Q&A (Fatwa)

#343: Ruling on the Veracity of Sorcery


” Salamun alaikum,pls ya admin elaborate on this, can the magicians predictions be right in some cases, just like the magicians of pharaoh predict that a child will be born who would destroy is kingdom, jazakhallahu khayran”


Wa alaykum salaam warahmatullaah wabarakaatuh!


The evidences of the Qur’an and the Sun ah make it clear that some of what comes from the magicians, the sorcerer and the fortuneteller can be true.

The Companions – ridwaanullaahi alayhim – once asked a similar question.

Imaam Al-Bukhaari (6213) and Imaam Muslim (2228) both recorded in their Sahih that ‘Aa’ishah – radiyallaahu anha – said: Some people asked the Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) about soothsayers. The Messenger of Allāh – salallāhu alayhi wasallam – said to them: “They are nothing.” They said: O Messenger of Allāh, sometimes they tell us something that turns out to be true. The Messenger of Allāh (salallāhu alayhi wasallam) said:

“That is a word from the jinn that the jinni snatches, and he cackles it into the ear of his familiar as a hen cackles, but they mix more than a hundred lies with it.”

There are many examples of soothsayers words coming to reality in the time of jaahiliyyah.

A good example is the Yemeni fortune teller Satih who was approached by the Arab Abdul Masih on behalf of the king of Persia at the time whose principal officer Mu’bidhaan had a disturbing dream and needed to interpret it. It is recorded in the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad and in the Siyar by Adh-Dhahabi rahimahullaah.

May Allāh save us from misguidance. Āmīn

Bārakallāhu Fīkum
Jazākumullāhu Khayran

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