Why Does Friday Have to Be a Closed-Market Day?
Have you ever experienced this?
It’s Friday, and you need to buy something. You go to the market, only to find that the shops are closed.
Or you phone a shopkeeper to know if the shop is open and he tells you it’s Friday and that shops are closed.
I’ve experienced it a lot; not only in personal matters but also in the official ones. I do supply chain management, and purchasing is a regular requirement so you can understand how much I’ve seen the Friday thing happening again and again.
I find the closing of shops and markets on Friday to be awkward and irrational. There’s a strong reason for this opinion, and that’s what I’m going to share here.
Let’s See What The Quran Says
The Quran says: –
O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew.
(Al-Jumu’a 62: Verse 9)
And in the very next verse, the instruction continues.
And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.
(Al-Jumu’a 62: Verse 10)
Do you see what has a about market/business activities on Friday?
Trade & Business are Allowed on Friday
Allah orders us to proceed to remembrance of Allah and leave trade when the call for Friday prayers is made.
Not before that.
Before that, doing trade or business or whatever permissible we do for living is perfectly allowed.
And what does Allah instruct us to do after the prayers are over? Yes, to spread in the earth and find His bounty; the living and eatables for us.
So trade and business are not only allowed but ordered by Allah Almighty after the Friday prayers are over.
The only period during which the trade is forbidden is the duration of the first call to prayers till we are done with the prayers.
Should We Change The Perception Then?
Yes, we should. Friday is a complete day which can generate huge market activity if the shops are not closed. Market activity means circulation of money and a healthy economy.
More importantly, as has been clearly described in the verses of Quran, the practice of closing shops and markets on Friday goes against the spirit of Islam.
So, we should make an effort to spread the message of Allah regarding Friday so that market activity may go on, except for the duration specified by Quran.
Do share if you agree.