The Islamic Ruling on Horoscopes
Not only is the practice of astrology is Haram, but also visiting an astrologer and listening to his predictions. Since astrology is mainly thought to predict the future, those who practice it are considered fortunetellers. Consequently, one who seeks his horoscope comes under the ruling contained in the Prophet (SAW)’s statement:
‘The Salah (daily prayer) of whoever approaches a fortuneteller and asks him about anything will not be accepted for forty days and nights.’ [Sahih Muslim vol.4,p. 1211, no 5440]
The punishment in this Hadith is simply for approaching the astrologer, even if one is in doubt about the truth of his statements. If one is in doubt about the truth or falsehood of astrological information, he is in doubt about whether or not others know the unseen and the future besides Allah. This is a form of shirk because Allah clearly stated:
“And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record." [6:59]
“Say, 'None in the heavens and earth knows the unseen except Allah , and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected'.” [27:65]
If, however, one believes in the predictions of their horoscope, whether spoken by an astrologer or written in books of astrology, he falls directly into kufr (disbelief) as stated by the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:
‘“Whoever approaches an oracle or fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” [Reported by Abu Hurayrah and collected by Ahmad and Abu Daawood (Sunan Abu Dawud (English Trans.), vol. 3, p. 1095, no. 3895).]
Like the previous Hadith, the Hadith literally refers to the fortuneteller but it is just as applicable to the astrologer. Both claim knowledge of the future. The astrologer’s claim is just as opposed to the Tawhid as the ordinary fortuneteller. He claims that people’s personalities are determined by the stars, and their future actions and the events of their lives are written in the stars. The ordinary fortuneteller claims that the formation of tea leaves at the bottom of a cup, or lines in a palm tell him the same thing. In both cases individuals claim the ability to read in the physical formation of created objects the knowledge of the unseen.
Belief in astrology and the casting of horoscopes are in clear opposition to the letter and spirit of Islam. It is really the empty soul, which has not tasted real eman (belief) that seeks out these paths. Essentially these paths represents a vain attempt to escape Qadr (fate). The ignorant believe that if they know what is in store for them tomorrow, they can prepare from today. In that way, they may avoid the bad and ensure the good. Yet, Allaah’s messenger was told by Allaah to say:
"Say (O Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), 'I hold not for myself [the power of] benefit or harm, except what Allah has willed. And if I knew the unseen, I could have acquired much wealth, and no harm would have touched me. I am not except a warner and a bringer of good tidings to a people who believe'." [7:188]
True Muslims are therefore obliged to stay far away from these areas. Thus rings, chains, etc., which have the signs of the zodiac on them should not be worn, even if one does not believe in them. They are part and parcel of a fabricated system which propagates kufr and should be done away with entirely. No believing Muslim should care about horoscope columns in newspapers or listen to them on other media. And, any Muslim who allows astrological predictions to determine his actions should seek Allah’s forgiveness and renew his Islam.
.....................And Allah Knows Best........................