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32. Fortunetelling

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Fortunetelling has the same objective as charms & omens: Avoid evil, and bring good. There is an array of practices, which look different, but have the same bottom-line. Reading tea-leaves [Drinking tea is good for health, but don’t try to see your future after drinking it], horoscopes, crystal ball, palmistry/palm-reading, wish bone, randomly touching a verse of Quran [Reading Quran is good, but trying to know your future by touching a verse of Quran is Shirk too. The intention matters], Zodiacal signs, Bio-rhythm computer programs, I-Ching, etc

Two groups of practitioners:

1. Those that prey upon gullible masses. People will remember the 1 prediction that happened, and forget the 99 that didn’t happen. Everything you hear and see goes into subconscious, and when anything happens, it triggers that memory “Ah! He told me that”. Ask him “What else he said?”

2. Those who work with Jinn (Jinn are a creation of Allah which co-exists with man on the earth and may have occult powers): They can tell the fortune teller about your family, public info etc. Your Qareen Jinn will feed info to these fortunetellers

Islam opposes any form of association with those who practice fortunetelling.

Prophet said “The Salaah (daily prayer) of whoever approaches a fortuneteller and asks him about anything will not be accepted for forty days and nights” [Saheeh Muslim vol.4. Saiyah reported from Hafsah]

The punishment in this hadith is simply for approaching the asking the astrologer, even if one does it for fun.

Various forms of approaching a fortuneteller: Physical visit, read the books and writings of fortunetellers in papers/magazines, listen to them on radio, watch them on television, browsing them on the Web etc. Don’t even do it for fun or curiosity.

Belief in Fortune Tellers makes a Muslim a disbeliever.  Prophet said, “Whoever approaches an oracle or fortuneteller and believes what he says, he has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.’ [Sunan Abu Dawood vol.3, Ahmad and al-Bayhaqi. Narrators: Abu Hurayrah & al-Hasan]

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