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9:37 Verily the transposing (of a prohibited month) is an addition to Unbelief

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Verily the transposing (of a prohibited month) is an addition to Unbelief: the Unbelievers are led to wrong thereby: for they make it lawful one year, and forbidden another year, in order to adjust the number of months forbidden by Allah and make such forbidden ones lawful. The evil of their course seems pleasing to them. But Allah guideth not those who reject Faith.

means the postponement of a sacred month to
some other month. This postponement relates to the four months
during which, according to Arab custom, no warfare was practiced.
These four months are Muharram, Rajab, Dhul Qadah, and Dhul
Hijjah. Their postponement was accomplished by declaring other
months as “sacred” and the above-mentioned “sacred months” as
ordinary. The postponement defied the objective of these months,
which was to guarantee security and peace for a fixed period. Three of
these months are consecutive, and the fourth month, Rajab, is
separated from them. This ensured a pause in hostilities at least twice
a year – an important factor in maximizing the chance of ending a
given state of war and succeeding with peace negotiations. In modern
terminology, one may call it a period of enforced ceasefire.


NOORUDDÎN ,ALLÂMAH. (2015). Exegesis of The Holy Qur’ân Commentary and Reflections.

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