Chanting “Allaahu Akbar” 129 times before Friday Athaan

Question 505: In some of the Masjids (mosques) here in the district of Bashshar, people repeat Al-Lateef (i.e. The Kindest), one of Allaah’s Most Beautiful Names, every Friday after finishing the study circle before the Athaan (Call to Prayer) and the two sermons of Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer. They repeat this Name 129 times. I asked the Imaam about this practice and he told me that they do so for Allaah to save them from His Wrath. What is your view and explanation of this practice?

Answer: Recitation of Allaah’s Name (Al-Lateef) 129 times before the Athaan of Jumu`ah Prayer has nothing to do with the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him) nor his Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) nor the Salaf (righteous predecessors). In fact this is one of the Bidd`ahs (innovations in religion) introduced to more here.