Among men are those who claim possession of hidden knowledge and knowledge of the future.
They are known by many names: fortuneteller, soothsayer, oracle, palmist, foreseer, augur, magician, prognosticator, astrologist, etc.
The claimants use different methods to extract their ‘information’, such as reading tea leaves, drawing lines, writing numbers, palm reading, casting horoscopes, crystal ball gazing, rattling bones, throwing sticks, etc.
Any such claimant can be broken down into 2 categories:
1. Those who guess or say things that generally happen to people, after going through a set of meaningless rituals.
- Those who do so with the help of jinn and this involves the great sin of shirk. They usually tend to have a higher level of accuracy.
The Islamic ruling is very clear on ANY such form, and that is, it is forbidden.
Engaging in any of the above out of curiosity is also forbidden. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks him about something, his prayer will not be accepted for forty nights.” Narrated by Muslim (2230).
Visitation out of belief is kufr (disbelief). The attribution of the knowledge of the unseen to a human being destroys Thawheed of the names and attributes of Allah.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said: “Whoever goes to a soothsayer and believes what he says has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad.” Narrated by Abu Dawood.
In conclusion, let us keep in mind the following ayah, and fear and obey Allah as he deserves to be feared and obeyed:
“Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (Unseen) except Allaah” [27:65]
[Reference: Dr. Bilal Philips, The Fundamentals of Tawheed]
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