Predicting Forthcoming Events

First of all, we would like to stress the fact that Allah Almighty is the only one Who knows the Unseen. However, this does not contradict one’s predicting the results of plans or estimating based on analysis of current events.

It is on this that, Sheikh Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, said::

It depends on what you mean by predictions. If you mean estimation that is based on experience or the person’s own analysis of the current events, then it is not haram. For example, an economic expert might predict about the exchange rates, or a military expert might predict victory or defeat, etc. These attempts are based on experience and logical reasoning, which is allowed and sometimes necessary in life, especially for planning. However, if prediction is religiously oriented and implies an extraordinary power and superstitions, then it is not allowed, because the hadith states: “Whoever approaches a soothsayer and believes what he says, has disbelieved on what has been revealed to Muhammad” (Ahmad).

Therefore, predicting results about soccer matches is based on the aforementioned cases. If it is only a personal opinion and analysis and no gambling is involved, then it is permissible. However, if it turns out to be a form of gambling for which people compete by offering money, then it is forbidden.