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The moment of acceptance on Friday

Question

I’ve read and been told that during Friday or when Jumu’ah khutbah is taking place there is an hour where any du’a made is guaranteed to be accepted. I’ve been told by some it could be when the Imam is mounting pulpit or descending from it.

Please clarify which moment this applies to, and quote the narrations in question not forgetting to confirm their grading. Jazak’allah.

 

Answer

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘On the day of Friday there is a (short) moment in which a Muslim is granted whatever he asks if he occupies this moment with du’a/the remembrance of Allah.’

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 935 and Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1970)

There are numerous views of the Scholars regarding the exact moment on a Friday that is being referred to.

The following two are the more popular and well substantiated views.

1) Sayyiduna Abu Musa Musa Al-Ash’ari (radiyallahu’anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alahi wasalalm) said: ‘It is between the time when the imam sits on the mimbar till after the [Jumu’ah] salah.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1972)

Note: Since we are (1) instructed to remain silent while the Khutbah is in motion, as well as (2) forbidden from reciting anything during this time, the ‘Ulama have suggested making a du’a between the two khutbahs. This should be done in one’s heart and not verbally, as the prohibition of verbal utterances still apply even if the imam is quiet at that time (between the two khutbahs).

 

2) Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Salam (radiyallahu’anhu) has reported that this moment exists after ‘Asr salah till sunset.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 491, declared authentic (hasan sahih) by Imam Tirmidhi rahimahullah)

This has been reported by other Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) as well.

Hafiz Ibn ‘Abdil Barr (rahimahulalh) said that this is the most well established view on this topic.

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 935)

 

Imam Muhibbuddin Tabari (rahimahullah) said: ‘The most authentic Hadith on this is that of Sayyiduna Abu Musa (radiyallahu’anhu), and the most popular view is that of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Salam (radiyallahu’anhu)

(‘Umdatul Qari, & Fathul Bari, Hadith: 935)

 

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) said: ‘Most of the Hadiths on this state that it is after ‘Asr. Although we can also hope for it to be after zawal (which concurs with the first Hadith I cited above).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, after Hadith: 489)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar