Discerning Information about Terrestrial Events through Astrology
Fatwa No: 464563

  • Fatwa Date:3-10-2022 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 8, 1444
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Question

AssalamuAlaikum my question is regarding some people who do treatment for magic evil eye etc .How do these people know what has affected us?some of these people get know magic was done long back .how do they know that?they say about our personal life which is true even when we dont tell them like one such person told a woman that there is a man behind her thats why she is not.marrying other men which was true.These people however appear to be pious and dont seem like they comtact jinn or devils for this purpose.They pray and give charity they have good knowledge of Quran.there is a hadith which says astrology is a branch of magic but magic is true then how can astrology be a branch of magic when it is not true?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

We have no idea how those people came to learn about the condition of the infected persons, the details of their infection, and personal lives.

As for considering astrology as a form of magic, besides being a form of lying, it is because astrology is one of the acts of soothsayers, which are mostly lies. Soothsayers are magicians because they bewitch people with their words. In a Hadith reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said, “If anyone acquires a section of the science of the stars for a purpose other than what Allah has mentioned, he has acquired a branch of magic. The astrologer is a soothsayer, the soothsayer is a magician, and the magician is an infidel.” Narrated by Ruzain in his Musnad.

In Sharh al-Mishkat, Mullah 'Ali al-Qaari said, “It was narrated that Ibn Abbas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: The Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: (He who acquires a section of the science of the stars) i.e. learns a kind of stars sciences (for a purpose other than what Allah has mentioned), this phrase refers to the third type mentioned in the Hadith narrated by Qataadah (has acquired a branch of magic) that is: has learned an amount of magic knowledge, and this is a form of blameworthy knowledge, as it is either a form of Fusouq (deviation from the path of Allah) or Kufr (disbelief). (The astrologer is a soothsayer, the soothsayer is a magician,) because he enchants people with his words (and the magician is a disbeliever). Thus, soothsayers and astrologers are disbelievers.

Ibn Taymiyyah said: The astrology, such as discerning information about terrestrial events through astrology is magic and is forbidden by consensus of scholars. [End of Quote].

Allah knows best.

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