FRIDAY THE 13th: Myth or Real

I remember growing up and watching the film Friday the 13th and being horrified for days. I could not get the film out of my little mind for a while and till now when I hear that date or the film, I still feel something solemn from the inside. Age, experience and exposure have taught me that it is make believe, a film and nothing more.

Today is another Friday the 13th in the Gregorian calendar which we follow in this part of the world. What are all these myths and fallacies about this date? Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day?!.
Some people do not travel on these days for fear of accidents, attack by robbers, some will not start a business or a new venture on this day. Others will not want to meet friends for fear of ill-luck. And if you are in a conference meeting and you were 13 in number, there is need for serious prayers so no one dies. Why has Friday the 13th been considered as an unlucky day? As for the number 13, Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus (Isa), is said to have been the 13th guest at the Last Supper.

In 1907, Thomas Lawson wrote a book titled Friday, the Thirteenth, which described a stockbroker choosing this day to bring down Wall Street. More recently, that horror movie series I watched further solidified this day's notoriety. Now, could we really say this day is unlucky as I am in my office and no one has called me all day.

There are a number of popular myths and superstitions surrounding the day, most famously: · If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die. If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die. Do not start a trip on Friday the 13th or you will encounter misfortune. If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, you will have seven years of bad luck. A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life. Ships that set sail on a Friday the 13th will have bad luck. If you walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck for a long time.

There is no history, tradition or believe in Islam supporting these myths. This Friday is just like every other Friday, the best day for we Muslims.
Jumah Mabrur and enjoy the weekend. 

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