First post from Kitaab-ul-Istisqaa’ [Book of Invoking Allah for Rain]
There has been a sort of thorough post on this topic before. Do go through it, to get some good background information before you read on.
Istisqaa’ prayer is a two-rak`ah prayer similar to that of Eid prayer with seven takbirat in the first rak`ah and five takbirat in the second rak`ah excluding the takbir of the opening of the prayer and the takbir of the qiyam (standing) for the second rak`ah.
Volume 2, Book 17, Number 817:
Narrated ‘Abbas bin Tamim’s uncle:
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) went out to offer the Istisqa’ prayer and turned (and put on) his cloak inside out.
- Go OUT to offer Istisqaa’ prayer.
Here’s a fatwa regarding the place of prayer.
- Turning the cloak and putting it on inside-out is also a Sunnah. Read this.
Note to self: post and sleep.
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
The Prophet said, “Ghusl (taking a bath) on Friday is compulsory for every Muslim reaching the age of puberty.”
Fuqahaa’ (experts in Islamic jurisprudence) say it’s mustahabb (recommended) to do ghusl on Fridays.
As for the question about women’s doing ghusl on Fridays, read this.
Do read about some other virtues of Friday. :)