With the month of Safar upon us, Ulama are exhorting the Muslim public to let go of superstitious baggage regarding this month that they say has its roots in the Days of Ignorance.
In years gone by, Cii Radio has witnessed that there are still comparatively fewer Nikahs being performed in the months of Muharram and Safar, and it is often speculated that this is the case due to a perception that still sees these months being characterized as periods of mourning, grief and ill omen.
In the days of Jahiliyyah (prior to the appointment of the Prophet SAW as the Messenger of Allah), the pagans used to believe that the month of Safar would bring evil omens; but the matter was sufficiently clarified by the Messenger of Allah who made it absolutely clear that no day, no week, no month, and no year brings along with it evil omens.
In a Hadith narrated by Al Bukhari, Nabi SAW said, : (There is) no ‘Adwa (no contagious disease is conveyed without Allah’s permission), nor is there any bad omen (from birds), nor is there any Hamah, nor is there any bad omen in the month of Safar, and one should run away from the leper as one runs away from a lion.”
Commenting on such superstitions that some still harbour regarding Safar, senior Ladysmith based Aalim Moulana Salim Kareem says the main panacea is to acquire full trust that all conditions – good or bad – come from Allah SWT.
Belief in Taqdeer(Predestination) is essential to our faith. Once the Messenger of Allah SWT asked the Sahaba RA if they are true Muslims. They replied in the affirmative. The Messenger of Allah SWT then probed them further asking how could they prove such a contention. They replied citing three qualities: Their gratefulness for Allah SWT’s bounties upon them; their patience on calamities than befell them; and their belief in Taqdeer.
The Sahaba RA questioned Nabi SAW on many things(on behalf of the entire Ummah) during his lifetime. One of them was the superstition that clouded the month of Safar. Answering them, Nabi SAW clearly negated the superstition that Safar was a month of bad omens.
The sad thing is that, in spite of this lots of people still believe that the first 13 days of this month are particularly calamitous, especially for menfolk. And lots of people would shut their homes on the 13th of Safar and proceed elsewhere believing that some form of evil is about to descend.
These are very dangerous beliefs that come very close to Kufr and Shirk.
Allah SWT teaches us in the Quraan, Surah Hadid Verse 23:
“No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being – indeed that, for Allah , is easy”
So if any evil actually touches us, we learn from this Ayah that it may actually be coming to us due to our own sinful actions.
To combat superstitions, evil thoughts and ward off potential calamities from our lives try to read the following Dua mentioned in the Hadeeth of Sayyidina Rasulullah SAW often:
“بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ”.
Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-’ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee ‘ul- ‘Aleem .
In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (Recite three times in Arabic).
“Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.” Abu Dawud 4/323, At-Tirmithi 5/465, Ibn Majah 2/332, Ahmad. Ibn Majah’s chain of transmission is good (Hasan).
This Dua with full faith can serve as a shield from all calamities and evil, not only in Safar, but on every day and night of our lives.
Always maintain good thoughts of Allah SWT, and Allah SWT will treat you accordingly.
So to be clear, there is absolutely no sin getting married in the months of Muharram and Safar and there is nothing to be perturbed about regarding the specific day of the 13th Safar.
So whoever intends getting married in this period, don’t even for a moment think it is a month of bad luck or a month unsuitable for marriage or travel etc.