Q: I am an Egyptian citizen residing in
I saw an educated person in
who maintains recitation of the Qur'an. I saw him bringing the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur'an) after performing Wudu' (ablution) and reciting the Ayat-ul-Kursy (the Qur’anic Verse of Allah’s Chair, Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:255), then commanding those who were sitting with him to do the same. After doing this, he brings a pair of scissors or a ring and puts it at the middle of the Mus-haf, takes one end of the scissors with his fingers, asks another one to grab the other end, and begins to ask the Mus-haf some questions. The Mus-haf then keeps turning right and left between his hands. He asks it, for instance, whether someone is in
now. If the answer is in the affirmative, the Mus-haf turns right and if not, it turns left. This is how he commands the Mus-haf, which actually turns right or left according to the answer. I hope Your Eminence will clarify the legal ruling on this method, for I am worried about it. It should be mentioned that in most cases the answer is correct.
The method that is mentioned in the question is not permissible, for it includes charlatanry and the use of Jinn, and all this is prohibited. (Part No. 1; Page No. 246) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.