By Tasnim Nazeer
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Friday is a special day given to us by Allah (swt) in which we can earn immense blessings and boost our productivity Many sisters want to make the most of this day but have other responsibilities such as kids, family, work, or studies. Whatever category you fall into, be it a work-at-home mum or student, you can maximize your Friday with these helpful tips.
Wake up early to recite Soorat al-Kahf
It is recommended to recite Soorat al-Kahf on Friday with the intention to gain rewards from Allah (swt).
The Prophet (sa) said: “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the day of Friday will have a light that will shine from him from one Friday to the next.” (Recorded by al-Bayhaqi and al-Hakim; classed as sound by Shaykh al-Albani)
He also said: “Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the night of Friday will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (the Kaaba).” (Recorded by ad-Darimi; classed as sound by Shaykh al-Albani)
If you are pressed for time, wake up a little earlier before Fajr or stay up after Fajr to recite it.
Supplicate during the last hour of Friday
Allah (swt) loves those who supplicate (make duas), and you can really maximize your rewards by making dua in the last hour before Maghrib on a Friday. It is known that Allah accepts the supplications made during this time. The Prophet (sa) said: “Friday is divided into twelve hours; amongst them is an hour in which every Muslim slave who asks Allah for something will be given whatever he is asking; seek it in the last hour after Asr.” (an Nasa’i and Abu Dawood; sound)
Prepare yourself a day before
If you have a broad range of tasks to do on Friday such as assignments, housework, or some laundry, why not complete some tasks on Thursday? This will free up some much-needed time on Friday so that you can concentrate on more spiritual tasks such as reciting the Qu’ran or performing voluntary prayers. Make a list of what you normally do on a Friday, and delegate certain tasks to Thursday or Saturday.
Take a bath
It is recommended to take a bath on Friday, as our Prophet (sa) said: “Whoever takes a bath on a Friday and does it well, purifies himself and does it well, puts on his best clothes and whatever perfume Allah decrees for him, comes to the mosque, and does not engage in idle talk or separate (push between) two people will be forgiven for (his sins) between that day and the previous Friday.” (Ibn Majah; authentic)
This doesn’t mean you need to get a whole new wardrobe just for your Fridays but do dress nicely. Our beloved Prophet (sa) instructed us to put on our best clothes as the above hadith suggests, and this will make us feel good too. We always feel our best when we wear nice, freshly washed and pressed clothes. Try doing this every Friday and feel happier within.
Top tips for Friday
- Offer voluntary prayers after all the obligatory prayers on Friday. Not only will you get more reward for offering voluntary prayers, you will also increase your good deeds.
- Find ways to listen to the Qur’an during the day, either whist travelling in the car or in your home while you do your other tasks.
- Try to visit the mosque with a clear mind; clear out all those worries and stresses from your mind and make your ibadah (worship) your first priority.
I hope you will find these tips useful in maximizing your Friday!
Tasnim Nazeer is an award winning Freelance Journalist/Writer and Author who has written for a variety of print and online publications including CNN International, The Muslim News, Your Middle East, Islam Channel and many more. She was awarded The Muslim News Award for Excellence in Media 2013 and is an UN Universal Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace. For more information visit her website at www.tasnimnazeer.com or follow her on Twitter: @tasnimnazeer1
© IIPH 2015
Photo credit: self / Foter / CC BY-SA