13. Friday

Generally, it is highly recommended to pray for Imam al-Mahdi (aj) throughout the day of Friday. Early morning prayers, noon, while going to the mosque, after Asr prayers, in the Qunoot of Zuhr prayers, in the Qunoot of Namaz-e-Jumuah, the sermon of Friday Prayer and in the wee hours of Friday, etc. all have been narrated on the authority of our infallible, guided Imams (as) as times of invocations for our master Saahebuz Zamaan (aj).

a) After Morning Prayer

In Biharul Anwar a lengthy supplication is narrated and we have mentioned it in the book Abwaab al-Jannaat fi Aadaab al-Jumuaat. It is a noble supplication, which has been ordered to be recited regularly, and is as follows:

اللهم وكن لوليك في خلقك وليا وحافظا وقائدا وناصرا حتى تسكنه أرضك طوعا وتمتعه منها (7) طويلا وتجعله وذريته فيها الأئمة الوارثين واجمع له شمله وأكمل له أمره وأصلح له رعيته وثبت ركنه وافرغ النصر(8) منك عليه حتى ينتقم فيشتفي ويشفي حزازات(9) قلوب نغلة وحرارات صدور وغرة وحسرات أنفس ترحة، من دماء مسفوكة، وأرحام مقطوعة، وطاعة مجهولة، قد احسنت إليه البلاء، ووسعت عليه الآلاء، وأتممت عليه النعماء، في حسن الحفظ منك له. اللهم اكفه هول عدوه وأنسهم ذكره وأرد من أراده، وكد من كاده، وامكر بمن مكر به، واجعل دائرة السوء عليهم ... اللهم صل على محمد وآل محمد وعجل فرجهم 

O Allah, be for Your Wali among Your creatures, a protector, a guard, a leader and helper, till he lives in Your earth in peace and enjoys it for a long time. And appoint him and his progeny the inheritor Imams. And bring together his dispersed affairs, and perfect his rule, and bring for him his subjects and make his glory strong, and bless him with patience and forbearance. Till he takes revenge and give peace to his heart. And cure the hearts of malice and make the burning hearts cool.

And end the regret of aggrieved souls, from the aspect of blood shed unlawfully and broken relations, and unknown obedience [ignorance about compulsory obedience of the rightful Imam] make the hardships good for him and make our bestowals wide and You complete Your bounties on him with a good protection to him. O Allah, remove the fear of enemy from him and erase his memory of enemies; do bad with all those who wish bad for him and plot against all those who plot against him and reserve evil for him.

At its end, say a hundred times:1

 اللهم صل على محمد وآل محمد وعجل فرجهم

O Allah, bless Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and hasten their reappearance.

I say: We have stated earlier in the light of traditions that his reappearance is the victory of all the friends of Allah. For, by it the aims of all of them will be achieved and their goal achieved. It is also recommended for Friday, (like after the Dawn and Noon prayers everyday), one should say:

 اللهم صل على محمد وآل محمد وعجل فرجهم

O Allah, bless Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and hasten their reappearance.

b) During Afternoon

Its evidence lies in the invocation mentioned in the chapter of this book, and it is a noble tradition, comprising of reports that the Holy Prophet (S) and the infallible Imams (as) prayed during the afternoon of Friday for the early reappearance of our master, Imam az-Zaman (aj).

c) While going to the Masjid

Whatever is recommended to recite while going to the mosque for two Eid prayers, the same is supposed to be recited while going to the Masjid on Friday also, and comprises of invocation for Imam az-Zaman (aj). Inshallah, we shall mention it under the chapter, “Supplications for special times.”

d) After Asr Prayer

In Jamaal al-Usboo it is narrated by Abdullah Ibne Sinan from Imam Sadiq (as) who said: “On Judgment Day, Allah the Almighty shall raise the days, and Friday shall be raised as leader of all of them like a bride, possessing all perfections and beauty, presented to the owner of religion and wealth. It shall stop at the door of Paradise with other days behind it, and will intercede for all those who sent more blessings on Hazrat Muhammad (S) and his holy progeny (as) in it.” Ibne Sinan says, ‘I said, How much is considered as more in it? And in which times of Friday is it best to send blessings and salutations?’ Imam (as) said, ‘Hundred times. And the best time is after Asr.’ He asked, ‘And how should I say it?’ Imam (as) replied, ‘Say a hundred times:

 اللهم صل على محمد وآل محمد وعجل فرجهم

O Allah, bless Muhammad and the progeny of Muhammad and hasten their reappearance.

Further evidence for its significance is the saying of the venerable Sayyid, Ali Ibne Tawoos (r.a.) in Jamaal al-Usboo when he mentions the supplication from the respectable Shaykh, Uthman Ibne Saeed (a.r.). We too shall make a mention of it in the coming section, Inshallah.

e) In the Qunoot of Zuhr and Friday Prayer

Its importance has been discussed in the chapter of Qunoot.

f) In the Friday sermon

Its emphasis has been underlined in the tradition of Muhammad Ibne Muslim, from Imam Muhammad Baqir (as), as narrated in Al-Kafi and Al-Wafi.2 Then refer to it and ponder over it.

g) In the last part of Friday

Its importance can be gauged from what has been narrated after Dua Samaat. It is the time when one can expect the invocations to be accepted. In the book Jamalus Saliheen, the following supplication has been narrated:

اللهم إني أسألك بحرمة هذا الدعاء وبما فات منه من الاسماء وبما يشتمل عليه من التفسير، والتدبير الذي لا يحيط به إلا أنت، أن تصلي على محمد وآل محمد، وأن تعجل فرجهم في عافية وتهلك أعداءهم في الدنيا والآخرة، وأن ترزقنا بهم خير ما نرجو وخير ما لا نرجو وتصرف بهم عنا شر ما نحذر، وشر ما لا نحذر، إنك على كل شئ قدير، وأنت أكرم الأكرمين.

O Allah, I request from You by the sanctity of this supplication and Your missing holy names in it and what it encompasses except You, to send blessings on Muhammad and on the holy family of Muhammad and hasten their relief in good health and destroy their enemies in this world and in the world Hereafter. Make provision for us through them to the best of our aspirations and the best of what we did not aspire, and divert from us through them the mischief about which we were warned and the mischief about which we were not warned; verily You possess power over all things and You are the most noble of the noble ones.

In some other reliable books, another supplication has been mentioned that has to be recited after Dua-e-Samaat and it is as follows:

 اللهم بحق هذا الدعاء وبحق هذه الأسماء، التي لا يعلم تفسيرها ولا يعلم باطنها غيرك، افعل بي ما أنت أهله، ولا تفعل بي ما أنا أهله، وانتقم لي من ظالمي، وعجل فرج آل محمد وهلاك أعدائهم من الجن والانس، واغفر لي ما تقدم من ذنبي، وما تأخر ووسع علي من حلال رزقك، واكفني مؤنة انسان سوء، وشيطان سوء إنك على كل شئ قدير، والحمد لله رب العالمين.

O Allah, for the sake of this supplication and for the sake of all these names that its deep explanation is not known to anyone save You, send Your blessings on Muhammad and on the holy family of Muhammad and do for me what befits You and don’t do with me what I deserve. O Allah, take revenge for me from my oppressor and hasten the relief of the holy family of Muhammad and destroy their enemies among the Jinn and humans, and pardon all my past and future sins, spread for me lawfulness out of Your provision and suffice me from the problem of the evil men and wicked neighbor and associates, and wicked devils, surely You possess power over all things and praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

And that which proves the emphasis for praying in favor of His Eminence on Fridays, is the mention of Dua Nudbah on this day and also on the two Eids (Fitr and Qurban), which we shall explain in the next section, Insha Allah. If anyone researches the books of traditions of the infallible Imams (as) he will come across other proofs also in addition to what we have mentioned so far.

Note: Know that Friday enjoys a special particularity and relationship with our master, Imam az-Zaman (aj) from various aspects. Hence it is essential that we should make the necessary preparations in it for him (aj). We have discussed about it in the book Abwaab al-Jannaat Fi Aadaab al-Jumuaat but we shall hint about these over here as a reminder for those who are wise.

a) It’s the day of his birth

b) Imamate was transferred to him

c) The day of his reappearance

d) His domination over his enemies

e) It’s the day when he shall take the oath and covenant for himself from his infallible ancestors (as)

f) Allah the Almighty has particularized him with the title of Al-Qaim for this day

g) It (Friday) is one of his titles. I have mentioned other factors also in that book and those who like may refer to it.3

  • 1. Jamal al-Usboo, Pg. 450
  • 2. Kafi, Vol. 3, Pg. 422; Al-Wafi, Vol. 8, Pg. 1149
  • 3. Abwaabul Jannaat Fee Aadaab al-Jumuaat, Pg. 339