16 November, 2006

Astrology, fortune-telling and magic

I have posted an entry earlier this year about the "Wellbeing Show" which featured, among others; magicians, tarot readers, Seminars on how to know your future, and a whole lot of other nonsense.

Remember it's the "wellbeing" show. Not sure how magic comes under that umbrella.

Seems like there are a lot of people in Dubai who are needy enough to search for comfort and advice with such scams. In preparation of the upcoming Wellbeing Show, an astrology dinner was held...

To all of you who are familiar with islamic laws, you know what kind of offence that is. And if you care, please help spread the word and stop this nonsense.


Mohammed UK said...

When Al Ain Times was first published, I contacted the editor because the Astrology section was soooo big (3/4 of a page). I was really surprised to see the same in the Arabic section, too.

Next edition, it was slightly smaller with a disclaimer, "Astrological charts are for entertainment only" or some-such. Although - and get this - the disclaimer didn't appear in the Arabic section.

Woke said...

How about starting with getting rid of prostitution and banning the DSF lotteries(sorry, lucky draws) before we start running behind astrologers?

secretdubai said...

Maybe everyone should have a snack of these Sharjah-produced dates which claim to protect against "black magic"?!

Mme Cyn said...

Why on earth would you care about other people's beliefs in astrology (or anything else), hallodubai? I don't see how their little dinner affects you. If you're not interested, don't go.

MD said...


There are many kinds of dates and 'Ajwa' is one of them. These dates have a lot of signifance compared to other dates and I can't recall if it is a Hadith (sayings of the Prophet PBUH) that with faithful intentions, eating 7 of these every morning will keep you away from any illness.

I'm at work so I can't google or give you exact info. I'm sure DG can talk more on this or once I get home, I'll add to this.

But the way these guys wrote it on the box doesn't send out the right message when a non-Muslim reads it.

secretdubai said...

Wow MD - thank you for that info. I suspect that by "evils" that more internal, moral evils are meant, or physical bad health and illness as you mention, rather than "black magic" with the nuances that has of wizards and witches. They gave me a smile anyway!

And now I've read your advice I've eaten one. It was dark, quite rounded, chewy, on the dry side but not over-dry, and it was a little bland. I can't say it's the best date I've ever eaten (give me lemon-peel stuffed Bateel any day) but it wasn't too bad. And hopefully it will keep lots of evil away ;)

Jess said...

If it's against the law, why do they have astrology stuff in newspapers and magazines.

Why do they sell the books on that, reading tarot and other stuff? If it's bad, don't make it available on the market here either. But no, no problem there, because this kinda stuff makes money, so what?


J. Edward Tremlett said...

Speaking as someone who's married to a tarot reader: tarot cards can't tell you your future, or anything you don't already know. they just help you put things in perspective, possibly helping you see problems and solutions in a new way. Anyone who tells you your future is in the cards is ripping you off.


Mme Cyn said...

J.Ed T: Too true. And as your wife could tell you, they don't sell tarot cards in the UAE. Which I find interesting, as every ther kind of 'fortune telling' seems to be fine here, yet tarot doesn't actually tell fortunes.

BTW -- Welcome to a multicultural society, hallodubai.

DG said...

Islam & Horoscope

"Since astrology is mainly used for predicting the future, those who practice it are considered fortune-tellers. Consequently, one who seeks his horoscope comes under the ruling contained in the Prophet’s statement:

"The Salaah (daily prayer) of whoever approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything will not be accepted for forty days and nights."

The above hadith is for people who approach the fortune tellers. If, however, one believes in the predictions of their horoscope, whether spoken by an astrologist or written in books of astrology, he falls directly into Kufr (disbelief) as stated by the Prophet (peace be upon him)

"Whoever approaches an oracle or fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad."

Why? Because:

"With Him (Allah) are the keys to the unseen and none knows it except Him" (Quran 6:59)


"Say: None in the heavens or earth knows the unseen except Allah." (Quran 27:65)

Full article by Dr. Bilal Philips here.

DG said...

As far as Ajwa dates are considered, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

"The Ajwa dates is from Jannah and in it is a cure from poison."


"Whoever takes seven Ajwa dates in the morning will not be effected by magic or poison on that day."

Secret Dubai mentioned that these dates are from Sharjah. As far as I know, these dates grow only in Madinah in Saudi Arabia. I think only the packing has been done here in Sharjah. The brand on the packing is most probably Kingdom Dates, a shop on Sharjah Corniche opposite Crystal Plaza.

DG said...

Hallodubai: Thanks for highlighting this topic. I believe that only weak people go to these astrologers because they are not content with whatever God has given them. They go to the astrologers because it makes them feel better & stronger, although in reality they are being fooled & ripped of their money.

People are running after happiness, but they forget that the happiness is inside your heart. Real happiness is in contentment of the heart. Why? Because human wants & needs are unlimited.

MD: I am sorry but I disagree with you here. There is nothing misleading written on the box. We don't have to feel apologetic. No one in his right mind can deny the existence of black magic, it is a fact. And ajwa dates is one of several remedies prescribed by our Prophet peace be upon him to protect us from the evils of magic.

gazablanca said...

omg, people, what is it with you? you only see harm (but no fun?) in astrology and magic? seriously, get over it...
i'm off to catch my bus to hogwarts...

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