It’s Safar the second month of the Islamic Calendar. So, is it going to bring bad luck to you? You cannot marry in Safar? Does Safar bring Bad omens (Bad luck charms or tiaras)? We hear people saying I am not going to start a new business or do something important in Safar. One of the common beliefs of the people is that the month of Safar brings destruction and harm and diseases etc. This is an erroneous belief, as there is nothing like ‘a bad day or a bad month’ in Islam. Allah has made day and night as a sign and to help us make the calendar:
“And We have appointed the night and the day as two signs. Then, We have obliterated the sign of the night (with darkness) while We have made the sign of the day illuminating, that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the number of the years and the reckoning. And We have explained everything (in detail) with full explanation.” (Al Isra 17:12)
Allah tells us the purpose of the moon:
“They ask you (O Muhammad P.B.U.H ) about the new moons. Say: These are signs to mark fixed periods of time for mankind and for the pilgrimage.” (Al Baqarah 2:189)
“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the Earth;” (At Tawbah 9: 36)
Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) guidance about Safar:
Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) Said About Safar:
“No adwaa [transmission of infectious disease without the permission of Allah], no tiyarah [superstitious belief in bird omens], no haamah [refers to a Jaahili Arab tradition described variously as: a worm that infests the grave of a murder victim until he is avenged; an owl; or the bones of a dead person turned into a bird that could fly], and no Safar [the month of Safar was regarded as “unlucky” in the Jaahiliyyah].” [Translators notes are in square brackets]. (al-Bukhari, 5757 and Muslim, 2220)
The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:
“There is no contagious disease that is transferred except by Allaah’s permission, nor is there any effective omen. Nor the belief of when seeing or hearing an owl that it is the announcement of someone’s death. Nor the belief of being pessimistic about the month of Safar, run away from the leper like you run away from the lion.” (Silsilah as-saheehah : 783)
Narrated Abu Hurayrah (R.A) Allaah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H) said:
‘There is no ‘Adhaa (no disease is conveyed from the sick to the healthy without Allaah’s permission), nor Safar, nor Hamaa (interprating omen by looking at birds).” A bedouin stood up and said, “Then what about my camels? They are like deer on the sand, but when a mangy camel comes and mixes with them, they all get infected with mangy.” The Prophet said, “Then who conveyed the (mange) disease to the first one?”( Saheeh Al- Bukhaare)
Abu Hurayrah (R.A) reported Allaah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) as saying:
“There is no transitive disease, no hama, no star promising rain, no Safar.” (Muslim)
Jaabir (R.A) mentions the superstitions and the wrong concept of Safar:
“I have heard the Prophet saying, the descending of illness and evil superstition befalling in the month of Safar is untrue.” (Muslim)
Bad omens and the month of Safar:
- A nikah performed this month would not be successful.
Ali (R.A) married Fatima (R.A) (the daughter of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) in the month of Safar.
- This month is full of misfortune and calamities. So, one should not start any business, etc. during this month as it will bring bad luck.
- The first to the thirteenth of Safar is ill-fortune and evil. Considering the 13 of this month as being unlucky.
- Considering this month to be ‘hard’ for the dead.
- The person who distributes food or money on the 13th of Safar will be saved from its ill-fortune.
- To celebrate the last Wednesday of Safar and regard it as a holiday
- Making 365 balls of flour and throwing them in water so that bad omens are driven away and provision is increased.
There are no bad omens (bad luck) or calamities in any person or any month or any date or number in Islam. If something bad happens, it is due to our deeds. We have to work on our self to remove calamities from our life. We should understand that all conditions which befall us, good or bad, favorable, or unfavorable are from Allah (as a result of our actions). Allah says:
“Whatever misfortune befalls you, it is due to the things your hands have wrought, and He forgives many a sin.” (Surah 42 – Verse 30).
Also, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said that Allah has said:
“The son of Adam hurts me for he abuses Time though I am Time: in My Hands are all things, and I cause the revolution of day and night.” (Bukhari)