The Best Prayer – Fajr on Friday in Congregation
أَفْضَلُ الصَّلَوَاتِ عِنْدَ اللهِ تَعَالىَ صَلاَةُ الصُّبْحِ يَوْمَ الجُمُعَةِ فِي جَمَاعَةٍ
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,”
The best prayer with Allah is Fajr on Friday in congregation.
Collected by Al-Bayhaqi in Imam and Abu Nuaym in Hilyah . Shaykh Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on him) graded this hadeeth as being authentic in Silsilatu Saheehah 4/91
Ash-Shaykh Abdur Rauf Al-Munawee (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “The reason why the best congregational prayer is Fajr on Friday is because Friday is the best day of the week. Based on this hadeeth Fajr is the best of the five daily prayers. Imam Ash-Shafi defined this hadeeth. However according to the majority of his companions in his school of thought, they hold the best congregational prayer to be Asr. The reason for this is because it’s the middle prayer based on an authentic hadeeth without any contradiction. Then the second best is Fajr, then Isha, then Maghrib and finally Thur. All of this is based on hadeeth later mentioned in this book.
The best congregation is Juma’h then Fajr, then Isha. This is because Jumu’ah has special traits which aren’t found in any other congregation.
Prepared by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
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