Superstitions Mean Nothing

Hadith for Children

Superstitions Mean Nothing

Muhammad Jawaid Attari Madani

Our beloved and final Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said,

لاَطِيَرَةَ، وَلاَ صَفَرَ

“There is no bad omen and there is no afar.”[1]

Attributing misfortune to an object, person, activity, sound, or specific time out of superstitious belief is commonly referred to as perceiving it as a bad omen.[2]

Some people thought the month of afar was a month of calamities, which is why the beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said “there is no afar.” It means there are no calamities, troubles or diseases in this month.[3]

Like other months, Safar is full of blessings. The Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم performed the nikah of his daughter, Lady Fāimah رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ عَنْهَا, with Sayyidunā Alī رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ in Safar. Many pious individuals passed away and many important and good actions were performed in this month. Some people do not travel or marry during the month of afar. Similarly, if a black cat appears in a pathway, people believe it is a sign that the day will not go well. These are all examples of superstitions.

Islam discourages superstitious beliefs and teaches us that misfortune is not caused by specific times, places, or objects. Instead, we are reminded that everything is ultimately determined by Allah Almighty.

Ensure to abide by the noble Hadith mentioned at the beginning and do not believe in bad omens. May Allah grant us the ability to avoid superstitions and other sins.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم


[1] aī al-Bukhāri: 5707

[2] Bad Shuguni, p. 10

[3] Ashiʿat al-Lamʿāt (Farsi), vol. 3, p. 664




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