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HOROSCOPY: A MIND GAME

 

What is Horoscopy?

A horoscope is an astrological chart or diagram representing the positions of sun, moon, planets, astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of events. This science includes horoscopy, palmistry, coffee cup reading, dry leaf readings, marble readings, zodiac signs, match making through astrological calculations and roman numerology, knowledge of magic, predictions through animals, good and bad omen philosophies etc.

The Babylonians (2000 years back) gave rise to an organized system of horoscopy. Of the planets five were recognized:

  • Jupiter
  • Mercury
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Saturn

These five planets were identified with the gods of the Babylonian pantheon as follows:

  • Jupiter with Marduk
  • Venus with the goddess Ishtar
  • Saturn with Ninurta
  • Mercury with Nabu
  • Mars with Nergal

The movements of the sun, moon and five planets were regarded as representing the activity of the five gods in question, together with the moon-god Sin and the Sun-god Shamash, in preparing the occurrences on earth. So it’s purely based on idol worshiping as pagan Arabs of Makah worshiped their idols Laat, Manat, and Uzza. Today Hindus practice the same ideology by worshiping their carved gods; Brahma, Shiva, Krishna, Ganesha and Lakshmi. Ancient Romans, Greeks, Chinese, Hindus, and Persians used horoscopy in several aspects of life and later on spread it in other parts of the world.

But in Islam Horoscopy and all its related branches are not only prohibited but strictly condemned because it is based on pagan ideologies and practices. In Islam fortune-telling, witchcraft and superstition all are actions of ignorance because they involve depending on something other than Allah s.w.t, and believing that benefits and harm come from something other than Him, and believing the words of soothsayers who claim to have knowledge of the unseen.
Several references from Quran, Sahi hadith and consensus of scholars clearly indicate the immense gravity of this major sin.
Allah (subhanawatallah) says,

“Say: the unseen belongs to Allah alone, so wait you, verily, I am with you among those who wait (for Allah’s judgment)”.[1]

“Nor Allah disclose to you the secrets of the Ghaib”.[2]

“Say, None in the heavens and the earth knows the unseen except Allah)”[3]

“Say: (O Muhammad sallalahualaihiwasallam): I don’t tell you that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor that I know the unseen”.[4]

“Verily, Allah, with Him (alone) is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All- Knower, Well – Acquainted (with things).”[5]

“(He Alone is) the All knower of the Ghaib (unseen) and He reveals to none His Ghaib”.[6]

“Say: Allah knows best how long they stayed. With Him is (the knowledge of) the unseen of the heavens and the earth. How clearly He sees, and hears (everything)! They have no wali (Helper, disposer of affairs, protector) other than Him, and He makes none to share in His Decision and His Rule”. [7]

According to the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam),

“Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks him about anything, his prayers will not be accepted by forty days.”[8]

“Whoever goes to fortune-teller and believes what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam)”.[9]

“If you ask, then ask of Allah and if you seek help, then seek help from Allah.”[10]

“Whoever tells you that he knows what will happen tomorrow, is lying”.[11]

Sheikh Ibn – Uthaymeen said,

“The noblest of the angelic Messengers, Jibrael asked the noblest of of the human Messengers Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam),” Tell me about the Hour “, He said,’ the one who is asked about it does not know any more about it than the one who is asking”.[12]

Sheikh Ibn Baz says,

“Astrology, palm reading, reading coffee cups, divination and other things practiced by fortune tellers and practitioners of witchcraft are all sciences of Jaahiliayah which are forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and are actions which Islam came to declare false and warn them against doing them or going to those who do them or asking them about anything or believing what they say – because that is knowledge of the unseen which Allah has kept to Himself. Our advice to everyone who has anything to do with these things is to repent to Allah and seek His forgiveness and to put their trust in Allah Alone in all their affairs , whilst also taking the appropriate means as prescribed or permitted in Sharia. They should give up these things and keep away from them and be aware of asking these people anything or, believing them, in obedience to Allah and His Messenger Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam) and so as to protect their religious beliefs and commitment, and for fear of the anger of Allah and so as to keep away from the things that lead to shirk and kufr. If a person dies believing such things he will be a loser in this word and in the Hereafter.”[13]

Can a star or a planet govern our life events?

Do you really think a star or a planet can govern your life and has the power of unseen? Can a creation navigate the matters of the Creator? For example a scientist invents a microscope, now do you really believe that microscope can handle its own mechanism itself without the commands, knowledge and powers of its creator and can create other machines itself?.. Obviously not, it’s totally dependent on its creator. Similarly how could heavenly bodies dictate our planet and life on our planet? Our Prophet (peace be upon him) strongly denounces all such demonic and superstitious beliefs. Consider this practical example from the life of Prophet (peace be upon him):

Prophet’s son Ibrahim died coincidently during solar eclipse. It was perceived by the Arab community that solar eclipse symbolized a bad omen. Prophet (peace be upon him) wanted to eradicate this pre-Islamic era pagan and superstitious beliefs. He explained that solar eclipse is a phenomenon commanded by Allah (subhanawatallah) and does not occur in correlation to someone’s birth or death.

Imam Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated that Ibn Mas’ood al Ansari said:

‘’ The sun was eclipsed the day Ibrahim the son of the Messenger of Allah died and the people said the sun is eclipsed because of the death of Ibrahim. The Messenger of Allah said: the sun and the moon are the signs from Allah, and they do not become eclipsed for the death or the birth of any one. If you see that, hasten to remember Allah and to pray’’.   

CATEGORIES OF SOOTHSAYERS:

They can be divided into two
categories,

1) ORDINARY ONES
2) KAHIN

ORDINARY ONES:

Those who have no real knowledge or, secrets but depend on telling their customers about general incidences which happen to most people. They often go through series of meaningless rituals and then make calculatedly general guesses, due to their generality, usually come true. Most people tend to remember the few predictions that come true and quickly forget the many which do not.

2) KAHIN:

Kahin cooperates with the jinn and unlike others he receives information from the jin. Ordinary fortunetellers are just liars but Kahin communicates and cooperates with the Shaiytaan and commits kufr. Satan doesn’t fulfill his desires until he pleases him by leaving his faith and by worshipping him.

IS JIN AN ILLUSION?

Did you think that world of jinn is a fabricated story or it’s just a horrible fantasy of Hollywood movies? Some people believe that the jinn refers to ‘ clever foreigners’ or ‘ jinn is a human who does not have a true mind in his head and he has a fiery nature’.

Allah swt has clearly discussed the reality of jinn in Quran and has devoted a whole chapter,” Surah All Jinn”. Allah s.w.t tells us that jinn is a creation of Allah which coexists with man on earth.

“And we did certainly create man out of clay from an altered black mud. And the jinn we created before from scorching fire”.[14]

Prophet Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam) told us that,

“There are three types of jinn: One type which flies in the air all the time, another type which exists as snakes and dogs, and the third one which resides in one place or wanders about”.[15]

In relation to their faith they can be further divided into two categories,
1) Muslims (believers)
2) Kaafirs ( Non-believers)

Allah s.w.t refers to believing jinn in Surah al Jin as follow,

“Say: It has been revealed to me that a group of Jin listened and said,’ Verily we have heard a marvelous Quran. It guides to the righteousness, so we have believed in it. And, we will never make partners with our Lord. He may our Lord’s glory be exalted, has never taken a wife nor a son. What the foolish ones among us used to say about Lord, is a horrible lie.”[16]

The disbelievers among the jinn are referred to by various names in both Arabic and English:

  • Ifreet
  • Shaiytaan
  • Qareen
  • Demons
  • Devils
  • Spirits
  • Ghosts

They try to misguide man in various ways, whoever listens or follows them becomes a worker for them.
This is a part of man’s test that every human has an individual jinn, he encourages his lower desires and diverts him from righteousness.

 Allah (subhanawatallah) says:

“Likewise, we have made for every Prophet an enemy, Shaiytaan from among mankind and the Jinn, inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion. If your Lord had so willed, they would not have done it; so leave them with their fabrications”. [17]

Prophet Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam) tells us:

“Every one of you has been assigned a companion from the jinn.” The Sahaba asked,” Even you, O Messenger of Allah?” And the Prophet replied, “Even me, except that Allah has helped me against him and he has submitted. Now he only tells me to do good,”[18].

ARE HUMANS ALLOWED TO CONTROL THE JINN?

Prophet Suleyman was given miraculous control over the jinn, as a sign of his Prophet Hood. Allah (subhanawatallah) says:
” And, we gathered for Suleyman his army from the jinn, mankind and the birds…”[19]

But this power was not given to anyone else. Man can’t gain control over the jinn because this contact in circumstances other than possession or accident is most often made by the performance of sacrilegious acts forbidden in Islam. The evil jinn help their partners in sin and disbelief in Allah s.w.t.

WHY WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CONTROL THE JINN?

Are we allowed to control the angels? Or Solar System? Or Gravitational force? Or Creations of the Universe? Or Heavens? No, Not at all. Similarly jinn is the creation of Allah s.w.t and no one is allowed to interfere in Allah’s Authority.

SOME PREDICTIONS COME TRUE, HOW?

When Prophet Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam) was asked that how some predictions of fortunetellers come true? He answered,

“When Allah s.w.t decrees a matter in Heaven, the angels beat their wings in submission to His words, making a sound like a chain striking a rock. When the fear is banished from their hearts, they say, ‘what is it that your Lord has said?’ They say; ‘ the truth and He is the most High and most Great.’ Then the one who is listening out hears that, and the one who is listening out are standing one above the other. So he hears what is said and passes it to the one who is below him and so on, till it reaches the lips of the fortuneteller. May be the meteor can hit him before he can pass anything on, or maybe he will pass on before he is hit. He tells hundred lies alongside it, but it will be said, did he not tell us on such and such day, such and such would happen? So they believe him because of one thing which was heard from Heaven.”[20]
After the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam) began his mission, the situation changed. Allah had the angels guard the lower reaches of the Heavens carefully, and most of the jinn were chased away with meteors and shooting stars.
Allah (subhanawatallah) says:

“And we have guarded it (the heaven) from every cursed devil, except the one who is able to snatch a hearing and he is pursued by a brightly burning flame.”[21]

Thus the jinn could no longer gather information about the future as easily as they could before the Prophet’s mission. Because of that they now mix their information with many lies.

DID YOU THINK THAT FORTUNE-TELLERS ARE TALENTED OR ARTISTIC PEOPLE?

Fortune-tellers claim to steal the Attribute of Allah (subhanawatallah) i.e. ‘Knowledge of the Unseen ‘ and this is the reason they have been declared, Kaafir.
Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen says,

“The ruling on one who claims to have knowledge of the unseen is a Kaafir, because he has disbelieved in Allah. Allah says,” Say, (O Muhammad): None in the Heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib except Allah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected.”[22]
If Allah has commanded His Prophet Muhammad (sallalahualaihiwasallam) to proclaim to all that no one in the heavens or on earth has knowledge of the unseen except Allah, then whoever claims to have knowledge of the unseen has denied what Allah has told us here.
We say to them: How can you possibly have Knowledge of the unseen when Prophet Muhammad (sallalahualaiwasallam) not have knowledge of the unseen? Are you better or, the Messenger (sallalahualaihiwasallam)? If they say, “we are better than the Messenger”, then they become kafir by saying that. If they say,” He is better”, then why was the unseen concealed from him but you have knowledge of it? Allah says of Himself:
” (He Alone is) the All knower of the unseen, and He reveals to none His Ghaib. Except to the Messenger whom he has chosen (He informs him of the unseen as much as He likes), and then He makes a band of watching guards to march before him and behind him. “[23]

The second verse attests to the kufr of the one who claims to have knowledge of the unseen. And Allah has commanded His Prophet to announce to all:
” Say (O Muhammad): I don’t tell you that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor I tell you that I am an angel. I but follow what is revealed to me.”[24]

(Maj-moo ‘Fatawal Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen)

REASONS NOT TO VISIT FORTUNE-TELLER:

1) They can Program your Mind:

Psychologists state that fortunetellers can program human subconscious mind. Both negative and positive predictions convince your subconscious mind that something good or bad is going to happen. Your imagination enhances the mind’s functions, because the mind can’t help thinking about the prediction. Fortuneteller often doom people to failure by telling negative things and by suppressing their positive energies.

2) Weaker Personalities are their Prey:

Optimistic people never consider false prescriptions of fortunetellers because its not their pair of shoes.
Weak minds with superstitious believes, low self-esteem and weaker faith in Allah usually become their victims.

3) Fortunetellers Generate Anxiety:

The hypnotic skills of fortuneteller can easily damage your mental health and can make you believe even in absurd things. They inject, fears, insecurities and even criminal thoughts in people’s minds. As a result you become mentally exhausted, frustrated n depressed. In extreme cases people prefer to commit suicide.

4) Fortunetellers Spoil Relationship:

They often tell people about evil wishers. Ridiculous and ungrounded suspicions make you behave like a detective. You spend valuable time and energy doing your own investigation and begin to scratch every wrapper to find out the evil wisher.
Every time you give a distrustful glance and try to offend your family, friends and even colleagues. Suddenly your attitude and behavior changes towards the people and you become a ‘Funny Spy’.

5) Fortunetellers Are Parasites:

They stick to your pocket and suck money as parasites suck blood. Don’t feed them your potentials.

So, Dear brothers and sisters when we put our problems in Allah’s hands, He puts His peace in our hearts. He is the only and Absolute Authority to govern, protect, navigate, nourish and design the lives of whole creations in heavens and on earth. No one can claim to steel His powers and if someone does he is a Kafir or a Demon.

“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allah let believers put their trust.”[25]

May Allah (subhanawatallah) protect our iman and blessings from the deceptions of all such so called fortune tellers and magicians and guide us to the path of Sunnah and methodology of our Salaf. ( Aameen).

 

[1] Surah Yunus: Ch: 10, verse: 20

[2] Surah :Aal-e-Imran, Ch:3, verse: 179

[3] Surah: An-Naml, Ch:27, verse: 65

[4] Surah: Al-Anaam, Ch: 6, verse: 50

[5] Surah: Luqman, Ch : 31, verse: 34

[6] Surah: Al-jinn,ch:72, verse: 26

[7] Surah: Al-Kahf, Ch: 18, verse: 26

[8] Sahi Muslim: 2230

[9] Tirmidi : 135 , Abu-Dawood : 3904, Ibn-Majah: 639, Ahmad: 9252

[10] Tirmidhi:2516

[11] Bukhari: 4477

[12] Sharah al –Aqeedah al Waasitiyah,pg: 158

[13] Majmoo Fatawaa al-sheikh Ibn-Baaz,2/120-122

[14]Surah: Al-Hijr, Ch: 15, verse: 26

[15]Surah: Al-Tabari, Al-Hakim

[16] Surah :Al-Jinn, ch:72, verse : 1-4

[17] Surah:  Al-Anaam, ch:6, verse: 112

[18] Sahi Muslim

[19] Surah: An-Naml, ch:27,verse: 17

[20] Bukhari:4424

[21] Surah: Al-Hijr, ch:15, verse : 17-18

[22] Surah : An-Naml, Ch: 27, verse: 65

[23] Surah Al-Muzzammil,ch:73, verse:26-27

[24] Surah Al-Anaam, Ch: 6, verse: 50

[25] Surah Aal-e-Imran, Ch: 3, verse: 160

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