I thought I would compile a few things pertaining to Jumu'ah with the convert in mind.
1. Attending the Jumu'ah Prayer - I used to love attending the masjid for Jumu'ah prayers. I looked forward to sitting in rows of people that are there to worship Allah and gain knowledge. I remember as a young mother taking my girls and trying to get them to behave during the khutbah. They usually would lean on me and sometimes even fall asleep as the khatib spoke. The thing is they didn't fall in love with it like I did. As they grew older it was really hard to get them back to the masjid. Strong mandates didn't seem to work and I found myself wanting to go the masjid but not wanting the arguements that went along with trying to get everyone in agreement to attend. I also had a hand in it as I felt the messages that were being sent from the minbar lacked relevance. To further my dismay the very things that I was trying to teach my girls about proper behavior at the masjid was not a shared value of the sisters off in the corner chatting and allowing their children to run freely around the prayer hall. Honestly, I just gave up trying to go. In retrospect it was a mistake. I should have not given up (I promise an idepth post on my ability to give up - I now equate it with emotional laziness). However, I have found opportunities to still gain some of the spirtual nourishment I need by listening in to the weekly Jumu'ah prayers online. Many local masjid's have a live link that allows people to tune in. This is a great option for sisters who might not be able to make it to the masjid due to family obligations. I tried it for the first time today and it was amazing. Valley Ranch Islamic Center is a masjid that I plan on tapping into each Friday. I did have a few glitches with the live feed but simply refreshing my browser helped with issues of buffering from the site.
2. Reading of Surah Al-Kahf - This is prescribed upon us each Friday. I have provided some links below to give further infomation.
“Whoever reads Surah al Kahf on a Friday, light will extend from his feet to the heights of the heaven on the Day of Judgment." reported by Tarbarani