Humans have no way of knowing future and are not to make any guesses as the knowledge of unseen is one of the things that Allah has kept for Himself and not for anyone else. Not even prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, nor even angels.

There are a number of verses and hadeeths which speak of that.

Allah (swt) says:

“And to Allah (swt) belongs the Ghaib (Unseen) of the heavens and the earth, and to Him return all affairs (for decision)” [Hood 11:123]

“Say: The Unseen belongs to Allah (swt) Alone, so wait for you, verily, I am with you among those who wait for (for Allah (swt)’s Judgement)” [Yoonus 10:20]

“Say: Allah (swt) knows best how long they stayed. With Him is (the knowledge of) the Unseen of the heavens and the earth” [al-Kahf 18:26]

“Nor will Allah (swt) disclose to you the secrets of the Ghayb (Unseen)” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:179]

And Allah (swt) said to His Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah (swt) be upon him):

“Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): ‘I don’t tell you that with me are the treasures of Allah (swt), nor (that) I know the Unseen’”

[al-An’aam 6:50]

Nowadays it is normal to receive SMS or WhatsApp messages that say, choose among the following numbers/letters/symbols and we will tell you what your future will be like or we will tell you about your spouses etc. Sometimes we even receive messages that say send this text to over a certain number of people and receive a good news in 5 or 10 days. People assume it to be a game and entertainment and not a form of fortune telling, but when we forward such messages we are actually taking part in fortune telling and believe that something good will happen if we follow it. We say with our tongues that it is nothing and only a game but hearts are hoping for something else. Do you think Allah is unaware? People indulge in these activities out of curiosity and participate ignorantly.

It must be noted that all this comes under the heading of fortune telling and speculation about what might happen. It is a falsehood. It is a major sin and can lead to doom.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said: Those who go to fortunetellers fall into three categories:

1 – The one who goes to a fortuneteller and asks him things without believing in what he says. This is haraam, and the punishment of the one who does that is that his prayers are not accepted for forty days, as it is narrated in Saheeh Muslim (2230), that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah (swt) be upon him) said: “Whoever goes to a fortuneteller and asks him about something, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days.”

2 – When a person goes to a fortuneteller and asks him about something and believes what he says. This is disbelief in Allah (swt) (kufr), because he is believing the fortuneteller’s claim to have knowledge of the unseen, and believing a human’s being claim to have knowledge of the unseen constitutes disbelief in the verse in which Allah (swt) says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allah (swt)”

[al-Naml 27:65].

Hence it says in the saheeh hadeeth: “Whoever goes to a fortuneteller and believes what he says has disbelieved in that which was revealed to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah (swt) be upon him).”

3 – When he goes to a fortuneteller and asks him questions so that he can explain to the people what he is really doing, which is deceiving people and leading them astray. There is nothing wrong with this. The evidence for that is the fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah (swt) be upon him) went to Ibn Sayyaad. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah (swt) be upon him) thought of something to himself. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah (swt) be upon him) asked him what he was thinking of and he said, “Al-dukh” meaning al-dukhaan (smoke). End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 2/184


We may conclude that such messages being a kind of game is not correct because unknowingly we believe in falsehood. It is a kind of fortunetelling, lying and charlatanry.

Moreover, it does not matter of games and entertainment, rather it is a matter of religion. It is an issue of belief and faith.

We must not foolishly accept to play something that is not fit in our religion.

Allah (swt) says: “If you ask them (about this), they declare: ‘We were only talking idly and joking.’ Say: ‘Was it at Allah (swt) ( عز و جل ), and His Ayaat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that you were mocking?’”

Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed”

[al-Tawbah 9:65-66]

These are the things that are intended to make a mockery of the signs of Allah.

One must keep away from such things. Why put our aakhira in peril for something foolish and stupid? Why cooperate with something that has no benefit? Why agree or mix with things from the people of misguidance? It's better to avoid them than to regret

Allah (swt) says in His Book (interpretation of the meaning):

“And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Qur'an) that when you hear the Verses of Allah (swt) being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them. Surely, Allah (swt) will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell”

[al-Nisa’ 4:140].

We advise people (first to ourselves) to repent to Allah for anytime unknowingly participating in these activities. Part of

repentance includes to advise your fellow brothers in Islam about its evil and danger it poses to their faith and hereafter. We ask Allah to protect us from the evil of fitnah, both hidden and apparent.