Rejection of Prayers for 40 days

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Predicting Future

Narrated Safiyyah, daughter of Abu ‘Ubaid, on the authority of some of the wives of the Prophet (PBUH) who said, “He who goes to one who claims to tell about matters of the Unseen and believes in him, his Salat (prayers) will not be accepted for forty days.” [Muslim]

Commentary

Allah is the knower and seer of the unseen. No living being beside Him (swt) can acquire this knowledge. But there are certain people known as soothsayers and astrologers who claim to know the unseen future, make predictions and enlighten people about things that are going to happen in their future. One thing is certain that such superstitious acts can neither benefit nor harm anyone, and are mere tricks and frauds. We learn from this Hadith is that visiting soothsayers and astrologers for the purpose of knowing from them what lies hidden in future is such a great offense that he who does it, loses all merits of his forty days Salat. Some people try to identify the criminals involved in a theft case through the so-called fortunetellers or seek their advice in matters relating to business, marriage etc. All such things are unlawful because Allah Alone knows the invisible world.

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