A.L.I.F.! Author: Issa Abbasi

Friday is hands down my favorite day of the week.  And Alhamdullilah it’s Friday (A.L.I.F.) (well the day this was published it was at least).   I’m sure any reader of this post loves Fridays too.  I mean, what’s not to love? People are for the most part paid on Fridays, the weekend starts as soon as the work day ends, most college and all high school students are off the next day and for many, Friday is casual day in their office.  Non-Muslims love Fridays so much that at bars they have a “happy hour” where drinks are discounted!  But why do I love Fridays?  Besides being paid every other Friday, casual Fridays at work and the day a new blog post is unveiled, I love Fridays for a few more reasons.

Friday is the first day of the Abrahamic religions’ weekend and Muslims go to the Masjid to hear their respective leaders deliver a khutba (state of the community speech).  Fridays for the Muslims are considered to be a “mini Eid” and it is liked that we don’t fast on Fridays for that reason (Ramadan and recommended sunnah fasts don’t apply to that rule).  Friday was the day Adam (a.s.) was created and the day he was put on earth, so essentially, mankind was created on a Friday and put on earth on a Friday.  How cool is that?!

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The best of days on which the sun has risen is Friday. One this day Adam was created, and on this day he was descended to earth.” (Al Bukhari)

There are so many blessings to Friday that it is remarkable.  In another hadith, Salman al-Farsi spoke about some really simply manners to observe on Friday that a lot of individuals in communities cannot seem to follow (especially the separating of two people already seated).

Salman al-Farsi reported that the Prophet Muhammad (s.w.s.) said: “A man who performs ghusl on Friday, purifies [himself] what he can and uses dye [for his hair] or perfumes himself in his house, goes to the mosque, and does not cause separation between two people [who are already seated], prays what Allah has prescribed for him, and then listens quietly while the Imam speaks, all his sins between that Friday and the next Friday will be forgiven.” This is related by Ahmad and al-Bukhari, while Abu Hurairah used to say: “And for three more days as for every good deed Allah grants tenfold reward.” The sins mentioned in this hadith are the minor sins as Ibn Majah recorded, on the authority of Abu Hurairah in the words: “For one who has not committed major sins.”

That’s not all, trust and believe that there is more.  There is even a time on Friday (we do not know when, some say between Asr and Maghrib) that a person’s du’a (supplication) is accepted albeit it this window is very short as mentioned in the hadith.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) talked about Friday and said,

“There is such an hour on Friday that if any Muslm makes dua (supplication) in it, his dua will definitely be accepted.” And He (Peace be upon him) pointed out the shortness of that time with his hands.

Lastly, whoever recited Surat al Kahf (chapter 18) from the Qur’an on Friday (before Maghrib), he will be forgiven of his sins until the next Friday.

Whoever recites Surat al-Kahf on Friday, light shall shine forth for him between the two Fridays. [Ibn Hajar, Talkhis al-Habir]

If all of these benefits of this glorious day do not make you want to absolutely love and look forward to Fridays, then I honestly do not know what would.  All I have to say is, alhamdullilah it’s Friday (A.L.I.F.)!

End note: Jazaka Allahu Khairan to my sister who taught me about the new acronym A.L.I.F. two weeks ago!


~ by Yousaf on January 29, 2010.

2 Responses to “A.L.I.F.! Author: Issa Abbasi”

  1. Ever since school started Fridays have become mini-Eids. Also, someone should open a halal restaurant called A.L.I.F. that’s identical to T.G.I.F.

  2. A.L.I.F!!!!!!!!! mashaAllah, that is brilliant! I love it!

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