Sunnah: The Hour when Du’aa’ is answered on Friday – Sunday 2nd Dec.2012
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) that the Messenger of Allaah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) mentioned Friday and said: “On this day there is a time when no Muslim stands and prays, asking Allaah for something, but Allaah will grant him it” – and he gestured with his hands to indicate how short that time is. [Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 893; Muslim, 852]
What is this fortunate time? This Hadith clarifies that there is a granted hour on Friday that if a Muslim asks Allah for anything good it will most likely be answered by Allaah. However, Prophet Muhammed (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) didn’t specify this time. Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (Rahimahullaah) said, “Saa’ah doesn’t refer to one hour, it means a period of time.”
The scholars differed into 40 opinions but the two most agreed are:
- The time between ‘Asr and sunset on Friday.
- When the Imam sits on the pulpit to give a Khutbah till the end of the Friday prayer.
If a woman is at home on Friday, she will know the time the Imam sits on the pulpit by the second Adhaan. From this time invoke Allaah immediately until they finish Congregational Prayer. Take advantage of this time.
- Scholars say the time when the Imam sits on the pulpit is preponderant over the other because the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said in the time while he is praying, as mentioned in the hadith,
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah that Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: Indeed, there is an hour (opportune time) on Friday and if a Muslim gets it while praying and asks something from Allaah, then Allaah will definitely meet his demand. [Narrated by al-Bukhari,883]
This time is still the time for making du’aa and it applies to the hadith more. The person will be in the praying state when they go to the Masjid, they will pray Tahiyyatul Masjid and sit, waiting for Salat. The person who sits waiting for the prayer is in the state of praying but when he stands up to offer the prayer it is more applicable. It is the time when the Muslims are gathering, in a congregation, that the du’aa is more accepted by Allaah. This is another reason why the du’aa in ‘Arafah is accepted. That is why the women should join Salatul ‘Eid so whatever du’aa they make will be included. Therefore, the congregation has an effect on the acceptance of du’aa and makes it closer to having the du’aa answered, such as the day of ‘Arafah. Also, this time on Friday is considered the best time because it is the time an obligatory prayer is offered, where there is no prayer like it in the whole week for men.
- The other time is between ‘Asr and Maghrib. If the person, after he offers ‘Asr prayer, sits in his praying his place waiting until Maghrib, he will be in the praying state. If you offer Tahiyyatul Masjid after ‘Asr and sat waiting for Maghrib, then you will be in that state and can ask Allaah too. And if a woman is at home, she can do the same thing. After ‘Asr prayer, sit in your praying place and ask Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) whatever you want of the Dunya and Aakhirah.
So we have two times on Friday that are best for making du’aa. It is these times which people waste in vain by eating, sleeping or preparing to go out instead of taking advantage. So take care of these times. It is Sunnah, so invoke Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). This is the time for acceptance of the du’aa, so don’t waste it!.
- This is based upon the explanation by Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (Rahimahullaah) and this is just a summary from Sunday’s lecture. Please refer to Sharh of Kitab Bulugh al-Maraam by Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (Rahimahullaah), to read it in detail.