There are 4 Islamic months called "SHAHAR UL HARAM" .
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There are 4 Islamic months called "SHAHAR UL HARAM" . What are the significance on these 4 months in Islamic hisotry.
Please show how important these 4 months during the period of PROPHET MOHAMED (PBUH)
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Your Question: There
are 4 Islamic months called "SHAHAR UL HARAM" . What are the
significance on these 4 months in Islamic hisotry.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 36:
36 The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year) so ordained
by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are
sacred; that is the straight usage.
The Sacred House of Allah in Makkah was held in honor by
the muslims and the pagans alike, in all of
In all the turmoil that existed in the Arabian peninsula,
it was only in these four sacred months that people could travel and move about
in absolute safety and without fear and perform the pilgrimage of Hajj or Umrah
at the Sacred House in Makkah. The other
huge benefit was it was during these months that the trade caravans moved about
their business, crossing the vast Arabian desert towards
Your Question: Please
show how important these 4 months during the period of PROPHET MOHAMED (PBUH)
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 217:
217 They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited (or the Four
Sacred) Months. Say: "Fighting
therein is a grave (offence); but graver is it in
the Sight of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah to deny Him to
prevent access to the Sacred Mosque and drive out its members. Tumult and oppression are worse than
slaughter. Nor will they cease fighting
you until they turn you back from your faith if they can. And if any of you turn back from their faith
and die in unbelief their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the
Hereafter; they will be Companions of the Fire and will abide therein.
The above objection which was raised in the form of a
question about warfare in the Sacred Months refers to an incident which took
place in the Sacred month of Rajab in the lifetime of the Prophet (saws) two
years after migration.
The Messenger of Allah (saws) sent a small detachment of
eight men to a place called ‘Nakhlah’, a valley midway between the twin cities
of Makkah and Taif. The Messenger of
Allah (saws) had given clear instructions to the detachment to only watch the
movement of the enemy Quraish and their allied camps and try to find out if
they had any plans to attack the believers in Madinah. Although this detachment had not been given
permission to fight, a skirmish and ambush resulted and they erroneously
assumed that the Sacred Month of Rajab was over, attacked a small caravan of
the Quraish, killed one amongst them, and took the rest prisoners, and brought
them to the Prophet (saws) in Madinah along with their merchandise.
The staunch enemies of the believers, the pagan Quraish,
the Jews, and even the hypocrites of Madinah made a huge hue and cry and raised
an extremely strong objection and amassed a propaganda over whole of
Allah Subhanah revealed the above Verse of the Glorious
Quran addressing their objection stating that indeed the Sacred Months should
be honored and slaughter and warfare therein are a grave offence in the Sight
of Allah; but without an iota of a doubt, graver and extremely severe in the
Sight of the Lord than the violation of the sanctity of the Sacred Months is
for the pagans to prevent access to the Straight Path of Allah, disbelief, to
prevent the believers access to the Sacred Sanctuary in Makkah, to drive out
its residents without just right, and the tumult and oppression and the
‘fitnah’ caused is indeed graver in the Sight of Allah than slaughter.
Because the Messenger of Allah (saws) had not given
permission to the detachment to fight or kill or violate the sanctity of the
Sacred Month, it was indeed considered an unlawful and unauthorized act of the
over-zealous detachment. The Messenger
of Allah (saws) set prisoners taken in the ambush at Nakhlah free, gave them
back their goods, and even paid the blood-money to the heirs of the one who was
slaughtered in the ambush; and thus reaffirmed the sanctity of the prohibition
of fighting and war in the four Sacred Months.
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