Friday, January 04, 2008
Forget analysts: What do the stars say?
I thought we could all use a bit of "cosmic" relief at the end of a tiring week, so here goes:

Baghdad producer Mohammed Al-Tawfeeq just sent me these pictures of Ali Al-Bakri, one of Iraq's most popular astrologers.

41-year old Al-Bakri has been an astrologer for 10 years.

On the set of Your Fortune (all photos Mohammed Tawfeeq)

Ali Al-Bakri is the host of a call-in show on state-run Iraqiya Television called Your Fortune. In a country traumatised by decades of dictatorship and war, a surprising number of viewers ask only about their love lives.

"Does she love me?"; "Will he marry me?"

Ah, good old human nature.

Al-Bakri says viewers also ask about their health or if it is safe for them to travel on a specific date. Let's hope he gets those predictions right.

But, Al-Bakri doesn't just make love life prophesies, he also looks into the stars to predict the future for all of humanity. He told CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq that Hillary Clinton will be the next U.S. president and that her time in office will be made very difficult by sky-rocketing oil prices.

Also, Al-Bakri whispers that several Iraqi politicians use his services as well. They don't call into the live show: The politicians, he says, call his private cellphone.

-- Posted by CNN Anchor Hala Gorani
Does Islam not prohibit astrology, the way strict Christianity does?
Hala Gorani,
Astrology is a long-established method of exploring ourselves, our relationships and our place within the world. It works by taking a look at the significant environmental influences operating in a particular place at a given time – as expressed through the horoscope in the symbolic relationships of the heavenly bodies..
Iraq is no exception in this and by the way can you ask Al-Bakri about me and tell how my this year will be ?? Almost every one that i know are courius to know what will be there life in future ..

good one

sudheer mopperthy
To Cynthia,

yes, you are absolutely right: Islam prohibits believing what astrologists say. "Astrologists lie even when they are correct [in their predictions]".
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