What is the ruling on going to soothsayers and diviners?

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.

What is the ruling on employing Jinn to cure diseases?

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.

Reading horoscopes published in the newspapers and magazines?

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.

Going to soothsayers or their likes who request a sick person to slaughter any animal

Question 347: A healer requests a sick man to bring a she-camel whereby he walks around with all his children four or seven times after gathering them in the house, then, slaughters it. The sick man is supposed to remain in the she-camel’s blood for a period of time. Is this action Haraam (prohibited)? Is it permissible to eat from the she-camel’s meat, knowing that they pronounced the Name of Allaah upon slaughtering it? Please, advise. May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: A sick Muslim is permitted to seek treatment through Islaamically lawful Ruqyah, which involves recitation of Aayaat of the Qur’aan and invocations reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). He may also resort to lawful medicines.

However, visiting soothsayers or the like who request the sick to slaughter a she-camel, a sheep, a chicken, or any animal is not permissible. This is because slaughtering is an act of worship that must be dedicated to Allaah Alone. Allah (Exalted be He) states, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Verily, my Salaah (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists). He has no partner. 

It is not permissible to eat from this camel’s meat even if the Name of Allaah is mentioned upon slaughtering, because it was slaughtered for the sake of other than Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) – an act which is considered major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam) that takes the doer out of the pale of Islaam... read more here.

What is the ruling on seeking the help of Jinn to cure sorcery?

Question 346: Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) is a widely spread phenomenon in the town where I live. People practice charlatanry, Sihr (sorcery), and seek help from the Awliyaa’ (pious people). I read a book entitled “`Ilaaj Al-Umur Al-Sihriyyah” (How to treat matters related to sorcery) and another book entitled “Al-Shirk wa Mazhaahiruhoo” (Shirk and its manifestations) in which I found a number of Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeths which permit practicing Ruqyah (reciting Qur’an and saying supplications over the sick as a cure). I have, thus, practiced Ruqyah and because of the many patients afflicted with possession and Sihr, I have been practicing it day and night. Am I permitted to seek the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire) to get rid of Sihr or even to order the jinnee to search for hidden amulets?

Answer: It is not permissible to seek help from the Jinn and those who are not in someone’s reach. This is Shirk as it is an act of worship that should be dedicated to Allaah Alone, not to any person, jinn, angel, or any other being. A living person who is capable of providing assistance may be sought to help in agriculture, construction, combating enemies, etc. The Jinn, on the other hand, must not be sought for help whether they are reachable or absent. This is because Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He)states, You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, “If you need assistance, supplicate to Allaah Alone for help.”... read more here.

Is it permissible to take medication prescribed by sorcerers without going to them?

Question 345: I certainly know that going to a sorcerer is absolutely forbidden. However, I hear that there is a sorcerer who prescribes useful medication for people. Is it permissible for me to use this medication without going to this man? It is worth mentioning that the composition of this medication is unknown to me.

Answer: It is not permissible to take medication prescribed by sorcerers, even if you do not go to them. The sorcerers commit unlawful acts and seek help from the devils. There is no good in them or in their medication... read more here.

How can a person totally recover from sorcery’s effect?

Question 344: How can a person get rid of Sihr (sorcery)? Indeed, the woman affected regularly recites Adkaar (invocations) and her Wird (portion of Qur’aan recited with consistency). Also, a Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) has been recited over her but the signs of Sihr are still apparent, as food and water accumulate by the end of the Pharynx. Whenever she reads certain Aayaat to ward off Sihr, she feels itching. Kindly, give us the legal opinion in this regard. We hope that the person who provides the answer practices Ruqyah himself.

Answer: Removing Sihr is permissible by the Qur’aan and the legal formulae of supplications as well as the permissible medicines. This should be repeated until the person affected by Sihr is cured by Allaah’s will... read more here.

What is the ruling on learning sorcery for treating those bewitched?

Question 343: What is the ruling on learning sorcery for the purpose of treating those affected by magic?

Answer: It is not permissible to learn sorcery whether for the purpose of breaking a spell affecting a person or treating diseases... read more here.

What is the ruling on going to sorcerers to get rid of sorcery?

Question 342: What is the Islaamic ruling on a bewitched man who went to fraudulent diviners to neutralize his spell and give him a counter-spell? Is he permitted to keep this counter-spell?

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to go to magicians in order to neutralize a magic spell or whatsoever. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, If anyone resorts to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what he says, then he disbelieves in what was revealed to Muhammad. One who does so must repent to Allaah (Glorified be He) for this action, trust in Him and resolve never to do it again. Moreover, one must get rid of this counter-spell because it takes the ruling of prohibited amulets that involve Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). However, a Muslim should seek treatment through lawful medicines and Islamically lawful Ruqyah... read more here.

Playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for a sick person

Question 287: What is your opinion concerning playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for the sick, and playing specific Aayaat that remedy Sihr (sorcery), `Ayn (the envious eye) and Jinn (creatures created from fire)?

Answer: Playing recordings of the Qur’aan and Du`aa’ (supplication) cannot be a substitute for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure), because Ruqyah requires conviction while performing it and being face to face in order to blow over the patient’s body. This cannot be achieved merely through playing recordings on a device... read more here.

Seeking the help of Jinn in finding out whether a patient is stricken by an evil eye or spells

Question 286: What is the ruling on seeking the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire) in finding out the `Ayn (envious eye) or spells [i.e., who cast it and what type it is]? Is it permissible to believe a Jinn who has possessed a person in what he says about sorcery and `Ayn, and take an action based on that?

Answer: It is not permissible to seek the help of Jinn in finding out what the problem is and how to treat it, because seeking the help of Jinn is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). 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. Allaah (Exalted be He) also states... read more here.

Reciting Ruqyah through a microphone or a telephone

Question 285: What is the ruling on using a microphone or a telephone to recite the Qur’aan for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing), or reciting Ruqyah over a large number of people at the same time?

Answer: Ruqyah should be recited directly over the patient, not through a microphone or a telephone. This contradicts what was done by the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them) and their Taabi`oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not a part of it will have it rejected.... read more here.

A patient smelling the leather of wolves on the pretext that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn

Question 284: What is the ruling on people who have a patient smell the leather of wolves under the pretense that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn (creatures created from fire). They claim that Jinn fear wolves, flee from them and are troubled by their presence.

Answer: It is not permissible for a person who performs Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) to use the leather of wolves to have patients smell it to be able to diagnose their illness. This is a form of deception and corrupt belief; therefore, it should be totally prohibited. Moreover, saying that Jinn fear wolves is a baseless superstition... read more here.

Stamping papers with large seals incised with Aayaat, invocations and statements of thikr

Question 283: What is the ruling on putting large seals in which Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses), invocations and supplications are written to ward off Sihr (sorcery), envy, or jinn? The seal is dipped into water containing saffron to stamp papers that will be dissolved later and soaked in water to be drunk as a kind of Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing).

Answer: This is not permissible because one of the conditions of a lawful Ruqyah is that the intention of both the person who makes the Ruqyah and the person on whom it will be performed, should be seeking cure from Allaah’s Book by writing the Aayaat... read more here.