Can I Consult a Numerologist?
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Can I Consult a Numerologist?

Questioner

Anna

Reply Date

Mar 10, 2017

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. Is consulting a numerologist to see whether anyone would be good for a match haram in Islam? What is fatwa or Islamic perspective on numerology?

Mufti

Answer


Can I Consult a Numerologist?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

Answering your question, Dr. Mohammad S. Alrahawan, Associate Professor at the department of Islamic Studies in English, Al-Azhar University, Egypt, states: 

Consulting a numerologist is prohibited in Islam. Certain aspects of numerology, in particular assigning any special powers to particular numbers to ward off misfortune, or the belief that certain numerological patterns can predict the future, run counter to the core Islamic concept of tawheed — that there is only one God that has certain attributes that are unique to him – e.g. knowledge of future events.

This maintenance of purity of God’s attributes is also why Islam strongly condemns practices that share some attributes with numerology (e.g. fortune telling).

On the authority of Safiyyah (may Allah be pleased with her) who reported from Hafsah (wife of the Prophet) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The Salah of whoever approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything will not be accepted for 40 days and nights.”(Muslim)

The Prophet instructed us to pray istikharah instead of consulting numerologist.

Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to teach us the istikharah (seeking guidance from Allah) in all matters as he would teach us a Surah of the Qur’an.

He used to say: “When one of you contemplates entering upon an enterprise, let him perform two rak`ahs of optional prayer other than Fard (obligatory) prayers and then supplicate: “Allahumma inni astakhiruka bi ‘ilmika, wa astaqdiruka bi qudratika, wa as-‘aluka min fadlikal-‘azim. Fainnaka taqdiru wa la aqdiru, wa ta’lamu wa la a’lamu, wa Anta ‘allamul- ghuyub. Allahumma in kunta ta’lamu anna hadhal-‘amra (and name what you want to do) khairun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa ‘aqibati amri, (or he said) ‘ajili amri ajilihi, faqdurhu li wa yassirhu li, thumma barik li fihi. Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadhal ‘amra (and name what you want to do) sharrun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa ‘aqibati amri, (or he said) wa ‘ajili amri wa ajilihi, fasrifhu ‘anni, wasrifni ‘anhu, waqdur liyal- khaira haithu kana, thumma ardini bihi.”

(O Allah, I consult You through Your Knowledge, and I seek strength through Your Power, and ask of Your Great Bounty; for You are Capable whereas I am not and, You know and I do not, and You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allah, if You know that this matter (and name it) is good for me in respect of my deen, my livelihood and the consequences of my affairs, (or he said), the sooner or the later of my affairs then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. But if You know this matter (and name it) to be bad for my deen, my livelihood or the consequences of my affairs, (or he said) the sooner or the later of my affairs then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it, and grant me power to do good whatever it may be, and cause me to be contented with it). And let the supplicant specify the object.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Allah Almighty knows best.




About Dr. Mohammad S. Alrahawan

Associate Professor at the department of Islamic Studies in English, Al-Azhar University, Egypt

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