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Superstition & The Month of Safar

 

To believe that the month of Safar is inauspicious, and particularly to believe that its first thirteen days are 'bad luck' or that it is harmful to marry or propose to marry or undertake a journey, etc., during these days are beliefs which are against the teachings of Islam.

 

In pre-Islamic days people considered the month of Safar to be evil and ominous. Our Rasul (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) strongly rejected such beliefs and ideas. The truth is that no time, day, month or date is in itself evil, but the deeds of people are either good or bad. The time spent in the performance of good deeds will be auspicious and the time spent in sin and the disobedience of Allah Ta'la will be evil and ominous.

 

The month of Safar is not ominous. Evil deeds and incorrect beliefs are ominous and should be given up and repented for. It is incorrect to postpone or delay marriage or its proposal or a journey, etc. because of such beliefs.

 

Rejecting the false beliefs of the days of ignorance our Rasul (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Belief in ill-omen is Shirk (polytheistic) (he said this thrice) and the owl's ominousness is nothing.' The Mushriks of Arabia used to believe that a house near which an owl screeches will be ruined, hence, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) refuted this belief as false. Thereafter, he said, 'There is nothing ominous about the month of Safar'. (Bukhari vol.1 pg.857)

 

The polytheists believed the month of Safar upto the 13th day to be inauspicious, hence, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) rejected this superstition. It is therefore wrong for Muslims, who are the followers of

 

Muhammad, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), to adopt the ways of the non-Muslims and to entertain the very beliefs which he had come to change.

 

May Allah grant all Muslims the ability to accept and practice upon all the beautiful teachings of our beloved Rasul (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), Aameen

 

Source: Fataawa Raheemia

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Superstition and the month of Safar

 
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has stated: “There is nothing evil about the month of Safar.” (Bukhari)
 
Believing that the month of Safar is inauspicious and particularly that its first 13 days are ill-fated or that it is harmful to marry, propose or travel, etc. during these days are superstitions which are contrary to the teachings of Islam. Such superstitions have no basis in Islam and stem from the beliefs of idol-worshippers and pagans.
 
Stemming from the same erroneous belief system are horoscopes, astrological predictions and consulting fortune-tellers. It is likely that many of us have not realised how abhorred a practice this is in Islam, nor the extent of Rasulullah’s Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam condemnation of it.
 
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has stated: “He who consults with a fortune-teller, his Salaah will not be accepted for forty days.” (Muslim)
 
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has further stated: “He who goes to a soothsayer or a fortune-teller and believes in his predictions, has disbelieved in the revelation sent to Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam.” (Targhib)
 
A true Muslim firmly believes that all conditions, whether they are adverse or favourable, come directly from Allah Ta'ala. Specific days, months or phenomena do not control our lives.
 
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Marriage In The Month Of Muharram / Safar
 

Q. I would like to know if it is permissible to marry in the month of muharram/safar as i am planning a nikah in the month of december in which muharam does fall, i have been told by family members that it is not permissible to marry in those months, please could u clarify this for me as soon as possible by replying to my email.

(Questions published as received)

A. It is permissible to marry in the month of Muharram, Safar or any other Islamic month of the year. There is no prohibition recorded in the Qur’an or Hadith with regards to marrying in any particular month. In fact, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has strongly condemned the misconception that certain months hold bad luck. It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

There is no such thing as bad omens, superstition and bad luck in the month of Safar. (Sahih  al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 5425)

And Allah Knows Best

 

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
 

Fatwa Department


Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)


Council of Muslim Theologians

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