Question 350: What is the ruling on soothsayers and diviners who claim to have knowledge of all things? Sometimes we ask them about a lost item and they may give us true information about it.
Answer: It is not permissible to visit, consult, or believe soothsayers and diviners. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, If anyone resorts to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what he says, then he will be a disbeliever in what was revealed to Muhammad. He (peace be upon him) also stated, Anyone who visits a diviner and asks him about anything, his prayers will not be accepted for forty nights. Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth. By their claim of the knowledge of the Ghayb (the Unseen), diviners and soothsayers have disbelieved in Allaah the Almighty and left the pale of Islaam, as knowledge of the Ghayb is exclusive to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). He (Glorified be He) states, Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah” He (Glorified and Exalted be He) also states, “(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghayb (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghayb (Unseen).” Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes)... read more here.
Question 349: Some people employ the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire) to cure diseases claiming that their patients are possessed, and they earn money from this occupation. What is the Islaamic ruling on this? Is it Halaal (lawful) or Haraam (prohibited)?
Answer: It is not permissible for Muslims to employ the help of Jinn for any reason, because the Jinn will never serve humans unless the latter obey them by committing acts in disobedience of Allaah, Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), and Kufr (disbelief). Allaah (Exalted be He) states, ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression. He (Exalted be He) also states, And on the Day when He will gather them (all) together (and say): “O you assembly of jinn! Many did you mislead of men,” and their Awliyaa’ (friends and helpers) amongst men will say: “Our Lord! We benefited one from the other, but now we have reached our appointed term which You did appoint for us.” He will say: “The Fire be your dwelling-place, you will dwell therein forever, except as Allaah may will. Earnings from this work are Haraam. Being possessed by Jinn or afflicted with other diseases can be treated by the Qur’aan, prescribed Du`a’ (supplications), and medication administered by reliable specialists of sound Eemaan (faith)... read more here.
Question 348: What is the ruling on reading horoscopes published in the newspapers and magazines and believing in what they say?
Answer: Depending on astrology and horoscopes to know the future counts as an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) committed by the early Magians, the disbelieving philosophers and their kind. Claiming knowledge of the future means knowing about the Ghayb (the Unseen), which counts as major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam) and violation of Allaah’s Command. This act is falsehood and deceit to usurp people’s money and corrupt their beliefs.
Accordingly, it is not permissible to publish, cast a look in, promote or believe in horoscopes, as this counts as a form of disbelief and goes against Tawheed (monotheism). Every Muslim should be careful of and give up these matters and depend on Allaah (Exalted be He) in all affairs... read more here.
Praise be to Allaah. May peace and blessings be upon the most honorable Prophet and Messenger, Prophet Muhammad, upon his Family, and all his Companions.
Reading an article that was published in some newspapers boastfully celebrating some acts of Jahiliyyah (Pre-Islaamic time of Ignorance) and calling to them such as believing in the horoscopes, astrology, luck and fortune telling. I found it is my duty to warn against the lies included in this article. I state that astrology, horoscopes, and fortune telling are all practices of Jahiliyyah that Islam came to remove. They fall under shirk (associating others in worship with Allaah), for they include adhering to other than Allaah and believing in the existence of a support of other than Him. They also include believing fortune-tellers and soothsayers who falsely claim to have the knowledge of Ghayb (the Unseen), and manipulate the minds of inexperienced and naive people to embezzle their money and spoil their creeds. It is reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) on the authority of `Abdullaah ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with both of them) that he (peace be upon him) said: Whoever acquires any knowledge of astrology has acquired a branch of witchcraft. The more they acquire of Astrology, the more they acquire of witchcraft. Related by ‘Aboo Daawood with a sound Isnaad (chain of narrators)… read more here.
Note: This article was published in Islaamic Research Journal, 6th Edition, Editorial, Page: 286-288.