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Horoscopes - 40 days and 40 nights

Q:

Assalamualaikum,

A couple of days ago i was reading the newspaper and i came across the horoscope section and just read my horoscope not because i believe in horoscopes but just because it was there and it gave me something to read. Since this time i have come to find out that reading horoscopes is haram and there is a hadith in which the prophet (pbuh) says that as a result of this your prayer will not be accepted for 40 days and 40 nights and this is very scary.

My questions are: 1. A couple of days ago i prayed salat ul istikhara for help from Allah (swt), i really need to know if my istikara was accepted/valid as i prayed it i think the day after reading the horoscope. does this mean Allah (swt) will not answer my istikara prayer as prayers are not valid in the 40 days and 40 nights. If so what do i do as i feel i need to know what is best for me as i have a decision to make, and hoped through istikara prayer Allah would guide me?

2. The hadith also states that the prayer will not be rewarded for 40 days and 40 nights, i wanted to what about everything apart from the prayer, is it rewarded In Shaa Allah.? for example doing wudu, walking to the masjid, doing dua after prayer. Is none of it rewarded or just the prayer itself? In Shaa Allah i hope you could shed some light on these questions.

JZK. May Allah reward you.

A:

Alaykum Salam,

The shia jurists have not been known to give fatwa based on the context of this hadith. However looking at horoscopes has no authenticity from the legislative point of view in religion.

MD