1. What is Jumuʿah?
Friday (Jumuʿah in Arabic) is the holy day for Muslims. Jumuʿah comes from the same root word as gather and congregation. On Fridays, Muslims attend a special prayer in the afternoon called the Jumuʿah prayer. The Friday prayer is commanded by God in the Qur’ān:
“O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (The Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if ye but knew!” (Qur’ān 62:9)
Although Friday is part of the weekend in most Muslim majority countries, it is not considered a sabbath in which Muslims cannot work or go to school. The next verse highlights this fact:
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And when the prayer is ended, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s bounty, and remember Allah much, so that you may be successful (Qur’ān 62:10).