Ruling on consulting soothsayers who claim to have knowledge of the Ghayb


A: Knowledge of the Ghayb is exclusive to Allah Alone. Whoever claims to possess it is certainly assuming the acquisition of a Divine attribute that Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) Alone possesses, and is making himself a rival with Allah. However, Allah may reveal as much as He wills of the Ghayb to (Part No. 2; Page No. 179) whom of His Messengers He has chosen. Allah (Exalted be He) says: And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. Allah (Exalted be He) also says: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (Unseen) except Allâh” Allah (Exalted be He) also says: "(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghaib (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghaib (Unseen)." Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes), and then He makes a band of watching guards (angels) to march before him and behind him. These Qur'anic Ayahs (verses) indicate that Allah (Exalted be He) Alone possesses the knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen). Exceptions are made for the messengers of Allah to whom He had revealed some knowledge of Ghayb through Divine revelation. Serving as a clear-cut proof of their Prophethood. This knowledge was bestowed upon them by way of miracle. Soothsayers, fortune-tellers, palmists, shell-diviners and the like who claim the knowledge of the Ghayb are not granted such knowledge, since they are not among Allah's chosen messengers. These categories of people are Kafirs (disbelievers), for they invent falsehood about Allah through their false intuition, guesswork, and fabricated lies.It is thus forbidden to go to such disbelieving people. Action should also be taken against them as well as those who visit them. It is the due responsibility of scholars to elucidate the truth of those people to all Muslims to fulfill the pledge, escape the blame, and guide the Muslim Ummah.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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