Islam Question and Answer – Ruling on horoscopes



Ruling on horoscopes
I know that it is haram to read horoscopes as only ALLAH (swt) knows what the future holds for us and since I have found this out, I have, Alhamdu Lilah, stopped reading my horoscope. Is dream interpretation also haram or is it allowd.  I dreamt that I was kidnapped and then I also dreamt that an aunt of mine who was eating curried crab gave me a hug.  The internet has a website on interpretation of dreams and me being kidnapped means that I will be put in an embarrassing situation and the hug from my aunt means that I will lose my lover.  Is this true? Can you please comment.


Praise be to Allaah. 

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 money and
change their beliefs. 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

‘None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah…’”

[al-Naml 27:65]

 My advice to everyone who
has anything to do with these matters is to repent to Allaah and ask
for His forgiveness, and to depend only on Allaah and to put their trust
in Him in all their affairs, whilst following the practical means that
are prescribed or permitted in sharee’ah. They should give up these
matters of jaahiliyyah, keep away from them and avoid asking the people
who practise them or believe what they say, out of obedience to Allaah
and His Messenger (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him), and in order to protect his commitment to Islam
and his ‘aqeedah (religious belief).


Adapted from Majmoo’ Fataawa Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), 2/123

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