Aqeedah at Tawheed – Fortune Knowing And Islaam

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Aqeedah at Tawheed – Fortune Knowing And Islaam

Post by Noor'e Sahar on Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:31 pm

Astrology, horoscopes, superstition and
fortune-telling are all actions of jaahiliyyah (ignorance) which Islam
came to show as false and to explain that they are shirk, because they
involve depending on something other than Allaah and believing that
benefit and harm come from something other than Him, and believing the
words of fortune-tellers and soothsayers who falsely claim to have
knowledge of the unseen in order to cheat people of their beliefs and
also their money.

The evidence (daleel) for that is the hadeeth narrated by Abu Dawood
in his Sunan with a saheeh isnaad from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be
pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever learns
anything of astrology has learned a branch of witchcraft
(al-sihr)…”

And al-Bazzaar narrated with a jayyid isnaad from ‘Imraan ibn Husayn
that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “He is not one of us who practises augury or has it done for him,
who tells fortunes or has his fortune told, or who practises witchcraft
or has that done for him.” Whoever claims to know some matter of the
unseen either is a fortune-teller or is acting like a fortune-teller in
some sense, because Allaah is the only One Who has knowledge of the
unseen. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning); “Say:
‘None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except
Allaah…’”

[al-Naml 27:65] Whatever the case,
it is not permissible to go to these people and to ask them or believe
them, no matter how righteous they may appear to be, because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a
fortune-teller and asks him about something, his prayers will not
accepted for forty days.”
Narrated
by Muslim (2230).

And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever has
intercourse with a menstruating woman or with a woman in her back
passage, or goes to a fortune-teller and believes what he says, has
disbelieved in that which Allaah revealed to Muhammad (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him).” Narrated by Ahmad (9779), Abu Dawood
(3904), al-Tirmidhi (135) and Ibn Maajah (936); classed as saheeh by
al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.



<blockquote>There is no contradiction
between the above two hadeeth. What is meant by the hadeeth “ Whoever
goes to a soothsayer and believes what he says has disbelieved in that
which was revealed to Muhammad” is that the one who asks a soothsayer a
question, believing that he tells the truth and that he knows the
unseen, has committed an act of kufr, because he has gone against the
Qur’aan in which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Say:
“None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (Unseen) except
Allaah” [al-Naml 27:65]. As for the second hadeeth, “Whoever goes to a
fortune teller and asks him about something his prayers will not be
accepted for forty days”, which was narrated by Muslim, it does not
contain the words “and believes him”.
</blockquote>

Thus
we learn that if a person goes to a fortune teller and asks him
anything, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days, and if he
believes him, then he has committed an act of kufr.

Thus make these two things very clear

  • The one who goes to any source of
    fortuneteller for the purpose of knowing ghaib (unseen) be it through
    horoscope, tarot card, soothsayers, psychic saints, witchcrafts, wiccan
    practisers, palm readers, geomancers, etc, etc.. and asks him things
    without believing in what he says. This is haraam, and the punishment of
    the one who does that is that his prayers are not accepted for forty
    days, as it is narrated in Saheeh Muslim (2230), that the Prophet (peace
    and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a
    fortuneteller and asks him about something, his prayer will not be
    accepted for forty days.”


  • When a person goes to a fortuneteller and asks
    him about something and believes what he says. This is disbelief in
    Allaah (kufr), because he is believing the fortuneteller’s claim to have
    knowledge of the unseen, and believing a human’s being claim to have
    knowledge of the unseen constitutes disbelief in the verse in which
    Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):“Say: None in the heavens
    and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah”
    [al-Naml 27:65].


Hence it says in the saheeh hadeeth:

“Whoever goes to a fortuneteller and believes what he says has
disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him).”

A sincere advice to all brothers and sisters to hasten to repent to
Allaah if you thought well of these charlatans at any time or if you
joined them in their falsehood, even if that was on the basis that it
was a game. Part of making your repentance complete is that you should
advise those of your brothers who you know are engaging in this matter
of the Islamic ruling on it and the danger it poses to their religious
commitment and faith. We ask Allaah to
make us and you steadfast in faith and to protect us from the evil of
fitnah, both apparent and hidden.

This is taken from the book "Aqeedah at Tawheed" by Shaikh Saaleh Al
Fawzaa
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