Black Friday or Bright Friday? The Muslim Version
What is Black Friday?
Everyone who lives in America has heard about the “Black Friday”, it sounds like scary day but its really a day where the big retail stores trick people into buying things they don’t really want because they make the price too low to resist. Everyone including Muslims fell for this trick but the sad thing about this is that people camp days ahead of the actual friday to be the first person in the store. As the black friday gets closer, the lines in front of the stores gets longer, then as they open the door, people hurdle to the door as if they were told they were going to die if they don’t get into the store. People were even reported to die because of the stampede and a lot of people got injured through last few years according to Black Friday Death Count website. Here is video report of worker at walmart who was trampled to death by the shoppers who were rushing to get some deal.
There is no actually a day called “Bright Friday” but as Muslims, we have to always go back to our religion and look situations and events according to what our religion commands us. Muslims are like anyone else, we want cheap products, we want to have the latest products too but We have to follow strong ethical rules. Bright friday is simply all fridays which Muslims get ready early in the morning, taking shower, cleaning the house, getting things done as early as possible to come to the masjid (mosque) for our friday prayer. The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) has talked about friday as being one of the most important days of a Muslim when he (pbuh) said
“There is no day more virtuous than Friday.” -At Tarmadi
Instead of camping early for shopping, we should really camp for the friday prayer which our lord, Allah swt has commanded us to leave worldly affairs behind so we can attend the lecture/sermon which is given by the khateeb (the lecturer).
“O you who believe! When the call to prayer is proclaimed on Friday hasten earnestly to the remembrance of God, and leave aside business. That is best for you if you but knew.” (Quran 62:9)
I advice myself first and all to my brothers and Sisters to be a MUSLIMS, a true muslim doesn’t put huge energy into saving few dollars but puts immense energy in remembering his/her lord.