No Place In Islam For The Fortune-Tellers

Man by nature is very keen to acquire an edge over others by having the knowledge about the future. However there is no place in Islam , for such fortune tellers, as they may lead to disbelief (kufr). There is serious punishment for the one who even goes to fortune teller seeking knowledge about the future.

The Fortune Tellers

There are, people who claim to have knowledge of the unseen and about the future.  They are known by various names, among them: fortune-teller, soothsayer, foreseer, augur, magician, prognosticator, oracle, astrologer, palmist, pirs, aamils etc.  Fortune-tellers use various methods and mediums from which they claim to extract their information, among them: reading tea-leaves, drawing lines, writing numbers, palm-reading, casting horoscopes, crystal ball gazing, rattling bones, throwing sticks, torat cards, parrot reading cards, throwing dices  etc.

Practitioners of occult arts, which claim to reveal the unseen and predict the future, can be divided into two main categories:

Fortune Telling  Based on General Occurrences

1.        Those who have no real knowledge or secrets but depend on telling their customers about general incidences which happen to future-6most people.  They often go through a series of meaningless rituals, then make calculatedly general guesses.  Some of their guesses, due to their generality, usually come true.  Most people tend to remember the few predictions that come true and quickly forget the many which do not.  This tendency is a result of the fact that after some time all the predictions tend to become half-forgotten thoughts in the subconscious until something happens to trigger their recall.  For example, it has become a common practice in North America to publish, at the beginning of each year the various predictions of famous fortune-tellers.  When a survey was taken of the various predictions for the year 1980, it was found that the most accurate fortune-teller among them was only 24% accurate in her predictions!

Fortune Telling  With “Jinn” In Possession

2.         The second group consists of those who claim to be in contact with certain “Jinn” for all kinds of information. Holy Quran strictly negates that Jinns have any knowledge of the unseen.

With Him are the keys of the unseen, none knows then, but He

Not a leaf falls but He knows it, He knows what is in lands and sea

 

Not a grain in the earth’s deep darkness, not a thing dead or living

In clear decree is recorded (everything)

 

Quran (6:59)

 

 And We have made them secure

Against every accursed satanic endeavor (17)

So that anyone who seeks to learn (the unknowable)

By stealth, is pursued by a flame clearly visible (18)

Quran (15:17-18)

King Solomon had entrusted the construction of Bait-ul-Maqdis (Jerusalem) to the Jinns. They used to work only under the supervision future-7of Solomon. When the time of his death approached, he stood before them (in his place of worship) reclining on his sceptre. When he died in this position, his body remained standing with the support of the sceptre. The Jinns, believing him to be alive, continued their work until the remaining work was completed. At that point Allah sent a termite that ate up the wood of the sceptre, and the body of Solomon fell down. Then the Jinns came to know about his death. This incident also falsified the presumption that the Jinns have the knowledge of the Unseen.”

Quran (34:14) With translation and explanation

No believing Muslim should ask another what his star-sign is, or attempt to guess what it is. Nor should he or she read horoscope columns in newspapers or listen to them being read. Any Muslim who allows astrological predictions to determine his actions should seek Allaah’s forgiveness and renew his Islam.

 

 Man cannot gain control over the Jinn as this was a special miracle given only to Prophet Sulaymaan.  In fact, contact with the Jinn in circumstances other than possession, or accident is most often made by the performance of sacrilegious acts despised and forbidden in the religion. 

Forecasting Future is Forbidden in the Religion

Let us make this absolutely clear that there is no room in Islam for anyone predicting the future. True, if anyone reads horoscopes thinking 00-Fortune telling-0that the stars will accurately chart his or her life, his Prayers will not be accepted by Allah, The astrologist’s claim is just as opposed to Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism) as the ordinary fortune-teller. He claims that people’s personalities are determined by the stars, and their future actions and the events of their lives are written in the stars. The ordinary fortune-teller claims that the formation of tea leaves at the bottom of a cup, or lines in a palm, tell him the same thing. In both cases, individuals claim the ability to read in the physical formation of created objects, knowledge of the unseen.

When a person goes to a fortuneteller and asks him about something and believes what he says. This is disbelief in Allaah (kufr), because he is believing the fortuneteller’s claim to have knowledge of the unseen, and believing a human’s being claim to have knowledge of the unseen constitutes disbelief in the verse in which Allaah says

Quran (27;65)

Except Allah to none is known

About the unseen in earth and heaven

 And they are not knowing

When (after death) shall be their raising

Quran (27;65)

 Hence it says in the saheeh hadeeth: “Whoever goes to a fortuneteller and believes what he says has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).” Thus he is committing Kufr.

According to a prophetic Hadith in which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The prayer of one who goes to a soothsayer, asks him something and does not believe in what he says, will not be accepted for forty days.” narrated in Saheeh Muslim (2230).  This applies equally to those consulting soothsayers and clairvoyants who cannot exercise any influence on their future.

Of course, one could argue that there is nothing wrong in a harmless glance at the horoscopes once in a while as long as you as one does not believe in them. But if you have a few glances at the horoscopes, you might find yourself unable to plan your day without looking at them.”

When he goes to a fortuneteller and asks him questions so that he can explain to the people what he (fortune teller) is really doing, which is deceiving people and leading them astray, there is nothing wrong with this. The evidence for that is the fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went to Ibn Sayyaad. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) thought of something to himself.  The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) asked him what he was thinking of and he said, “Al-dukh” meaning al-dukhaan (smoke).


The Forecasting Which Is Permitted.  

The one who speaks of that which may be worked out by calculations is not a fortune-teller at all, because there is no element of fortune-telling future-5in that which may be worked out by calculations. Astrology is trying to give the knowledge of the unseen, but astronomy is study with calculations. If a person predicts a solar or lunar eclipse, this is not fortune-telling because it is worked out by calculations. If he says that the sun will set at a 20-degree angle at such and such a time, this is not knowledge of the unseen, because it is something that may be worked out by calculations, and predicting something that can be worked out by calculation, even if it is in the future, is not regarded as being knowledge of the unseen, or fortune-telling. 

Predicting the times of Salah, forecasting the weather and predicting strong winds and storms or saying where clouds are expected to form or where rain is likely to fall is based on knowledge of the natural laws of Allaah. One who has experience of these laws may say what he expects to happen, without certain knowledge, on the basis of scientific theories or common experience, so he expects that and predicts it on the basis of likelihood, not certain knowledge, and he gets it right sometimes and gets it wrong sometimes.  But it is recommended that he must always accompany the statements with the words “Inshallah” (God-willing).

Conclusion

True Muslims are, therefore, obliged to stay far away from areas of unseen knowledge. Thus, rings, chains, etc., which have the signs of the Zodiac on them should not be worn, even if one does not believe in them. They are part and parcel of a fabricated system which propagates Kufr and should be done away with entirely. No believing Muslim should ask another what his star-sign is, or attempt to guess what it is. Nor should he or she read horoscope columns in newspapers or listen to them being read. Any Muslim who allows astrological predictions to determine his actions should seek Allaah’s forgiveness and renew his Islam.


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