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 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 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 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 more here.

Making three-dimensional handicrafts symbolizing Zodiac signs like: Aries, Scorpio, Libra, etc

Question 25: Precious metals shops are banned from exhibiting, selling or possessing with the aim of selling the following: crafts engraved with Aayaahs (Qur’aanic verses) or pictures conflicting with the principles of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law).

I would like that Your Eminence inform me about the ruling on selling, buying or exhibiting:

1- Crafts engraved with Allaah’s Glorified Name or such names as `Abdul-Rahmaan, `Abdullaah or the like.
2- Crafts symbolizing signs of the Zodiac such as Aries, Scorpio, Libra, etc engraved or three-dimensional. What is the ruling on wearing them while offering Salaah (Prayer)?
3- Crafts representing busts only.
4- Gold coins added to some jewelry which contain a profile of a man such as George or others.
5- Star of David, Cross, or any Jewish or Christian symbol.
6- Men’s gold rings which shop owners claim they do not sell to Muslims.

Please, bear in mind that your Fatwaa will help us, Trade Ministry inspectors, remove such unlawful items from gold markets In-shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills). We ask Allaah to make you among those who will lead a long life, perform good deeds, and benefit the Ummah with your knowledge!

Answe: First, Metals and stones may not be engraved with Aayaahs and the Glorified Name of Allaah, for by doing so, Aayaahs are used for purposes other than what they are intended for and for fear that Aayaahs as well as Allaah’s Glorified Name may be exposed to desecration.

Second, Signs of the Zodiac can be traced back to Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance) which a Muslim must avoid. A Muslim must avoid anything that may revive such ideas pertaining to Jaahiliyyah; moreover, they are three-dimensional images of animate beings. Accordingly, jewelry may not be crafted to take such forms, which may neither be owned nor Salaah be offered while wearing them… read more here.