Validity of Astrology and Numerology in Islam

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Posted: 14 Zul-Hijjah 1423, 16 February 2003

CHECKED AND APPROVED: Moulana Imraan Vawda

Q.) I just need to ask a question about the view of Islam in use of Astrology and Numerology. I have seen that many people use these when they are getting ready to marry and want to find a proper match. In Pakistan, I have seen that people use name of the couple being married and their date of births to match, so they know if the person's personality will match as a couple.

I am not sure if this practice is allowed in Islam or not. Also, I want to know if it is considered as trying to know the events that will occur in future. [Asma]

A.) Using astrology or numerology to determine the future is haram.

Nabi Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam cursed people who practice fortune-telling. Therefore, the people should be discouraged from following this sinful practice. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.

Albalagh Note: This Jahilya practice stems from lack of belief and lack of true knowledge. That is why it is common to both the illiterate people as well as the so called "educated" people. It is so rampant that it is hard to find an "educated" person who does not know his sign. And you find even the most prestigious publications in the West (as well as their blind followers in the Muslim world) devoting space to fortune telling. That should not detract you from the fact that it is a reflection of pure ignorance.