Muslim Astrologer in India, saudi arabia, uae, singapore
The great medieval Islamic scientist and astrologer Abu’l-Rayhan Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Al-Biruni was born in 973 A.D. in Kath, then capital of the Principality of Khwarizm, the present day city of Khiva in Uzbekistan. From a young age he undertook serious scientific research and study, publishing a treatise on cartography at the age of 22. Al-Biruni wrote over a hundred books and treatises on such varied subjects as mathematics, geometry, geography, astronomy, astrology, the density of minerals and history.
Al-Biruni benefited from the patronage of such powerful rulers as Mahmood Ghaznavi, whom he (voluntarily or not) accompanied to India. These travels resulted in his most famous work, Kitab al-Hind, the Book of India. He died in 1048 in Ghazna, now Ghazni, in Afganistan. Here is further, more detailed biographical information.
Al-Biruni, despite being a medieval Islamic astrologer, remains a significant source for students of Renaissance astrology. The fall of Rome and the onset of the Dark Ages saw the virtual extinguishment of astrology in Europe. Much classical learning was preserved in the sophisticated Islamic civilization of the Middle East and knowledge in many fields, including astrology, was materially advanced by scientists and philosophers like Al-Biruni. Medieval and Renaissance astrology is essentially Islamic astrology, a fact that is easily ascertained by noting the large number of Islamic sources quoted by William Lilly in the bibliography to his Christian Astrology or the many references made to Islamic authors by the Italian astrologer Guido Bonatti in his Liber Astronomiae.
On a more profound level it is useful for the student of Renaissance astrology to study the works of Islamic authors like Al-Biruni because the milieu in which they worked and thought was one in which unity was paramount. This belief is expressed fundamentally as tawhid the unity of God, but expresses itself also in a unified schema of knowledge, where science, theology and mysticism are not contradictory, but all part of the unity and harmony of all existence. Here is an interesting article on Islamic science by Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
The comprehension of the structure of the Universe, and of the nature of the form of the Heavens and the Earth and all that is between them, attained by rehearsing the information received is extremely advantageous in the Art of Astrology.
the sun, moon, plants, and stars. Astrologers believe that the position of astronomical bodies at the exact moment of a persons birth and the subsequent movement of the bodies reflect that person’s character and, therefore, destiny (information taken from Encarta.com). The derivative forms of astrology is horoscope, signs of the Zodiac, music based on astrology, it has its own distinct mythology and role in ancient Middle Eastern religions. Earnestly, one cannot derive any real life benefits in studying astrology as there is no basis for it.
However the brother who authored the article seems to have divided astrology into two branches, of that which is impermissible, a speculative science used by the polytheist to determine good or bad luck and destiny etc. The brother then goes on to describe the permissible astrology as the scientific study of stars for determining and fixing time division such as months and seasons and determining and fixing compass direction etc.
What the brother described as the permissible form of astrology is a misnomer, and is actually the scientific study of astronomy which is completely distinct from astrology. Astronomy is the study of the universe and the celestial bodies, gas, and dust within it. Astronomy includes observations and theories about the solar system, the stars, the galaxies, and the general structure of space. Astronomy also includes the universe and its past and future. People who study astronomy are called astronomers, and they use a wide variety of methods to perform their research. These methods usually involve ideas of physics, so most astronomers are also astrophysicists , and the terms astronomer and astrophysicist are basically identical. Some areas of astronomy also use techniques of chemistry, geology and biology.
Astronomy is the oldest science, dating back thousands of years to when primitive people noticed objects in the sky overhead and watched the way object moved. … Astronomy has a long tradition of practice results, such as our current understanding of the stars, day and night, the seasons, and the phases of the moon (information from Encarta.com).
There is a clear distinction here that astrology in all its form is Haraam and Shirk, divesting from Allah his rulership and sovereignty over all things, besides setting up partners in worship with Allah. The science of astronomy is halal, and this is the branch of science the brother has alluded to as being permissible, however, mistakenly calling it astrology, and Allah knows best.
All books on astrology contain Shirk and should be avoided at any cost as there is little benefit to derive from it. If people want to study the stars and the moon etc, then they should buy books on astronomy and Insha-Allah they would avoid falling into Shirk. If what I say is the truth then it is incumbent upon us to clear the confusion and make lucid the distinction of what is what, even if there is confusion amongst ignorant Europeans themselves who claim to live in the scientific age whilst knowing nothing of it. Rather if you were to ask them “What is your star sigh?”. If not all of them the majority of them would know. Only a few scientist accepted astrology as science and claimed it to be complementary to astronomy, however, the practioners of astronomy have refuted the baseless astrology and its many of its practices.