Jumu’ah prayers

Just got back from Jumu’ah (congregational Friday prayers) and as usual my local mosque was totally packed out and there were at least a couple of hundred people praying in the car park area too. When I worked near Canary Wharf the story was the same – each week there would be many people including professionals who worked in Docklands who would be praying on the pavement because there was just no more room in the mosque. And we had three mosques within five minutes walking distance of each other and still there was not enough room.

‘O you who believe! when the call is made for prayer on Friday, then hasten to the remembrance of God and leave off business; that is better for you, if you know. And when the prayer is ended, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah’s bounty, and remember Allah much, that ye may be successful.’ (Qur’an 62:9-10)

It really is wonderful to see so many people coming to the mosque each week to acknowledge their faults and weaknesses and ask for forgiveness and help from the only One who is really able to help. Alhamdulillah.

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6 Responses to Jumu’ah prayers

  1. Ahmed says:

    Masha’Allah lovely reminder of Muslims standing rank and file behind the Imam, in order, with discipline, like a regiment, Friday Jummah has much to read between the lines and reflect upon.

    “Those who follow the apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;- for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper.” [Al Qur’an 7:157]

    “It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.” [Al Qur’an 33:36]

  2. The Count of Monte Cristo in a Bubble Car says:

    Bungle, what do you think of Geert Wilder’s opening speech at his trial in the Netherlands? Brilliant, wasn’t it? I found it inspirational and dignified. Here is a man, at last, prepared to take a principled stand for free speech. Here is man prepared to point out the elephant in the room, and reveal it for the destructive violent ideology that it really is. Of course, Wilder’s trial itself is nothing more than a act of cowardly appeasement committed by some of The Netherland’s political elite. The type of spineless appeasement that acts to stop a great man like Wilders from entering the United Kingdom just because he speaks the truth, albeit an inconvenient and shocking truth. Just like another hero of mine: the beautiful and intelligent Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

  3. Count: I find it hilarious that Geert Wilders is the leader of the ‘Freedom Party’ in the Netherlands and yet issues siren calls for the Qur’an to be banned! What an interesting conception of free speech he (and you) seem to have.

  4. The Count of Monte Cristo in a Bubble Car says:

    Inayat, I am certainly not in support of the Koran being banned; in fact, I wish more people would read it, or at least become more familiar with its contents. Whilst I cannot speak for Geert Wilders, I think it is likely that his call for the Koran to be banned was nothing more than a rhetorical device used for impact in relation to the point he was making. What is clear, Wilders certainly doesn’t want people to be ignorant of the contents of the Koran; quite the contrary.

    p.s. Inayat, I am shocked that you refer elsewhere in your blog to dear old Melanie Phillips as an “extremist”; a tad hyperbolic, wouldn’t you say? She certainly talks about extremists in her book Londistan; have you read it yet?

  5. Count: I just informed you that your hero – whom you describe as taking a ‘principled stand for free speech’ – has publicly called for the Qur’an to be banned. Your response is to say that Wilders’s call to ban the Qur’an is ‘nothing more than a rhetorical device’!

    As for Mel P: she wrote a typically loony blog a couple of weeks back referring to the recent killing of aid volunteers by Israeli commados. She said:

    ‘The more we know about this incident, the more apparent it becomes that this was a carefully pre-planned terrorist operation by the IHH to kill and capture Israeli soldiers. The ‘humanitarian aid’ was a total fig-leaf.’


    The Guardian’s John Crace did a brilliant take-down of her crap new book:


  6. The Count of Monte Cristo in a Bubble Car says:

    Inayat, with respect, anyone writing anything other than a blistering anti-Israeli tirade on any matter relating to the Jewish state would be described by yourself as a “loony”, so I’m not going to chase you on what Melanie wrote; you’ll spin your wheel and I’ll spin mine.

    On a more current topic, I see that Islamic militants have today set fire to a UN sponsored summer camp for children in Gaza. The reptiles of Hamas are in control of Gaza, and next to nothing happens there without their consent. One can only despair at the self-inflicted misery of the Palestinians living in Gaza who voted Hamas into power, and compare their situation with the thriving economy of the West Bank.

    And on a more positive note for friends of Israel, like myself, I see that at its second world congress in Vancouver, Canada, the International Trade Union Confederation has rejected calls to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign targeting the Jewish state. So at least there is some evidence of sanity left in the world.

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