Muslims should be proud of their religion. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has commanded the believers to follow the religion completely, otherwise if they miss any part of it intentionally, then they are straying on to the path of the Shaytan. As it is said in the Qur’an,
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ – فَإِن زَلَلْتُم مِّن بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَتْكُمُ الْبَيِّنَاتُ فَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ – هَلْ يَنظُرُونَ إِلَّا أَن يَأْتِيَهُمُ اللَّهُ فِي ظُلَلٍ مِّنَ الْغَمَامِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ وَقُضِيَ الْأَمْرُ ۚ وَإِلَى اللَّهِ تُرْجَعُ الْأُمُورُ –
“O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy. But if you deviate after clear proofs have come to you, then know that Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise. Do they await but that Allah should come to them in covers of clouds and the angels [as well] and the matter is [then] decided? And to Allah [all] matters are returned,” [Surah al-Baqarah 2: 208-210].
The above ayaat are clear to understand that the faithful Muslim has to follow Islam whole-heartedly; and backsliding will cause to follow the Shaytan who is an open enemy to the believers. This backsliding could result in the punishment of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
Muslims must believe that in Islam there are three ‘Eids, namely:
1. ‘Eid ul Fitr
2. ‘Eid ul Adhaa;
Friday: the Day of ‘Eid.
But some Muslim brothers and sisters have introduced a number of ‘’Eids which they celebrate in addition to these; these are the festival days celebrated by the unbelievers. There are only three ‘Eids in Islam and Muslims should be proud to celebrate them.
There follows some narrations in which the word ‘Friday’ is mentioned as ‘The Day of Eid.’
Abu ‘Ubayd said, “Then I witnessed the ‘Eid with ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affaan, and that was on a Friday. He offered the prayer before the sermon, saying, ‘O people! Today you have two ‘Eids together, so whoever of those who live at Al-‘Awaali (suburbs) would like to wait for the Jumu’ah prayer, he may wait, and whoever will return (home) is granted my permission to do so.” [Saheeh Bukhari Vol. 7, p. 337, # 479]
Abu Huraira radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrated that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Two festivals (‘Eid and Friday) have synchronized on this day. If anyone does not want to offer the Friday prayer, the ‘Eid prayer is sufficient for him. But we shall offer the Friday prayer.” [Sunan Abu Dawoud Vol. 1, p. 200, # 948]
Ibn ‘Abbas radhiAllahu ‘anhu reported that Allah’s Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Verily, this is the ‘Eid day. Allah has prescribed it for the Muslims. So, he who comes to (observe) Jumu’ah prayer let him take a bath and, if perfume is available, he should apply some of it and (bear in mind that) the tooth-brush (miswak) is essential for you.” [Sunan ibn-e-Majah, Vol. 1, p. 181, # 901]
Book: Etiquettes of a Muslim on Friday, Abu Ibraheem Majeed Alee Hassan