Is there a hadith which states that that doomsday will really happen on a Friday?
Alhamdulillah, praise and thanks to Allah for the countless blessings He has blessed us all with. Blessings and salutations to the Prophet Muhammad PBUH, his wives, his family, companions and all those that follow his teachings to the day of judgement.
Believing in the coming of doomsday is among the pillars of faith. Hence, it is wajib for us to believe in it. However, Allah SWT conceal the time of when the doomsday will take place as stated in His SWT’s saying:
- Allah SWT says:
إِنَّ السَّاعَةَ آتِيَةٌ أَكَادُ أُخْفِيهَا لِتُجْزَىٰ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ بِمَا تَسْعَىٰ
Indeed, the Hour is coming - I almost conceal it - so that every soul may be recompensed according to that for which it strives.
Surah Taha (15)
Referring back to the above question, there is actually a sahih hadith narrated by Imam Muslim in his Sahih book that the Prophet PBUH once stated that the Hour (doomsday) will take place on Friday:
- Narrated by Abu Hurairah RA, where the Prophet PBUH said:
خَيْرُ يَوْمٍ طَلَعَتْ عَلَيْهِ الشَّمْسُ يَوْمُ الْجُمُعَةِ فِيهِ خُلِقَ آدَمُ وَفِيهِ أُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ وَفِيهِ أُخْرِجَ مِنْهَا وَلاَ تَقُومُ السَّاعَةُ إِلاَّ فِي يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ
The best day on which the sun has risen is Friday; on it Adam was created. on it he was made to enter Paradise, on it he was expelled from it. And the last hour will take place on no day other than Friday
Sahih Muslim (854)
In understanding this hadith, the scholars had a differing opinion on whether the stated matters are the virtues of Friday or not. This is mentioned by Imam al-Nawawi when interpreting on this hadith when he quoted the opinion of al-Qadhi ‘Iyad that stated the matters are not virtues of Friday as the Prophet Adam AS leaving (the paradise) and the coming of the doomsday are not considered as virtues. In fact, all of these explanations on the coming of major things so that humans may prepare themselves with good deeds to get Allah’s blessings and be safe from His punishments.
In addition, Abu Bakar bin al-‘Izzi in his book when commenting on this hadith states that all which is mentioned in this hadith is the virtue. The coming of the doomsday is to hasten the repayment towards the prophets, siddiqin, awliya’ and other than them as well as highlighting their specialities and honour. [See: al-Minhaj Syarah Sahih Muslim, 6/142]
In conclusion, the hadith stating that doomsday will take place on Friday is a sahih hadith narrated by Imam Muslim. Besides, we should always be prepared to face the doomsday which will surely come anytime from now by performing good deeds as much as we could. Lastly, may Allah SWT group us among His slaves who succeed in the hereafter as well as make us be among the people of paradise. Ameen.