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Chapter 46. Believing Fortune Tellers And Astrologers

Allah, Most High says,

And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge, for surely the hearing, the sight, the learnt all of those shall be questioned of. (Al-Isra': 36)

Elaborating on the above verse Al-Wahidi reported Al-Kalbi's commentary that idle curiosity and undocumented reports are condemned. Al-Wahidi said, we should be called to accounted for the exercise of every faculty that has been given to us.

He (alone) knows the Unseen, nor does He make anyone acquainted with his secrets. Except a Messenger whom he has chosen. (Al-Jin: 26)

Thus, whoever believes that we can disclose the unseen guided by stars is an unbeliever.

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"Whoever goes to a psychic (Arraf) or a fortuneteller and believes what he says disbelieves in what has been revealed to Muhammad." [Ahmad and Hakim]

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Allah, Most High says,

"One of my servants reaches daybreak a believer, another an unbeliever. He who says, "we have received rain by Allah's grace" is a believer in me and a disbeliever in planets. But he who says, "we have received rain by the effects of such and such a mansion of the moon" is an unbeliever in me and a believer in planets." [Bukhari and Muslim]

Scholars said, if someone thinks planets have an influence independent of the will of Allah, he is an unbeliever. But there is no harm to think that some is a sign of rain.

"Whoever goes to a psychic, asks him about something, and believes him, will not have his prayer accepted for forty days." [Muslim and Ahmad]

Aishah related that some people solicited from the holy Prophet (pbuh) information about soothsayers.

He said, 'They are a humbug and nonsense.' The companions asked, "O Messenger of Allah! Sometimes they foretell something which comes true." The Prophet (pbuh) explained,

"This is something which Satan hears, by chance from the angels, and conveys to his colleagues. They mix a hundred falsehoods with it and tell it to people." [Bukhari, Muslim and Ahmad]

Aishah said that she heard the holy Prophet (pbuh) say,

"The angels descend into the atmosphere with heavenly orders, talking about something that has been decreed in heaven, and Satan over-hears this and thereafter communicates it to the soothsayers, who add a hundred falsehoods with it themselves (to convey to their clients)." [Bukhari]

Qubaisa Ibn Al-Mukhariq said that he heard the Holy Prophet (pbuh) saying,

"Fortune telling, drawing lots or lives and flying birds to find good or bad omens from the direction of their flight, are all devilish practices." [Abu Dawud]

Ibn Abbas relates that the holy Prophet (pbuh) said,

"A person who learns about astrology, it is as if he learns magic, and the more he learns this, the more he learns about magic." [Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and Ahmad]

May Allah save us from this in this world and the next.

Chapters

Chapter 1

Ascribing Associates To Allah, the Most High (Shirk)

Chapter 2

Killing A Human Being

Chapter 3

Sorcery

Chapter 4

Not Performing The Prayer

Chapter 5

Not Paying Zakat

Chapter 6

Breaking One's Fast During Ramadan Without An Excuse

Chapter 7

Not Performing the Hajj when Able to

Chapter 8

Showing Disrespect to One's Parents

Chapter 9

Severing the Ties of One's Relatives

Chapter 10

Adultery

Chapter 11

Sodomy

Chapter 12

Accepting Usurious Gain

Chapter 13

Wrong Consuming An Orphan's Property

Chapter 14

Lying About The Prophet

Chapter 15

Fleeing From The Battlefield

Chapter 16

The Leader Who Misleads His Followers, The Tyrant And The Oppressor

Chapter 17

Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity And Haughtiness

Chapter 18

Bearing False Witness

Chapter 19

Drinking Alcohol

Chapter 20

Gambling (qimar)

Chapter 21

Accusing A Woman Of Adultery

Chapter 22

Misappropriating Spoils Of War, Muslim Funds Or Zakat

Chapter 23

Theft

Chapter 24

Highwaymen Who Menace The Road

Chapter 25

The Engulfing Oath

Chapter 26

Taking People's Property Through Falsehood

Chapter 27

Collecting Taxes

Chapter 28

The Consumption of Haram

Chapter 29

Suicide

Chapter 30

Telling Lies

Chapter 31

The Dishonest Judge

Chapter 32

Bribery

Chapter 33

Women Imitating Men And Vice Versa

Chapter 34

The Pimp and the one Who Permits His Wife to Fornicate

Chapter 35

Marrying Solely To Return To The Previous Husband

Chapter 36

Not Freeing Oneself Of All Traces Of Urine

Chapter 37

Showing Off In Good Work

Chapter 38

Learning Sacred Knowledge For The Sake Of This World, Or Concealing It

Chapter 39

Breach of Trust

Chapter 40

Reminding Recipients of Ones Charity To Them

Chapter 41

Disbelieving In Destiny (qadar)

Chapter 42

Listening To People's Private Conversations

Chapter 43

The Talebearer Who Stirs Up Enmity Between People

Chapter 44

Cursing Others

Chapter 45

Breaking Promises or Pledges

Chapter 46

Believing Fortune Tellers And Astrologers

Chapter 47

Wife Rebelling Against Her Husband

Chapter 48

Picture Making