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Accidently reading something about astrology

Last updated: 23rd March 2020
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In Islam it is forbidden to learn magic and astrology but nowadays the knowledge of magic and astrology has become so common that it is extremely widespread to the point that it has become unavoidable. Eg: in newspapers (there is an entire section dedicated to it ) So should even reading newspaper reading be prohibited ? As it is written in the hadith 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. By the above definition (according to hadith ) everybody on planet earth has learnt magic and is a disbeliever (if you have ever read something about astrology in the newspaper accidently) including sheikhs and scholars and every Muslim!!!! It is just not possible to not come across something (to read something about astrology accidently )? What is the ruling on this ? What if you read something about magic or astrology accidently. I was reading a book COMPLETELY NOT RELATED TO ASTROLOGY WHATSOEVER and suddenly while reading I read such and such thing is an astrological sign. I tore the page which said that such and such thing is an astrological sign Can I continue to read the book and learn from it.(Learn the clean things )? As the other parts of the book are important for me to read and learn,memorise ( which are free from anything related to astrology ,related to concepts of marketing )??(This latter part is very important and urgent for me)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامداومصليا

The general ruling is that reading such articles is a waste of time and blameworthy, thus one should avoid it. If you believe in it then it is disbelief (Kufr). If one stumbled upon it then it should not be a problem.

Also, as for the other part of the book or newspaper as long as it doesn't contradict with the Shariah it would be permissible.

And Allah knows best

4 ٍSha'ban 1441/ 28 March 2020

Answer last updated on:
28th March 2020
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