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Sound Creed #24: Astrology


Read by our brother Abu Muadh Taqweem

Summary

  • Is it permissible to believe in Astrology?
  • What about reading horoscopes?
  • Allah created the stars with 3 purposes, what are they?
  • How to safeguard your Aqeedah

Different forms of Astrology

  • Some people believe that the stars or celestial bodies have in themselves power to affect us in our lives, this is Shirk. Why?
  • Others believe that the stars and their movement or patterns are connected to occurences on earth or in human affairs

What is allowed?

  • Simply knowing about the stars, their movement and patterns etc is not a problem
  • For example using the North Star for navigation or using the moon and its cycles is permissible
  • The problem is when a person believes that the stars or other celestial bodies impact events here on earth

Shirk (polytheism)

  • To claim to have access to knowledge of the unseen (e.g. the future) via these horoscopes or star signs is a form of Shirk (polytheism) as only Allah alone has access to this knowledge
  • Likewise, if a person believes someone who claims this, then this contradicts and opposes the tawheed of a person
  • Examples of shirk from astrology
  • Imam Bukhari records the hadith of Qataadah (may Allah be pleased with him) who states that Allah created the stars for 3 reasons:
    • As beautification for the heavens
    • As missiles against the shayateen (devils)
    • As sign posts for navigation
  • What did Qataadah (may Allah be pleased with him) say about the one who seeks anything beyond this?
  • Shaykh Salih Al-Fawan state

Other permissible uses of the Stars

  • For example determining the direction of the Qiblah, this is done by experience

The importance of correct Aqeedah

  • The greatest thing a Muslim has is his or her Aqeedah (core creed) as you salvation and happiness in this life and the next lies within and depends upon having a correct aqeedah
  • Therefore one must strive to avoid all those things which oppose your aqeedah
  • How can you safeguard your aqeedah
  • There are many deviated sects amongst the Muslims these days, especially among the Sufis, who legislate that which Allah has not made permissible and even call towards Shirk

Q&A:

  • What is meant by the word “ta’thir” when speaking about the stars?
  • What about weather forecasts?
  • What about palm signs?
  • If an eclipse occurs and someone associates that with death por
  • What about reading into star signs just out of curiosity? 
  • Can someone rely on current scientific knowledge?
  • What if someone attributes their behaviour to a star constellation?
  • What about gut feeling? Should I pay close attention to that? Should I act on it even without evidence?
  • What about global warming?
  • In the Qur’an it is mentioned that only Allah knows what is within the womb of the mother, but these days we have ultrasound scans, what has been said about this?
  • Some people attribute shooting stars to missiles against devils, is this the case?

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