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Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would turn his face away when seeing the moon

Question

What is the reason Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would turn his face away in the following Hadith?

أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم كان إذا رأى الهلال صرف وجهه عنه

 

Answer

Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 5052)

 

Translation and explanation

Qatadah (rahimahullah) says, “When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would see the moon, he would turn his face away from it.”

 

The commentators explain, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did this to caution against the evil of the moon.

(Refer: Faydul Qadir, Hadith, Hadith: 6692. See what is meant by ‘evil of the moon’ here)

 

Some commentators have explained, ‘Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) turned his face away and recited the du’a when gazing upon the moon, to refrain from imitating those who worship the sun and moon. [i.e. The onlooker could get the impression that Nabi sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was calling unto the moon when he was reciting the du’a, so he turned his face away and then recited the du’a.]

(Refer: Badhlul Majhud, Hadith: 5093)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar