Seeking healing from soothsayers

Question: I live in a village where most of the villagers seek healing from the soothsayers who treat them by talismans, scattered letters, and some vegetarian recipes which if they are mixed, would cause a very rotten smell. They also use something called “Hujbah” where a sick person has to remain hidden for more than 40 days in a black chamber and no one is allowed to visit him. They ask people to slaughter specific offerings such as a black goat or a black ox. Most, if not all of them, believe that soothsayers are aware of those who mention bad things about them and will punish them with sickness and insanity.

They trace back the causes of some diseases to the revenge of the soothsayer. I want to tell Your Eminence that the issue of their confidence in the soothsayers is unquestionable; it is fruitless to argue with them over this blind attachment.

Now, is it permissible for me to accept the invitation of these villagers and eat the meat they offer in ceremonies such as feasts and marriage ceremonies? Likewise, am I permitted to share their food and assemblies? Do the acts mentioned drive them out of Islam or they are excused for their ignorance of the rulings of religion?

Answer: Firstly, If this is the case, they are Kuffaar (disbelievers) and whoever goes to them seeking recovery believing in their soothsaying is a Kaafir (disbeliever) as well.

Secondly: It is not permissible to accept the invitation of these people or to eat the meat of the animals they slaughter in feasts, marriage ceremonies, and the like, for they are Kuffaar, and thus their slaughtered animals cannot be eaten until they sincerely make Tawbah (repentance to Allaah)… read more here.

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Going to someone who claims to know place of the lost items by reading the Qur’aan and Hadeeth

Question: In your answer to my previous question no. 30, in Fatwaa no. 6505, dated 19/12/1403 AH., p. 4, you stated that going to fore-tellers is not permissible because they are sorcerers.

I wanted to mention that the people we go to are known for their adherence to the teachings of Islaam. They do not recite anything except the Qur’aan and Hadeeth in these matters, such as those I mentioned in my question. So what is the ruling on consulting them?

Answer: Simply reciting the Qur’aan and Hadeeth will not show them where a lost item is or bring it back. Anyone who consults someone who claims to know where lost items are, just by reading Qur’aan and Hadeeth is consulting a swindling soothsayer, even if they claim to be righteous and adhering to the Deen (religion)… read more here.

Going to soothsayers to identify a thief

Question: Sometimes we lose a sum of money or gold in the house and we think it has been stolen. We go to someone called “Al-Mukhbir” i.e. the soothsayer, and explain to him what has happened. He gives us glad tidings. Sometimes, what we lost is returned and sometimes it is not. What is the ruling on going to such people?

Answer: It is not permissible to go to him because he is a soothsayer. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited going to soothsayers and their like to ask them anything or believe in them… read more here.

Going to soothsayers, diviners, and sorcerers, and asking them about the Ghayb

Question: Some people claim that they treat the insane, establish the ties of intimacy or cause separation between spouses. It is said that they invoke Allaah for the barren to provide them with offspring. They have a lot of superstitions but their actions and beliefs are free from Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship).

What is the ruling on them and on the people who go to them? Could you please answer me! May Allaah guide you and help us benefit from your knowledge!

Answer: It is not permissible to go to soothsayers, fortune-tellers, and sorcerers, ask them about unseen matter, or believe in what they say. It is also impermissible to act according to their opinions because it is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited going to them or believing them… read more here.

Going to and seeking the help of soothsayers and diviners

Question: There was a disagreement between two people over a religious matter. One of them said that they had heard that it is not a problem if someone goes to see a doctor to treat their illness, and if they are prescribed an ointment, a syrup, cauterization, or Hijaamah (cupping), they can use any one of these. They claimed that these things can be used, even if they are prescribed by a sorcerer as long as the treatment is Mubaah (permissible), because deeds are judged by intentions.

The other person disagreed, as they believed that consulting those who are knowledgeable in sorcery and trickery was nothing other than Kufr (disbelief) or a means of nullifying one’s good deeds, regardless of whether the treatment prescribed is Mubaah or not, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who resorts to a soothsayer or a diviner and believes what they say has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad. They maintained that if someone who is ill consults a soothsayer – even if they do not believe what they say – their Salaah (Prayer) will not be accepted for forty days, and this means that their good deeds will also not be accepted for forty days. We urgently need a Fatwaa from you to resolve this problem.

Answer: Going to soothsayers and diviners and the like, and seeking their help is not permissible, and believing in what they say is an even greater sin, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Going to those who seek the help of jinn to cure diseases

Question: Please be notified that I live in Zambia where there is a Muslim claiming to usethe Jinn. People visit him seeking treatment from their diseases by (the power of) the Jinn, is this permissible?

When I come to tell people that this is impermissible, they get angry with me. So, I hope that Your Eminence would kindly answer me as soon as possible.

Answer: It is not permissible for this man to use Jinn. It is also not permissible for people to go to him and follow his ways whether to seek treatment or to fulfill their needs. Instead, they may resort to permissible methods of treatment such as visiting doctors and taking permissible medication… read more here.

Seeking help from the jinn to fulfill one’s needs

Question: What is the ruling on Tandhir (Invoking Jinn and devils against someone to do him harm) like saying, “Take so-and-so” or “Harm them”? What is the ruling on someone who does that? I heard someone say that whoever seeks the help of the Jinn, their Salaah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fast) will not be accepted. In addition, when they die, funeral prayer should not be offered for them, their funeral should not be followed and they should not be buried in the Muslim graveyards.

Answer: Seeking the help of the Jinn and turning to them to fulfill someone’s needs, such as asking them to harm or benefit a person, is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Funeral Prayer offered for soothsayers

Question: Is it permissible to perform the Funeral Prayer for a soothsayer or a foreteller when they die, if they used to perform Salaah (Prayer)?

Answer: If a soothsayer or a foreteller dies while known to be in that same state,and they still claim knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen), it is not permissible to perform the Funeral Prayer for them, even if they performed Salaah regularly… read more here.

Salaah behind an immoral soothsayer who claims to have knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: Is it permissible for a fortuneteller or a soothsayer to lead people in congregational Salaah (Prayer)? What is the ruling on offering Salaah behind an immoral fortuneteller who claims knowledge of Ghayb (the Unseen)? There is a group of scholars in South Africa who are fortunetellers, deceiving millions of ignorant Muslims and cheating them out of their money by sorcery, soothsaying, writing talismans and using the Jinn (creatures created from fire). Some Indians and Pakistani’s have some strands of hair which they claim belong to the Prophet (peace be upon him) which they use to deceive the people.They sell this hair in the district of Lance for 30 or 100 pounds. Is this permissible? We denounce this practice, so please advise!

Answer: A fortuneteller or a soothsayer who claims knowledge of the Ghayb through divining, calling upon the Jinn, and the like is considered a Kaafir (disbeliever), as Allaah states (what means)… read more here.

Ruling on dealing with soothsayers and diviners

Question: I am a Muslim woman. I am an orphan as my father and mother died a long time ago. I am 31 years old. I act upon the commands of Allaah and the commands of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) as much as I can. I have lived with my maternal grandmother since I was born and until now. My problem is that my grandmother is a diviner or a soothsayer. She slaughters animals for people other than Allaah and keeps the blood of these animals. Allaah knows what she uses it for. She asks people to bring chickens in order to take their feathers. She inflames incense and puts the scales of fish and other reptiles in them. Moreover, she believes that dead people can bring benefit or cause harm. She earns her living doing this. At the time, I was not able to differentiate between what is lawful and what is unlawful. I tried to stay away from what is unlawful including receiving and welcoming those who come to visit her. But this was in vain as I know what Allaah says in His Glorious Book and what is reported from the Messenger (peace be upon him) in this regard. Not only women deal with her but men as well. All my relatives believe her and are afraid to talk to her as she becomes angry with them. They said to me: “She is like your mother and she has the same rights of obedience as your parents do. Moreover, she is a very old woman and she will not live for longer than a few years.” I abstained from helping her with the housework and from eating with her fearing that I may be helping her with her work. Lately, I have not been talking to her or even greeting her. I know that a person is not allowed to greet Kuffaar (disbelievers). I read in one book that a person is not allowed to help these people even by giving them a piece of paper or a cup of water. Some of my relatives and sisters in Islam said to me: “If she gives you anything, take it and then you can throw it in the garbage and if she gives you money, take it and give it as charity.” The house where I live belongs to my grandmother and she has the right to permit anyone to visit her even those who are not Mahrams (spouse or unmarriageable relatives). She says to me: “I will not forgive you and I will call you to account before Allaah on the Day of Resurrection.” There is no other house to live in as there are no Mahrams who fear Allaah. No Muslim man has proposed to marry me as I have a dark skin and I have become old. I would like to know what I should do.

1- What is the ruling on behaving in such a way with my grandmother with regard to the housework, talking and eating with her?

2- Does she have the same rights as my parents or not, as I fear Allaah’s punishment in this regard?

3- Should I sever my ties with my aunts and relatives as they believe her in all that she does, though they know that this is prohibited and I have told them so? Moreover, they perform Salaah, but they are Mushrikoon (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) as they go to diviners and to the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people).

4- Is it permissible to eat from the animals slaughtered by men who do so for the sake of this woman if the meat is lawful?

5- Is it permissible to eat from the animal slaughtered by a Mushrik who believes that Awliyaa’ can bring benefit or cause harm and those who commit Bid`ah (innovation in religion)?

6- What is the ruling on eating from the food of those who receive sustenance from my grandmother?

7- Can I accept the presents she gives me for the sake of the Hadeeth of Asma’ when she accepted the present of her mother even though she was not Muslim?

8- Is it permissible to marry a man who performs Salaah (Prayer) but is considered a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) for the reasons mentioned above?

9- Can anyone of my guardians who do not perform Salaah be my Walee (a legally accountable person acting for a woman regarding marriage) or not? What should I do if there is no Islaamic judiciary?

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to work in fortunetelling and soothsaying due to the Ahaadeeth reported in this regard… read more here.

Seeking help from the jinn to know the Ghayb and the ruling on hypnosis

Question: What is the ruling on a person who seeks help from Jinn (creatures created from fire) to know the Ghayb (the unseen), by means of,), for example, Darb Al-Mandal (Necromancy)?

What is the ruling on hypnosis through which the hypnotist possess power over the hypnotized and have the ability to dominate them and make them abandon a forbidden act, cure them from a psychological disturbance, or make them carry out their (the hypnotist) orders?

What is the ruling on saying “By the rank of so and so…”? Is this a sort of an oath or not? Please, advise us!

Answer: Firstly, knowledge of Ghayb is attributed only to Allaah (Exalted be He). None of His creation, whether Jinn or human, knows Ghayb except for what He reveals to whomever He wills from among His Angels or Messengers… read more here.

Ruling on fortunetelling

Question: When a baby is born, the father calls one of the shaykhs to foretell the newborn’s future through signs of zodiac and consult on its name. If a suggested name suits the baby’s future, the shaykh will be silent, otherwise he will ask for it to be changed, and it often happens that people here end up with multiple names. It is authentically related that the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered some offensive names to be changed; if a name is not offensive, is it permissible to change it?

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to foretell the future; it is regarded a type of soothsaying. It is also not permissible to change a name if it does not suit predictions, as this involves believing in soothsaying and what soothsayers do… read more here.

Consulting a practitioner of Arab medicine

Question: We know a man who treats sick people using a method called the Arab medicine. I will relate to you what happened to me with him: I went to him when I was ill. He took me to a dark room and started to recite some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) and mention the names of some righteous people. After that I heard the sound of a huge bird inside the room. I heard the sound of its wings without seeing it. Then, I heard a low voice calling my name and greeting me. I did not see anything but I felt a touch on my back during the examination and felt the pains of my severe disease. Then the same voice said to me, ‘Keep remembering Allaah and invoke Allaah’s blessings upon Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).’ After the examination, the voice said to me, ‘You suffer from such-and-such and I do not have its cure. You should consult the public health physician and stay at the hospital.’ Then I went to the hospital and stayed there and recovered by Allaah’s Will. This man has a vast experience in magic. There are some husbands who cannot consummate their marriage. Going to this man, he brings out some spells and throws them in front of the spellbound people who recover afterwards by Allaah’s Will.

The question in this regard is: Is going to this man considered an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), taking into consideration that he does not take money for this?

Answer: This man is a soothsayer and diviner, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade Muslims from going to, consulting, or believing diviners… read more here.

Salaah of a person who visits a diviner to consult them

Question: In Pakistan, there is a Shaykh who is apparently righteous, but Allaah knows best. This Shaykh says that he knows righteous Jinn (creatures created from fire) and speaks to them through a personwho suffered from epilepsy and then recovered. They exorcise the Jinn from epileptic people. The Shaykh says that he has a prison in which he imprisons the guilty Jinn through the help of righteous Jinn. He claims that they do not help him with worldly activities and that he is certified to teach Arabs, and that whoever wishes to learn how to deal with Jinn, should learn the following Athkaar (forms of Allaah’s Remembrance): ‘I believe in Allaah, the Ever-Great and disbelieve in Jibt (superstition) and Taaghoot (false gods) and grasp the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allaah is All-Hearer, All-Knower’. A person should say this seven times immediately after Salaah (Prayer) and before moving from their place. Then before going to bed, the person should cup his hands together and blow over them while reciting Al-Salaah Al-Ibraaheemiyyah (the second half of Tashah-hud i.e. invoking Allaah’s peace upon the Prophet), Soorah Al-Kaafiroon, Soorah Al-Ikhlaas, Soorah Al-Naas, the first five Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) of Soorah Al-Baqarh, and Al-Salaah Al-Ibraaheemiyyah, and then rub his hands against his body. He should repeat this practice for 41 days. If the person makes a mistake, they should repeat it all over again until the 41 days are over. Upon completion, a person should go to the Shaykh who nominates a group of ten males and ten females from Jinn to stay in the person’s company. He calls this group of Jinn from Makkah. The person neither sees this group nor hears their voices, but they follow his orders. However, they do not obey him in doing worldly activities like bringing or lifting something or the like. Jinn only protect him from other evil Jinn and if there is someone suffering from epilepsy, they arrest the evil Jinn possessing him. The Shaykh also says that if any of the imprisoned Jinn professes Islaam, he sends them with the group of good Jinn to Makkah. If the Jinn are faithful, they are allowed to enter Makkah but if they are liars, they are denied entry, becausethere are angels at the doors of Makkah who prevent the unbelieving Jinn from entering it. What is the detailed opinion of Your Eminence on this? What is the ruling on marrying a female Jinnee (a creature created from fire)? Does the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse): …then marry (other) women of your choice refer to human women in particular? As Allaah also calls the male Jinn “men”, so the meaning applies to them. By the same token, would the word ‘women’ be applied to both humans and Jinn? May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: After examining the question, the answer of the Committee is as follows: The man you have mentioned is a diviner and soothsayer. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) forbade Muslims to go to, ask, or believe them even if they claim righteous behavior and devotion… read more here.

Predicting the Ghayb by drawing lines on the sand or the like

Question: Is it permissible to pray behind a learned person who claims knowledge of the Ghayb (the Unseen) by means of sand-reading? Is it permissible to eat from the meat of the animals they sacrifice or to shake hands with them?

Answer: Anyone who claims knowledge of the Ghayb, be it through sand-reading, reading in a certain book, astrology, or seeking the help of the Jinn and the like is considered a soothsayer… read more here.