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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

I have an older sister who is 27
years old, and up until now she has
not got married. Please note that
she is beautiful and educated, and
she carries out her religious duties,
both fard and sunnah. She was
working in a mixed environment;
please note that she is a doctor, but
she wears hijab and does not show
anything but her eyes and hands
when necessary for administering
medical treatment. A shaykh came
and recited Qur’an over her, even
though there was nothing wrong
with her, and he asked her to recite
some Qur’anic verses, but up till
now that has been to no avail.
When someone comes to propose to
her, there is a kind of panic in the
house, and it is as if we are
bewitched. What should I do? I have
another question: there are some
satellite channels that have shows
in which the audience calls them
up, and the presenter asks the
caller to tell him the name of one of
his parents or of his spouse, or
someone else, or the first letter of
the name, after which he tells them
to recite some Qur’anic verses that
will help them. Please note that the
presenter knows the problem of the
caller once he tells him his name or
the name of one of his parents.
What is the ruling on these shows,
in detail?


Praise be to Allah.
Delay in marriage may be due to
ordinary reasons, because it is not
always the case that a suitor will
feel comfortable with a woman,
even if she is beautiful. The matter
is entirely subject to the will and
decree of Allah, may He be exalted,
for He decides as He wills and none
can overturn His decree.
Or it may be for another reason,
such as witchcraft or the evil eye,
and the remedy for that is ruqyah
as prescribed in Islamic teachings,
as well as persisting in doing acts of
obedience and worship, refraining
from sin, and constantly
remembering Allah (dhikr), which
includes reciting the adhkaar for
morning and evening, when going to
sleep and waking up, when entering
and exiting the house, and when
eating and drinking, and reciting
Soorat al-Baqarah in the house once
every three days. Please see
questions no. 12918 and 6530.

It is not permissible to call up the
shows mentioned, because those
who produce these shows are
practitioners of witchcraft and
sorcery, and it is not permissible to
go to them or ask them questions,
because the Prophet (blessings and
peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whoever goes to a fortune teller
and asks him about something, no
prayer will be accepted from him for
forty days.” Narrated by Muslim
In Musnad al-Imam Ahmad (9252) it
is narrated from Abu Hurayrah and
al-Hasan (may Allah be pleased with
them) that the Prophet (blessings
and peace of Allah be upon him)
said: “Whoever goes to a soothsayer
or fortune teller and believes what
he says has disbelieved in what was
revealed to Muhammad.” Classed as
hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-
Jaami‘ (5939).
Some of the scholars said that the
[word translated here as] fortune-
teller refers to the one who tells of
past events on the basis of things
that could give an indication of
them; it was also said that the
[word translated here as] fortune-
teller refers to the soothsayer, who
tells of unseen matters of the
In both cases, the devils come to
these people, which is why they ask
a person about his mother’s name,
so that the jinn will tell them about
his situation and his past. So
beware of asking them questions or
being deceived by them, even if
they recite Qur’an, because they do
that in order to trick and deceive
people. On the contrary, they are
among the people who disbelieve
most in the Qur’an, and they put it
in filthy and dirty places; those
among them who pray in fact pray
to the jinn and not to Allah, because
the jinn do not obey them or serve
them unless they commit such
grievous acts of disbelief, and other
kinds of disbelief.
“Shall I inform you upon whom the
devils descend?
They descend upon every sinful liar”
[ash-Shu‘araa’ 26:221-222] .
These practitioners of witchcraft
have been able to reach a greater
audience through these shows, and
many people are unaware of their
reality and are deceived when they
speak of matters of religion. They
are charlatans and liars, who seek
to separate man and wife and who
learn what is harmful and not
We ask Allah to grant us and you
continual well-being in both
religious and worldly affairs.
And Allah knows best.


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