Ramzan: Know the significance of the first Friday of Ramadan
- Ramadan fasting commemorates the month when the teachings of the Holy Quran were first revealed to Prophet Muhammed
- Moreover, sawm (fasting), one of Islam's five pillars, is practised during the month from sunrise to sunset
- And as per the Islamic tradition, Fridays (Jumu'ah in Arabic) are the holiest days of the week
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan (also known as Ramzan), is deemed auspicious and sacred for two reasons. During this month, the Quran, the Muslims' holy book, came from heaven and was first revealed to Prophet Muhammed. Moreover, sawm (fasting), one of Islam's five pillars, is practised during the month from sunrise to sunset. Furthermore, this month calls for prayers, religious and charity activities. Though the entire month is considered pious, Fridays hold a greater significance and especially the first Friday. To know the importance of the first Friday of Ramadan, read on.
As per the Islamic tradition, Fridays (Jumu'ah in Arabic) are the holiest days of the week. Special congregational prayers are conducted in mosques, and Muslims in large numbers gather here to collectively offer prayers. Friday prayers are mandatory as they bestow blessings, and during Ramzan, the importance multiplies manifold.
Here's how one of the verses in the Holy Quran describes the importance of a Friday prayer:
"O you who have faith! When the call is made for prayer on Friday, hurry toward the remembrance of God, and leave all business. That is better for you, should you know. And when the prayer is finished, disperse through the land and seek God's grace, and remember God greatly so that you may be successful."
Here's how the Hadith quotes Prophet Muhammed as saying-
"On every Friday the angels take their stand at every gate of the mosques to write the names of the people chronologically and when the Imam sits they fold up their scrolls and get ready to listen to the sermon."
Congregational prayers are emphasised as one of the most essential duties of a devout Muslim.