False beliefs and superstitions
“If the nation were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not harm you except with what Allah had already prescribed against you.”
( Tirmidhi, Sifat al-Qiyamah, 59)
Dear brothers and sisters,
One day Prophet Muhammad (saw) was on a road trip with his paternal uncle’s son Abdullah ibn Abbas and he gave him the following advices: “O young man, I shall teach you some words of advice. Be mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, then ask Allah alone; and if you seek help, then seek help from Allah alone. And know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, they would not benefit you except with what Allah had already prescribed for you. And if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not harm you except with what Allah had already prescribed against you.
Islam wants people to worship, rely on, seek refuge in the mercy of, and ask help from Allah (swt) only. Accordingly, it rejects all false beliefs and superstitions. Islam regards it a great sin to exploit people’s feelings and values by taking advantage of their lack of knowledge and desperateness. People, however, have from time to time failed to pay attention to such principles of the religion and found themselves hoping for help from fortunetellers, sorcerers, soothsayers, magicians, and mediums.
It is against the essence of Islam to assert claims about, and hope for help from practices such as, predicting the future, changing people’s fate, bringing luck, and offering cures. For the future and unknown is known only to Allah (swt). For He alone is the Most Powerful over all things. For He is the One, Who provided us every piece of food we eat and every drop of water we drink. For in Him alone rests the remedy to sorrows, the cure to diseases, and the solution to problems.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Student, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey