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Superstitious Beliefs About the Month of Safar

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Answered by: Shaykh Ahmed Bin Mohamed Umarji


I am newly married since the month of Safar has started, my family believes that the mother in law and daughter in law are not supposed to stay together in the same home, and now my family wants me to go to my mom’s home!!

I want to know is this authentic as per Islam? Is this ritual to be followed??

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Many people have flawed beliefs regarding the month of Safar i.e. it is a month of misfortune and calamities.

Mufti Taqi Uthmani explains “some people believe that this month is an unlucky month, therefore, they avoid holding marriage ceremonies or any other happy gatherings in this month. This belief is totally baseless, and it is a part of superstitions rampant in the ignorants of Arabia before the advent of Islam.1

The teachings of Allah Ta’ala and His Most Beloved Rasool (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) give us clear guidelines on such incorrect beliefs.

Allah Ta’ala tells us in The Quran:

ما أصاب من مصيبة إلا بإذن الله

“No misfortune befalls except by Allah’s command…”2

The Prophet P.B.U.H said:

لا عدوى ولا طيرة ولا هامة ولاصفر

“There is no superstitious owl, bird, no star-promising rain, no bad omen in the month of Safar.”3

لا عدوى ولا صفر ولا غول

“There is no bad omen in the month of Safar and no Ghouls (evil spirits)”4

The above Ahadith clearly refutes all incorrect beliefs and superstitions regarding the month of Safar.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 Islamic Months, Page 23 Idaratul Ma’arif

2 Surah Tagabun, Verse 11

3 Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 5707

4 Sahih Muslim, Hadith 2222

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