Question 2: Here in Yemen, we have a printed material that is issued every Hijree (lunar) year entitled: (Calendar of Yemeni Astronomer, known as the calendar of Bayt Al-Faqih), produced by Mahdy Amin. It should be mentioned that this man died, but his grandson, Ahmad Muhammad Mahdy Amin, is still publishing and distributing thousands of copies of this release all over the cities and villages of Yemen. This calendar shows people’s horoscope and luck as well as the future horoscope of people in authority, Yemeni regions and Arab countries, and also shows what will happen in the Hijri months all over the year. Its owner mentions the following in the calendar in page 3 for year 1417 A.H.: (The Yemeni Astronomer looks into your horoscope and luck as well as the future using stars, the sciences of Jafr (knowing the predestination and the Unseen), Al-Zirgah (knowing the answers of certain questions in a certain way) and Sand (knowing the Unseen by drawing some lines in the sand…etc). However, many of the common laymen and semi-educated people believe in and appreciate this calendar. Attached is a copy of it for clarification.
My questions are :
a- Is it permissible to write, publish and distribute it?
b- What is the ruling on whoever distributes, sells, or buys it?
c- Is it permissible to read and believe in all or part of what is mentioned in it? And what should be the response to anyone who claims that some of that which is mentioned in it occurs?
d- What is the ruling on money earned from publishing, writing, printing, distributing or selling it?
Answer: It is impermissible to make, publish, sell or distribute this calendar, for it includes false sayings that denote Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), as it involves claiming the knowledge of Ghayb (the Unseen) and the good or bad future events occurring to countries and people, which is definitely an act of Kufr in Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). This also constitutes a false claim of sharing with Allaah (Exalted be He) the Knowledge of the Ghayb that is known only to Him, as He (Exalted be He) says… read more here.