We have entered the second month of the lunar calendar. Sa-far with a “Sawd“ either means ” To turn yellow’ or‘To be empty/vacant’. It was in Autumn when the leaves turn yellow or the homes of the Arabs were empty of their menfolk, that this month was named Safar.
This month is also known as, Sa-farul Mu-zaf-far or Sa-fa-rul Khayr, which means, prosperous , successful, good fortune etc. This is to eradicate the corrupt beliefs of some people who say, the month of Sa-far is bad-luck, evil, ill-omened, unfortunate etc., so marriages, major transactions etc. must not be conducted in this month .
Rasoolullah (SAW) eradicated all superstitious beliefs. Time, day, week, month, year is an estimation and effected by the will of Allah .
If anyone does good at any time, he will be rewarded accordingly and the effects of evil and sins will be decided by Allah .
There are many periods of the lunar calendar and many places in the world where the rewards of good deeds are multiplied and has an adverse result with sins. Our intellect and understanding is limited, therefore we seek divine guidance from the Glorious Quraan and Ahaadees of Rasoolullah . Senior scholars have explained many things to us, in accordance to the Sha-ree-’ah, which we must accept and adhere to, if we desire success in both worlds.
There is a host of corrupt beliefs regarding this month. True and sincere Muslims should refrain from them and engage in beneficial deeds. In reality, no time or individual is evil originally. All the customs and beliefs of Sa-far are baseless.
Many people have erroneous beliefs regarding this month i.e. it is a month of misfortune and calamities. The teachings of Allah Ta’ala and His Most Beloved Rasool (SAW) gives us clear guidelines on such incorrect beliefs.
Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) says in the Qur’an al-Kareem
“No misfortune befalls except by Allah’s command...”