Ruling on swearing by other than Allaah

Question: I had a discussion with a Muslim brother concerning the impermissibility of swearing by other than Allaah.

In this discussion I told him that based on what I have studied, swearing by other than Allaah is Shirk Asghar (minor form of associating others in worship with Allaah), as Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab explained it in his book: Al-Shirk Al-Asghar is to swear by other than Allaah, such as when a person says, ‘I have none except Allaah and you’, or ‘I put my trust in Allaah and you’ …Etc. However, he said: It is permissible to swear by the Qur’aan because it is one of Allaah’s Attributes. There are numerous opinions held by some practitioners of Ijtihaad (juristic effort to infer expert legal rulings) supporting his view. We would like the Committee to issue a Fatwa regarding this matter, for we know that they depend on the Saheeh Hadeeth (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish), may Allaah reward you!

Answer: As to swearing by any other than Allaah, such as saying: What Allaah wills and you will, I have none except Allaah and you and so on: if the people who make such oaths glorify in their hearts the creatures that they swear by the same as they glorify Allaah, this is Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah)… read more here.

Bowing to parents

Question: Is it permissible to perform Rukoo‘ (bowing) to one’s parents?

Answer: This is impermissible and is tantamount to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Rukoo‘ is a form of worship, just like Sujood (prostration); therefore, it is impermissible to bow or prostrate before anyone other than Allaah the Exalted… read more here.

Prostrating before other than Allaah and slaughtering animals for them

Question: Is it true that a person who testifies that Allaah is the Creator and Provider,and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is Allaah’s Messenger, and performs Salaah (Prayer) is a Muslim even if they make Sujood (Prostration) to their shaykh and offer sacrifices for people other than Allaah?

Answer: Making Sujood and sacrificing for anyone other than Allaah is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Ruling on a person who dies as Kaafir

Question: What do you think of the claim of some People that whoever commit themselves to the Message of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and face the Qiblah (Ka`bah-direction faced in Prayer) in Salaah (Prayer) is a Muslim and even if they make Sujood (Prostration) to their shaykhs, they will not be considered Kaafirs (disbelievers) or be called Mushriks (people who associate others in worship with Allaah). These people even claim that Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhaab was wrong when he stated that those who commit polytheistic acts will be consigned to eternal punishment unless they repent. They maintain that the Mushriks among Muslims will be tortured (for a while) then will enter Jannah (Paradise). None of the followers of Muhammad (i.e.) Muslims will remain eternally in Hell.”

Answer: Those who believe in the message of Muhammad (peace be upon him) and in the ordinances of sharee`ah (Islaamic law), and make Sujood to anyone other than Allaah e.g. a Walee (pious man), a dead person, or a shaykh are considered apostates and Mushriks even if they utter the two testimonies of faith in their Sujood because they act contradictory to their utterances… read more here.

Making unlawful Thikr a means of protection

Question: Dear Shaykh, a sheet of paper was thrown onto the road, and I wanted to remove it but I checked it first to know whether it contained Qur’aan. Please give me a detailed explanation for the content of that paper and tell me if it is lawful or not?

The paper read: “This should be engraved in a golden ring, perfumed with aloes (wood) and ambergris and worn in a state of full purification. Then, Allaah’s Names ”Alee ‘Atheem (the Most High, the Most Great) should be mentioned 1130 times after every obligatory Salaah (Prayer) for one week starting from Fajr (Dawn) Prayer of the first Friday of the month and ending on Thursday after `Ishaa’ (Night) Prayer. Thereupon, the Two Names should be mentioned after every obligatory Salaah as much as you can. This will uncover for you wonderful and invaluable secrets that should not be enclosed to anybody, including your son, lest they are misused to harm the servants of Allaah.”

Answer: It is not permissible to do any of what is mentioned in the question or to use it as a charm or an amulet… read more here.

Wearing amulets containing Aayaat and other writings

Question: Does wearing amulets containing Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) and other writings make someone a Kaafir (disbeliever)?

Answer: There are two types of amulets that people wear… read more here.

Eating animals slaughtered by one who observes the pillars of Islaam but wears amulets

Question: Is it permissible to eat from the meat of the animals slaughtered by those who testify that Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah (there is no god but Allaah), perform Salaahs (Prayers), pay Zakaah (obligatory charity) and perform Hajj (Pilgrimage) but wear amulets with or without Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses)?

Answer: If the amulets contain Qur’aan or some of the Names and Attributes of Allaah, then it is permissible to eat from the meat of the animals slaughtered by those who wear them… read more here.

Hanging a piece of metal as a charm to bring about benefit or prevent evil

Question: When a woman gives birth to a baby, she would hang a metal rod for forty days thinking that this piece of metal will protect her from Jinn (creatures created from fire). Women believe that this metal will benefit them rather than Allaah Who has created them. I had a debate with my mother and wife about this. What is your advice to my mother and wife? I hope that your advice will solve this common problem among the tribes of Zefar.

Thus, please advise the Muslim women who think that this piece of metal can bring benefit or cause harm. Advise me in this regard in detail please, so I can invite people to adhere to the right path!

Likewise, a circumcised boy stays for forty days without Sawm (Fast) or Salaah (Prayer) wearing that piece of metal. I need advice based on religious evidence as soon as possible. May Allaah reward you with the best for the efforts you exert for Islaam and Muslims.

Answer: Among the kinds of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) that takes a person out of the fold of Islaam is the act of hanging a piece of metal by a woman during the postpartum period or by a circumcised person as a charm to bring benefit or prevent evil… read more here.

Using a chain for self-protection, marketing, and as a marriage gift

Question: Is it permissible to wear a chain for self-protection, or use it for marketing commodities, or to present it to a girl as an offer of marriage?

Answer: Firstly, it is impermissible to use a chain as an amulet to protect oneself or to market commodities and the hypocrisy practiced in such marketing… read more here.

Ruling on “Hijaab Al-Hisn Al-Hasin” (the Amulet of the complete protection)

Question: Someone enquires about a paper that they attached to their letter. They say that this paper contains some superstitions, forms of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), and some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses). They mention that people rush to make copies of that paper and have false beliefs in it. The paper is sent to us in order to reveal its falsehood and publish its refutation among people in a suitable way.

Answer: This paper contains some Aayaat and Suwar (Qur’aanic chapters)… read more here.

Ruling on offering Salaah while wearing amulets

Question: Is it permissible to offer Salaah (Prayer) while wearing amulets or not?

Answer: Scholars have unanimously agreed on the prohibition of wearing amulets if they contain anything other than Qur’aan, but there is disagreement about when Aayaat of the Qur’aan are inscribed on them… read more here.

Salaah behind someone who makes amulets containing Aayaat or Du`aa’

Question: Is it permissible to perform Salaah (prayer) behind an Imaam (the one who leads congregational Prayer) who writes amulets?

I must say that this man does not write these amulets for magic purposes, but for little affairs like headaches, getting newborns to nurse…Etc. Please clarify this matter to me, especially that some scholars say that he is considered a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship), and therefore it is not permissible to perform Salaah behind him.

Answer: It is permissible to perform Salaah behind one who makes amulets with Aayaat of the Qur’aan or prescribed supplications… read more here.

Putting a piece of cloth, leather, or the abdomen of a baby

Question: Is it permissible to place a piece of cloth, leather, or something similar on the abdomen of a suckling child or an adult? This is a common practice in the southern region. Please advise me regarding this!

Answer: If this piece of cloth or leather is used as an amulet to bring benefit or repel harm, this is Haraam (prohibited)… read more here.

Ruling on writing amulets for the treatment of sick people

Question: A man wrote only some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) on a piece of paper for a sick person and told him: “When you return home, hammer a nail into every word of these Aayaat as Alif-Laaam-Meeem. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’aan and none but Allaah (Alone) knows their meanings.] This is the Book (the Qur’aan), whereof there is no doubt He pronounces some words upon the letter “A” (Alif) and then hammers it with a nail and so on. Then, he conceals this paper for ten or fifteen days. Is this a kind of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)? Is this considered a kind of amulet? Is it permissible to do so?

Answer: It is not permissible to do this as it is one kind of amulets that the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade… read more here.

Receiving fees for making Amulets

Question: A person wrote amulets to another in return for a fee, but the latter learned afterward that wearing amulets is impermissible in Islaam. Should he pay to the writer of these amulets his fees or not?

Answer: It is prohibited to wear amulets whether it contains Qur’aanic Aayaat (verses) or any other… read more here.

Istighfaar and Du`aa’ for a person who used to invoke the dead

Question: My Qur’aan teacher and my mother’s great-grandfather died. They used to inscribe Aayaat of the Qur’aan on rings and give them to people. Before their death they urged me to continue reciting the Qur’aan. I continued to do so until my Lord made me understand Tawheed (monotheism) which made me realize that they did something wrong. Can I supplicate to Allaah to have mercy upon them and forgive them? Peace, mercy and blessings of Allaah be upon you!

Answer: Writing Aayaat of the Qur’aan to be worn as amulets is impermissible, as is wearing them for protection, healing, or repelling harm, according to the most correct scholarly opinion… read more here.

Wearing Amulets containing Aayaat, Hadeeth, or strange words

Question: Is it permissible for a sick person to wear an amulet which contains Du`aa’s (supplications) reported by the Prophet, some noble Aayaat (Qur`aanic verses), phrases of making Tawassul (supplicating to Allaah through a means) by Awliyaa’ (pious people), Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) and righteous people or something of the sort which contains strange non-Arabic words or star drawings or bears the names of the Prophet (peace be upon him) for the purpose of averting harm or bringing benefit. I also want to tell you that my mother is used to going to soothsayers who design these articles. They tell her that the whole family is bewitched but we do not obey her or believe what she says. She may mix the medicine they give her with our food and drink. She may also put the amulets in our clothes without our knowledge. When we found amulets with our names written on them, we disapproved of it but she did not care.

Answer: It is unlawful to write anything other than the Qur’aan and Allaah’s Names on a paper or on anything else to be hung around a diseased person’s neck, children, or animals to gain recovery or protection from diseases, evil, or envy… read more here.

Wearing Amulets bearing some Aayaat and Allaah’s Magnificent Names

Question: What is the ruling on those who practice enchantment? I mean those who write some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) of the Glorious Qur’aan and Allaah’s Most Beautiful Names in amulets and sell them to people telling them they will protect them. Also, when a child is born or experiences an ailment, they write on a paper then hang it around his or her neck or give it to students claiming that it makes them smart and wise especially in our country and in Africa and some Arab countries.

Answer: It is unlawful to write anything other than the Qur’aan and Allaah’s Names on a paper or on anything else to be hung around a diseased person’s neck, children, or animals to gain recovery or protection from diseases, evil, or envy… read more here.

Ruling on Ruqyah and Amulets

Question: What is the ruling on Ruqyah (recitation over the sick for the purposes of healing and protection) and amulets?

Answer: Ruqyah is permissible if it is done with Qur’aan, the Most Beautiful Names of Allaah… read more here.

Reciting some Aayaat on water for the sick and asking them to drink it

Question: Is it permissible to write some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) on a piece of paper, put it in water and then drink it? Or to put such paper under the pillow, or by the door of the house?

Answer: It is permissible to recite some Aayaat on water for the sick and ask them to drink it, for this is reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Sunan Aboo Daawood, Kitaab Al-Tibb “Chapter on Medicine”… read more here.

Wearing amulets and talismans containing Aayaat

Question: What is your opinion regarding wearing an amulet or a Hijaab (preserver) containing some Aayaat of the Qur’aan? What I mean is: Is it permissible for a Muslim to carry a Hijaab that contains some Aayaat of the Qur’aan or not?

Answer: The Salaf (righteous predecessors) disagreed about the ruling on writing an Aayah of the Qur’aan or the whole Qur’aan and wearing it on the upper arm or elsewhere to protect against feared harm or to remove adversity… read more here.

Wearing amulets bearing some Aayaat

Question: An Imaam (one who leads congregational Salaah) wears amulets on which Qur’aan is written and makes similar ones for others. However, he leads people in Salaah (Prayer). Is it lawful to appoint such a man as an Imaam and pray behind him or not?

Answer: Wearing amulets or other items containing Qur’aanic Aayaat is Haraam (prohibited) according to the more correct of two opinions held by the scholars… read more here.

Writing Aayaat or Du`aa’ Ma’thoor to be hung on the sick seeking recovery

Question: What is the ruling on people who write some of the Aayaat (verses) of the Qur’aan and ask the sick to hang them on their heads or any other part of their bodies claiming that this is a cure while they may or may not charge for this service?

Answer: The proper view is that writing Aayaat of the Qur’aan or any other Du`aa’ Ma’thoor (recorded supplication) and asking the sick to hang them seeking recovery is prohibited. This is due to three reasons… read more here.

Reciting the Qur’aan on some Zamzam water then giving it to someone to drink to fulfill a need

Question: What is the ruling on certain people reciting Qur’aan over Zamzam Water (well that sprung up under the Prophet Isma‘eel when he was a baby, near the Ka‘bah), then giving it to someone to drink in order to be granted specific wishes or for healing?

Answer: It is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) drank from Zamzam Water, used to carry it with him, and encouraged people to drink it saying: Zamzam Water is for whatever it is drunk for. On the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaasread more here.

Carrying pocket-sized copies of the Mus-haf for protection against envy or the envious eye

Question: What is the ruling on carrying pocket-sized copies of the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan)for protection against envy or the evil eye on the grounds that they provide protection or prevent harm? What is the ruling if they are put in the car to prevent accidents? The second question is: What is the ruling on wearing an amulet which contains Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) of the Qur’aan for protection against envy or the evil eye or for seeking success or recovering from illness or magic spells or other purposes? The third question is: What is the ruling on wearing gold necklaces which contain Ruqyah (a piece of paper with some Qur’aanic verses and supplications written on it) for protection from harm?

Answer: Allaah (Glorified be He) revealed the Qur’aan so that people could practice its recitation as an act of `Ibaadah (worship), contemplate its meaning, know its rulings and thereby act upon them… read more here.

Writing an Aayah and wearing it around the upper arm

Question: What is the ruling on writing an Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) and hanging it around any human part; the upper arm for example, or rinsing this writing with water or the like and then using this water in washing the body? Is this an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or not and is it permissible or not?

Answer: The scholars of Salaf (righteous predecessors) hold different views regarding the ruling on writing an Aayah of the Qur’aan and hanging it or hanging the whole Qur’aan around the upper arm for protection against evil or to ward it off… read more here.

Using Zamzam water to treat psychological disorders

Question: I am a Muslim woman in my twenties. I was married about a year and a half ago and thanks to Allaah, I had a baby six months ago delivered naturally. A week after delivery, I began to suffer from severe depression, which had never happened to me before. I lost interest in everything, even taking care of the baby. I went to a psychiatrist and took medication until recently, but it was of no use and I became tired of long treatment.

I ask Allaah that you find an Islaamically approved treatment for my distress and psychological depression, or the best remedy, so that I can return to my normal state and take care of my husband and baby, and be able to manage the affairs of my home. I heard sometime ago the Hadeeth, which states: The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for. I hope from Allaah, then you, to clarify the meaning of this Hadeeth. Does it apply to my psychological case, or is it only for physical diseases? If Zamzam water is useful, by the Will of Allaah, in treating my case, how can I get it?

Answer: Put your trust in Allaah and expect good from Him. Entrust your affairs to Him and do not despair of His Mercy and Benevolence. There is no disease for which Allaah has not also sent down the cure… read more here.

Going to churches to treat epilepsy

Question: The common cure for epilepsy here in Egypt is to go to a church, especially the Mary Girgis Church, or to go to practitioners of Sihr (witchcraft) and soothsayers, who are widespread in villages. Sometimes, recovery is secured. Is it permissible to do so given that the epileptic may die if he is not treated quickly? What is the lawful treatment, sanctioned by Allaah, to this seizure, as there is a cure for every disease except for old age? Please give us a detailed explanation regarding the cure.

Answer: It is not permissible to resort to churches, practitioners of Sihr (witchcraft), or soothsayers for treating epilepsy... read more here.

Putting the Mus-haf on the forehead of the possessed person for healing

Question: I am a blind man suffering from Jinn (creatures created from fire) coming every night to my house. When I open the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan) and put its face down, they go away. Some people told me that it is not permissible to open the Mus-haf and put it face down. Please, help me!

Answer: You should occupy yourself with Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) repeatedly upon going to bed and recite Aayatul-Kursee... read more here.

Cauterization as a way of curing epilepsy

Question: An epileptic woman is possessed by a female Jinn. When the Jinn is beaten, she refuses to depart from the Muslim woman’s body. Is it permissible in this case to burn the Muslim woman with a firebrand so that the female jinni will leave her body?

Answer: It is absolutely Haraam (prohibited) to use this method, because only Allaah has the right to punish with fire... read more here.

Seeking treatment from being possessed by jinn at practitioners of Arab medicine

Question: One night, my brother who is fifteen years old, was walking in one of the valleys in the southern desert. He said that he found a strange being that looked like an animal and this animal accompanied him for approximately one kilometer. He felt great fear and his jaws stuck together. This animal kept walking with him for a while to his left, to his right, behind him, and in front of him. He said that he tried many times to perform Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) but he could not. Moreover, he tried to do anything that might drive this strange thing away from him but he could not. Then, according to him, this being suddenly disappeared. He kept walking until he reached his house. He suffered disorders in his mental and nervous systems for two weeks. Then, he suffered epilepsy and we moved to Al-Dammam. I took him to hospital. Some of my friends told me that my brother was suffering from insanity due to seeing jinn (creatures created from fire) and that the hospital treatment would not cure him. They told me to take him to a diviner. Then, due to my brother’s state, I was obliged to consult someone in Al-Dammam. He claimed that he treats these kinds of illnesses. When we got there, he seated my brother before him and began to pronounce Tahlil (saying, “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah [there is no god but Allaah]”) and asked Allaah to bestow peace and blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) in a loud voice. Then he began to mumble words in a low voice so that we could not understand what he said.He put water in a cup and recited Soorah Al-Faatihah and some words that I did not hear. Then, he gave it to the boy to drink. He gave us a certain type of gum to burn as incense to perfume my brother with. We went to this person again and he did the same thing he had done in the previous session. He said that we had to have with him six sessions; one session per week, then he would record his name in order to know if he could treat him or not. He said that he observed the boy while the latter was being perfumed with incense. He also said that he could see other people in Najran, Abha, and other places. Besides, he said that he knew the status of another patient who lives in Kuwait. Moreover, he does not receive money except for what one gives to him. As for the boy, he began to recover with the Will of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). I, all praise be to Allaah, have a firm belief and creed. I have no doubt that Allaah is the only One Who causes harm and brings benefit. Going to this person does not mean that I believe that he will cure my brother. I believe that no one will cure my brother except Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) Alone. I would like you to guide me as to what I should do. Can I follow up with this person or not?

Secondly: What is the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) ruling on this method of treatment used by such a person?

Answer: In case that the reality is what you have mentioned; your brother is thus possessed by Jinn. You have to treat him with Shar`ee (Islaamically lawful) Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing)... read more here.

Protection from being possessed by jinn

Question: A man lives in a house in the desert which he inherited from his forefathers. On the second day of Ramadaan, he experienced a calamity. He claims that ever since that night, he feels stones being thrown at him from inside and outside his house. The lights of the house go on and off, utensils break and he feels played with, without knowing who is doing this! This went on for several days, after which he consulted his clan hoping they would be of help to him. However, they told him that it was probably some of his enemies who were doing these terrible things to him. They accompanied him back to his house and when night fell and it became dark, they witnessed everything he had told them about and believed him. After that his family urged him to leave the house.

How do you interpret this awful occurrence? What is its remedy? What is the legal ruling on this?

Answer: This may be a group of devils from among the Jinn who are harassing him in order to drive him away from his home, or merely to annoy him… read more here.

The reality of jinn possession

Question: Some people are possessed by Jinn (creatures created from fire) and are told that Asyad (masters) or shaykhs of Jinn have entered their bodies. Those Asyad and shaykhs might be disbelievers or Christians; thus, they order the possessed person to do things that contradict Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) such as abandoning the performance of Salaah (prayer), going to the church, or doing unbearable things and if they do not obey, they torture them. What is the Sharee`ah way to get rid of them?

Answer: Jinn entering human bodies is a reality and if the possessed person is ordered to do unlawful things… read more here.

Jinn: According to Qur’aan and Sunnah

Question: When a person becomes ill with hallucinations, people start to say that he is possessed by jinn (creatures created from fire). They bring a shaykh who recites the Qur’aan upon him until he restores his consciousness. Is this true or not? Also is it true that chanting certain incantations can prevent a husband from being able to have sexual intercourse with his wife?

Answer: Firstly, Jinn is a kind of Allaah’s creatures which is mentioned in the Qur’aan and Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet)… read more here.

The dominance of Jinn over humans

Question: Does the following Hadeeth bear evidence on the dominance of Jinn (creatures created from fire) over Humans? Aboo Al-Sa’eeb narrated: We visited Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree in his house and while we were waiting for him (to finish his Prayer) we heard something under his bed. We looked towards the sound and found a snake. I jumped up to kill it, but he (Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree) gestured that I should sit down. I sat down and when he finished (the Salaah) he pointed to a room in the house and said: Do you see this room? I said: Yes. He said: There was a young man amongst us who was newly wed. We went with Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) to take part in the Battle of the Trench, this young man used to ask for Allaah’s Messenger’s (peace be upon him) permission to return to his family everyday at midday. One day, he sought permission from him and Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) (after granting him the permission) said to him: Carry your weapons with you for I fear the tribe of Qurayzhah (may harm you). The man took his weapons and came back to find his wife standing between the two doors. He was hit by jealousy and made a dash towards her with a spear in order to stab her. She said: Keep your spear away and enter the house until you see that which has made me come out. He entered and found a big snake coiled on the bed. He darted with the spear and pierced it and then went out, but the snake quivered and attacked him and no one knew which of them died first, the snake or the young man . . . (Related by Muslim in his Saheeh (authentic) Book of Hadeeth ‘Refer to Mishkaah Al-Masaabih,chapter on [The lawful and the prohibited to eat]’)

Answer: Firstly, the Hadeeth is Saheeh (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish) in terms of its Sanad (chain of narrators) and Matn (text)… read more here.

Curing the feeling of envy toward others

Question: I sometimes feel hardness in my heart and something like inconspicuous Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or envy, what is the remedy for this? Moreover, I used to invoke Allaah with the Du’aa’ (supplication) that was said by the Prophet (peace be upon him): O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from associating anything with You knowingly, and I seek Your forgiveness for what I know not. I make Du`aa’ to Allaah also to grant forgiveness and mercy to those whom I envy in order to expiate my sins towards them. Is there any other remedy that cures this dangerous malady?

Answer: You have to observe a lot of Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah), recite the glorious Qur’aan, do many supererogatory acts of `Ibaadah (worship) and keep the company of righteous people… read more here.

How to be cured from an evil eye

Question: Is it permissible to treat the harm caused by the evil (envious) eye using the incense of alum, herbs, leaves, and the like?

Answer: It is not permissible to treat the harm caused by the cast of evil eye with what was mentioned, as they are not among the usual means of treatment… read more here.

The reality of the evil or envious eye

Question: What is the reality of the evil or envious eye? Allaah (Exalted be He) says: “And from the evil of the envier when he envies.” Is the following Hadeeth authentic:One third of those who are in the graves are there because of the evil eye. ? What should someone do and say if they think that they are envied? Will it cure them if they use water with which the envier has washed themselves? Should they drink that water or wash themselves with?

Answer: The Arabic word `Ayn (literally, the eye) is derived from (`Aana – Ya`inu) and refers to when a person harms another by casting an evil eye on him. It usually starts with admiration for something felt by the person who casts an evil eye… read more here.

Influence of Jinn and mankind on one another and the envier on the envied

Question: What is the effect of jinn (creatures created from fire) on humans or humans on jinn and the effects of the evil eye on the envied person?

Answer: The effect of jinn on humans and humans on jinn and the effects of the evil eye on the envied person are well-known facts. But all these things happen by Allaah’s Kawnee (universal) Will and Decree, not by His Shar`ee (legislative) Will [i.e., He wills that it should happen but He does not enjoin it and He is not pleased by such actions]… read more here.

Ruqyah by Qur’aan, Thikr and words that do not contain Shirk

Question: What is the ruling on Ruqyah (reciting Qur’an and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) and amulets with Aayaat (verses) from the Qur’aan? Is it correct that if I carry with me the books of “Al-Hisn Al-Haseen”, “Hirz Al-Jawshan”,or “Al-Sab` Al-`Uqud Al-Sulaymaaniyyah” they will fend off evil eye and envy as mentioned in them? People say that these books only contain Aayaat from the Qur’aan such as Al-Mu`awwidhatayn (Suwar Al-Falaq and Al-Naas) and Aayat-ul-Kursee (the Qur’aanic Verse of the Throne, Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255). Can the recitation of such Aayaat benefit me even if I do not carry these books?

Answer: Ruqyah is permissible as long as it does not entail any Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) or any illegal Du`aa’ (supplication)… read more here.

Treating a possessed person by reciting Aayaat

Question: Some of our brothers exorcise Jinn from the possessed by reciting some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses). These brothers claimed that while treating a patient, Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him) descended from heaven and assisted them in exorcising the Jinn. This account has resulted in dissension and conflict among the people. Please elaborate on this matter. Does Jibreel descend from heaven after the death of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) to help anyone as they claimed, or for any other reason?

Answer: It is permissible to treat a patient possessed by Jinn by reciting Aayaat or Suwar over them, because Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) with the Qur’aan is prescribed by Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law)… read more here.

Seeking treatment from people who perform acts of Shirk

Question: A man fell seriously ill. He visited many doctors but they could not cure his illness. When he went to a man who is in the habit of making Tawassul (supplicating to Allaah through a means) by the dead and seeking their help and blessings, Allaah cured him. Is it permissible to go to such a person? This incidence happened many times to the point that people believed that such a person treats the sick through these acts of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), we seek refuge with Allaah! What is the ruling on this?

Answer: It is forbidden to go to someone who practices acts of Shirk, such as making Du`aa’ to and seeking help from the dead for the sake of recovery from illnesses… read more here.

Going to a Diviner in cases of illness

Question: What is the ruling on going to Al-Sayyid (enchanter) in cases of serious disease. It should be noted that the diseased person has an incurable disease. But Al-Sayyid cured many people of this disease and they recovered with Allaah’s Will. We believe that it is Allaah Who grants recovery. Some people objected to this but we reply that Al-Sayyid is a means to bring recovery just like a doctor. What is the view of Your Eminence on this?

Answer: It is permissible for a diseased person to be treated with permissible medicines and the Shar`ee (Islaamically lawful) Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing)… read more here.

Invoking Allaah by His Names for the cure of illnesses

Question: Can Muslims make Du`aa’ (supplication) to Allaah using His Names for the cure of their illnesses?

Answer: It is permissible to do so due to the general saying of Allaah (Exalted be He): And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allaah, so call on Him by them This is also authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Ruqyah that does not involve Shirk

Question: Is it permissible for Muslims to use all kinds of Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing)?

Answer: Ruqyah is permissible if it does not entail any Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), such as using Suwar (chapters) and Aayaat (verses) from the Qur’aan, or verified forms of Thikr (remembrance of Allaah)… read more here.

Islaamic treatment for the one possessed by Jinn

Question: What does Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) prescribe as treatment for a person who is possessed by Jinn (creatures created from fire)?

Answer: Such a person should be treated by Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) and by repeating Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah) which has been authentically narrated from the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Charms, amulets, and love-potions

Question: A person applied to Riyadh Principality for a license to sell Ruqyahs (i.e., recitations for healing) and amulets containing Qur’aanic Aayaat in the market. The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) asked him to obtain a license from the Principality. The Principality has suggested that Your Eminence issue the license after being convinced by the applicant and that you lay down the regulations and the rules which will protect the people from exploitation. We would like to know your opinion in this concern, and the possibility of granting such licenses for those who meet the laid down criteria. Please accept our best regards.

Answer: A Fatwaa (legal opinion by a qualified Muslim scholar) has already been issued regarding the ruling on writing Qur’aan or Prophetic supplications on paper or on a plate, then wiping it with water for the patient to drink as a cure… read more here.

Reciting Qur’aan and authentic Prophetic supplications as Ruqyah

Question: What is the ruling on Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) with the Qur’aan, Athkaar (invocations and remembrances said at certain times on a regular basis), and Du`aa’ (supplications) that were authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him)?

Answer: It is permissible to make Ruqyah with Qur’aan, Athkaar and Du`aa’ that were authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) to provide protection and cure for illnesses… read more here.

A Ruqyah claimed to “protect against scorpions”

Question: There are invocations claimed to protect against scorpions which have been tried and proven effective. It reads: “O Allaah! This is the spell of scorpions and reptiles passed by the Jews and Christians. It says: ‘What makes you cry, O Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘A reptile consigned to Hellfire; its tail like a saw with small chest like a dinar. Gabriel descended on its blood. Gabriel descended on its poison crying out thrice to Allaah, ‘Be admitted to Allaah’s Glory and written in a Preserved Tablet.'” What is the ruling on this? May Allaah reward you!

Answer: The Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) you mentioned is false. Only authentic Ruqyah with Qur’aan and supplications authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) is permissible… read more here.

Is Ruqyah performed by a Muslim to another permissible?

Question: What is the ruling on people who recite the Qur’aan on others bearing in mind that some of them call up the Jinn (creatures created from fire), make them testify, and take their promise not to harm those on whom the recitation is made?

Answer: Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) is permissible to be done by one Muslim for another… read more here.