Palmistry, Sorcery, Witchcraft
  • Question:

    What does Islam say about palmistry, sorcery and witchcraft? Please explain in light of Quran and hadith.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Black magic, sorcery, and palmistry entails impurities, devils, jinn, accessing inaccessible knowledge, and also disbelief. This is why islamic jurists agree that these practices are forbidden and prohibited in Islam. Doing so will lead to disbelief.

    “… but the devils did become infidels, teaching people magic” (Qur’ān 2:102)

    “..Then, they would learn from them that [sorcery etc.] with which they could cause separation between a man and his wife. But they were not to bring harm through it to anyone without the will of Allāh.” (Qur’ān 2:102)

    “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks them about something, their prayer will not be accepted for forty days.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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