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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Horoscopes, Fortune-Tellers and Astrologers

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks him about anything, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days.” [Muslim]

The belief that any person has knowledge of the unseen is a sinful and misguided notion. It goes against Islamic teachings which say that knowledge of the unseen belongs to Allah Alone. “(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghayb (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghayb.” [Quran: Surah Jinn, Ayat 26]

Astrology has to do with decrees and influences, i.e., finding the connection of events on earth and astronomical movements. This is Haraam according to the Quran and Sunnah. The commentator on Al-Aqeedah at-Tahhaawiyyah said: “Astrologers are included in the word fortune-tellers, according to some of the scholars, and according to some of them both are the same.”

When astrologers and fortune-tellers get a prediction right on occasion, it may be either because of insight and intuition, or these words may be something that the Jinn have snatched from the heavens.

If the matter concerning which true words were spoken is something that has already taken place, such as knowing the name of a thief, or knowing the name of a person who has come to him for the first time, this may be achieved by sending a person to find out about people, or having a means of listening to what they say before they come to him, or it could be done with the help of devils and Qareens. The knowledge that the devils have about events that have already taken place is not something out of the ordinary. [“The World of the Jinn and Devils,” by Dr Umar S. al-Ashqar]

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