Praise be to
sorcerer and charlatan may be recognized by a number of things, among
the most important of which is: his claim to know the unseen; even if
he does not state that clearly, you will find that he speaks of matters
of the unseen which may all be lies and falsehood. Some of what he says
may come true but most of it will be lies, but the lies will be overlooked
because of the few things that come true. Similarly, there will be a
lack of righteousness, for you will not find them to be keen to worship.
They are often exposed, especially in their lies, and in matters that
have to do with women. It often comes to light that they have committed
haraam actions involving women, such as being alone with them, or touching
women using the excuse of healing.
Shaykh Sa’d al-Humayd.
sign of the fortunetellers, sorcerers and soothsayers is that they will
ask for the name of the person who has come to them; they often use
bukhoor (incense) and strange materials; they may write Qur’aan with
impure substances and menstrual blood; they may ask a person to offer
a sacrifice to someone other than Allaah; they use large rings; they
may not do ghusl after janaabah (impurity following sexual activity);
they may mutter strange and mysterious words; they may use secret signs
and charms; they may pretend to recite Qur’aan in the beginning to deceive
the person who has come to them.
ask Allaah to protect us from their tricks, for He is the Best of protectors
and the Most Merciful of those who show mercy.