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Friday prayers
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Jumu'ah ("Friday prayer"), is a congregational prayer (ṣalāt) that Muslims hold every Friday, just after noon instead of the Zuhr prayer. Muslims pray ordinarily five times each day according to the sun's sky path regardless of time zones.

It is one of the most exalted Islamic rituals and one of its confirmed obligatory acts. The name al-Jumu'ah means "the gathering together of people."

Conditions

An accurate Jumu'ah was said to fulfill certain conditions, including the following:

  • Friday prayer must be prayed in congregational.
  • There must be at least 5 (better 7) persons including the Imam.
  • According to some Shiite law Only one Friday prayer may be prayed in a radius of 3 miles 720 yards. If two prayers are held within this distance, the later will be null and void.
  • There must be two sermons delivered by the Imam before the prayer and attentively listened to by at least 4 (or 6) persons.

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