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Talking to magicians

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Fatwaa.com

There is a hadith about fortune tellers which is ‘Whoever approaches a fortune teller and asks him anything, his salaah will not be accepted for forty nights.’ I have a friend who is a magician if I talk to him will my prayers not be accepted for 40 days or does this apply only if you ask the magician something to do with your future etc.

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

No, if you do not ask him anything about the future, nor do you believe anything he says to others, then the ruling will not apply to you. Your Salah will, insha Allah, still be accepted.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best

Wassalaam,

Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

References

أما صلة المؤمن جاره المشرك بأمور تتعلق بالمعاشرة وكذا تعزيته أو مشايعة جنازة كافر لقرابة أو جوار فمباحة بشرط أن لا يأتي بأمر يفضي إلى تحسين دينهم أو إلى إظهار الرضاء بطريقتهم والله أعلم كتبه الراجي عفو مولاه محمد كفاية الله كان الله له وكفاه وجاوز عما جناه (گفایۃ المفتی ـ   (202/4)   

فلو سأله معتقدا كذبه لم يلحقه الوعيد (التيسير بشرح الجامع الصغير ـ للمناوى (2/ 746)

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