This makes complete sense. Why should Friday be privileged out of all the days of the week? By holding Friday prayers in the early afternoon, aren’t we privileging more wealthy Muslims who are secure enough in their jobs to leave to go to the mosque? That’s not fair to everyone else! Isn’t Islam about equality and social justice?!
Hopefully you find this proposal so ludicrous, so vile that it doesn’t even require comment. Don’t even bother clicking on the link or reading the trash contained therein.
BUT similar efforts to significantly distort the Friday prayer and modify its rituals are happening all over the US, especially on college campuses. The number one change is setting up the prayer space so that men and women pray side by side without a proper barrier, but other extreme proposals are being pushed, too. The reasoning and thought process is identical to the above: we need equality!
People don’t stop to think how vacuous their notion of equality is and how, if you’re crafty enough, it can be used to justify *any* change to the prayer, such as moving the prayer from a Friday to a Saturday or a Monday.
Those who want to change their religion to suit their whims will always appeal to something to make it look like what they are doing is noble and righteous. This was a tried and tested strategy of Bani Israel for which they earned the curse of Allah. And Muslims today are following their sunna using the language of “liberty” and “equality” and “social justice.”
We need to expunge this empty, highly loaded, highly problematic vocabulary from our mainstream and scholarly discourse. The words we use today will be used to hang us tomorrow. The words we used yesterday are being used to hang us today.