Posted by: Dawud Israel | August 18, 2011

Midmonth Ajeebness

I was speaking to a random person about fasting in Ramadan. He mentioned he being Greek Orthodox used to fast all day except for water. The conversation turned to how fasting is connected to natural events such as the lunar calendar.

I recalled the monthly fast on 13-15th of every Islamic month, days when there is a full moon. Their is a theory that crime rates and negative behaviour increases when there is a full moon and in speaking to this man  he mentioned one of his relatives being a cop always noticed a spike in crime on nights when there are full moons.

I don’t know if there is scientific data on this or if its just a confirmation bias, or if criminals feel its cool to act tough on full moon nights, but what I have noticed is amongst friends and family arguments and drama seem to come out of nowhere around this time. People’s behaviour seems more erratic around this time and especially if they don’t have any personal tarbiya going on its especially ajeeb.

So this is just a reminder to myself and others to keep on guard during times when there are full moons. You can add this tendency into your list of 70 excuses for your brother/sister. Fasting I imagine helps with this but nonetheless one is not fasting at night-time so its important to stay silent and guard one’s tongue around this time.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, ameen.


  1. MashAllah–I never thought so deeply into the full moon phenomenon, but I have noticed erratic behavior around it. It’d be interesting to read some scientific data/research on this…perhaps the jinn are out more on full moon days, who knows?

  2. ASAK.
    I commend you for the title DI.

  3. My mom works in the maternity ward and she told me that the most women go into labour when theres a full moon.

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