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i would like to know if there are any hadeeth or quranic verses regarding hand reading. i am strictly against it but i need some solid evidence to slience those who go regularly and believe in fortune tellers and hand readers.
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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 34:
Verily, the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah Alone. He it is Who sends down the rain, and He Alone knows what is taking shape in the wombs of the mothers. No living being knows what he will earn the next day, nor does any know in what land he is to die! Verily Allah is the All Knowing, Wise.
Sahih Muslim Hadith
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “Don't you know what your Lord said? Your Lord observed: ‘I (Allah) have never endowed My bondsmen with a favor, but a section amongst them disbelieved it, and said: stars, it was due to the stars!’”
There is absolutely no evidence in the Quran or the Sunnah or even in science that the natural lines or folds on the palms have any particular wisdom, knowledge, predictions, or meanings. When Allah and His Messenger (saws) have not advised us, nor encouraged us to search for knowledge and meanings hidden in the natural folds and lines of one’s palms, it does not behove and befit a believer to play guessing games and/or make predictions based on such frivolous occurrences.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 98-100:
Then, when you begin to recite the Quran, seek Allah’s refuge against the accursed Shaytaan, for he has no power over those who believe and put their trust in Allah. Shaytaan has power (to inspire) only over those people, who make him their patron, and practice ‘shirk’ by his temptation.
In their urge to decipher or seek something of the knowledge of the future, ignorant people have tried every trick in book, from palmistry to the movement of the stars, from the way a worm crawls to the crossing of a cat, etc.; and the Shaytaan has made it fair-seeming to them to believe in such absolute nonsense! The believers are content with the firm belief that none in the Universe has any knowledge of the future except the One and Only Majestic Lord of the Worlds.
Some people asked Allah's Messenger (saws) about the fore-tellers. Allah's Messenger (saws) said to them, "They are nothing (i.e., liars)." The people said, 'O Allah's Messenger (saws)! Sometimes they tell something which comes out to be true." Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "That word which comes to be true is what a jinn snatches away by stealing and then pours it in the ear of his fore-teller with a sound similar to the cackle of a hen, and then they add to it one-hundred lies."
The so-called ‘knowledge’ of palmistry, or the deciphering of the happenings of the future by studying the position of the lines or marks in one’s hands are nothing more than absolute lies, whims, conjecture, and guess-works of ignorant and unscrupulous people. There is absolutely no reality and relation between the lines and marks on one’s hands and the events that take place in a person’s life!
Everything that happens in the heavens and the earth, is in the Absolute Control and Sole Domain of the All Powerful, All Knowing Lord of the Worlds. No star, no sun, no moon, no marks or lines on one’s palms, and absolutely nothing and no one in the universe has the power to bring about any good or evil on anyone. All Power and All Strength is vested in the Hands of Allah Subhanah Alone.
To believe in palmistry or any form of astrology , and to believe in the supposed ‘prediction’ of the star-signs, palm-reading, etc. is a form and manifestation of the heinous sin of ‘shirk’; and all the believers must abstain from this abomination.
To believe even a part of what the astrologer or the palmist has said, is to disbelieve in the Divine Decree and Qadr of the Lord; and a heinous sin. Thus the believers must absolutely abstain from such false beliefs; and put their full trust and belief in the Power and Might of the One Lord Alone! Allah Alone has the Power and Knowledge of everything that is in existence, and absolutely no one else.
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), he can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), he can be assured of being led astray.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,