Marking of time

marking of time


In the Muslim world, the concept of time lurks just below the surface in determining what a person does or doesn’t do during those periods.

Certain hours of the clock are lucky or unlucky.  one of the well-known hadith relates that God comes down to the earth as dawn approaches.

The days of the week are themselves differentiated according to whether they are  lucky or unlucky.  In the Nubia region, in south Sudan and crossing over into south Egypt along the Nile, the evenings of Mondays and Thursdays believed the best times for hadrs performance or trance dances.

Other days of the week carry a negative or unfortunate connotation.  In Palestine, Wednesdays and Saturdays are dangerous because of the activities of demons.

Important days of the year are like the tenth day of the first month of Muharram. The night of destiny or power, usually celebrated on the twenty-seventh of Ramadan, is especially auspicious.  Angels are present on earth in such numbers that there is no room between them even for a needle.

Certain days are the most favourable for holding naming ceremonies, circumcisions and weddings.  Shrine visiting is most effective on the mawlid of the saint  concerned, or else on a Friday or Thursday.

Months of the year are similarly differentiated.  Most Muslim communities seem to place extra emphasis on the last Wednesday of Safar.

Ramadan, the ninth month, is the month of fasting, and  is definitely the ‘blessed’ month.  The eleventh month, Dhul-Qada, is the time for resting, while the twelfth, Dhul-Hijja, is the time for pilgrimage.

Such concepts of time influence the way ordinary Muslims look on life in general and order the activities of specific days or hours.




About evanlaar1922

Have you ever noticed how many special ways God refers to us, His dear children? He calls us His beloved sons and daughters, the righteous, children of the kingdom, His anointed, royal priesthood, the faithful in Christ, His temple, His friends, and so many other loving names that speaks to who we are in Him. Also in many cases, the names we are given at birth have both biblical and heavenly identities tied into them. Our Heavenly Father who watches over us daily has created the ideal path for each of us to take to travel the journey of life, just as a father will make plans for his own child by putting things in place at a very early age for education, health, graduation, and marriage. God has predestined and equipped each of us to carry out a specific purpose that will create the design He desires to be in place for His kingdom to be effective in the earth.
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