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The Month of Safar & the Innovations & Superstitions

Bismillah-Salaam1Allaah says

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ فَلَا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنْفُسَكُمْ 

(interpretation of the meaning):

Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…” (1)

The month of Safar is one of the twelve Hijri months, and it is the month which comes after Muharram.

326_bIts Name- Safar (صفر )

Some of the (scholars) said that it is so named because of the emptying (isfaar) of Makkah (i.e., its people would all leave) when they travelled during this month.

It was also said that this month is named Safar because they used to raid other tribes at this time, and they would leave those whom they encountered bereft of their possessions (sifran min al-mataa’) – i.e., they would take all their belongings away and they would leave them with nothing. (2)

Incorrect beliefs & Superstitions concerning the month of Safar

These were well known among the people of the Jaahiliyyah, and still exist among some of those who claim to be Muslims. 

  • 4 Rak3aat naafil prayer, prayed on the last Wednesday of the month of Safar, with specific soorah & no. of times soorah are read in it.
  • People do not conclude marriage contracts during Safar
  • Many people believe that it is not permissible to break a stick, knot ropes, or entwine fingers when concluding a marriage contract for this leads to failure of the concerned marriage and disharmony between the spouses
  • Some believe that no one should marry or be circumcised in the month of Safar.
  • Every year, 320,000 calamities come down, and all of that comes down on the last Wednesday of Safar.
  • Or there a special du3aa for Safar or ‘travelling or marriage in Safar is haraam (forbidden)

Ahadeeth  of the Prophet About Safar & Superstition:

It is narrated from Abu Hurayrah radi Allaahu 3Anhu that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

لا عَدْوَى وَلا طِيَرَةَ وَلا هَامَةَ وَلا صَفَرَ

There is no 3adwaa, no tiyarah, no haamah and no Safar  (3)

(3adwaa (contagion, transmission of infectious disease without the permission of Allaah). Tiyarah (superstitious belief in bird omens). Haamah (refers to a Jaahili Arab tradition described variously as: a worm which 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). Safar (the month of Safar was regarded as “unlucky” during the Jaahiliyyah) (4)

Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:  

The words “no Safar” refers to the month of Safar, which the Arabs used to regard as inauspicious, especially for marriage. And it was said that it was a stomach disease that affected camels and was transmitted from one camel to another.

It is more likely that what is meant by Safar here is the month, and that what is meant by saying “no Safar” is that it is not to be regarded as inauspicious, rather it is like any other time, during which good or bad things may be decreed.

This does not mean that these things do not happen, because they do happen. Rather it is a statement that they do not have any effect. The One Who causes things to happen is Allaah. If any of these things has a known effect then that is valid and real; if any of them is imagined to have an effect, then that is invalid and false. Thus the hadeeth demonstrates that if there is a valid effect, it cannot be attributed to that thing itself (rather the One Who causes it to happen is Allaah). If the effect is merely imagined, then this hadeeth is stating that it has no effect in the first place. (5)

safarProphet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

 قال : ” لا هامة ولا صفر “ ، زاد مسلم وغيره  ولا نَوء ولا غُول 

“No haamah and no Safar.” (6). In narration of Muslim and others add the words: “No naw’ and no ghoul.” 

It was said that they used to have superstitions concerning the month of Safar, so the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “No Safar”.

And it was said that the Arabs used to believe that there was a snake in the stomach which would harm a person when he had intercourse, and that this was contagious, so the Lawgiver denied that. Maalik said: “The people of the Jaahiliyyah would regard Safar as not being sacred one year and as sacred the next year. (7)

Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said:

لاَ عَدْوَى وَلاَ صَفَرَ خَلَقَ اللَّهُ كُلَّ نَفْسٍ وَكَتَبَ حَيَاتَهَا وَرِزْقَهَا وَمَصَائِبَهَا

There is no 3Adwa nor safar. Allaah created every soul, so he wrote its life, its provision, and its afflictions”. (8)

Fatawaa About Different Superstitions & Innovations in Safar:

Shaykh Bin Baaz said regarding doing Marriage contracts & or entwining fingers etc during Safar:

Safar, just like all other months, does not bring good or evil, as good is only from Allah subhaanAllaah and evil is predestined by Him. Moreover, it is authentically reported that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam annulled the concept of pessimism when he said: “There is no 3Adwa, nor is there any Tiyarah, nor is there any Hamah, nor is there Safar”

The same applies to pessimism about entwining fingers, breaking a stick, etc., when concluding a marriage contract. Such beliefs are false, baseless, and thus they should not be adopted by a Muslim. (9)

The Permanent Committee was asked about marrying or be circumcision in the month of Safar. They replied:

What is mentioned with regard to the prohibition of marriage or circumcision during the month of Safar is superstition. Being superstitious of months, days, birds and similar animals is not permissible.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: There is no 3Adwa, nor is there any Tiyarah (evil omen), nor is there any Hamah, nor is there Safar (the month of Safar was believed to bring bad luck during Jahiliyyah).

Being superstitious about the month of Safar falls under forbidden pessimism that discourages from acting and is one of the acts of Jahiliyyah (pre-Islamic time of ignorance) that was annulled by Islam. (10)

The Permanent Committee was asked about a du3aa’ (11) distributed and said in Safar (asking Allaah by Tawassul of  Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn, the honor of the Messenger & names of Allaah). They replied:

This is an innovated Du3aa’ in terms of being specified to be said at a certain time. It also includes Tawassul (supplicating to Allaah by virtue of the status of…) by Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn, the honor of the Messenger and names which are given to Allaah although they are stated neither in the Qur’aan nor in the Sunnah. It is not permissible to name Allaah  except with what He has named Himself in His Book or revealed to His Messenger Muhammad.

Tawassul by people or by the virtue of their status in Du3aa’ is a Bid3ah (innovation in religion), and every Bid3ah is misguidance and a means to Shirk. Accordingly, the circulation of this Du3aa’ should be prevented in addition to getting rid of any of its copies. It seems that it is innovated by the Shiites. (12)

The Permanent Committee was asked about a specific 4 Rak3aat prayer that is prayed on the last Wednesday of Safar (13), that if prayed in specific manner, Allaah protect him by His generosity from all the calamities that come down on that day, and they will not come around him.

They replied:

We do not know of any basis in the Qur’aan or in the Sunnah for the naafil prayer mentioned in the question. We have no proof that any one among the salaf of this ummah or the righteous people of its later generations did this naafil prayer. Rather it is a reprehensible innovation.

It was narrated that the Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever does an action which is not in accordance with this matter of ours [Islam], will have it rejected.” And he said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours that is not part of it, will have it rejected.”

Whoever attributes this prayer and the things that are mentioned with it to the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam or to any of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) is fabricating serious lies, and Allaah will give him the punishment for liars which he deserves. (14)

Shaykh Muhammad ibn 3Abd al-Salaam al-Shuqayri said:

The ignorant have the habit of writing down the verses of salaam such as “Salaam (peace) be upon Nooh (from Us) among the 3Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)!””  (soorah As-Saafaat 37:79) etc. on the last Wednesday of the month of Safar, then they put them in vessels and drink it and seek blessings from it, and they give it as gifts to one another, because they believe that this will take away bad things. This is a false belief and a blameworthy superstition, a reprehensible innovation which must be denounced by everyone who sees it. (15)

Compiled by TowardsHuda (Main Sources)

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The Month of Safar by Shaykh Salih Munajjid (islamqa.info)

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References:
(1) soorah at-Tawbah, v:36
(2) Lisaan al-‘Arab by Ibn al-Mandhoor, part 4, p. 462-463
(3) Al-Bukhaari (5316)
(4) http://islamqa.info/en/45694
(5)Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, 2/80
(6) Al-Musnad, Al-Saheehayn (Bukharee & Muslim)
(7) http://islamqa.info/en/13930
(8) Arabic reference :Tirmidhee Book 32, Hadeeth 2293 / silsilah as-saheehah
English reference: Tirmidhee Vol. 4, Book 6, Hadeeth 2143 (Darussalaam)
(9) Al-Ifta
(10) Al-Ifta Fatawaa’
(11) Read the fabricated du3aa’ here
(12) Al-Iftaa Fatwa
(13) The fabricated prayer on the Last wednesday of Safar
(14) Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 2/354
(15) Al-Sunan wa’l-Mubtada’aat, p. 111, 112
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Celebrating The 27th Night/Day of Rajab

1 imagesIsraa’ and Mi’raaj (the Prophet’s Night Journey and Ascent into heaven) are two great signs of Allaah which point to the truthfulness of the His Messenger Muhammad SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam, and the greatness of his status before Allaah.

They are also signs of the great power of Allaah, and of His exalted position above His creation.

The Date of Israa’ & Miraaj:

Shaykh 3Abd al- 3Azeez ibn Baaz said:

With regard to this night on which the Israa’ and Mi’raaj took place, there is nothing in the saheeh ahaadeeth to indicate that it is in Rajab or in any other month. Everything that has been narrated concerning a specific date for these events cannot be proven to have come from the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam according to the scholars of hadeeth.

There must be a great wisdom why Allaah made people forget the exact night of Israa’ and Mi‘raaj; but even if it were specified, still it would not be permissible for Muslims to perform specific acts of 3Ibaadah (worship) on this night or celebrate it.

It was reported with an isnaad that is not saheeh from al-Qaasim ibn Muhammad that the Prophet’s Night Journey (al-Israa’) took place on the 27th of Rajab. This was denied by Ibraaheem al-Harbi and others.

Even if the date were proven, it would not be permissible for the Muslims to single it out for particular acts of worship, and it is not permissible for them to celebrate it, because the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam and his companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) did not celebrate it and they did not single it out in any way, or perform specific acts of 3Ibaadah on it.

If celebrating it was something that is prescribed in Islam, the Messenger would have told his ummah about that, either in word or in deed. If any such thing had happened, it would have been well known, and his companions would have transmitted the information to us.

In fact, they were the forerunners to every good act, so if celebrating the night of Israa’ and Mi’raaj was lawful, they would have been the first people to do so. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam was the sincerest giver of advice to people; he perfectly conveyed the Message of Islaam and fulfilled the Amaanah (trust).

If honoring this night and celebrating it was part of the Deen of Allaah, he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam would never have concealed or neglected it. Since nothing of this happened, it is understood that celebrating and honoring this night is not part of Islam at all. Allaah has perfected the Din for the Muslim Ummah and completed His Favors upon them…” (1)

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Different Innovation on 27th of Rajab:

 It was reported that 3Aayesha radi Allaahu 3Anha said: the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours which is not a part of it, will have it rejected.”

There is no proof that the Israa’ and Mi3raaj happened on this date [the date, the month & the year of Mi3raaj is not proved by authentic ahadeeth]

Celebrating the Night of 27th Rajab:

One innovation that take place during this month is the recitation of the story of the Mi3raaj, and celebrations to commemorate it on the twenty-seventh of Rajab, or singling out this night to perform extra acts of worship such as Qiyaam al-Layl or rejoicing and celebrating.

Some celebrations are accompanied by haraam things such as mixing of men and women, singing and music, all of which are not permitted on the two 3Eeds which are prescribed in Islaam, let alone innovated celebrations. (2)bidah rajabFasting on 27th of Rajab:

Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (Rahimahu-Allaah) was asked about fasting on the twenty-seventh of Rajab and spending that night in prayer. He replied:

Fasting on the twenty-seventh of Rajab and spending that night in prayer is a bid3ah (innovation), and every bid3ah is a going astray”. (3)

Sacrificing an Animal on the 27th night of Rajab

With regard to slaughtering sacrificial animals in the middle of Sha3baan or the 27th of Rajab, this is a baseless Bid3ah (innovation in religion) that is neither permissible for one to do nor for any one to eat from it, because of the lack of evidence. Rather, this is practicing a Bid3ah.

As for slaughtering animals and giving them in charity during the month of Ramadaan, seeking by it to draw oneself closer to Allaah, Ramadaan is a blessed month where it is ordained to expand efforts in giving alms and spending on the poor.If one slaughters animals for this purpose during Ramadaan, Dhul-Hijjah or any other time, and gives them in charity then all this is good.

 Yet, to appoint the middle of Sha3baan or the twenty-seventh of Rajab specifically – as done by some people celebrating this night,  this is baseless in Sharee3ah. Rather, this is a Bid3ah. (4)

Participation Impermissible in Celebrating Israa’ and Mi‘raaj:

Celebrating the anniversary of Israa’ and Mi‘raaj is a null and void Bid3ah. It is not known that any of his Rightly-Guided Caliphs, who are the Imams of guidance from the Sahabah and the Tabi3oon to have celebrated this day. Celebrating the Israa’ and Mi‘raaj is Bid3ah and it is not permissible to participate in it. (5)

Related Posts:

The Month of Rajab (A short concise article)

3Umrah In the month of Rajab

Fasting In Rajab [NEW]

References:
(1) http://islamqa.info/en/60288
(2) http://islamqa.info/en/60288
(3) Majmoo3 Fataawa Ibn 3Uthaymeen, 20/440
(4) Fatwas of Nur 3Ala Al-Darb
(5) http://alifta.net/Fatawa/FatawaChapters.aspx?languagename=en&View=Page&PageID=356&PageNo=1&BookID=10

Fasting In Rajab

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Importance of the Month of Rajab:

The month of Rajab is one of the sacred months. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”.  (1)

The sacred months are: Rajab, Dhu’l-Qa3dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram.

Fasting the month of Rajab:

There is no saheeh hadeeth to indicate that there is any special virtue in fasting all or part of this month.

What some people do, singling out some days of Rajab for fasting, believing that they are better than others, has no basis in sharee3ah.

There is a hadeeth that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Fast some days of the sacred months and not others.” (2)

But it is classed as da3eef by Shaykh Al-Baani.

Even if this hadeeth were saheeh, it indicates that it is mustahabb to fast during the sacred months. So if a person fasts during Rajab because of this, and he also fasts in the other sacred months, there is nothing wrong with that. But singling out Rajab for fasting is not right.

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Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

As for fasting in Rajab in particular, the ahaadeeth concerning that are all da3eef (weak), and in fact mawdoo3 (fabricated). The scholars do not rely on any of them. They are not among the da3eef ahaadeeth which have been narrated concerning virtues, rather most of them are fabricated and false.

In al-Musnad and elsewhere there is a hadeeth which says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined fasting the sacred months, namely Rajab, Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram, but this has to do with fasting during all of them, not just Rajab. End quote. (3)

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“Every hadeeth which mentions fasting in Rajab and praying during some of its nights is false and fabricated.” (4)

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Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: “There is no saheeh hadeeth that would count as evidence which speaks of the virtue of the month of Rajab, or that speaks of fasting this month or part of it, or of spending any particular night of it in prayer”. (5)

Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (Rahimahu-Allaah) said:

“There are some people who specify the month of Rajab with fasting all of it, and this is a bid3ah and not a sunnah, even Abu Bakr (Radi-Allaahu 3Anhu) he entered upon his household and saw that they have collected two pots of water in order to get ready for fasting Rajab so he broke the pots and said: “Do you want to change Rajab into Ramadaan? “

As for the one who was used to fasting Mondays and Thursdays or the White days then we say let him continue fasting them, And there is no specified fasting for the month of Rajab in particular.” (6)

Shaykh Sayyid Saabiq (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“Fasting in Rajab is no better than fasting in any other month, except that  it is one of the sacred months. There is no report in the saheeh Sunnah to suggest that there is anything special about fasting in this month. Whatever has been narrated concerning that is not fit to be quoted as evidence” (7)

Fasting on 27th of Rajab:

Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (Rahimahu-Allaah) was asked about fasting on the twenty-seventh of Rajab and spending that night in prayer. He replied:

Fasting on the twenty-seventh of Rajab and spending that night in prayer is a bid3ah (innovation), and every bid3ah is a going astray” (8)

References:
(1) Soorah At-Tawbah, v:36
(2) Abu Dawood 2428; classed as da3eef by al-Albaani in Da’eef Abi Dawood.
(3) Majmoo3 al-Fataawa (25/290)
(4) Al-Manaar al-Muneef, p. 96
(5) Tabyeen al-3Ajab (p. 11)
(6) Fatwa fil-Hajj – 659
(7) Fiqh al-Sunnah (1/282)
(8) Majmoo3 Fataawa Ibn 3Uthaymeen, 20/440.

http://islamqa.info/en/75394

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The Du3aa’ upon Entering Rajab?

The Month of Rajab

 

Fasting In Sha3baan

عن أسامة بن زيد رضي الله عنهما قال : قلت يا رسول الله لم أرك تصوم من شهر من الشهور ما تصوم من شعبان ، فقال : ” ذاك شهر تغفل الناس فيه عنه ، بين رجب ورمضان ، وهو شهر ترفع فيه الأعمال إلى رب العالمين ، وأحب أن يرفع عملي وأنا صائم “ رواه النسائي ، أنظر صحيح الترغيب والترهيب ص 425

Usaamah ibn Zayd radi Allaahu 3Anhumaa said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Sha3baan.’

He said, “That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.’” (1)

 عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ :  كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَصُومُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يُفْطِرُ ، وَيُفْطِرُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يَصُومُ ، فَمَا رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم اسْتَكْمَلَ صِيَامَ شَهْرٍ إِلا رَمَضَانَ ، وَمَا رَأَيْتُهُ أَكْثَرَ صِيَامًا مِنْهُ فِي شَعْبَانَ

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha  said: “The Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha3baan.”(2)

كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ ، كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ إِلا قَلِيلاً

“He used to fast all of Sha3baan, he used to fast all but a little of Sha3baan. (3)

Read more: The Month of Sha3baan

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The Virtues of Sha3baan

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References:

(1) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, see Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb
(2) Narrated by al-Bukhaari & Muslim
(3) Report narrated by Muslim

CountDown To Ramadaan Begins

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Countdown to Ramadaan 1434H has begun. Ramadaan is only 1 1/2 months away.

Mua’la ibn Fadhl says: “Our pious used to make Du3aa’ six months in advance to Allaah to grant them the opportunity to witness Ramadaan”.

[Lataaiful Ma3arif; page: 174]

May Allaah enable us to reach Ramadaan & help us to fast this month.

Aameen

Virtues of Allaah’s Sacred Month of Muharram

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Allaah’s sacred month of Muharram is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ فَلَا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنْفُسَكُمْ 

“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…” [soorah at-Tawbah, v:36]

It was reported that Ibn 3Abbaas said that this phrase (so wrong not yourselves therein…) referred to all the months, then these four were singled out and made sacred, so that sin in these months is more serious and good deeds bring a greater reward.

The Virtue of Observing More Naafil Fasts during Muharram:

Abu Hurayrah radi Allaahu 3Anhu said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: ‘The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allaah’s month of Muharram.'” (1)

The phrase “Allaah’s month”, connecting the name of the month to the name of Allaah in a genitive grammatical structure, signifies the importance of the month. This hadeeth is probably meant to encourage increasing one’s fasting during Muharram, without meaning that one should fast for the entire month.

Fasting on 3Aashooraa’:

Ibn 3Abbaas radi Allaahu 3Anhu said: “The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of 3Aashooraa’.

He said, ‘What is this?’ They said, ‘This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israeel from their enemies, so Moosa fasted on this day.’

He said, ‘We have more right to Moosaa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day.” (2)

Fasting on the day of 3Aashooraa’ was obligatory, but when fasting Ramadaan was made obligatory, the obligation to fast 3Aashooraa’ was lifted, i.e., it was no longer obligatory to fast on this day, but it is still desirable (mustahabb).

The Virtues of Fasting 3Aashooraa:

Ibn 3Abbaas radi Allaahu 3Anhu said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of 3Aashooraa’, and this month, meaning Ramadaan.” (3)

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “For fasting the day of 3Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” (4)

This is from the bounty of Allaah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty.

Not relying too much on the reward for fasting it:

Some people who are deceived rely too much on things like fasting on 3Aashooraa’ or the day of  3Arafaah, to the extent that some of them say, “Fasting on 3Aashooraa’ will expiate for the sins of the whole year, and fasting on the day of 3Arafaah will bring extra rewards.”

Ibn al-Qayyim said: ‘This misguided person does not know that fasting in Ramadaan and praying five times a day are much more important than fasting on the day of 3Arafaah and 3Aashooraa’, and that they expiate for the sins between one Ramadaan and the next, or between one Friday and the next, so long as one avoids major sins. But they cannot expiate for minor sins unless one also avoids major sins; when the two things are put together, they have the strength to expiate for minor sins.

Which day is 3Aashooraa’?

Ibn 3Abbaas said: ‘The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam commanded us to fast 3Aashooraa’, the tenth day of Muharram.” (5)

It is Mustahabb (encouraged) to Fast Taasoo3aa’ with 3Aashooraa’:

3Abd-Allaah ibn 3Abbaas radi Allaahu 3Anhuma said: “When the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam fasted on 3Aashooraa’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.’

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “If I live to see the next year, inshaa’ Allaah, we will fast on the ninth day too.” But it so happened that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam passed away before the next year came.” (6)

Al-Shaafa3ee and his companions, Ahmad, Is-haaq and others said: “It is mustahabb to fast on both the ninth and tenth days, because the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam fasted on the tenth, and intended to fast on the ninth.”

On this basis it may be said that there are varying degrees of fasting 3Aashooraa’, the least of which is to fast only on the tenth and the best of which is to fast the ninth as well. And the more one fasts in Muharram, the better it is.

Fasting Only on the Day of 3Aashooraa’:

Shaykh al-Islaam said: “Fasting on the day of 3Aashoraa’ is an expiation for a year, and it is not makrooh to fast only that day”. (7)

Ibn Hajar al-Haytami said: “There is nothing wrong with fasting only on 3Aashooraa’.” (8)

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa said: “It is permissible to fast the day of 3Aashooraa’. (tenth day of Muharram) just one day, however, it is better to fast the day before it or the day after it (also)”. (9)

Bid3ahs Common on 3Aashooraa’:

Some are wearing kohl, taking a bath (ghusl), wearing henna, shaking hands with one another, cooking grains (huboob), showing happiness….

They also reported a fabricated hadeeth that is falsely attributed to the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, which says, “Whoever is generous to his family on the day of 3Aashooraa’, Allaah will be generous to him for the rest of the year.” Reporting all of this from the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam is tantamount to lying.’

Nothing to that effect has been reported in any saheeh hadeeth from the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam or from his Companions. None of the imaams of the Muslims encouraged or recommended such things, neither the four imaams, nor any others. No reliable scholars have narrated anything like this, neither from the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam nor from the Sahaabah, nor from the Taabi3een; neither in any saheeh report or in a da3eef (weak) report.

We ask Allaah to make us followers of the Sunnah of His Noble Prophet and may Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.

Extracted & compiled from e-books “The Virtues of Allah’s sacred month of Muharram” & Fasting on ‘Aashooraa‘ by Shaykh Saleh Munajjid

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Related Posts:

Ruling on Offering Congratulations At The Beginning Of the Hijri Year

Fasting on 3Ashooraa

Some Rulings About 3Ashooraa’

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References:
(1) Muslim
(2) Bukhaaree
(3) Bukhaaree
(4) Muslim
(5) At-Tirmidhee
(6) Muslim
(7) Al-Fataawa al-Kubra, part 5
(8) In Tuhfat al-Muhtaaj: part 3, Baab Sawm al-Tatawwu’
(9) Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘3lmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Volume 10, Page 401, Fatwa No.13700
 

The month of Sha3baan

Sha3baan is the name of the (eighth) month of the Hijri calendar.

Fasting in Sha3baan

 عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ :  كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَصُومُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يُفْطِرُ ، وَيُفْطِرُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يَصُومُ ، فَمَا رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم اسْتَكْمَلَ صِيَامَ شَهْرٍ إِلا رَمَضَانَ ، وَمَا رَأَيْتُهُ أَكْثَرَ صِيَامًا مِنْهُ فِي شَعْبَانَ

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha  said: “The Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha3baan.”(1)

كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ ، كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ إِلا قَلِيلاً

“He used to fast all of Sha3baan, he used to fast all but a little of Sha3baan. (2)

A group of scholars, including Ibn al-Mubaarak and others, thought that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam did not fast all of Sha3baan, but he fasted most of it. This is supported by a report  narrated from 3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha, who said: “I never knew of him – meaning the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam- fasting for any entire month apart from Ramadaan.”(3)

Ibn 3Abbaas said: “The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam did not fast any entire month apart from Ramadaan.”(4)

عن أسامة بن زيد رضي الله عنهما قال : قلت يا رسول الله لم أرك تصوم من شهر من الشهور ما تصوم من شعبان ، فقال : ” ذاك شهر تغفل الناس فيه عنه ، بين رجب ورمضان ، وهو شهر ترفع فيه الأعمال إلى رب العالمين ، وأحب أن يرفع عملي وأنا صائم “ رواه النسائي ، أنظر صحيح الترغيب والترهيب ص 425

Usaamah ibn Zayd radi Allaahu 3Anhumaa said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Sha3baan. He said, ‘That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.'” (5)

Ibn Rajab (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Fasting in Sha3baan is better than fasting in the Sacred Months, and the best of voluntary fasts are those that are (observed in the months) closest to Ramadaan, before or after. The status of these fasts is like that of al-Sunan al-Rawaatib which are done before and after fard (prayers) and which make up for any shortfall in the number of obliagtory prayers. The same applies to fasts observed before and after Ramadaan. Just as al-Sunan al-Rawaatib are better than other kinds of voluntary prayers, so fasts observed (in the months) before and after Ramadaan are better than fasts at other times.

The phrase “Sha3baan is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan” indicates that because it comes between two important months, the Sacred Month of Rajab and the month of fasting, people are preoccupied with those two months and they do not pay attention to Sha’baan. Many people think that fasting in Rajab is better than fasting in Sha’baan, because Rajab is one of the Sacred Months, but this is not the case.

The scholars differed as to the reasons why the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam fasted so much in Sha3baan. Their various opinions were as follows:

1.    That he had been unable to fast three days out of every month because he was travelling or for some other reason, so he made them all up together in Sha3baan. When the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam began to do some naafil action, he would persist in it, and if he missed it, he would make it up later.

2.    It was said that his wives used to make up the days that they missed of Ramadaan in Sha3baan, so he used to fast because of that. This is the opposite of what was reported from 3Aa’ishah, that she used to delay making up days that she had missed in Ramadaan until Sha3baan because she was too busy with the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to fast.

3.    It was said that it was because this is a month which people do not pay attention to. This is the most correct view, because of the hadeeth of Usaamah quoted above, in which it says: “That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan.” (6)

3Aa’ishah used to make the most of this opportunity to make up any obligatory Ramadaan fasts that she had missed because of menstruation; during other months she was too busy with the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to fast.

We should also note here that anyone who has any missed fasts to make up has to make them up before the next Ramadaan comes. It is not permissible to delay it until after the following Ramadaan except in cases of necessity (such as a valid excuse that continues between the two Ramadaans). Whoever is able to make them up before the (second) Ramadaan and does not do so, has to make them up after the (second) Ramadaan and in addition to that, he has to repent and to feed one poor person for each day that he missed. This is the view of Maalik, al-Shaafa3ee and Ahmad.

Another benefit of fasting in Sha3baan is that it is a kind of training for the Ramadaan fast, in case a person finds it difficult to fast when Ramadaan starts; if he fasts in Sha3baan he will have gotten used to fasting and he will feel strong and energetic when Ramadaan comes.

Sha3baan & 3Ibaadah:

Sha3baan is like an introduction to Ramadaan and it has some things in common with Ramadaan, such as fasting, reciting Qur’aan and giving in charity.

قال سلمة بن سهيل كان يقال : شهر شعبان شهر القراء

Salamah ibn Suhayl used to say: “The month of Sha3baan is the month of reciters (of the Qur’aan).”

 Habeeb ibn Abi Thaabit used to say, when Sha3baan came, “This is the month of reciters (of the Qur’aan).” When Sha3baan came, 3Amr ibn Qays al-Malaa3i used to close his store and devote his time to reading the Qur’aan.

Fasting at the end of Sha3baan

It is makrooh to observe a voluntary fast one or two days before Ramadaan for those who do not habitually fast on those days and who have not previously fasted until the end of Sha3baan.

It may be asked: why is it makrooh to fast just before Ramadaan (for those who do not have a prior habit of fasting)? The answer is that there are a number of reasons why this is so, such as:

Firstly: lest extra days be added to the fast of Ramadaan that are not part of it. Fasting on the day of 3Eed is prohibited for the same reason. For the same reason it is also forbidden to fast on the “day of doubt”.3Ammaar said: whoever fasts on this day has disobeyed Abu’l-Qaasim sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam.

The “day of doubt” is a day when people are not sure whether it is Ramadaan or not, when news of the sighting of the crescent moon comes from one whose word cannot be accepted. As for a cloudy day, some of the 3ulamaa’ said that this was also a ‘day of doubt’ and said that fasting was not allowed on this day. This is the view of the majority.

Secondly: to make a distinction between fard (obligatory) fasts and naafil (supererogatory) fasts, because making a clear distinction between fard actions and naafil actions is prescribed in Islam. Hence it is haraam to fast on the day of Eid, and the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam forbade following an obligatory prayer immediately with another prayer unless they are separated by saying salaam or speaking, especially in the case of the Sunnah prayer performed just before Fajr.

Some ignorant people may think that the reason why we do not fast just before Ramadaan is so that we can make the most of eating and have our fill of our desires before we have to deny ourselves by fasting. This is an ignorant mistake on the part of those who think this. And Allaah knows best.

Summarized from an E-book “Month of Sha3baan” By Shaykh Salih Munajjid

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References:
Lataa’if al-Ma3aarif fimaa li Mawaasim al-3Aam min al-Wazaa’if, by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
Al-Ilmaan bi shay’in min Ahkaam al-Siyaam, by 3Abd al-3Azeez al-Raajihi
(1)    Narrated by al-Bukhaari,1833; Muslim, 1956.
(2)    Report narrated by Muslim (no. 1957).
(3)    Saheeh Muslim (no. 1954).
(4)    Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 1971, and Muslim, no. 1157.
(5)    Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, see Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, page 425.
(6)    Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, see Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, p. 425

The Month of Rajab

Rajab is one of those sacred months, which Allaah has chosen and given a special status. Allaah says in Soorah Tawbah:

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْراً فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ فَلا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنْفُسَكُمْ

“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four (Dhul-Qa3dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab) are Sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein.” (1)

Allaah has commanded us to give special attention to the sanctity of these four months, and refrain from committing sins in them.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُحِلُّوا شَعَائِرَ اللَّهِ وَلَا الشَّهْرَ الْحَرَامَ

(interpretation of meaning): “O you who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the Symbols of Allaah, nor of the Sacred Month” (2)

meaning avoid sins and do not violate the laws of Allaah for you are required to respect and honor the sacred months – This prohibition includes both sinful deeds and incorrect beliefs. However, we find numerous innovations widespread among the masses of people with regards to the month of Rajab, some of them are fasting, praying Qiyaam on the 27th of Rajab. Also included in these innovations are visiting graves, reciting specific Du3aas, frequently performing 3Umrah in Rajab, etc.

Innovation in religion is one of the serious matters which go against the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah. The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam did not die until after the religion had been perfected. Allaah says:

 الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا  

(interpretation of the meaning): “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion…” (3)

 عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت : قال رسول الله عليه وسلم : من أحدث في أمرنا ما ليس منه فهو رد . متفق عليه

It was reported that 3Aayesha radi Allaahu 3Anha said: the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours which is not a part of it, will have it rejected.”  (4)

وفي رواية لمسلم : من عمل عملا ليس عليه أمرنا فهو رد

“Whoever does an action which is not a part of this matter of ours will have it rejected.” (5)

The following innovations are commonly practiced in Rajab:

1- Salaat al-Raghaa’ib: This prayer became widespread after the first and best centuries, especially in the fourth century AH. Some liars fabricated this prayer, which is done on the first night of Rajab.

Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Tayymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“Salaat al-Raghaa’ib is bid3ah according to the consensus of the scholars of religion, such as Maalik, al-Shaafi3ee, Abu Haneefah, al-Thawriee, al-‘Oozaa’i, al-Layth and others . The hadeeth that is narrated concerning it is a lie according to the consensus of the scholars who have knowledge of hadeeth”.

2- Major Events: It was reported that major events happened in the month of Rajab: but none of these reports are true. It was reported that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam was born on the first night of Rajab, and that he received his Mission on the twenty-seventh, or twenty-fifth of this month. None of this is correct.

3- Celebrating Prophet’s Night Journey – It was reported with an isnaad that is not saheeh from al-Qaasim ibn Muhammad that the Prophet’s Night Journey (al-Israa’) took place on the twenty-seventh of Rajab. This was denied by Ibraaheem al-Harbi and others.

One innovation that take place during this month is the recitation of the story of the Mi3raaj, and celebrations to commemorate it on the twenty-seventh of Rajab, or singling out this night to perform extra acts of worship such as Qiyaam al-Layl or fasting during the day, or rejoicing and celebrating.

Some celebrations are accompanied by haraam things such as mixing of men and women, singing and music, all of which are not permitted on the two 3E3ds which are prescribed in Islaam, let alone innovated celebrations.

Add to that the fact that there is no proof that the Israa’ and Mi3raaj happened on this date [the date, the month & the year of Mi3raaj is not proved by authentic ahadeeth].

Even if it were proven, that is no excuse for holding celebrations on this date, because nothing of the kind has been reported from the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam or from his companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, or from any of the Salaf (early generations) of this Ummah. If it were a good thing, they would surely have done it before us.

4- Salaat Umm Dawood halfway through Rajab.

5- Specific du3aa’s which are recited during Rajab are all fabrications and innovations.

6- Visiting graves specifically in Rajab is bid3ah, because graves are to be visited at any time of the year.

7- Koonday- Distributing special type of breads: In the month of Rajab is that the people bake special types of breads and, after reciting some verses and prayers on them, distribute them among their friends and neighbors.

8- Fasting in Rajab:

There is no saheeh report from the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam or from the Sahaabah to indicate that there is any particular virtue in fasting during Rajab.

The fasting that is prescribed in Rajab is the same as that prescribed in other months, namely fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, and the three days of al-Beed, fasting alternate days.

3Umar radi Allaah 3Anhu used to forbid fasting in Rajab because it involved resemblance to the Jaahiliyyah. It was reported that Kharashah ibn al-Harr said: I saw 3Umar smacking the hands of those who fasted in Rajab until they reached out for food, and he was saying, This is a month which was venerated in the Jaahiliyyah. (6)

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim said: the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam did not fast for three consecutive months (i.e., Rajab, Sha3baan and Ramadaan) as some people do, and he never fasted Rajab at all, nor did he encourage people to fast this month.

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: “No saheeh hadeeth that may be used as evidence has been narrated concerning the virtues of the month of Rajab or fasting this month or fasting in any specific part of it, or observing Qiyaam al-Layl specifically during this month. Imaam Abu Ismaa3eel al-Harawi al-Haafiz has already stated this before me, and we have narrated this from others also.” (7)

In Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah states with regard to fasting specifically in Rajab, we do not know of any basis in Sharee3ah for doing that.

9- Frequent 3Umrah in Rajab:

There is no report from the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam – to suggest that there is any particular virtue in performing 3Umrah in the month of Rajab, or that it is encouraged. Rather it is proven that there is a particular virtue in performing 3Umrah in the month of Ramadaan, and in the months of Hajj, which are Shawwaal, Dhul-Qa3dah and Dhu’l-Hijjah.

There is no report to prove that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam performed 3Umrah in Rajab, rather that was denied by 3Aayeshah radi Allaah 3Anha, who said:” The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam  never performed 3Umrah in Rajab” (8)

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Fataawaa:

“As for singling out some of the days of Rajab for any kind of good deed, ziyaarah (visiting the House of Allaah, the Ka3bah) or anything else, there is no basis for this, because Imaam Abu Shaamah stated in his book al-Bid3a wa’l-Hawaadith: specifying acts of worship at times that were not specified by sharee3ah is wrong; no time is to be regarded as better than any other except in cases where the sharee3ah gave preference to a certain act of worship at a certain time, or stated that any good deed done at this time is better than good deeds done at other times. Hence the scholars denounced the practice of singling out the month of Rajab for doing 3Umrah frequently.”

But if a person goes for 3Umrah during Rajab without believing that this has any particular virtue and because it is just a coincidence that it is easier for him to go at this time, then there is nothing wrong with that.

We ask Allaah to protect us from all innovations, and make us amongst those who correctly follow the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, and venerate those things that Allaah has made sacred in the way that He has prescribed.

Summarized from the Booklet “The Month of Rajab” by Shaykh Salih Munajjid & Ahya site

Related Posts:

The Du3aa’ upon Entering Rajab?

Rajab & Innovations ماہ رجب كےمتعلق ( in Urdu)

 Fasting In Rajab

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References:
(1) soorah At-Tawbah, v: 36
(2) Soorah al-Maa’idah, v:2
(3) soorah al-Maa’idah, v:3
(4) Agreed Upon
(5) Saheeh Muslim
(6) al-Irwaa’, 957; Shaykh Al-baanee said: it is saheeh
(7) In book  تبين العجب بما ورد في فضل رجب  Tabayyun al-3Ajab bimaa wurida fi Fadl Rajab
(8)  Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1776; Muslim, 1255

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