Sunday, March 31, 2013

PALMISTRY-AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE


Assalam oalaikum,

Since time immemorial man has been curious to know about his future. We find that the history of fortune telling dates back more than 5000 years. In India Nadi astrology was written on palm leaves in ancient times whereas, in Europe, special soothsayers were hired to predict appropriate strategies for the kings. Chinese astrology is also quite ancient and it depends on astronomy and calendars. As such, the different civilizations of the world have developed their own methods of fortune telling since ancient times.

Palmistry, which is also known by other names such as palm reading, hand analysis, chiromancy and chirology, is also a form of fortune telling through an analysis of the lines and mounts of the hands. Besides, palmistry there is an exhaustive list of other forms of fortune telling also. It includes: crystallomancy or reading of a crystal sphere, dice throws, tea leaf reading, reading coffee grounds, card reading or cartomancy with playing cards, tarot cards, reading runes, domino reading, numerical tables, horoscope charts, reading bones, bibliomancy or consulting the Bible, dream books etc. Then we also find certain fortune telling methods which are based on a character analysis such as physiognomy or the analysis of facial characteristics, graphology or the analysis of handwriting and the phrenology, which is the study of the skull contours.

Now let us come back to our original topic of discussion, i.e. palmistry. Palmistry is also quite an ancient form of fortune telling, the origin of which can be traced back to the ancient Indian astrology and the Roma or gypsy astrologers. Those who practice this form of fortune telling are known as palm readers, chirologists, hand readers or palmists.

Palmistry is practiced all over the world with many cultural variations.
However, we being Muslims are not supposed to approve of just about anything, simply because it is widely practiced all over the world. First of all, we need to examine whether a particular widespread practice matches the standards set by the Holy Quran or if it is in conformity with the Holy Quran.

So if we look into palmistry in the light of the Holy Quran, we do not get any proof, as such, from the Holy Book which shows that palm reading is authentic. I have mentioned below a contradiction, which proofs that it is obligatory for every true Muslims to avoid all this rubbish, called palmistry.
As we know that palmistry involves a study or analysis of the lines and the mounts of the palm to know about a person’s past, present and the future.
However, Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
“Every man’s fate We have fastened on his own neck: On the Day of Judgment We will bring out for him a scroll, which he will see spread open”. (TMQ-17:13)

 According to this Quranic verse, Allah (swt) has tied the destiny of a person to his neck; (in one way or the other) and this will also be a record of all the worldly deeds of the person, which will be shown to him on the Doomsday. Science, as yet, has not advanced to the stage where it can decipher this particular gland, which incidentally also serves as a micro-chip which contains such vast information. However, over the years, many of the scientific truths mentioned in the Holy Quran have been proved by science. Allah willing, the fact about a person’s fate being located in the neck, will also be discovered by science one day.


Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

PALMISTRY-A MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE


Assalam oalaikum,

In my previous post ‘PALMISTRY-AN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE’  I have explained in the light of the Holy Quran how Allah (swt) has tied our fates to our neck. This clearly proves that if there is some part of our body where our destiny has been inscribed by Allah (swt), (in one way or the other), then it is our neck and not our palms, for sure.
Moreover, Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:

‘Verily the knowledge of the Hour is with Allah (alone). It is He who sends down the rain and it is He who knows what is in the wombs. Nor does anyone know what it is that he will earn tomorrow and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, Al- Aware of things’. (TMQ-31:34)

This verse makes it amply clear that even if our fates have been tied to our necks, it does not mean that we are supposed to scan our necks deep and peep into matters related to our future. All these efforts will definitely go vain because as verse 31:34 declares, Allah (swt) is All-Knower. The human beings ought to live in the present and focus their energies towards it, instead of the past or the future.

Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran, 26:65:

‘Say (O Mohammad): None in the Heavens or on the earth knoweth the Unseen save Allah and they know not when they will be raised (again)’.

The verses mentioned above make it clear that Allah (swt), who is the Creator of the earth and the Heavens, knows everything. The human beings are a part of His Creation. Definitely, they cannot get access to every realm of knowledge, such as the Unseen. A major part of Allah (swt)’s Creation, such as the angels, the Heavens, the departed souls and the genie cannot be seen by human beings. Then how can man foretell anyone’s future, since the future is also unseen?
Now, let us discuss the main point of this post. In the field of medicine, the lines on our palms can actually predict about our future. The lines on our palms are referred to as creases in the medical jargon. On the birth of a child, the doctors observe the palms of the newly- born children and then make some predictions about the child’s future. However, unlike palmistry (which is based on speculations and conjecture) the predictions of the doctors are realistic and not fake or baseless.
Usually, the palm of our hands has three creases or strong lines, which are also called the palmar flexion creases. However, in some cases, the two horizontal lines merge to form a single crease. Such a crease is known as a single palmar crease or a transverse palmar crease. The doctors check the palm lines of the newly born babies in order to ascertain whether their palmar creases are normal or not. Sometimes, due to hereditary factors, some children have a transverse palmar crease, which is usually linked with the Down syndrome and many other genetic disorders. Research shows that many children who had a single transverse palmar crease also suffered from chromosome disorders. If a single transverse palmar crease occurs in isolation then the matter does not need any further evaluation.

So, basically the doctors need to look out for the abnormalities, which are usually associated with a single transverse palmar crease, in a newly-born infant. If unfortunately, some other symptoms are also found, then the doctors need to diagnose the problem on the basis of a family history and complete physical check-up. Since a stitch in time saves nine so an early detection of the health problem and a timely treatment can protect the future of the infant to some extent because health is definitely an important factor.

In a nutshell, the first person who can observe the palm lines of an infant in a constructive manner is a doctor and not a palm reader.
We can, therefore, deduce from the above mentioned facts, that if the palm lines do hold some meaning in life, then it is from the medical point of view and not astrological.



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Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

NOTHING CAN SURPASS ALLAH’S (SWT) DECREE


Assalam oalaikum,

Human beings often tend to be uncertain about their future. They fear unforeseen disasters and untoward things happening to them in the future and all these fears tend to make them feel insecure. This factor creates in them the curiosity to know about their future. The statement that palmistry has transformed into a science is an overstatement. Neither is it a science and nor is it an art. Moreover, it is also not a branch of occult science as it is touted to be. On the contrary palmistry has been described by those who believe in Islam as mere guess-work or speculation. The gullible people are often taken for a ride by the palmists. For the sake of argument, if we do believe that palmistry has some truth to it then I wonder why people meet with accidents or why do people fall prey to diseases? I mean to say that if the palm readers claim to know about the future of people, then how can any person face a mishap in life and why do so many accidents occur?

I had seen a column in a magazine where the readers submit their birth related information and seek advice from the astrologers about their future. It implies that the astrologer will tell the readers about impending dangers and then offer suggestions to thwart those dangers. The column was named as Future wise. I wonder how wise can human beings become when, after all, they have been sent to this world to be put to test by their Creator? When we cannot change or influence the time and place of our birth and death then how can we change anything in between? If there is something powerful enough to change our destiny then it is supplication. Here are a couple of ahadith which prove this fact:

Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘Nothing can change the Qadar except for prayer’. The Arabic word ‘Qadar’ means the Divine Decree or preordainment. It means that everything that occurs is subject to the Will of Allah (swt) and the only thing with which a person can change his destiny is by praying to Allah (swt).
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘Prayer benefits in the things that have occurred and even in things that have not yet occurred. The calamity comes down but the prayer confronts it and they may continuously wrestle until the Doomsday’. (Reported by Al-Hakim)
Suppose a person has no hands due to some congenital disability or amputation then would a palmist say that the person has no destiny at all?
The people who consult the palmists or astrologers think that they can avert any impending crisis in their life. I shall narrate two anecdotes to prove that such people are living in a fool’s paradise.

Once I happened to come across a palmist who had an experience of around two decades, in this field. He narrated an incident which left me wondering about the utility of this profession. He had got a rough idea from somewhere that he would be badly hurt the next day. So he took all the precautions that he could in order to avert the impending danger. In order to keep himself safe he decided not to move outside his house. However, as fate would have it, there was a power cut and since it got extremely hot inside the house, he went and sat outside his door, on a chair. Soon enough a huge stone came tumbling down from a nearby construction site and he got a deep gash on his shoulder. So despite having a faint idea that he would soon get badly hurt, the palmist could do nothing to protect himself. So how can anyone take any precautions when an experienced astrologer is unable to do so himself?

There is another interesting anecdote which depicts that a person cannot control his or her destiny no matter what. An astrologer once predicted about a girl that she marry outside her caste. This left the family completely dazed because they were quite conservative and could not imagine that a girl from their family would break the family norms. Consequently, the girl’s family tried their level best in keeping her away from the people who belonged to the particular caste, where she was predicted to get married to. Ultimately, they got her married to someone who belonged to their own caste. Unfortunately things did not work out between them and the girl got involved in a bitter court battle with her husband to get a divorce. She finally managed to get through with her divorce with the help of a good lawyer. This lawyer eventually became her husband and yes, he belonged to a different caste. So even if the predictions of the palmists or astrologers turn out to be true, (once in a while like the weather forecasts made by the meteorological department) no amount of precautions can change what is destined to happen by the Will of Allah (swt).

So, instead of depending on the palmists or soothsayers, who are themselves subject to the vagaries of destiny, we should rather focus our energies towards prayers and we should depend on Allah (swt) instead.


Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

PALMISTRY IS A FORM OF QUACKERY FOR MAKING MONEY

Assalam oalaikum,

I have discussed earlier in this blog that the hue and cry that is made by some people about the lines on our palms, is totally baseless. It holds no truth from the Islamic point of view. It is a matter of common sense that the lines or creases on our palms are meant to help us to fold our hands easily. They also provide us the required grip while holding something.

These lines appear on the palms of an unborn child because of its soft and delicate skin. These lines develop due to the unborn baby keeping its hands in a folding position. These creases are thereby formed due to the continual folding of the palms. Similar creases can be also observed on the wrists of both our hands. As compared to an adult, an infant’s palm does not have as many creases because an infant does not need to move its hands much as its movements are limited.
The only rational way in which these lines are observed is by the doctors. Many cases have been detected in which infants with a single transverse palmar crease have also suffered from certain genetic diseases. Therefore, the doctors check the palm creases of the newly born babies in order to ascertain whether an infant needs to be medically examined or not. So we find that there is nothing exceptional about the lines on our palms. They appear simply because of continual folding of the skin, just like frowning a lot gives a frown line or smiling a lot gives us a smile line. Now would you believe someone who says that he or she can predict your future by studying the frown line or smile line carefully? Definitely not, as the idea seems to be preposterous. Moreover, the lines on our palms are not constant. This also shows the inconsistency of palmistry.

I have mentioned about the Quranic verses wherefrom we can deduce that nobody except Allah (swt) can claim to have knowledge about the unseen future. The ahadith which I have mentioned below also clearly show that the knowledge of the unseen realm is an attribute of Allah (swt) alone.

Narrated Masruq: Hazrat Ayesha (ra) said, ‘If anyone tells that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) has seen his Lord, then he is a liar for Allah says, ‘No vision can grasp Him’. (6.103). And if anybody says that Prophet Mohammad (saw) has seen the Unseen, then he is a liar because Allah (swt) says, ‘None has the knowledge of the Unseen but Allah’. (Sahih Bukhari).
Hence, how can a petty palmist/astrologer claim to predict anyone’s future when even Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) possessed vast, yet limited knowledge? This simply means that by claiming to know the future and by offering solutions some quacks are out to exploit the problems of the gullible people for their own material benefit by charging hefty fees.
As we know, palmistry is a so-called method of predicting the future just like astrology. Here are some ahadith which every Muslim should be aware of so that their faith can get rekindled and they do not start believing in things which are completely forbidden in Islam.

Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘Do not associate with the astrologers (as-hab-an –anjum)’.(Reported by Ahmad)
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘Whoever goes to a soothsayer and asks him something and believes in his words, will have his prayers rejected for 40 days’. (Reported by Muslim).
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘Who ever goes to a soothsayer and asks him something and believes in his words, has denied the Revelation to Mohammad, i.e. the Holy Quran (Reported by Muslim).
Abu Dawood reported from Ibn Abbas that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘A person who learns a part of astrology is as if he learns magic and the more he learns this, the more he learns of magic’.
Al-Nasa’i reported from Abu Huraira, ‘Whoever puts his trust in something (sayings of soothsayers and so on), that will be its only supporter, i.e. he will not receive any Divine help nor success.’
 ‘Whoever augers an ill omen or the same thing is done on his behalf, predicts the happening of something, or the same is done on his behalf, he is not of us’. (Muslim)

After going through all this evidence against the authenticity of palmistry, astrology etc it is incumbent on every Muslim to keep away from all these evil practices in order to protect one’s faith.


Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

ALLAH (SWT) ALONE IS SUFFICENT FOR US

Assalam oalaikum,

How often have you confronted a situation where a person mentions that he knows a little bit about palm reading and within a matter of a few seconds, he gets surrounded by people from all sides, like a moth to the flame? What is it that excites people so much about showing their palms, even before strangers? Surely it is to know what the future has in store for them, prematurely, before time unfolds all its mysteries in a natural way. Since the future is not known to us it seems to us like a mystery and the curiosity to know about it often gets the better of us. The thoughts that often race across our mind are whether our plans will materialize or whether they will get thwarted? Will life spring some surprise on us or will it give us a severe blow? Will all our hopes and aspirations be met or will they come crashing down?
Now let us suppose that the palm reader does some guess work, (which is what palmistry is all about) and gives us some information about our future. Then will we not be heart broken and shattered if we are told that we have a very short life or else that we will meet an accident in the future, which will leave us crippled us for the rest of our lives? If the palm reader tells us that we are going to scale new heights and we will get astounding success in whatever we do and all our dreams will come true, so do you not think that getting all this information, in advance, will leave us dazed? I guess after getting to know about all the good things that are going to happen to us in the future we will stop living and focusing on the present and start dreaming about the future instead. Shifting of our energies and concentration from the present towards our past or future is a futile exercise because the present is real whereas the future has not arrives yet. Moreover, getting to know about an impending danger, beforehand, will make us suffer much more. Besides this, what will be the use of knowing anything beforehand, though as a matter of fact, there are no means on this earth which can give us accurate information about the Unseen?
Our life is like a thriller novel and its thrill lies in the fact that we do not know what turn it will take the next moment. Most of us would like to read a thriller novel page by page instead of rushing towards the last page, in a hurry, so that we can read the end of the story. Similarly we should prefer taking each day of our life as it comes.
When we know that we are dependant on Allah (swt) for every breath which we take so we should also realize the futility of knowing what our future has in store for us. Praying to Allah (swt) is the only weapon we have in order to prevent mishaps and unforeseen disasters. Otherwise, had all the palmists and the astrologers been so future wise, then why could they not manage to avert the loss faced by humanity by natural disasters such as the hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, storms, cyclones, floods etc? Had the soothsayers been so well-informed about the future, then why have they been unsuccessful about sensing any danger? Any person who claims to know about the future is a fraudster who is bragging in order to make some bucks by taking people for a ride. Such a person is also a disbeliever in Allah (swt) and His Prophet Mohammad (saw) because his claims are against the teachings of the Holy Quran. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
“Say, none in the Heavens and in the earth know about the Ghaib (Unseen) except Allah, nor can they perceive when they shall be resurrected’. (TMQ-27:65).
Verse 3:173 says, ‘Allah (alone) is sufficient for us and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)’. Do we still need a palmist or astrologer to guide us?

Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF DESTINY

Assalam oalaikum,

So far I have mentioned about the factors which show us that palmistry is a complete hoax. Any kind of fortune telling is strictly prohibited in Islam. I have also discussed that the root cause of all these fake practices such as palmistry, horoscopes, tarot cards etc is the irresistible desire to know about one’s future, beforehand. Some people believe that being forewarned is forearmed. So they think that if they know about any impending calamity beforehand so they can take requisite steps to curtail or avert the damage. This fear arises due to insecurities and lack of faith in Allah (swt). I shall not discuss about his point here as I am inclined towards something else, which is the primary factor that makes people indulge in the malpractices such as palmistry- namely the curiosity to know about one’s future.
But what exactly is the future or destiny?
Is it in our hands or is it being controlled by someone else? Do we build our own future through hard work, right strategies, right attitude and right decisions or is it something preordained, i.e. has it been decided in advance for us and we merely have to play our part like puppets? The questions are simply many, but the answer is only one. The issue of destiny is quite a sensitive and intricate one. Hence, it should be dealt with carefully. Exploring and understanding this issue in the light of Islam is necessary so that we do not indulge in any kind of ignorance or sin. Remember, we first need to study this matter in its various perspectives in order to shed all the wrong notions associated with it. After all it is only in the light of reality that we can see clearly things and stop groping in the dark.

I have tried to interpret the Islamic concept of destiny and all its facets systematically, for a better understanding.

Firstly, Allah (swt) has written our destinies in the sacred tablet in the Heaven, which is known as the Loh-e-Mehfuz. This shows that our destinies are predetermined. We cannot make our future bright ourselves unless luck is on our side. We cannot decide or influence our time of birth or death. There is a hadith to substantiate this fact that destiny is preordained. According to that hadith, Hudhaifa b. Usaid reported directly from Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) that he said, ‘When the drop (of semen) remains in the womb for forty or fifty (days) or forty nights, the angel comes and asks: My Lord, will he be good or evil? And both these things would be written. Then the angel asks, ‘My lord! Would be male or female? And both these things are written. And his deeds and actions, his death, his livelihood; these are also recorded. Then this document of destiny is rolled and there is no addition to and subtraction from it’. In the light of this hadith we can conclude that the statement that ‘Man is the master of his own destiny’, is a misconception. In another hadith, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘I fear on account of my nation three things, after my death. I fear that their Imams leader would oppress them, that they would believe in astrology and that they would disbelieve predestination. (Referred by Ibn Akasir and Ibn-Abdul Barr).
 After getting to know about the preordainment of our destiny, some people start drawing the wrong conclusions. They begin to argue that if everything is predetermined so what is the need for us pray since we will eventually get only as much as we are ordained to get? What is the need to work hard when we may easily get what we are destined to get? Why should a murderer or a thief be accused if he was destined, by the Divine Decree, to commit a murder or theft? As a matter of fact, the predetermination of destiny does not imply that man has no choice. At every step in life, we do get options and we also have the freedom to choose the option which we prefer. The option that we ultimately choose is written in our destiny beforehand, because Allah (swt) is the All-Knowing. He knows well that when confronted with a situation, which way we will eventually choose. Besides this, there are two views about destiny, one being that man is constrained by whatever has been ordained by the Divine Decree. He has no freedom of choice and he has to play his role, just like a puppet. The second opinion is that man is the powerful enough to do as he pleases. He can control his destiny and has complete freedom. Both these viewpoints oscillate between the two extremities of complete freedom and complete bondage and neither of them is true. Man has the choice to lead his life either according to the Will of Allah (swt) or according to his own whims and fancies. The conscience of a man prods him to do good deeds whereas the Satan, who is man’s biggest enemy, entices him to do evil deeds. If a man has a strong faith then he resists the Satanic temptations at all costs.
The concept of destiny is definitely intriguing. However, too much curiosity about destiny has been forbidden. In a hadith Sayyindina Hurairah (ra) says that once Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) appeared while a group of Companions (ra) were discussing about the concept of destiny. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) forbade them from discussing about this concept. He said that the concept of destiny was meant to be believed in but not argued and debated on. He had got infuriated on hearing the discussion of the Companions and had asked, ‘Is this what you have been commanded with or was I commissioned with this? Those before were destroyed because they had started discussing at length the concept of destiny. I command you not to discuss the concept of destiny’. (Mishkat-al Masabeeh)

So, I guess we should abide by the orders of Prophet Mohammad (saw) and stop behaving contentiously for our betterment.

In my next post, I shall Inshallah discuss about the tactics used by the palmists to fool around the people.  

Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

TACTICS OF THE SOOTHSAYERS

Assalam oalaikum,

It has been proved that palmistry is neither a science and nor an art because the knowledge about the Unseen is known only to Allah (swt). Hence, palmistry is a form of quackery, which is practiced by some unscrupulous people for making money; by duping gullible people. The palmists and the soothsayers can take the innocent people for a ride mainly in three ways. Firstly, they indulge in guess work. In some cases, the palmists, soothsayers etc connive with some other fraudsters and enquire about the background of the person, whom they want to target. Later on they ask their fraud companions to introduce them to the victim as enlightened mystics. They try to impress their victims by claiming to know everything about them (which they had already enquired through some source or the other). Most people take such fraudsters at face value and get easily caught in a trap by believing the fraud soothsayer to be an enlightened person with spiritual insight.

The third way in which people are often duped by the palmists and other types of fortune tellers has been demonstrated by this hadith:
Some people asked Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) about the fortune tellers. He said, ‘They are nothing! (i.e. liars). The people said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Sometimes whatever they say comes out to be true. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘That word which comes out to be true is what a jinn snatches away by stealing and then pours it in the ears of the fortune teller, with the sound similar to the cackle of then hen and then they add to it one hundred lies’.

So basically what happens is that some evil types of jinn try to overhear the angels and they try to steal information about the Unseen future from outside the orbit of the earth. While doing so many of them get hit by meteorites and are killed eventually. If by chance some of these eavesdropping jinn manage to survive then the information which they get about the Unseen future reaches the soothsayers after getting badly distorted. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:

“O assembly of jinn and men! If you have the power to pass beyond the zones of the Heavens and the earth, then pass (them)! But you will never be able to pass them, except with authority (from Allah)! (TMQ-55:33).
So we find that the source of information for all the fraud palmists, soothsayers or psychics are the evil jinn, according to the above mentioned hadith. The information which these soothsayers pass on to their victims is not acquired by years of research, deep study of the subject of palmistry, analysis and experience as they make it out to be. Instead, it is the spoon feeding which the evil jinn do and that too after distortion of facts.  
So I guess it is wiser for us to follow the Islamic principles instead of getting too big for our boots. There is a hadith in which Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said that, ‘I saw Jibreel in the way in which he was originally created in. He had 600 wings and each wing filled the entire horizon (the east to the west as far as the eye could see). Now I wonder that if the wings of Jibreel (as) are so huge that they can cover the entire horizon then we can well imagine how tiny our earth is as compared to the other Creations of Allah (swt) and hence, how insignificant it might be in the Eyes of Allah (swt). Therefore, it is wise for us not to overestimate ourselves and surrender completely before the Will of Allah (swt).

Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

OVERESTIMATING THE PALMISTS IS A MISDEMEANOR

Assalam oalaikum,

In our day to day life we often come across people who read their daily horoscopes quite religiously. They tend to believe whatever they find written about their zodiac sign in the tabloids and some find it simply fun and irresistible. Alas! Such avid readers of the horoscopes do not realize that quite often there tends to be some problem in the newspaper offices due to which they print the same old horoscope which they might have printed maybe a few months back. The gullible readers, on the other hand, believe that what they are reading is their horoscope for the day and savor each word that they read.

Likewise, it is found that the soothsayers show keen interest in their clients who belong to the upper class. However, if they come across
a client cannot afford to pay them through their nose, then the soothsayers lose interest in such clients, instantly. This also shows that the main objective of the fortune tellers, whether they are a palm reader or an astrologer, is to make money.

Incidentally, palmistry had originated in India around 5000 years ago as a form of personality counseling. However, with the passage of time it gradually got transformed into fortune telling, by reading the lines of the palms. What could have possibly led to this transformation? Here’s a guess. During the festive season the demand for milk and milk products shoots up so much that the newspapers are full of stories of adulteration, food poisoning etc. Apparently, when the sweetmeat shop owners realize that the supply of the sweetmeats will not be able to meet the high demands, they resort to adulteration. So basically, when people demand more than there is to offer, the result is often drastic. This might also have been the case with palmistry. Some people are quite obsessed with the idea of knowing about their future beforehand. The demand to know more than just their personality traits might have pressurized the ancient palmists to start predicting the future also.

Now the question arises that how can a palmist predict about anyone’s future when the future is not known to anyone besides Allah (swt)? What is the need for the palmists to shoot in the dark and mislead innocent people? Even if the palmists or the soothsayers manage to sneak some information about the future then how can they change the destiny of a person, which has been inscribed in the Preserved Tablet i.e. Loh-e-Mehfuz? The palmists cannot help out a person in any way because it is only though prayers that the destiny can change for the better. In such a case, what is the point in reading other’s hands? Obviously it is because they want to churn out money by misleading the people who believe in this evil practice. Since it takes two hands to clap so it is not just the palmists who are at fault, for duping the people but those who overestimate the palmists and expect them to know about the Unseen future, are to be blamed equally too.

Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
“O people! Shall I tell you upon whom the Satans come down? They come down upon every sinning forgerer. They whisper hearsay into ears and most of them are liars’. (TMQ-26:221-223).

So in the light of this verse we can say that the so-called fortune tellers, whether palmists, geomancers or shell-diviners, who claim to possess the knowledge about the Unseen; actually depend on the evil jinn. These jinn manage to overhear the conversations between the angels. So they get some idea about the future happenings through eavesdropping. They pass on the information, which they gather, into the ears of their friends, i.e. the fortune tellers and ultimately, the information reaches the gullible clients after a lot of lies have been added to it.
So who would like to pay huge fees to the palmists to hear all sorts of lies and fabrications from them about one’s future?

Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com