Pessimism about marriage or circumcision in Safar

Question 3: We heard that some people believe that no one should marry or be circumcised in the month of Safar. We would like you to guide us to the truth according to Islaamic Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law). May Allaah protect you!

Answer: 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. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim reported on the authority of `Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: There is no ‘Adwaa (contagion, disease transmission naturally by itself not by the Decree of Allaah), nor is there any Tiyaarah (evil omen), nor is there any Haamah (pre-Islaamic superstitious belief that the bones of a dead person turn into an owl), nor is there Safar (the month of Safar was believed to bring bad luck during Jaahiliyyah). Being superstitious about the month of Safar falls under forbidden pessimism that discourages from acting and is one of the acts of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islamic time of ignorance) that was annulled by Islaam... read more here.

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Pessimism about Safar is a characteristic of Jaahiliyyah

Question 2: It is known that many people are pessimistic about the month of Safar regarding many affairs. Such people, for example, do not conclude marriage contracts during Safar. Moreover, 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.

Since all the foregoing are beliefs bearing on ‘Aqeedah (creed), could you please advise and clarify the ruling on it? May Allaah guide us all to all that He loves and is pleased with.

Answer: Pessimism about Safar is not permissible. It is a characteristic of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance). Safar – just like all other months – does not bring good or evil, as good is only from Allaah (Glorified be He) and evil is predestined by Him. Moreover, it is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) annulled the concept of pessimism when he said: There is no ‘Adwaa (contagion, disease transmission naturally by itself not by the Decree of Allaah), nor is there any Tiyaarah (evil omen), nor is there any Haamah (pre-Islaamic superstitious belief that the bones of a dead person turn into an owl), nor is there Safar (the month of Safar was believed to bring bad luck during Jaahiliyyah). (Agreed upon by Imaams Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim). 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... read more here.

Is owl considered an evil omen?

Question 365: What should a man who finds an owl in his home do? What is the ruling on believing that it is an evil omen? What supplication should be said on hearing its sound? May Allaah reward you well!

Answer: Believing in Islam indicates total submission to, reliance on, heading toward and dependence on Allaah in bringing benefit and averting harm. Allaah (Exalted be He) said, You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). He (Exalted be He) also said, So worship Him (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) and put your trust in Him. And your Lord is not unaware of what you (people) do. Thus, it is obligatory for Muslims to dedicate all forms of worship to Allaah Alone (Glorified and Exalted be He). They also have to have hope in Allaah Alone regarding achieving what they aspire to, bringing their benefits, and removing their fears and averting harm. This is to be accompanied by adopting all the lawful worldly means which Allaah had destined to lead to their inevitable results... read more here.

Pessimism about marriage and circumcision during the month of Safar

Question 97: Some beliefs say that people should not marry or get circumcised in Safar. We would like you to guide us to the truth in this regard, according to Sharee’ah (Islaamic law). May Allaah protect you!

Answer: What is mentioned with regard to avoiding marriage or circumcision during Safar is a type of pessimism. Being pessimistic about months, days, birds, and other animals is not permissible. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim reported on the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: (There is) no ‘Adwaa (contagion or disease transmission naturally and not by the Decree of Allaah), nor is there any Tiyaarah (evil omen), nor is there any Haamah (the omen of the night bird, i.e. Owl), nor is there (any bad omen in the month of) Safar. Being pessimistic about the month of Safar falls under forbidden pessimism. It is one of the acts of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance) that was annulled by Islaam... read more here.