It’s been half-term this week so I took my ten year old son along with me to the mosque for jumu’ah prayers for the very first time. I was rather proud of him as you can imagine.
A few weeks ago I blogged about the enormous power of the jumu’ah prayer and how some government’s have tried to manipulate it by effectively turning Khateebs (Friday sermon leaders) into civil servants who are paid to read out government propaganda to worshippers. We saw this at work in Libya today where some miserable wretches read out pro-Gaddafi speeches calling on people not to rebel against his rule. Thankfully, we are witnessing a time when huge numbers of people are indeed prepared to sacrifice their lives to rebel against dictatorships and are seeking to realise the true meaning of the statement ‘There is no God but God’. Who can watch such wonderful scenes and not be inspired?
Anyway, the verse at the top of this post is a passage from the Qur’an, specifically from a chapter entitled ‘al-jumu’ah’. You can listen to it in its original Arabic by clicking here. It reads in translation as follows:
“O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday (the Day of Assembly), hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): 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 (and without stint): that ye may prosper.” (Qur’an 62:9-10)