About the Islamic Month of Thul Qi’dah – Mufti Taqi Usmani

Posted on October 9, 2010 by


The sacred month of Dhul Qid’ah is likely to begin this Saturday October 9th (Source: Crescent Watch) . The following post explains the significance of the month and also rebuts a common superstition regarding it.

The Month of Dhul Qi’dah

By Mufti Taqi Usmani

“This is the eleventh month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is the first of the four sanctified months (al-ashhur al-hurum) in which battles were prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam). It is also one of the months of Hajj as explained in the discussion about Shawwal.

However, no specific rules are prescribed for this month, except that the persons performing hajj are required to follow the rules of hajj.

Some false beliefs are attached to this month by ignorant people. They say that this month is not a blessed month, therefore, marriages should not be held or solemnized in the month of dhul qi’dah. According to them, a marriage held in this month may not be successful, rather it may bring misfortune to the spouses.

This belief is absolutely baseless. A Muslim should never attend to such superstitious whims. In fact, the month is one of the sanctified months, as mentioned earlier. It is also proved through authentic traditions that the Holy Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) had performed ‘umrah four times in his madanite life. Three of them were performed in the month of dhul qi’dah, the fourth being performed along with the last Hajj. When the Holy Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) has chosen this month for performing the great ‘ibadah of ‘umrah how can one claim that the month has an element of misfortune? Therefore, no Muslim should ever hesitate in holding marriages or other ceremonies in this month on such a false assumption of unluckiness.”

(p 10-11 of “Islamic Months: Merits and Precepts” by Mufti Taqi Usmani)

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