Friday the 13th

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Abdullah Ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “(Believing in) bad omens is (a form of) idolatry.” Ibn Mas`ud added, “It may occur to anyone of us, but God clears it away when we rely totally on Him.” (Al-Bukhari, At-Tirmidhi, and Abu Dawud).

The same may be said of supposedly good omens. All belief in the good or bad luck of a day or an object is a belief in other than what God has provided for you. 

May God bless us all with trust only in Him on this Friday the 13th.

Ya Haqq!

Note: For an explanation of the superstitions surrounding this day, read HERE.


7 Responses to Friday the 13th

  1. Suroor says:

    I’m so glad you posted this Irving! Just the other day I was thinking about the hadith that states that a horse, house and woman can bring bad luck. This hadith obviously negates that, doesn’t it?

  2. Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum Suroor,

    I think that the hadith you mention is valid, but that the wording is off. This happens often when something is translated from the original language to English. In an effort to make it simple to understand, or due to an option of possible words, sometimes the wrong thing is implied. I looked up the hadith, and there is more to it than just what you remembered:

    Narrated Sa’d ibn Malik: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: There is no hamah, no infection and no evil omen; if there is in anything an evil omen, it is a House, a Horse, and a Woman. (Sunan AbuDawud; Book #29, Hadith #3911)

    Also, I noticed that alot of hadiths have been translated to refer to “luck on your wedding” or “who of us will be luckiest to receive your intercession” and things of that nature. I think that this is simply misinterpretation more than anything else.

  3. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters:

    Thank you both. The hadith seems to be phrased in the conditional form to indicate disapproval of the whole idea of bad omens. It is a superstition that gives bad luck and good luck a life separate from our actions and instincts. Our gut feelings about something are not omens that come from anywhere else, just our own psychology and experience, our hopes and dreams. Good intentions and a loving heart are better than omens.

    Ya Haqq!

  4. pbsweeney says:

    Well… I’m not sure that omens and superstitions are not part of an old conversation with God that has been going on a long time. It may be imperfect, imbedded in culture and even folklore, but still on some level I think it is an attempt to receive SOMETHING from God, an attempt to fathom mysteries of God and His will. It’s a human endeaver, often flawed, and perhaps to many of us silly, but I’m sure God has been sorting it out for a long time in His infinite mercy.

  5. Suroor says:

    Salaam Aaminah,

    Thank you for referring to the full hadith. I’m honestly still confused, though. The Prophet said that there is no ill omen but if there is any its a house, horse, and woman so does that contradict that “there is no evil omen” or is it the other way around?

    Jazak Allah for your help!

  6. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sister Suroor:

    Here is a commentary on that hadith which explains it well. You have to read the whole thing:

    There is also the Sufi explanation, which is that attachment to anything, and in those times that would most likely be your horse, house or wife, or money, is a veil on the path, for it is attachment to what is other than God.

    Ya Haqq!

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