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Islamic Ruling on Horoscopes, The

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wabarakatuh Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

Not only is the practice of astrology is haram, but also visiting an astrologer and listening to his predictions, buying books on astrology or reading one's horoscope are also forbidden. Since astrology is mainly used to predicting the future, those who practice it are considered fortunetellers. Consequently, one who seeks his horoscope comes under the ruling contained in the Prophet's statement, "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]

The punishment in this hadith is simply for approaching the asking the astrologer, even if one is in doubt about the truth of his statements. If one is in doubt about the truth or falsehood of astrological information, he is in doubt about whether or not others know the unseen and the future besides Allah. This is a form of shirk because Allah clearly stated:-

"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 the 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]

"Say: None in the heavens and the earth knows the ghayb (unseen) except Allah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected." [Al-Qur'an 27:65]

If, however, one believes in the predictions of their horoscope, whether spoken by an astrologer or written in books of astrology, he falls directly into kufr (disbelief) as stated by the Prophet, peace be upon him, "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]

Like the previous hadith, the hadith literally refers to the fortuneteller but it is just as applicable to the astrologer. Both claim knowledge of the future. The astrologer's claim is just as opposed to the tawhid as the ordinary fortuneteller. He claims that people's personalities are determined by the starts, and their future actions and the events of their lives are written in the starts. The ordinary fortuneteller claims that the formation of tea leaves at the bottom of a cup, or lines in a palm tell him the same thing. In both cases individuals claim the ability to read in the physical formation of created objects knowledge of the unseen.

Belief in astrology and the casting of horoscopes are in clear opposition to the letter and spirit of Islam. It is really the empty soul, which has not tasted real iman (belief) that seeks out these paths. Essentially these paths, represents a vain attempt to escape qadr (fate). The ignorant believe that if they know what is in store for them tomorrow, they can prepare from today. In that way, they may avoid the bad and ensure the good. Yet, Allah's Messenger was told by Allah to say:-

"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 (unseen), 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]

True Muslims are therefore obliged to stay far away from these areas. Thus, rings, chains, etc., which have the signs of the zodiac on them should not be worn, even if one does not believe in them. They are part and parcel of a fabricated system which propagates kufr and should be done away with entirely. No believing Muslim should attempt to guess his sign. Nor should he or she read horoscope columns in newspaper or listen to them read. And, any Muslim who allows astrological predictions to determine his actions, should seek Allah's forgiveness and renew his Islam.


0 # Zee 2014-04-14 23:52
why are so many people like their starsign then? and starsigns aren't fortune telling, they're studies that show people born on specific dates have specific traits. How is it just coincidence?? Surely the universe is working with us and there's so much detail, there's no coincidence that we're born on a specific date. I didn't read anything here about starsigns, as starsigns don't tell the future, fortune tellers are a different thing, although there are people that pretend to tell the future through starsigns for money. I am still yet to find evidence.
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0 # Joy 2014-06-23 05:38
sister or brother what u r.... just consider d words of horoscopy.... "if d person is born on that specific day/date...he "Will" possess as follows"... look at d "Will"....helpi n verb for future indeed...its quite simple my well-wisher... :-)
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0 # Zi 2014-07-10 05:46
isn't there supposed to be a boundary between what is permissible and what is not? In sociology and psychology we profile people, their traits etc that would potential affect their way of behaving, i..e future things. Same thing here, profiling can be made according to birthdates whereby certain outcomes may be generalized. SO how is that differentiated from horoscoping? I think the intention is key and the 'how" for predictions and forecasting should be the basis of differentiation . Otherwise a lot of muslim pschologist/soc iologists would get into trouble.
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+3 # Abdul 2013-12-30 11:49
Jazakallahu khair for the write up. What people need to understand is the uniqueness of Islam with solutions to all problems whether in 12th or 21st century. Unlike christianity as taught by Paul not Jesus with plentiful compromises just to feel among without recourse to the true teaching of Jesus. What Jesus and all prophet came to preach and warn people against is what some idiots desire worshippers are beautifying for people of no conscience to follow now. May Allah guide our tawhid and save us from this calamity.
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-8 # Abid 2013-12-09 14:13
All the respected Sir, with due respected to all of your thought, i would like to say all this whether to read or not to read astrology is just humans mind piece of thinking .I don't thik allah or Rasool-e-allah would stop us from reading astrology .so just be u & Believe in allah .
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0 # @ahkofallahks 2014-01-30 16:28
brother did u not read the article all the proof is there what more do u need.
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-4 # ma jafar 2013-11-23 05:37
but many of them astrological parts are giving some signs of fortune things, how can we deny that things. the islam have to show something urge things about future.
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-3 # Shania 2013-11-13 13:51
after thr fourty days without prayer?

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-2 # Shania 2013-11-13 13:50
Asallam mualaykum,

To respected Sir;

How can a Muslim born renew his /Her Islam in which way to be renew, is there any sura to break the reading of Astrology? what should you do.
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0 # lames 2013-11-17 16:06
You could read and understand the Holy Quran, read the story of the Prophets. " When we read about the lives of the Prophets and contemplate on the lessons that their lives teach us, it increases our faith and bolsters our conviction "They are the ones whom Allah guided, so follow their guidance."
Go to for more information
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-11 # Ahmad 2013-10-04 17:42
This is too much...
Even using internet is haram. Still people use it.
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+2 # masroor 2013-07-08 10:01
Thanks for the post..But i was wondering is it haram to see the weather forecast as well? i think most of the people in europe trust on this prediction to some extent... :-|
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0 # Reem 2014-05-11 18:18
Hi, smart answer. I saw in islamic home a zodiac signs on the ceiling and bellow a pyramid centered. I was very surprised about that. Do you have any idea about that is there something in Islam that can explain what would be the meaning of that?
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+4 # Kosoko Tajudeen 2013-07-01 10:26
May Allah continue to guide us aright. Enemies of Islam will not understand what Shirk is hence will align it with evil machinations of men to spoil the religion of Allah.
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+3 # Ahmed 2013-04-30 06:43
Thanks for shedding light on this subject may Allah bless you
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-24 # Joshua 2013-02-28 00:50
But it's OK to shoot an unarmed girl in the head with an AK47 for wanting to go to school and be educated????
Get a grip and join the 21st century not the 12th century.
Ever heard of "freedom of speech" ???
Think for yourself & leave god out of it :zzz
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+19 # Eeshua 2013-02-28 11:31
How about bombing thousands of civilians in afganistan and iraq? is that the kind of 21st century you're proud of? thank you but no thank you.. :-x
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+5 # Nassim 2014-01-01 03:47
really ? how about using nuclear bombs to kill hundreds of thousands? How about the millions killed in te first and second world wars? that`s a civilized and modern way of dealing with human beings, isn`t it? Your civilized army kills the people and then you want to talk about freedom of speech.
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+3 # Makkia khusboo 2013-01-03 21:51
Thanx for this info may Allah bless u for this
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+3 # Dr. Ameera 2012-11-16 09:59
jazakallahu khair. . . :) i was searching for a authentic hadith and Quran verses which highly notify on this topic. . .
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