Evil Omens and the Islamic Belief

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Evil Omens and the Islamic Belief: Prophet (ﷺ) said: “[To believe in] bad omens (aṭ-ṭiyarah) is polytheism.” He said it three times, and then said: “There is not one of us except that he feels something about them—however, Allāh causes the feeling to disappear due to reliance in Him.” (Reported by Abu Dāwud no. 3910, At-Tirmidhi no. 1614, Shaykh al-Albāni graded it sahīh in al-Mishkāt no. 4584)

There is no such thing as an evil omen that has an effect on the life of a person except that which he imagines in his mind or falsely perceives in himself. The above narration confirms and proves that nothing has an effect on the affairs of the creation except what Allah (the Most High) has decreed.

The Prophet (ﷺ) also explained in the hadīth of Ibn ʿAmr that whoever is turned back from fulfilling his need due to what he perceives to be an evil omen, has fallen into polytheism. For example, a person goes out on a journey and comes across the crying of a crow or a fox, and due to that, he decides to turn back―by doing so, he has fallen into superstition, and has committed shirk.


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