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Divining arrows

By Choosa

Allah Almighty says, "O believers! wine (khamr), games of chance (maisir), idols (ansab), and divining arrows (azlam) are a clear abomination (rijs) and some of satans work.

One example and an explanation of 'divining arrows' is as follows:

Hubal was the name of one of the most respected images/idols which belonged
to the tribes of the Quraysh. Hubal was placed in the middle of the Kaba in
pre Islamic times.

Alongside Hubal there were 7 arrows, each of which contained some words:

- One was marked 'bloodwit'. When the people disputed about who should play
the bloodwit they cast lots with the seven arrows and he on whom the arrow
fell would have to pay the money

- One was marked 'yes' and another 'no', and they acted accordingly on the
matter on which the oracle had been invoked.

- Another was marked 'of you'; another 'mulsaq' (not a member of the tribe),
another 'not of you'.

- One was marked 'water'. If they wanted to dig for water they cast losts
containing this arrow and wherever it came forth they would start to dig.

If they wanted to circumcise a boy, or make a marriage, or bury a body, or
doubted someone's genealogy, they took him to Hubal with 100 dirhams and
slaughtered a camel and then gave this to the priest who would cast the
lots; then they would bring near the man saying, 'O our god (i.e. Hubal),
this is A the son of B with whom we intend to do so and so, so show us the
right course of action concerning him'.

Then they would say to the man who would cast (throw) the arrows, 'Cast!' and if it came out 'of you' then he would be a member of the tribe.

- If it came out 'not of you' he was an ally. And if it came out 'mulsaq' he had no blood relation to them and was not an ally.

- Where 'yes' came out, they would accept that, and when 'no' came out they would defer the matter for a year.

They would conduct their affairs according to the decision of the arrows.

What Allah Almighty did was prohibit this custom of making decisions based on how an arrow would fall. There are two aspects to consider, first the worship of an idol which is haram. The second, to make decisions based on chance opposed to basing decisions by evaluating the best course of action. And may Allah Almighty have mercy and guide us all, amen.

   Comments: 43     Raters: 22     March 23, 2007 at 2:39pm         


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anitabanks01 (April 4, 2007 at 9:00pm)
I can't read the alert, because I am not a premium member. Perhaps you can post the response.......wa salaam....
intelligence (April 3, 2007 at 10:09am)
LOL I just read Choosa's testimonial for Athene, very amusing hehehe
intelligence (April 3, 2007 at 10:08am)
We have several can openers in the kitchen cupboard at work... some of which I swear belong labelled and in glass cabinets at some museum or other ;)
Athene (April 3, 2007 at 3:35am)
Choosa: you will the cause of many a people's atheroma in their coronary arteries , promoting such unhealthy stuff!
anitabanks01 (April 2, 2007 at 5:04pm)
salaam choosa, What are your thoughts on hijab? Also shia and sunni....just curious to get your thoughts. wa salaam. Sorry if this is the wrong outlet......
Choosa (March 30, 2007 at 11:28am)
A can of tuna? Hope you have a can opener :P
intelligence (March 29, 2007 at 6:41am)
Chicken wings... All I've got for lunch is a stick of celery, a carrot and a can of tuna :(
volarey (March 29, 2007 at 5:42am)
asslam aliekum
does that mean chicken wings? i am hungry
Choosa (March 29, 2007 at 1:47am)
And what better way to learn than with a portion of wings by your side ;)
Choosa (March 29, 2007 at 1:46am)
As they say, its good to learn :P
Peacetwou (March 29, 2007 at 12:39am)
Masha Allah. I never knew the details of that ayat. I learn something everyday. :)

Choosa (March 28, 2007 at 12:58pm)
Intel, see if you didnt use the magic 8 ball you would have chosen a better cough syrup :P
intelligence (March 27, 2007 at 6:24am)
Tip of the day: never ever buy Venos cough syrup, it's disgusting. You're cough won't get better because you won't feel like taking the medicine and will suck on strepsils all day instead!
intelligence (March 27, 2007 at 6:23am)
(baqck = back) *:
Athene (March 26, 2007 at 6:44pm)
Chicklet : Did you ever doubt my investigative powers ? :P Twas elemenatary my dear...
intelligence (March 26, 2007 at 4:17pm)
(MashAllah, great JE - a pat on the baqck and 5 st*rs from me!)
intelligence (March 26, 2007 at 4:17pm)
So I guess using a magic 8 ball to decide what to have for lunch is totally out of the question? ;)
intelligence (March 26, 2007 at 4:16pm)
ua120 (March 26, 2007 at 4:31am)
Choosa (March 26, 2007 at 1:43am)
Athene, drat, you cracked it :P