Fatwa No : 127771
Using the Five Elements theory in acupuncture treatment
Fatwa Date : Shawwaal 22, 1430 / 11-10-2009
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad , is His Slave and Messenger.
Acupuncture ýis permissible as we mentioned in Fatwa 83858 as long as the ýcriteria we explained in it are observed. If the doctor who treats you does not practice any pagan rituals, then there is no harm in continuing with her and there is no reason for you to worry.
However, it is impermissible to be treated at the hands of those ýwho practice acupuncture and connect it with any false ýbeliefs, such as the Five Elements theory.
In fact, this theory is a philosophical principle through which the followers of the eastern religions and atheists try to explain the movement, emotions, and the other aspects of living beings and supernatural events, away from what was received through divine revelation. They assumed that there is a so-called universal power or life power that is found in all beings. They also claim that the changes of this power and its fluctuations are governed by the Five Elements theory, which is based on principles of astrology and the ancient eastern philosophies.
To sum up, this theory is not based on sound scientific bases, and it contradicts the foundations of the Islamic creed and principles of believing in the unseen. It is, rather, based on a metaphysical belief derived from other than the sound source which is divine revelation.
Allaah Knows best.
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