Saying Jumah Mubarak
On the day of Jumah we usually tell each other “Jumah Mubarak” – But recently I heard someone saying it is a Bidah. Could the Ulama here please clarify this?
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Alhamdulillaahi was salaatu was salaamu `alaa Rasoolillaahi wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa man waalaahu, wa ba`d:
Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam used to habitually say in his (Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam) Khutbahs: “The worst of matters are the newly invented ones, and every newly invented matter is an innovation, and every innovation is misguidance, and all misguidance is in the fire (of hell).” – Authentic, from Sunan An-Nasaa’i. [i]
One new innovation that has sprung up in recent times is the saying “Jumu`ah Mubarak”, this is not something that was taught to us by Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam or the Sahaabah Radhiallaahu `Anhum or the pious predecessors, despite them being much more knowledgeable than us about the virtues and blessings of Jumu`ah.
This is besides the fact that it is linguistically incorrect to say “Jumu`ah Mubaarak”, the correct way would be to say “Jumu`ah Mubaarakah”.
But in any case, to say “Jumu`ah Mubarak” to a person now and then will be acceptable, as long as a person is aware that this greeting is not from the Sunnah, and it is not made a habit.
It was with this in mind that the `Ulamaa had kept silent when it had first surfaced, but the situation today has changed drastically from where it was when it had started.
In the early days after its appearance no person with any real knowledge of Islaam would say “Jumu`ah Mubarak”, it was only in vogue amongst people that didn’t really have much knowledge of the Deen, but it slowly crept into the lives of more and more muslims, until it reached the stage where scholars also started sending out Jumu`ah Mubarak messages.
Today one finds that some people have stopped greeting on Friday with “Assalaamu `Alaykum” and have replaced it with “Jumu`ah Mubarak”, so where a person would once say “Assalaamu `Alaykum, how are you?” they now say “Jumu`ah Mubarak, how are you?” thereby replacing a Sunnah with a Bid`ah, and Imaam Hassaan Ibn `Atiyyah Rahimahullaah said so aptly as is narrated by Imaam Ash-Shaatibi Rahimahullaah in Al-I`tisaam: “No nation introduces an innovation into their religion but that Allaah removes a Sunnah equal to it, and Allaah will not return that Sunnah to them until the day of resurrection”. [ii]
So it has reached the stage of being an innovation that should be stopped, because if it is not brought to people’s attention now, then how long will it be before it gets taken as being Sunnah or it replaces other Sunan?
May Allaah safeguard us, keep us firm upon the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and grant us all the understanding.
And Allaah knows best.
Ubaidullah Ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim.
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Rashid Ahmed Moosagie.
Sunday 7th Jumaadaa Al-Oolaa 1435 – 9th March 2014.