All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets.The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has examined the Fatwa request submitted to His Eminence the Chief Mufty by the second Middle School Deputy
which is referred to the Committee by the Council of Senior Scholars under no. 7095 dated 3/12/1419 A.H. The questioner asked a question stating:We submit to you this Fatwa request from the second
Middle School (Part No. 1; Page No. 273)
An eye-catching paper became widely circulated among school students bearing the title "Be my friend". Some copies of the paper are computer-printed while others are handwritten as attached. The following is a description of how the paper works:You choose the first letter of your hidden friend's name and whether male or female. Example:The letter "b" bears the number (6).You prepare another paper to count the total number.You then choose their eye color. Example: brown eyes bear the number (4).You then choose the friend's country. Example:
is number (1), and so on, ending up with the place where you meet your friend.The points - numbers - you got are then added and the paper is turned to give the result of how your friend feels towards you or how he deals with you. For example, if the total is (33), the result will be "he hates you very much" and so on.
After examining the Fatwa request, the Committee replied:The paper referred to above entitled "Be my friend" which explains how to
make a friend through a naive way based on letters and numbers is a new method adopted by imposters and superstitious people. It also apparently involves playing with minds and feelings. Accordingly, it is not permissible (Part No. 1; Page No. 274) to act upon such a paper, publish it, or spread it among students or among the masses in general. Furthermore, anyone who is found having such a paper is to be advised and criticized, a manner which involves cooperation in good and piety and advising Muslims.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.