bin As-Samit. Allah's Apostle, once visited her and she provided him with food and started looking for lice in his head….” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:52:47)
Narrated byAbdullah bin Abbas, “The Prophet used to keep his hair falling loose while the pagans used to part their hair, and the People of the Scriptures (Jews & Christians) used to keep their hair falling loose, and the Prophet liked to follow the People of the Scriptures in matters about which he had not been instructed differently, but later on the Prophet started parting his hair. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 5:280)
Narrated Malik: The hair of the Prophet used to hang near his shoulders. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7:788, 791)
Narrated byAbdullah bin Uma: I heard 'Umar saying, "Whoever braids his hair should shave it (on finishing Ihram). You'd better not do, something like Talbid." Ibn Umar used to say: "I saw Allah's Apostle with his hair stuck together with gum." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7:796)
MUHAMMAD TOOK BATH ONLY ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to take a bath on account of sexual defilement, on Friday, for cupping and washing the dead. (Abu Dawud 1:20:3154, 1:348)
MUHAMMAD’S BATHING STYLE: The Prophet took the bath of Janaba (Sexual relation or wet dream). He first cleaned his private parts with his hand, and then rubbed it on the wall (earth) and washed it. Then he performed ablution like that for the prayer, and after the bath he washed his feet. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1:5:260)
MUHAMMAD’S REMEDY FOR LICE: "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came to me while I was blowing under a cooking pot belonging to my companions and my head and beard were full of lice. He took my forehead and said, 'Shave your hair and fast three days or feed six poor people. (A good suggestion to get rid of lice) (Malik 20:20.73.248)
MUHAMMAD’S COMPANIONS SMELT LIKE SHEEP: Narrated AbuMusa al-Ash'ari: AbuBurdah said: My father said to me: My son, if you had seen us while we were with the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) and the rain had fallen on us, you would have thought that our smell was the smell of the sheep. (Abu Dawud 32:4022)
REASON FOR MUSLIMS USING PERFUME: Abu Dawud: Book 2: Hadith 481: “…….Jabir said: This is the reason you use perfume in your mosques.” (Please, read this long hadith on the net, for the reason for Muslims using scent on Friday)
These hadiths will give us enough idea of the ‘hygiene’ practised by Muhammad and his companions.
MUHAMMAD PLEADS HIS COMPANIONS: TAKE BATH AT LEAST ON FRIDAY
Abu Huraira reported that the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) said. it is the right of Allah upon every Muslim that he should take a bath (at least) on one day (Friday) during the seven days (of the week) and he should wash his head and body. (Sahih Muslim 4:1838, 1844)
“….The Prophet (p.b.u.h) remained silent (for a while) and then said, "It is obligatory for every Muslim that he should take a bath once in seven days….”
Narrated Abu Huraira through different narrators that the Prophet said, "It is Allah's right on every Muslim that he should take a bath (at least) once in seven days." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1:12:817, 3:48:833, 2:13:2,4,5,9,10,19,21,26,42)
It is clear how dirty, unhygeinic and foul-smelling were Muhammad and his followers. Yet ironically, Muhammad and his Allah call non-Muslims Najees (unclean).
FRIDAY, A HOLIDAY IN HELL
As Friday become a sacred 'rest day' for Muslims in this world, Allah felt it would be better to declare it 'rest day' in hell too.
Narrated Abu Qatadah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) disapproved of the offering of prayer at the meridian except on Friday. The Hell-fire is kindled except on Friday. (Abu Dawud 3:1078)
ANGELS WAITS AT THE MOSQUE-GATE ON FRIDAYS TO REGISTER THE NAMES OF ATTENDEES
Muhammad wanted each of his male dicsiples listen to his Friday sermons at his mosque so that they remain informed about his Jihad raid plans. Lest they would want to keep away from Friday prayers, Allah deputed his angels, relieved of duty in hell, to wait at the mosque-gate to record the attendence of Muhammad's followers:
The Prophet said, "On every Friday the angels take their stand at every gate of the mosques to write the names of the people chronologically (i.e. according to the time of their arrival for the Friday prayer and when the Imam sits (on the pulpit) they fold up their scrolls and get ready to listen to the sermon." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:13:51, 4:54:433; Sahih Muslim 4:1864,1866)
FRIDAY MOSQUE ATTENDENCE: FIRST COME BEST REWARD
It has been mentioned that Muhamamd designed the 5 daily prayers and other accessory prayers to have round-the-clock presence of his disciples at his mosque to ensure his personal safety. For Friday prayers too he wanted his disciples to arrive at his mosque as early as possible. To that end, Muhammad dangled the carrot of higher reward from Allah for early arrival at his mosque for Friday prayer:
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "When it is a Friday, the angels stand at the gate of the mosque and keep on writing the names of the persons coming to the mosque in succession according to their arrivals. The example of the one who enters the mosque in the earliest hour is that of one offering a camel (in sacrifice). The one coming next is like one offering a cow and then a ram and then a chicken and then an egg respectively. When the Imam comes out (for Jumua prayer) they (i.e. angels) fold their papers and listen to the Khutba." (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:13:6,51, 4:54:433, Sahih Muslim 4:1845,1864,1866, Abu Dawud 3:1046)
ATTEND MOSQUE ON FRIDAY: SINS OF LAST 7 DAYS WILL BE FORGIVEN
Muhammad wanted to maintain absolute command over his disciples. So he wanted his followers attend Friday prayers at his mosque every Friday without fail to listen to his lecture. He delcafred that Allah would forgive their sin of the past 7 days (i.e. Friday to Friday) if they attend the Friday prayer and listen to his sermons politely. So generous are the bounties of Allah!
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "Whoever takes a bath on Friday, ...then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) …and then remains silent while the Imam is delivering the Khutba, his sins in-between the present and the last Friday would be forgiven." (Sahih al-Bukhari 2:13:8,33, Sahih Muslim 4:448-450,1868)
ONE FRIDAY PRAYER WIPES OUT SIN OF ONE WEEK PLUS 3 BONUS DAYS
Abu-Huraira reported Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who took a bath and then came for Jumu'a prayer and then prayed what was fixed for him, then kept silence till the Imam finished the sermon, and then prayed along with him, his sins between that time and the next Friday would be forgiven, and even of three days more. (Sahih Muslim 4:1867-1868)
A bit of confusion from Allah and his beloved prophet: One Friday prayer wipes out sin of just 7 days or 7+3 days? Still, either way, if a Muslim wants to see his sin of every day to be forgiven, he cannot drop a single Friday prayer and its sermon.
ONE FRIDAY PRAYER BRINGS REWARD OF ONE YEAR'S FASTING
The month-long fasting of Ramadan is a big headache for food-loving Muslims. But only if they would know, they can completely do away with the entire Ramadan fasting, and earn all the reward just by attending one Friday prayer. Idiocy of Islam is limitless, isn't it?
This hadith is meant for those companions of Muhammad who lived far away from his Medina mosque. Muhammad wanted that they at least attend his mosque on Fridays to show their obedience and hear his fiery sermons spewing his hatred against the non-Muslims. So, he offered them as much bounties he could to bring them to his mosque on Fridays:
Narrated Aws ibn Aws ath-Thaqafi: I heard the apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) say: If anyone makes (his wife) wash and he washes himself on Friday, goes out early (for Friday prayer), attends the sermon from the beginning, walking, not riding, takes his seat near the imam, listens attentively, and does not indulge in idle talk, he will get the reward of a year's fasting and praying at night for every step he takes. (Abu Dawud 1:345)
FRIDAY PRAYER SERMON TIME: JUST SIT AND LISTEN, DON'T SEEK ANYTHING!
Muhammad wanted his fiery Jihad sermons after Friday prayers be heard by his companions with full attention and seriousness. So, he prohibited them from seeking this and that from Allah during his sermon and listen to him instead.
Abdullah b. Umar said to me: Did you hear anything from your father narrating something from the messenger of Allah (pbuh) about the time on Friday? I said: Yes, I heard him say from the Messenger of Allah (pbuh): "It is between the time when the Imam sits down and the end of the prayer." (Sahih Muslim 4:1849,1850,1853,1855, Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:13:57, 8:75:409)
Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) 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 ...” (Abu Dawud 3:1043)
CHANGE THE PLACE IF FEEL SLEEPY DURING SERMON
Getting the benefits from Allah on Friday cannot be achieved by the Muslim men just by attending the mosque in time. They should listen to Muhammad’s lecture with full attention. In case they felt sleepy, they should move around a bit to wake themsleves up:
Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: When any of you dozes in the mosque (on Friday), he should change his place. (Abu Dawud 3:1114)
WANT TO ENTER PARADISE AHEAD OF OTHERS? JUST SEAT NEARER TO THE IMAM TO HEAR FRIDAY SERMON
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Attend the sermon (on Friday) and sit near the imam, for a man keeps himself away until he will be left behind at the time of entering Paradise though he enters it. (Abu Dawud 3:1103)
FRIDAY SERMON: SIT QUIETLY AND LISTEN TO EARN REWARDS; INTURRUPT TO EARN CURSE?
Narrated Ali ibn Abu Talib: “…When a man sits in a place where he can listen (to the sermon) and look (at the imam), where he remains silent and does not interrupt, he will receive a double reward. If he stays away, sits in a place where he cannot listen (to the sermon), silent, and does not interrupt, he will receive the reward only once. If he sits in a place where he can listen (to the sermon) and look (at the imam), and he does not remain silent, he will have the burden of it…” (Abu Dawud 3:1046)
Narrated Ali ibn Abu Talib: “…If anyone says to his companion sitting beside him to be silent (while the imam is preaching), he is guilty of idle talk. Anyone who interrupts (during the sermon) will receive nothing (no reward) on that Friday…”
SATAN PREVENTS MUSLIMS FROM HEARING THE FRIDAY SERMON OF MUHAMMAD
Narrated Ali ibn Abu Talib: Ali said on the pulpit in the mosque of Kufah: When Friday comes, the devils go to the markets with their flags, and involve people in their needs and prevent them from the Friday prayer. The angels come early in the morning, sit at the door of the mosque, and record that so-and-so came at the first hour, and so-and-so came at the second hour until the imam comes out (for preaching). (Abu Dawud 3:1046,1074)
Well, Muslims are so nice people that Satan seems always ready to screw them!
PIOUS SAHABA RUN AWAY FROM MUHAMMAD'S FRIDAY SERMON
Jabir b. Abdullah reported: While the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) was delivering (a sermon) on Friday, a caravan of merchandise came to Medina. The Companions of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) rushed towards it till only twelve persons were left with him including Abu Bakr and 'Umar; and it was at this occasion that this verse was revealed." And when they see merchandise or sport, they break away to it." (Quran 62:11) (Sahih Muslim 4:1877-1880, Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:13:58, 3:34:274, 6:60:422)
So pious were the holy Sahaba of the holy prophet! Muhammad was greedy, his companions were no less.
DON'T LIKE FRIDAY PRAYER? NO PROBLEM! JUST MAKE MUHAMMAD RICH INSTEAD!!
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If anyone omits the Friday prayer without excuse, he must give a dinar in alms, or if he does not have as much, then half a dinar. (Abu Dawud 3:1048)
Narrated Qudamah ibn Wabirah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If anyone omits the Friday prayer without excuse, he must give one dirham or half a dirham, or one sa' or half a sa' of wheat, in alms. (Abu Dawud 3:1049)
ALLAH PUTS A SEAL ON THE HEARTS OF THE FRIDAY PRAYER ABSENTEES
Allah keeps close watch on the Friday prayer absentees. If they stay away from it for three consecutive weeks, Allah puts a seal mark on their heart to mark them out for facing the consequence of their sin.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: He who leaves the Friday prayer (continuously) for three Friday on account of slackness, Allah will print a stamp on his heart. (Abu Dawud 3:1047)
Allah's Messenger (way peace be upon him) say on the planks of his pulpit: People most cease to neglect the Friday prayer or Allah will seal their hearts and then they will be among the negligent. (Sahih Muslim 4:1882)
POST-MUHAMMAD MODIFICATION IN ISLAM: CALIPH UTHMAN INTRODUCED SECOND ADHAN ON FRIDAY
Muslim scholars claim that Allah completed and perfected his religion during the lifetime of his beloved last prophet and modification in Islam thereafter will be a sinful act of innovation. But study of Islamic scriptures reveals that many amendments were made by Muhammad's immediate successors in the Quran while compiling it and various Sunna of Muhammad was abrogated. In the context of this article, introduction of a second adhan on Friday by Muhammad’s son-in-law and Islam's third Caliph Uthman is relevant:
Uthman bin 'Affan introduced the second Adhan on Friday when the number of the people in the mosque increased. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:13:38)
The person who increased the number of Adhans for the Jumua prayers to three was Uthman bin Affan and it was when the number of the (Muslim) people of Medina had increased. In the life-time of the Prophet there was only one Muadh-dhin and the Adhan used to be pronounced only after the Imam had taken his seat (i.e. on the pulpit). (Sahih Al-Bukhari 2:13:35-39)
FRIDAY BEAUTY PARLOR FOR MUSLIM MEN AT PARADISE
Fridays in Paradise, whether equal to 1,000 years or 50,000, will be magnificent days for Muslim men as they will be rejuvenated and beautified after their ‘busiest’ schedule of the week.
Anas b. Malik reported that Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said: In Paradise there is a street to which they would come every Friday. The north wind will blow and would scatter fragrance on their faces and on their clothes and would add to their beauty and loveliness, and then they would go back to their family after having an added lustre to their beauty and loveliness, and their family would say to them: By Allah, you have been increased in beauty and loveliness after leaving us, and they would say: By Allah, you have also increased in beauty and loveliness after us. (Sahih Muslim 40:6792)
Islam's scriptures, full of ridiculous and lunatic ideas, are rightly the fantasy world for pious Muslims. This article gives enough evidence of that. Hopefully Muslims will learn a few such things after reading this article. For example, Muslim doctors and patients should rethink about performing the surgical operations on Tuesdays. Probably, they may just decide to take bath once in a week on Fridays only. Stupidity of Islam certainly knows no bounds.
Read Part 1 here