Friday, April 11, 2014

J is for #JUMU'AH (Congregational Friday Muslim prayer) #atozchallenge #Islam #jumuah

Jumu'ah ( صلاة الجمعة‎ ṣalāt al-jum`ah, "Friday prayer") is, for Muslim males, a mandatory congregational prayer (ṣalāt) held each Friday at midday. The Prophet, peace be upon him, permitted women to attend Jumu'ah. Special accommodations must be made for them. 

Today is Jumu'ah, a pleasant synchronicity with the A to Z Blog Challenge. 

O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly, yawm al-jumʿah), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business: That is best for you if ye but knew! And when the Prayer is finished, then may ye disperse through the land, and seek of the Bounty of Allah: and celebrate the Praises of Allah often, that ye may prosper.

—Qur'an, sura 62 (Al-Jumua), āyāt 9-10

Jumu'ah is analagous to the Sunday religious services held by Christians, and the Saturday sabbath observed by Jews. 

My novel JIHADI: A LOVE STORY once had a lengthy scene in which the protagonist, a recent revert to Islam, made his way to the local mosque for congregational prayers. I ended up cutting the scene to improve the pacing. The book, which generated a lot of unused scenes like that one, took me six years to finish. 

Jumu'ah mubarak! (Blessed Jumu'ah!)