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Jumu’atul-Wida

Jumu’atul-Wida

Description

Jumu’atul-Widaa’ (Arabic: جمعة الوداع meaning Friday of farewell, also called al-Jumu’ah al-Yateemah Arabic: الجمعة اليتيمة or the orphaned Friday Urdu: الوداع جمعہ Al-Widaa Juma) is the last Friday in the month of Ramadan before Eid-ul-Fitr. The holiday is one of the five holiest days in Islam and is the holiest Sabbath for Muslims.

Muslims ask for Allah’s forgiveness and they give to the poor on this day. They offer prayers and they believe that prayers made on this day will be answered. Muslims believe giving to the poor (zakat) on this day will bring them wealth and blessings during the year and in the future. The Jumu’atul-Wida is a chance for Muslims to say goodbye to Ramadan.

Background
Jumu’atul-Wida is the last Friday prayer or Jumu’ah; Wida means end referring to the end of Ramadan. Another name for the holiday is Alvida Jumma meaning Friday of farewell.

The name of the day means a farewell to Ramadan. In Islam Friday is the Sabbath and the holiest day of the week; consequently the last Friday of Ramadan is important because it gives Muslims a chance to reflect on Ramadan. Jumu’atul-Wida is considered one of the five holiest days for Muslims and is the holiest sabbath in Islam.

History

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In observation of the day, Muslims attend Friday Jumu’ah prayers and they go to a mosque to pray. Worshippers also ask for forgiveness from Allah. The Jumu’atul-Wida is important because it is the last Friday Jumu’ah in the holy month of Ramadan and the hadith teaches that heaven is opened and hell is closed during Ramadan. The term is not found in the Qur’an or Another feature of the day is that Muslims in cities tend to pray together in one large mosque.

Muslims believe that prayers made on this the last Friday of Ramadan will be answered. Muslims also believe giving to the poor (zakat) on this day will bring them wealth and blessings in the year and in the future. They also believe that all of their sins will be forgiven by praying and reciting the Holy Quran on this day. Jumu’atul-Wida does not have a dedicated prayer or “Ibadah”.

Followers of Islam believe that Allah’s prophet prayed throughout Ramadan’s last ten days. When he woke in the night he also prayed. The day reminds Muslims of their chance to live a good life. The day also reminds Muslims that Ramadan is coming to an end.

At the conclusion of Ramadan there is a feast called Eid al-Fitr and Mulims traditionally offer the greeting Eid Mubarak. The word Eid means feast or festival. The meaning of Eid Mubarak is blessed celebration.

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