Importance of cleanliness on Friday

Friday is a day full of virtues to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) called Jumu’ah the most glorious day and the best day in various hadiths. On the authority of Abu Lubaba Ibn al-Munjir, the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said:

إِنَّ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ سَيِّدُ الْأَيَّامِ وَأَعْظَمُهَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ وَهُوَ أَعْظَمُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ يَوْمِ الْأَضْحَى وَيَوْمِ الْفِطْرِ

Friday is the best of days. Friday is the greatest day for Allah Ta’ala. Even this day is greater than Eid-ul-Azha and Eid-ul-Fitr, the two Eid days of Islam. (Musnad Ahmad: 15548, Sunan Ibn Majah: 10841)

So the day of Jumu’ah should be given importance. The deeds of this day should be observed seriously. The most important act of Friday is performing the Friday prayer. It is obligatory to perform the Friday prayer. In the Qur’an, Allah Ta’ala has ordered to attend the mosque as soon as possible for the Friday prayer. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to explain the importance of Friday prayers:

من تَرَكَ إلى جمعٍ تهاوناً بها تباب الله على قلبه

A person who is lazy and misses three consecutive Friday congregations, Allah Ta’ala seals his heart. (Sunan Nasa’i: 1372)

Cleanliness before going to Friday prayer is also a special practice of Friday. The urge to be clean on Friday comes in various hadiths. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) included ablution among the important acts of Jumu’ah. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said:

مَنِ اغْتَسَلَ يَوْمَ الْجُمُعَةِ, وَتَطَهَّرَ بِمَا اسْتَطَاعَ مِنْ طُهْرٍ, ثُمَّ ادَّهَنَ أَوْ مَسَّ مِنْ طِيبٍ, ثُمَّ رَاحَ فَلَمْ يُفَرِقْ بَيْنَ ثْنَ يْنِ, فَصَلَّى مَا كُتِبَ لَهُ, ثُمَّ إِذَا خَرَجَ الإِمَامُ أَنْصَتَ, غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا بَيْنَهُ وَبَيْنَ الْجُمُعَةِ الُخْرَى

A person who takes a bath on Jumu’ah and purifies himself as best he can, anoints himself with oil or uses perfume, then goes to the mosque, refrains from walking past people, offers his prescribed number of prayers, remains silent when the imam comes out for the sermon. , all his sins between this Jumu’ah and the next Jumu’ah are forgiven. (Sahih Bukhari: 910)

In another hadith narrated by Abdullah (ra), the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, instructing to perform ablution on Fridays.

إِذَا أَرَادَ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ الْجُمُعَةَ فَلْيَغْتَسِلْ

If one of you wants to go to the Friday prayer, he should take a bath. (Sahih Muslim: 1824)

Performing miswak and applying perfume on Jumu’ah is also a virtuous act. In another hadith narrated by Abu Sa’id Khudri (RA), apart from performing ablution on Jumu’ah, performing miswak and applying perfume are also ordered. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said:

غُسْلُ يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ عَلَى كُلِّ مُحْتَلِمٍ وَسِوَاكٌ وَيَمَسُّ مِنَ الطِّيبِ مَا قَدَرَ عَلَيْهِ ‏

It is the duty of every adult to perform ablution and miswak on Jumu’ah, and to use perfume if he can afford it. (Sahih Muslim: 846)

On the authority of Ubaid Ibn Sabbaq (RA), he said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said on a certain Friday,

يَا مَعْشَرَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ إِنَّ هَذَا يَوْمٌ جَعَلَهُ اللَّهُ فَاغْتَسِلُوا وَمَنْ كَانَ عِندَهُ طِيبٌ فَلَا يَضُرُهُ وَعَل َيْكُمْ بِالسِّوَاكِ

O Muslims! Allah Almighty has considered this day as Eid. So you will bathe on this day. Whoever has perfume will use it. And you must do Miswak. (Sunan Ibn Majah: 1098)