FAITH: The Superstitious Beliefs and the month of Safar


submitted by Bint-e-Hamed

The month of Safar is like all other months.

Is there anything special in the month of Safar, because some people say that in this month Allah sends many problems upon his slaves? Is it true that we are supposed to pray specific prayers to protect ourselves and we are not supposed to marry or have any other happy occasion?

Here is the answer: All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

We supplicate Allah to bless us to follow the authentic Sunnah. Know that a Muslim must safeguard his faith and keep it away from myths and superstitions. Allah says (what means): {Say, “Never will we be struck except by what Allah has decreed for us; He is our protector.” And upon Allah let the believers rely.} [Quran 9: 51]. Allah also says (what means): {… And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent….} [Quran 65:3]

The month of Safar is like all other months. The Prophet  peace be upon him condemned what is said about this month. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet peace be upon him said: “No ‘Adwa (i.e. no contagious disease is conveyed to others without Allah’s permission); nor any evil omen in the month of Safar; nor Hama.”

A Bedouin said, “O Allah’s Apostle! What about the camels which, when on the sand (desert) look like deers, but when a mangy camel mixes with them they all get infected with mange?” On that Allah’s Apostle said, “Then who conveyed the (mange) disease to the first (mangy) camel?”

Besides, Ibn Mas’ood  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  peace be upon him said: “Three is no ‘Adwa nor Safar; Allah created every soul and wrote its life, livelihood and trials.” [at-Tirmithi]

The above Ahadeeth clearly prove that the month of Safar does not have any special characteristics.

Know that performing special prayers in this month to safeguard oneself from evil or abstaining from marrying or from any other happy occasion is nothing but myths.

A Muslim should give up such fairy tales and should follow the Quran, sayings of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and the way of the Companions and their followers.

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