What’s Your Star Sign?

Not a question often asked, though the answer is read over and over! Newspapers, magazines, are full of predictions for the star sign of the time. Jewellery is designed with star sign images. It seems nothing is left untouched by this. Even make-up colours and trends are linked to a person’s star signs…

What does Islam say about star signs? Are we allowed to read them? Are we allowed to wear such jewellery decorated with their patterns? Are we allowed to believe the predictions?

You may wonder, why do we always have to check what Islam says about these things, they are only ‘star signs’ nothing of much significance! To answer that, Islam is a complete way of life, not just a set of beliefs. Islam consists of beliefs as well as actions and hence what we do is just as important as what we believe. We will be accountable for our actions, and so we must ensure that they are pleasing to Allah.

Back to the topic of star signs:

What is a star sign or zodiacal sign?

The concept of the zodiac originated in Babylonian astrology, and was later influenced by Hellenistic culture. It is an assigned sign based on planetary movements at certain times of the year.

What is Astrology?

Astrology is the study of celestial bodies interpreting them as having influence on human affairs and activity and the natural world. Astrology and its related concepts are regarded as a pseudoscience, and empirical scientific investigation has proven it to be inaccurate.

What is a horoscope?

A horoscope is a prediction about the future of a person based on the position of the stars and planets at the time of their birth.

What do we muslims believe?

As muslims, our beliefs are clearly set out. We believe that Allah alone is the creator and controller of the heavens, earth and the solar system.

Narrated Zaid bin Khalid, ‘we went out with Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) in the year of Al-Hudaibiya. One night it rained and Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) led us in the Fajr prayer and (after finishing it), turned to us and said, “Do you know what your Lord has said?” We replied, “Allah and His Apostle know it better.” He said, “Allah said: “(Some of) My slaves got up believing in Me, And (some of them) disbelieving in Me. The one who said: We have been given Rain through Allah’s Mercy and Allah’s Blessing and Allah’s Bounty, then he is a believer in Me, and is a disbeliever in the star. And whoever said: We have been given rain because of such-and-such star, then he is a believer in the star, and is a disbeliever in Me.”’ (Bukhari)

This hadith makes it clear that it is impermissible to believe that the stars cause rain, or affect human activity and other natural phenomena. To believe in influence of the stars and planets is a form of shirk, for it attributes power to other than Allah, and it gives control to other than Him.

As for reading the horoscopes and predictions, then we believe that Allah alone decrees the affairs of the heavens and earth, and He is knower of all things. None else knows the decrees or the future. If one reads such predictions for mere entertainment; it is not permitted to read such things for they contain shirk (attributing partners to Allah, by giving powers to others besides Him). Moreover, Satan may lead him astray by this, taking him slowly, slowly until he believes what he reads.

The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said, “whoever goes to a fortune-teller or soothsayer and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” (Ahmad, Saheeh by Sh Al-Albaani)

Likewise, with the jewellery engraved with star signs, or shaped like them, or bearing their image/shadows, it is forbidden to wear and the muslim should steer clear of these things.

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: If anyone acquires any knowledge of astrology, he acquires a branch of magic of which he gets more as long as he continues to do so. (Abu Dawud, Hasan by Sh Al-Albaani)

To conclude, astrology is a non-islamic practice, and as we known whoever imitates a people is of them. We should avoid these things completely.

“Astrology, horoscopes, superstition and fortune-telling are all actions of jaahiliyyah (ignorance) which Islam came to show as false and to explain that they are shirk, because they involve depending on something other than Allaah and believing that benefit and harm come from something other than Him, and believing the words of fortune-tellers and soothsayers who falsely claim to have knowledge of the unseen in order to cheat people of their money and change their beliefs.” (taken from: https://islamqa.info/en/2538)

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