Tarot is a deck of cards that is used for divination, or the practice of predicting the future. The cards are believed to hold spiritual or symbolic meaning, and a skilled reader, or tarotist, can use the cards to answer questions or provide guidance on a person’s life. While tarot has a long history and has been used by many people for many purposes, its use for divination is the most well-known.
Some people believe that tarot cards have the power to reveal hidden truths and provide insight into a person’s life. The cards are typically arranged in a spread, with each position in the spread representing a different aspect of the person’s life or question they have asked. The tarotist then interprets the cards based on their positions in the spread and their relationship to each other.
While tarot is not considered haram, or forbidden, by all Muslims, some interpretations of Islamic law view divination as haram. Divination is the practice of using supernatural or magical means to predict the future, and some people believe that tarot falls into this category.
It is generally considered haram (forbidden) to believe in or practice divination, which includes using tarot cards. This is because divination is seen as a form of seeking knowledge or guidance from sources other than God, and Islam teaches that only God has complete knowledge and control over the future. Belief in or practice of divination is also considered a form of shirk, which is the sin of attributing partners to God or seeking help from other beings besides God.
However, it is important to note that Islamic teachings and practices can vary among different sects and schools of thought within Islam. Some Muslims may believe that tarot reading or other forms of divination are acceptable, while others may consider them haram.
Ultimately, whether or not tarot is considered haram depends on an individual’s interpretation of Islamic law and their own personal beliefs. Some Muslims may see tarot as a harmless form of entertainment, while others may view it as a sinful or forbidden practice.
Tarot, generally can be quite contentious through religions, especially Abrahamic religions. The question as to whether Tarot is Good or Evil comes up quite a lot. Some view any form of divination as abhorrent, others see it more of a game, nothing to be taken seriously.
Some religions have a core concept of what is right and wrong, permitted or forbidden. Islam and Judaism are two well known examples of this. Their followers use rules to guide their lives into what acts and foods are allowed, and which ones are not.
Tarot is not explicitly mentioned in the great texts of either, which is not surprising, as Tarot was invented over a thousand years after the Qu’ran was written, and many more years after the Tanakh. This article will explore Islam and it’s stance on divination. (Spoiler: it’s not a positive one).
Both texts from Judaism and Islam mention soothsayers. Divination has been practised in one form of another for thousands of years, possibly even the length of human history. There are some interesting passages about divination in religious texts; usually negative.
To start with, it is safe to say that Tarot is considered Haram (not permitted to be practised) within the Islamic faith. Islam views divination and seekers as an insult to Allan and Muhammed.
In Islamic teachings, fortune-telling and divination are considered acts of shirk (associating partners with God), as they involve seeking knowledge of the unseen through means other than those permitted by Allah. As such, Muslims are generally discouraged from engaging in practices that involve the use of tarot cards or any other form of divination.
It is important to note that Islamic teachings emphasize the importance of seeking knowledge and wisdom, but this should be done through means that are permissible and in accordance with Islamic values and principles.
There is a belief that when an act of divination occurs, the Diviner is in actuality talking to Jinn (or Djinn (Genies)), spirits who have their own agendas. “They twist the word of heaven and spell it out to the diviner, who then adds their own lies”. An interesting quote that puts both diviners and the querent in a negative light.
Seeking a Soothsayer to find our your future is seen as an act of faithlessness. It is said that whomever wants to know the future has no faith in what Allah has laid out for them. Tarot reading, and interpreting Tarot cards would surely fall under this category.
I think it is quite conclusive that Tarot is considered Haram within Islamic belief. If you are a Muslim and practice Tarot, you’ll likely have to think things over.
I’d like to continue exploring divination across the cultures of the world, there is more than just Tarot if you want to perform divination!
Getting a wider view of everyone’s opinions is important too, especially, like Islam here, the opinions of those that view your practice in a negative light.