What Islam Says About Horoscopes

Many people, even Muslims, are now engrossed in reading horoscopes and even believing in it. But what we tend to forget is that Horoscope is one of the major sins in Islam as it is a form of Shirk and should not be taken lightly. Horoscopes fall under astrology, as it predicts a person’s future using the position of the sun and the stars at the time of his birthday. Practicing astrology is Haram as is listening to what an astrologer has to say about your future.  As the Prophet Mohammed SAW clearly stated in a hadith “The Salah (daily prayer) of whoever approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything will not be accepted for forty days and nights.” Sahih Muslim, vol. 4, p. 1211, no. 5440.

Even more dangerous than listening is believing in what an astrologer says as this constitutes shirk, one of the major sins in Islam. That is because you are believing in someone else’s knowledge of the unseen when indeed the knowledge of the unseen is exclusively only with Allah. Allah says in the Quran “And with Him are the keys to the ghayb (all that is hidden), none knows them but He and He knows whatever there is in [or on) the earth and the sea; not a leaf falls, but that He knows it. There is not a grain in darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or day, but is written in a clear record.”Al-Qur’an 6:59.

The Prophet Muhammad SAW also stated in a Hadith “Whoever approaches an oracle or fortune teller has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.”Sunan of Abu Dawud, vol. 3, p. 1095, no. 3895. All this goes to show you in no uncertain terms that dealing with horoscopes, whether you believe in it or not is a vile sin and one should steer far away from it to safeguard his/her deen. One might argue that astrologers are not mentioned in the hadith, that only oracles or fortune tellers are. Astrologers, like fortune tellers, claim to know a person’s future. The knowledge of the unseen and a person’s future is only with Allah and anything from any other source besides Allah is total falsehood and thus constitutes kufr(disbelieve).

It begs the question why a believing Muslim would venture into such dubious and blasphemous acts? They simply don’t have a strong faith and their Iman is thoroughly lacking. They think that knowing the future can help them avert the bad moments and maximize the good ones, being quite oblivious to the fact that only Allah knows someone’s fate. Allah says in the Quran “Say (O Muhammad): I possess no power over benefit or hurt to myself except as Allah wills. If I had the knowledge of the ghayb, I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touch me. I am but a warner, and a bringer of glad tidings unto people who believe.” Al-Qur’an 7:188.

Muslims are therefore urged to stay away from this practice whether they knowingly indulge in it or not as it seriously risks the state of one’s beliefs. Horoscopes are not a harmless reading you find in books or newspapers. They should be regarded as a forbidden fruit one should never get close to. But remember that Allah is oft forgiving and you should repent as soon as possible if you’ve ever fallen victim to this vile sin. Allah knows best.

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