Is It Haram To Go to a Psychic Reader?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I went to a psychic reader online without knowing it was haram. I knew going to a fortune teller was haram but didn’t know if a psychic reader and a fortune teller were the same.

I did not believe anything the reader told me, and I cried to Allah for forgiveness. Will my prayers be accepted as I have repented from the sin I committed unintentionally?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Your prayers will be accepted, and the sin of going to a psychic reader was committed unintentionally. Rest assured, you do not need to worry. Read the links below.

May Allah bless you for repenting and returning to Him. “Truly, Allah loves the oft-repentant, and He loves those who purify themselves.” [Quran, 2:222]

The fact that you have remorse and regret is a good sign of your sincere repentance. The Beloved Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings be upon him & his folk) said, “Remorse is repentance.” [Ahmad, Ibn Maja, and others]

Have Gratitude and Never Despair

Have gratitude for the gift of remorse—Never listen to the negative self-talk and whispering of the Shayaan of despairing of Allah’s Mercy. Allah Most High promises:

“Say: My servants who have wronged yourselves, never despair of God’s mercy. God forgives all sins: He is truly the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” [Quran, 39:53]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.