The holy month of Safar
Month of the year: Safar is the second month of the Islamic calendar. Literal meaning: Empty. During this month the houses used to be empty and deserted because the ban on going to war in the month of Muharram came to an end and everyone proceeded towards the battlefield.
Safar also means to be yellow. When the names of the months were being given it was the season of autumn and the leaves of the trees were yellow. This time of the year was considered to be cursed as many catastrophes and calamities took place. However this belief has been proven to be false and totally without foundation (absurd).
Many people have erroneous beliefs regarding this month i.e. it is a month of misfortune and calamities. The teachings of Allâh (swt) and His beloved prophet Hazrat Mohammed (saw) gives us clear guidelines on such incorrect beliefs. Allâh (swt) says in the Qur'ân: "No kind of calamity can occur, except by the will of Allâh". (Surah 64-Ayat 11).
These erroneous beliefs have also been condemned in the context of the following Ahâdîth:
1. There is no superstitious owl, bird, no star-promising rain, no bad omen in the month of Safar. (Sahih Muslim).
2. There is no bad omen in the month of Safar and no Ghouls (evil spirits) (Sahih Muslim).
3. There is no evil omen, no superstitious owl, bird and no bad omen in the month of Safar (Bukhari).
The above Ahâdîth clearly refutes all incorrect beliefs and superstitions regarding the month of Safar. These incorrect beliefs flow from the pre-Islamic period of Jâhiliyyah [Days of Ignorance].
The Month of Safar During the Days of Ignorance
The Muhaddithîn have recorded many of the superstitions harboured by the Arabs during the Days of Ignorance. A few are mentioned below:
1. The pre-Islamic Arabs believed Safar to be a snake which lives in the stomach of a human being and when hungry, bites the person. This is the discomfort one experiences when gripped by the pangs of hunger. 2. Some said...
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