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How many rakats are in jumah?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Besides the five obligatory prayers, Allah has also ordained the "Jumah" (Friday Congregational Prayer) as a necessary prayer on the Muslim Nation (Ummah) as is made clear in the following verse of the Holy Qur'an:

"O ye who believe, when the call is proclaimed to prayer on friday (the day of assembly), hasten earnestly to the remembrance of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) and leave off business (and traffic). That is best for you if ye but knew" (Qur'an 62:9).

When a beliver enters the masjid he should pray two rakats of 'tahiyat-ul-masjid' even if he enters when the imam is delivering the khutbah. Upon completion of the first part of the sermon, the Imam sits down for a brief Pause and then, stands up again for the second part of the sermon. After that, he comes Down from the pulpit and the MUADHIN makes the second call for the prayer IQAMAH and a two rakats congregational prayer is accordingly performed .

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: When any one of you observes the Jumu'a prayer (two obligatory rak'ahs in congregation), he should observe four (rak'ahs) afterwards. Sahih Muslim[Book: 004, Number: 1915]

Upon completing the Jumah prayer, a person may come up with voluntary prayers which if done at the masjid consists of four rakats but if, done at home (upon one's return from the mosque), consists only of two rakats as the Prophet (peace be upon him), used to do. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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