Isaac Immanuel Sinaga
Philippine Christian University
Issac Immanuel Sinaga hails from Jakarta, Indonesia. He graduated Masters in Divinity from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (2015). He has served as a pastor in Palembang, and Bandar Lampung of South Sumatra Mission, and is currently taking up Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies at Philippine Christian University.
Al-Jumu’ah or a Friday prayer service for those of the Islamic faith, is an important occasion for them to worship, pray to and acknowledge Allah. In reflecting the occasion, one can find similarity as that in the Bible, wherein God specifically points out to a certain day to honor and worship Him. In the essence of both faith, time is an essential hour or day to worship the Creator, thus it bridges the two faiths in a definite, particular hour of worship to the Almighty. The history of Al-Jumu’ah, its conception and its practices is rooted at a particular time wherein Jews, and Sabbath-keeping people were known to Mohammad himself, and it is interesting to note that the possible historicity of the belief is profoundly similar in its practices to that of the keeping of the Sabbath; thus, it reckons the need for one to seek commonalities over the theology of Al’Jumu’ah and its practices in reflection to Seventh-Day Adventists’ understanding of the Sabbath. This paper found that both Al-Jumu’ah and the Sabbath profess to a special time created by the Creator to be honored, to either worship Him or to be in worship with one another to Him; it also found that both remarks of a time wherein this very space and time is not just meant for the reminder of what God has created or a creation retelling, but also an eschatological nuance of what it is to come. For the Seventh-Day Adventist, it is a foretelling of a taste of the Sabbath in heaven, and for Muslims it is a foretelling of an eschatological conclusion. Keywords: Al Jumu’ah, Day of Worship, Day of Congregation