Question

I saw a poster which said that sinning during the sacred months is greater. Is this correct?

 

Answer

This is understood from the following narrations:

1) Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) said: “Allah Ta’ala offered distinction to four months. He has made them sacred and has increased their sacredness. He has made sinning in them more severe and good deeds carried out during these months more rewarding.”

(Tafsir Tabari; Jami’ul Bayan and Tafsir Ibn Abi Hatim, Surah Tawbah, Verse: 36. Also see: Lataiful Ma’arif, pg. 207, Al Maktabul Islami edition. See here)

 

2) Qatadah (rahimahullah) said: “Good deeds carried out during the sacred months are more rewarding and oppression during these months are more severe than other months, even though oppression in any case is a great [sin].”

(Tafsirul Baghawi, Surah Tawbah, Verse: 36. Also see: Al Adab Fi Rajab, pg. 25)

 

‘Allamah ibn Kathir (rahimahullah) has also mentioned this in his Tafsir.

(Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Surah Tawbah, Verse: 36)

 

See the four sacred months here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar