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?