Whenever you come back to this site, just click on the "Take me where I reached" button available only for registered users. Description: The lesson will explain about astrology and fortune-telling and the Islamic guidance on them. They are referred to at times as spirit beings, banshees, poltergeists, phantoms and so forth.
They often claim the knowledge of the future and use various methods and mediums from which they claim to extract their information, like reading tea-leaves, drawing lines, writing numbers, palm-reading, casting horoscopes, crystal ball gazing, rattling bones, and throwing sticks. Some of them have no real knowledge.
They go through a series of meaningless rituals and then make calculated general guesses. Some of their guesses may coincide with the truth. People tend to remember the few predictions that come true and forget about the many which do not.
Another group has contact with the Jinn. It usually involves the grave sin of shirk , and those involved tend to be more accurate in their information. The evil Jinn can often be summoned by performing sacrilegious acts forbidden in the religion to aid their human partners in sin and disbelief.
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Once contact with the Jinn is made by fortune-tellers, the Jinn may inform them of certain events in the future. The Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon him, described how the Jinn gather information about the future. He related that the Jinn were able to travel to the lower reaches of the heavens and listen in on some of the information about the future, which the angels pass among themselves.
They would then return to the earth and feed the information to their human contacts. From this it is clear that the Jinn do not have knowledge of the unseen, rather they steal words that they hear from the angels; in fact, the angels themselves do not have any knowledge of that until Allah tells them of it.
The Jinn are also able to inform their human contact of the future through another channel. So the fortune-teller is able to tell him that he will do this or that, or go here or there. The Prophet laid down principles which clearly forbade any form of visitation of fortune-tellers. He said:.
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The punishment is for simply approaching a fortune-teller and asking him questions out of curiosity. Anyone who visits a fortune-teller believing that he knows the unseen and the future has committed kufr disbelief. The Prophet said:. The same applies to anyone who reads the books and writings of fortune-tellers, listens to them on the Internet, radio, or the TV.
All the various methods used around the world by oracles, fortune-tellers, and the likes, are forbidden to Muslims. Palm-reading, I-Ching, fortune cookies, tea leaves as well as Zodiacal signs and Bio-rhythm computer programs, all claim to inform those who believe in them about their future. However, Allah has stated in no uncertain terms that He alone knows the future:. It is He who sends down the rain and knows the contents of the wombs. No one knows what he will earn tomorrow nor in which land he will die, but Allah is all-knowing and aware.
Astrology is the study of the relationship between the movements of the stars and their influence on people and events. Astrology has dramatically spread in recent years. Books, magazines and newspapers are published, under various titles such as What's in the Stars for You?
A true Muslim should stay away from astrology as it presumes a relationship between stars, planets and events that take place on earth by which, the future can be predicted. It claims knowledge of the unseen based on speculations and conjectures when such knowledge belongs to Allah Alone. The stars and planets cannot be used as indicators of happiness, misery, life, or death.
Allah, the Exalted, says in the Quran:. Belief in astrology and the casting of horoscopes are in clear opposition to Islamic teachings. Both claim knowledge of the future. 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.
Some of their guesses, due to their generality, may 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 common practice in North America to publish, at the beginning of each year, the various predictions of famous fortune-tellers.
The second group are those who have made contact with the Jinn.
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This group is of most importance because it usually involves the grave sin of Shirk associating others with Allah , and those involved often tend to be fairly accurate in their information and thus present a real Fitnah trial and temptation for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Since astrology is mainly used for predicting the future, those who practice it are considered fortune-tellers. The punishment in this Hadeeth is simply for approaching and asking the astrologist, even if one is in doubt about the truth of his statements. When one is in doubt about the truth or falsehood of astrological information, this entails that he is in doubt about whether or not others know the unseen and the future besides Allah.
This is a form of Shirk, because Allah has clearly stated what means : "And with Him [i.
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If, however, one believes in the predictions of their horoscopes, whether spoken by an astrologist or written in books of astrology, he falls directly into Kufr disbelief as stated by the Prophet : "Whoever approaches an oracle or fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad. Like the previous narration, this one literally refers to the fortune-teller and it is just as applicable to the astrologist. Both claim knowledge of the future. 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. Belief in astrology and the casting of horoscopes are in clear opposition to the letter and spirit of Islam. It is really the empty soul, which has not tasted real Eemaan belief that seeks out these paths. Essentially these paths represent a vain attempt to escape Qadar fate. These ignorant believe that if they know what is in store for them tomorrow, they can prepare from today.
In that way, they may avoid the bad and ensure the good. I am not except a warner and a bringer of glad tidings to a people who believe.