Ilm ul- Ramal: Islamic Geomancy from Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Qadiri’s Shama i-Shabastan

September 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

The venerable Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Qadiri  in his Shama i-Shabastan writes of the method of Islamic geomancy (Ilm ul-Ramal): “One should perform ablution, face the Qibla and thereafter recite the customary Fatiha once for the pleasure of Allah, then recite it again for the honor of the Holy Prophet (S), making ihda to Prophet (asking Allah to send its reward to the honor of the Prophet).  Following this, repeatedly recite the following verse from the Holy Qur’an, closing one’s eyes, and contemplating ones question.  While in this state of contemplation, place your index finger over the following Naqsh (tableau) of Ilm ul-Ramal, and allow your index finger to naturally rest upon one of the squares, without moving it yourself, and without resisting movement.  Thereafter, consider to act according to the guidance one receives.

Here is the verse,


Here is the Ilm ul-Ramal Tableau

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