What Day Is It Really?

// March 11th, 2009 // Blog

Yasir Qadhi's latest entry on MM reminded me of a slightly paranoid question that came to mind a while ago.

Jumu'ah is a significant day for Muslims, as the most important congregational prayer is held on that day, every week. But how do we know that the day we call “Friday” in the Gregorian weekly calendar is the same day that we call “Jumu'ah” in the Islamic calendar? Have Jumu'ah prayers really been held consistently, every seven days, since the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him? It's not like we can check using the Moon, like we do when determining the beginning and end of the Islamic calendar months.

I suppose the same question applies to every day of the week, seeing as Mondays and Thursday have special significance with regards to the practice of ritual, Sunnah fasts.

I can trust that the Arabs have it right, from the point of view of uninterrupted tradition. So when the Gregorian calendar was introduced to the Muslim world, did they simply synch the two systems, noting that Friday was equivalent to Jumu'ah? I guess it wouldn't be very difficult, seeing as both weeks contain seven days. Imagine the chaos otherwise?!

Okay, now I suspect that my question is very silly indeed. :/

3 Responses to “What Day Is It Really?”

  1. Faraz says:

    I’ve wondered about that myself, for some reason. I also spent a while thinking about a purely hypothetical problem of a “week” that wasn’t seven days, and how complicated that would be to manage and explain to others. “This week, I have to go for prayers on Thurday, but next week it will be Tuesday! Don’t worry, the week after, it will be Saturday…”

    It’s one of those small blessings that Jumu’ah prayer is on a Friday… life is easier that way. A two-hour break in the middle of a Monday – Thursday workday would be much harder.

  2. ammena says:

    salam… interesting, Ive never thought of this before

  3. iMuslim says:

    Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah

    I think of odd things like this.

    Well, Faraz and I both do, it seems!

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