Confusion between two Ahaadeeth regarding soothsayer and fortuneteller

Question: How can we reconcile the following two Ahaadeeth:

1Whoever visits a fortuneteller (`Arraf), asks him about anything, and believes in their words, their Salaah (Prayer) shall not be accepted for forty days.(Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth)

2- Whoever visits a fortuneteller believing his saying has indeed disbelieved in the revelation sent down to Muhammad. (Related by Aboo Daawood)

Answer: There is no conflict between the two Ahaadeeth. As for the Hadeeth.read more here.

Consulting a person who claims knowledge of Ghayb

Question: On the eighth of Thul-Hijjah 1403 AH, I got married to my maternal cousin. On the first day of Ramadaan 1405 AH, Allah blessed me with a boy whom I called Moosaa. In Sha`baan, 1406 AH my wife miscarried a fetus after the third month.

In Rabee` Al-Awwal, 1407 AH, Allaah caused my son Moosaa to die. After my son Moosaa died, my maternal aunt, who is also my mother-in-law, came to me and said that she had gone to a man who has “knowledge of the book.” That man told my maternal aunt that a female devil is to be blamed for the death of my children, prompted by her envy and grudge of my wife. He further alleged that he could get rid of this female devil.

I did not listen to what she said. Last year, on the third day of Sha`baan, 1407 AH, Allaah blessed me with a daughter whom I called Masturah, but Allaah caused her to die the day she was born. My maternal aunt came again and blamed me for not going to the man she had mentioned before. She, along with my father, insisted that I should go to him. I asked them to wait a little, so that perhaps Allaah would guide me to something better. Praise be to Allaah, I finally decided to write this letter to you, in the hope that Allaah will enable you to advise us on this matter, knowing that it is causing me constant anguish.

Answer: You have done well by refusing to go with your maternal aunt – your mother-in-law – to a man who claims to have “knowledge of the book,” because he is a sorcerer. You have also done well by asking the people of knowledge for the right answer..read more here.

Consulting those who claim to have knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: What is the ruling on sending a piece of clothing or a shirt to those who claim knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen) to use for determining an ailment and prescribing suitable treatment?

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to consult those who claim knowledge of the Ghayb. It is not permissible to send to them a piece of clothing, a shirt, or anything else. It is also Haraam to believe what they say, according to the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth that have been reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard..read more here.

Breaking spells using the method of numbers

Question: What is the ruling on a person who removes magic spells using numbers such as: 21, 31, 137, 121, 25; he looks at these numbers in a way which, he claims, belongs to Yoonus (Jonah, peace be upon him)? It should be minded that this man does not know how to undo magic. He claims he can conjure spirits, which enables him to know the zodiac of the person before him and whether he has been bewitched. If not, he says to him, “Your zodiac is zero” after having taken the name of the bewitched person and his mother’s as well. Is this practice permissible and attributable to Yoonus (peace be upon him), or is it against the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and have not been reported from the Salaf (righteous predecessors)? What is the ruling on a person who goes to those who claim to remove spells using this way and believes in its validity? Please reply with evidence.

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, such a person is a soothsayer. There is no evidence that this method is attributed to Yoonus (peace be upon him). This is not Islaamically sanctioned and one should not consult these people, rather they must be denounced, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Whoever goes to a diviner and asks him about any matter, his Salaah (prayer) will not be accepted for forty nights. Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also stated Whoever goes to a soothsayer or a diviner and believes what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad. Narrated by Imaam Ahmad and the Four Compilers of Hadeeth with a Saheeh (authentic) Isnaad (chain of narration).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also stated Anyone who acquires any knowledge of astrology has acquired a branch of magic. Narrated by Aboo Daawood from Ibn ‘Abbaas with a Saheeh Isnaad..read more here.

Consulting diviners and soothsayers and wearing amulets

Question: Allaah has willed for me to write this message in which I ask for your advice and clarification with regard to an illness called epilepsy.

My mother suffers from this disease. She was possessed at first by Jinn (creatures created from fire). We brought her an Imaam who was able to exorcise Jinn possessing her. Then she suffered from epilepsy for a week. Whenever we brought the Imaam, she would be well. But when he left, she would return to the same suffering. Then she recovered and led a stable life for a period of time. It was not long before she suffered possession again by a female Jinnee (a creature created from fire). She suffered for about the same period of time. We brought the Imaam once again and he expelled the evil spirit. Then, she suffered again. We brought another Imaam who exorcised her again. This continued for a period of time, whenever she would suffer, we would bring someone to treat her.

Once, my mother asked me to bring the Imaam who treated her the first time. This man said that he was told by the female Jinnee that the room is filled with Jinn, so we moved her to another room. Unfortunately, she remained in the same condition. Then, she asked me to take her to some tombs. I did so but she remained in the same state. We took her to one merchant and he gave her some amulets and drugs. He asked her to wear some of the amulets, put the rest in some water before she washes her body therewith, and to take the drugs. There are still some Jinn in the room. I would like to know if doing this is correct or if it contradicts Sharee`ah (Islaamic law). Please guide me to the truth.

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to consult soothsayers and fortune-tellers. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said.. read more here.

Going to churches to treat epilepsy

Question: The common cure for epilepsy here in Egypt is to go to a church, especially the Mary Girgis Church, or to go to practitioners of Sihr (witchcraft) and soothsayers, who are widespread in villages. Sometimes, recovery is secured. Is it permissible to do so given that the epileptic may die if he is not treated quickly? What is the lawful treatment, sanctioned by Allaah, to this seizure, as there is a cure for every disease except for old age? Please give us a detailed explanation regarding the cure.

Answer: It is not permissible to resort to churches, practitioners of Sihr (witchcraft), or soothsayers for treating epilepsy... read more here.

Cauterization as a way of curing epilepsy

Question: An epileptic woman is possessed by a female Jinn. When the Jinn is beaten, she refuses to depart from the Muslim woman’s body. Is it permissible in this case to burn the Muslim woman with a firebrand so that the female jinni will leave her body?

Answer: It is absolutely Haraam (prohibited) to use this method, because only Allaah has the right to punish with fire... read more here.

Suffering from epilepsy and having to take medication permanently during daytime

Question: My 13-year-old brother suffers from epilepsy and has to take medication three times a day. How should he observe Sawm (Fast)? Should Kaffaarah (expiation) be paid when Sawm becomes obligatory upon him?

Answer: When your brother reaches puberty by having one of its relevant signs, such as discharging Maniy (sperm), growing of coarse pubic hair, or reaching fifteen years old, it is obligatory upon him to observe Sawm. If he cannot do so because of his illness, it is permissible for him to break Sawm if it is a chronic illness..read more here.

A woman wearing a Hirz on her chest when she gets pregnant in order not to miscarry

Question 308: Respected shaykh, I have an aunt, my father’s sister, her problem is that when she starts her pregnancy or even knows of her pregnancy, she wears a Hirz (protective amulet) on her chest, in the shape of a small book covered by a piece of cloth which is closed by stitches. If she happens to remove it or cast it away, she miscarries and the baby comes out as stillbirth.

My question is: What should we do about that? Would you please help us, may Allaah reward you for what you will do for us!

Answer: Wearing such a book on the woman’s chest when she gets pregnant; in order not to miscarry and the belief that if she removes this amulet or casts it away from her chest, she will miscarry, is considered one of the forbidden Shirk-based amulets.

If this woman believes that this amulet, and not Allaah, brings about good or evil, she will be guilty of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam) that takes her out of Islaam, may Allaah forbid! Such belief contradicts Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) and Tawakkul (putting one’s trust in Allaah). Good and evil are in the Hands of Allaah Alone…. read more here.

Cutting a fox’s face, skin & ears & hanging them as a Hirz in homes believing that they dispel devils

Question 307: Some people among us, when they find a dead wolf they cut the skin of its face and its ears and hang them as a Hirz (protective amulet) in their homes believing that they dispel devils (evil Satan’s). What is the ruling on such an act?

Answer: Hanging some parts of a wolf and its skin at home or at the doors as Hirz and believing that they dispel devils and prevent Jinn from entering homes is Bid`ah (innovation in religion) and has no origin in the Book of Allaah or the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) of His Messenger (peace be upon him). Believing in these things blemishes the Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah) of the Muslim because it is a kind of association with something other than Allaah and an act of seeking refuge with something other than Him. Keeping such things at home and hanging them on doors is, like wearing amulets, an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship); according to what was narrated by`Uqbah ibn `Aamir from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he said... read more here.

I have epilepsy, can I wear an amulet, which contains certain words and talismans?

Question 306: I suffer from epilepsy and I visited many physicians but to no avail. I went to a person who gave me an amulet in the form of a piece of paper in which some unintelligible words are written and some lines are drawn. He asked me to wear it. Is this permissible?

Answer: You are not allowed to wear this amulet which was given to you by the person whom you visited to treat you. This is an act of charlatanism and sorcery because it contains lines, talismans and unintelligible words. You have to be treated by lawful Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing)... read more here.