Q: Here in
we have a printed material that is issued every Hijri (lunar) year entitled
Yemeni Astronomers -
known as the calendar of Bayt Al-Faqih (the Jurist's House),"
It should be mentioned that this man died, but his grandson,
Ahmad Muhammad Mahdy Amin,
is still publishing and distributing thousands of copies of this release all over the cities and villages of
This calendar shows people’s horoscope and luck. It also shows the horoscope of people in authority, Yemeni regions and Arab countries, and what will happen in the Hijri months all over the year. Its author mentions the following in the calendar in page 3 for the year 1417 A.H.: "The Yemeni Astronomers
read your horoscope, luck, and future using stars, the sciences of Jafr (knowing the predestination and the Unseen), Al-Zirgah (knowing the answers of certain questions in a certain way) and Sand (knowing the Unseen by drawing some lines in the sand...Etc.)." However, many of the laypeople and semi-educated people believe in and appreciate this calendar. Attached is a copy of it for clarification. My questions are:a- Is it permissible to write, publish, and distribute it?B- What is the ruling on whoever distributes, sells, or buys it?C- Is it permissible to read and believe in all or part of what is mentioned in it?And what should be the response to anyone who claims that some of what is mentioned in this calendar occurs? (Part No. 2; Page No. 8) D- What is the ruling on money earned from publishing, writing, printing, distributing, or selling it?
It is not permissible to make, publish, sell, or distribute this calendar, for it contains false statements that constitute Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship). It involves
claiming the knowledge of Ghayb (the Unseen) and the good or bad future events that will happen to countries or people, which is definitely an act of Kufr in Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He). This also constitutes a false claim of sharing with Allah (Exalted be He) the Knowledge of the Ghayb that is known confined to Him. Allah (Exalted be He) 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)
Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (Unseen) except Allâh”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said:
who goes to a soothsayer or a diviner and believes what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.
Therefore, this calendar must not be published and should be destroyed. Moreover, whoever publishes or promotes it should be legally punished by rulers with an equitable punishment according to Shari‘ah (Islamic law) to protect Muslims’ ‘Aqidah (creed) from Shirk and Kufr, to deter advocators of falsehood, and to fulfill the duty of enjoining good and forbidding evil. (Part No. 2; Page No. 9) This matter should be restricted to the calculations of the well-known Hijri calendar, Salah (Prayer) times, seasons for sowing seeds, and similar beneficial issues to people without violating the ‘Aqidah.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.