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Can you please throw light on the concept of "Tarot Cards". Is Reading or Practicing or believing in Tarot Cards a form of Shirk.

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Can you please throw light on the concept of "Tarot Cards". Is Reading or Practicing or believing in Tarot Cards a form of Shirk. What will happen to these people... Please explain with the reference from the Holy Quran and Hadith. Awaiting your reply eagrly.


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Future telling tarrot cards

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 none 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.


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 the book, from palmistry to the movement of the stars, from the way a worm crawls to the crossing of a cat, from crystal-ball readings to tarot-cards, 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.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.232 Narrated by Aisha

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."


Sahih Muslim Hadith 133 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

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!’”


The practices or beliefs of any method used to decipher of the happenings of the future is nothing more than absolute lies, whims, conjecture, and guess-works of ignorant and unscrupulous people.


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, no signs or numbers on the back of some ‘tarot’ cards, and absolutely nothing and no one in the universe has the power to bring about any good or evil on anyone…..or inform one regarding one’s future! All Power and All Strength is vested in the Hands of Allah Subhanah Alone.


To believe in the readings of ‘tarot’ cards, or palmistry or any form of astrology or fortune or future-telling, 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 or the ‘tarot’ card reader 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,




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