Days of Ignorance


Jahiliyyah (Arabic: جاهلية‎ ǧāhiliyyah/jāhilīyah “ignorance”) is an Islamic concept of “ignorance of divine guidance” or “the state of ignorance of the guidance from God”[1] or “Days of Ignorance”[2] referring to the barbaric condition in which Arabs found themselves in pre-Islamic Arabia (in the non-Islamic sense), i.e. prior to the revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. The root of the term jahiliyyah is the I-form verb jahala “to be ignorant or stupid, to act stupidly”.[3]


  1. Jump up↑ Qutb, Sayyid (1981). Milestones. Mother Mosque Foundation. pp. 11, 19
  2. Jump up↑ G.S.P. Freeman-Grenville, Islam: An Illustrated History, p. 27
  3. Jump up↑ Amros, Arne A. & Stephan Pocházka. (2004). A Concise Dictionary of Koranic Arabic, Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden