What does Islam say about Horoscopes? Is it true to believe in their effects? Why were they prohibited?

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What does Islam say about Horoscopes? Is it true to believe in their effects? Why were they prohibited?
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Horoscopes were prohibited because people believed in their effects and eventually this it harmed their belief in fate. However, it is unobjectionable to say “I am this sign or that sign”, just as stating a date of birth. Nevertheless, it is wrong to believe in their effects.

It is all in vain to search for another means of effect on our lives other than the Lord. Just as no one else can know what is unseen ghaib but Allah, so too is it is wrong to attribute His slaves’ characteristics and other features, which He gave during creating them, to the beams of light coming down from the stars. There are not even two people who are the same on the earth. Even identical twins, who are born at on the same day, same hour, same place and from the same mother, have got very different personalities. Is spite of theose thousands of reasons including genetic structure, let alone being siblings, which link them to each other, why do thoese differences occur? If our personalities and fates were dominated by stars, the all of the features of identical twins - at least - would be supposed to be the same. Moreover, it is one’s soul what gives one his real personality and emotional characteristics. And Besides, our souls were created before stars.

The gorgeous system that we see in the sky may indicate to some events indeed, besides reflecting its Creator. However, this it is not the source of our physical and spiritual traits, but it can only be an indicator of them.

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