her that a fortune-teller said that her marriage will be miserable!
teller (which she is definetly not supposed to because it’s haraam) and she was telling me
that the fortune teller said that i will have a bad life if i marry my soon-to-be husband
and that we will not stay together for more than 2 years…. i know that only Allah knows
the future but i’ve been really worried by what she said….and what can i do to
potentially “reverse”this from happening…. really i’m so confused i don’t know
what to think.
Praise be to Allaah.
Firstly: may Allaah reward you for your belief that
Allaah alone knows the unseen – this is what we hope for you and for every sincere
Muslim woman – and this is one of the essentials of faith in Allaah Alone.
But we wonder how, after saying this, you can be afraid of one who
knows nothing of the unseen?
You have to be assured and put your trust completely in Allaah, for
nothing will happen to you except that which has been decreed by Allaah.
The ruling on fortune-telling, i.e., soothsaying, and claiming to know
the unseen, is that these are actions which condemn a person to Hell and put him beyond
the pale of Islam.
Fortune-tellers cooperate with the jinn; they are liars who cooperate
with the shayaateen (devils), who do not help them except after they have changed their
religion, and whoever changes his religion [leaves Islam] is to be executed. The ruling
concerning those who go to them and believe them is that they are guilty of kufr; if they
do not believe them, their prayers will still not be accepted from them for forty days.
The evidence (daleel) for the former is the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah,
according to which the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and believes what he says, has disbelieved in what
was revealed to Muhammad.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 135; Abu Dawood, 3904;
Ibn Maajah, 639; Ahmad, 9252. The hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Haakim (1/49), and
al-Dhahabi agreed with him. Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said, it has two corroborating reports
narrated by al-Bazzaar with good isnaads. See al-Fath, 10/217)
The evidence (daleel) for the latter is the report from
one of the wives of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who said:
the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever
goes to a fortune-teller and asks him about anything, his prayers will not be accepted for
forty days.” (Narrated by Muslim, 2230).
How the fortune-teller gets his “information” was explained
in the hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurayrah, in which the Prophet
(peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “When Allaah 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, the Most Great. Then the one who is listening out
hears that, and those who are listening out are standing one above the other” –
Sufyaan [one of the narrators] demonstrated with his hand, holding it vertically with the
fingers outspread. – “So he hears what is said and passes it on to the one below
him, and that one passes it to the one who is below him, and so on until it reaches the
lips of the soothsayer or fortune-teller. Maybe the meteor will hit him before he can pass
anything on, or maybe he will pass it on before he is hit. He tells a hundred lies
alongside it, but it will be said, Did he not tell us that on such and such a day, such
and such would happen? So they believe him because of the one thing which was heard from
heaven.” (narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4424).
When the Shaytaan listens out to hear what the angels say to one
another about the decree of Allaah, this is part of the knowledge of the seen, it does not
not mean that the shayaateen have knowledge of the unseen. Then they add a hundred lies to
that word, such as when a fortune-teller says that So and so will give birth to a boy, and
the people see that he was right about that so they believe in him, but he adds lies about
the child, saying that he will get married in such and such a year and will die in such
and such a year and other such details. So he gains a high stature in people’s hearts
and they seek to get close to him by bringing him gifts and money, and he makes a
profession out of these lies when the people believe in him, and so he makes a living by
Not every fortune-teller is a kaahin (soothsayer). He may be a
geomancer or reader of coffee-cups, because the kaahin, unlike the others, is one
who receives information from the jinn. The others are just liars, but the same ruling
applies to them, because they claim to have knowledge of the unseen, although the kaahin
who cooperates with the shayaateen is more of a kaafir because the kufr of
fortune-telling is compounded by the kufr of his interacting with the shayaateen,
who do not give him what he wants until after he directed some acts of worship towards
them in a manner which takes him out of Islam.
You have to advise your mother not to go anywhere near these liars,
lest she falls into sin or her good deeds are wiped out. Do not give up the idea of
marriage, because marriage brings many benefits. It is an important matter which is part
of the fitrah (natural inclinations of man) and of the religion. Your life will not be
miserable, in sha Allaah; be optimistic and hope for a good and happy life. We ask Allaah
to join you with a husband who is knowledgeable and righteous.
If something bad happens, and you marry someone with whom you are
miserable, this is because of the decree of Allaah (qadaa’ and qadar), not because of
what the accursed fortune-teller said or because he knows the unseen. This may happen as a
test or trial. In any case, going ahead with the marriage – in addition to its own
great benefits – will be a way of snubbing these liars and fortune-tellers, and those
who believe in them. May Allaah help us and you to do all that is good. May Allaah bless
our Prophet Muhammad.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid