IS DECEMBER AN EVIL MONTH❓
By Malam Abba Abana
The Hijri date is based on the lunar months, which are clear and can be readily observed by anyone who has eyes to see, but the Gregorian months do not have any clearly visible signs and can only be known through calculations. Hence the Islamic sharee’ah uses it for the dates of fasting, Hajj, I’tikaaf & so on.
It is well-known that Allah, may He be exalted, created the year and the number of its months as twelve months, four of which Allah, may He be exalted, made sacred, during which it was prohibited to fight, out of respect for the sanctity of the month. These months are: *Dhu’l-Qa‘dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah, Muharram & Rajab*.
*“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah 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” [9:36].*
Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allah (sallAllaahu‘alayhiwasallam) said: “No ‘adwaa [transmission of infectious disease without the permission of Allah], no tiyarah [superstitious belief in bad omens], no haamah [refers to a Jaahili Arab tradition described variously as: a worm that 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], and no Safar [the month of Safar was regarded as unlucky in the Jaahiliyyah]. But flee from the leper as you would flee from a lion.” Bukhaari & Muslim.
They also believed that ‘umrah during the months of Hajj was one of the worst of evils. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: They used to think that ‘umrah during the months of Hajj was one of the worst evils on earth.
Abu Hurayrah in as-Saheehayn, says that the belief of the people of the Jaahiliyyah concerning Safar was blameworthy, because it is one of the months of Allah and has no will of its own: rather it is subject to the will of Allah. It is obligatory to put one’s trust in Allah alone and to be steadfast, when faced with such wrong & shirk based believes such as that of associating evil with December or Safar.
Infact, the Gregorian calendar; January to December came from the arbitrary decree of the consuls of ancient pagan Rome. The Gregorian calendar named after pope Gregory (III) who reigned over the Catholic Church in the 1500 was a revision of the Julian calendar (which was itself a revision of the pagan calendar). It retains most of the names of the days of the week and months of the year from pagan Rome. The ancient Greek named the days of the week after the sun, the moon & the 5-planets known then (mars, mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn associated with Ares, hermes, zens, Aphrodite & cronus respectively). January named after Janus; the 2 faced roman god of door-ways, March (mars); the god of war, April for the fertility of goddess Aphrodite, July ; Julius Caesar, August; august Caesar. In a nutshell, they are simply a globalization of ancient Rome idolatry.
The scholars say it is a reprehensible act of *SHIRK* to regard any month whether Gregorian or Hijrah e.g. *Safar or December* as possessing an evil power or believing or having a feeling that it comes with evil or praying against the evil associated with it. The same rationale exists for both.
*Actually, for December it is DOUBLE SHIRK bought at the price of one because of its pagan origin*.
*All Disasters are with the knowledge of Allah*
“No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah. And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart. And Allah is knowing of all things”. (64;11).
Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Mawla (protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust.)