Muslims go to the mosque on Fridays for the purpose of congregational prayers. While Muslims can pray anywhere and at a time of their own choosing, Friday is viewed as the holy day of the week. Muslims have the opportunity to come together and enhance the Islamic brotherhood.
Muslims are encouraged to go to the mosque on Fridays at midday if they are within hearing distance of the prayer call. This communal prayer time replaces the Zuhur or afternoon prayer. If a Muslim cannot make it to the Mosque for Friday prayers, then he is encouraged to stay at home with his family and pray the Zuhur prayer as a replacement. Friday service is optional for women, while men are always expected to attend.