The Friday Message - Issue No: 356 - The Sacred months

The Friday Message - Issue No: 356 - The Sacred months

Salamun alaykum,

Ash-hurul hurum: Its observance:

Ash-hurul hurum was a practice set up by the Prophet Ibrahim. The act of war or raids was prohibited amongst the people during the period of these four months to uphold the sanctity of Ash-hurul hurum. During these sacred months the activity was on travelling towards Makka for performance of the devotions of haj at the K’aba.

Ash-hurul hurum: Its excellence:

Sayyid Ibn Tawoos (ra) narrated in a hadith that the month of Dhulqa'dah is the realm for supplications being responded on encountering a problem. Sheikh Ali bin Ibrahim al-Qummi reports that during these sacred months the recompense for good deeds and punishment for bad deeds is amplified. Traditions state,” One who fasts on three days Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Ash-hurul hurum reward of worship for 900 years is recorded.”

Dhulqa’dah: The sacred month:

It is the first of the four Ash-hurul hurum -sacred months- mentioned in Noble Quran. “Indeed the number of months with Allah is twelve months in Allah’s Book, the day when He created the heavens and the earth. Of these four are sacred. That is the upright religion. So don’t wrong yourselves during them..” Sura At-Tawba (9:36). The months of Muharram, Rajab, Dhulq’adah and Dhulhijjah are Ash-hurul hurum.

Ash-hurul hurum: Its practice:

The concept of Ash-hurul hurum implies that in the absence of conflict or war, then salam or peace prevails. Therefore, in addition to deriving the spiritual blessings of the sacred month, this sacred period can be understood that these are opportunities to search for peace; both for one’s self, family and with others in the community. Essentially peace is an invaluable ingredient for success and happiness for the individual and community level.          

Interestingly the U.N. has set 21 st September each year as International day of Peace to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political. This is a special occasion for taking time to reflect on peace; an invaluable state for the world. The theme for 2020 International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together.” Celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic. Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.

Salaam / Peace: An obligation:

One of the special attributes of Allah SWT is as-salaam- the source of peace. (Sura al Hashr 59:24). By having proper insight of this special attribute of Allah, it becomes easy for us to make a stronger connection with Him, to mould our lives seeking Divine pleasure and ultimately to feel secure and protected being at peace with Allah, with His creatures, and with our own selves. By being cognisant of the sole purpose of creation is to serve Allah SWT, as Muslims, we are obliged to always promote salaam -peace- at all levels. Indeed, the linguistic origin of the name of the noble religion Islam testifies to this. Even the recitation of the final three statements of salam-greetings- following tashahhud, whilst completing the salat-prayer- underscores the obligation to be at peace and spread peace.

The best manners:

Once the noble Prophet posed a question, “Shall I inform you of the best etiquette of the people of this world and the hereafter?” “Yes, O the Messenger of Allah,” responded the audience. The noble Prophet explained, “It is to spread peace in the world.” Would you not like to have the best etiquette of the people of this world and the hereafter?” The answer would definitely be a resounding YES!


  • Is my deed or word a cause of spreading peace?
  • How are you promoting peace within your own self?
  • What is it that you need to do to spread peace in the family, community, locality, nationally and globally?

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah.
With salaams and duas,

Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo
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Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat