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.

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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.

Is the Salaah of a person who consults a diviner accepted?

Question: Dear Shaykh, I married an uneducated orphan girl on Eed Al-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) in 1403 A.H. In the beginning of Thul-Hijjah, she was afflicted by a psychological illness whose symptoms are crying to the extent that she sometimes screams and wails. Her father took her to his home and brought a sorcerer to treat her. He treated her with foul smelling smoke and confined her in a dark room for the entire month of Muharram. This type of treatment is called “Hajbah” (screening) and was done without my consent. She was cured and stayed at her father’s during the months of Safar and Rabee‘ Al-Awwal, then returned home in the beginning of Rabee‘ Al-Thaanee. Once again she was attacked by the same illness.

Now I am having her seen by a professional psychiatrist who treats her by the Qur’aan and Prophetic supplications, in addition to other medications. However, her family is not convinced and wants to take her to the sorcerer again. They have even prevented me from reciting Qur’aan over her when she goes into spasms, because the sorcerer told them that I am the one who caused the aggravation of her illness by reciting over her Al-Mu‘awwidhatayn (Suwar: Al-Falaq and Al-Naas) and Aayatul-Kursee (the Qur’aanic Verse of the Throne, Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255). What should I do if her father takes her to another sorcerer? Please advise as soon as possible!

Answer: You have done well by treating her with Qur’aan and Ruqyah (Qur’aan and prescribed supplications recited over the sick seeking healing)… read more here.

Aayaat written on a sheet of paper for healing

Question: What is the ruling on writing some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) on a sheet of paper, putting it in water, and then drinking the water? I have seen some people doing so.

Answer: Nothing is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him), his Rightly-Guided Caliphs, or his Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them) in this regard. So avoiding this practice would be better.. read more here.

Treating patients through Ruqyah

Question: There are many shaykhs in my country. When a person gets sick, they go to them. The shaykhs recite some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) and tell them that they have to bring a ram, an ox, a she-camel, or similar animals. All year long, people pay a lot of money just to go to such shaykhs. Is this permissible or not?

Answer: Treating a patient by Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying authentically reported supplications over the sick seeking healing) is permissible… read more here.

Reciting the Qur’aan for a sick person

Question: Is it permissible to recite Qur’aan for an ill person seeking the reward of Allaah (Exalted be He) or for a fee?

Answer: If the recitation is intended for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing), it is not only permissible but also Mustahab (desirable). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Performing Ruqyah in return for fees

Question: I preach and guide people in Tabook. I also lead the congregational Salaahs (Prayers) and Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer in one of the Masjids (mosques) there. I have established in it a library that contains a lot of valuable Sunnah-related books. In the Masjid, I teach Hadeeth, Fiqh (Islaamic jurisprudence), Tawheed (monotheism), and Tafseer (exegesis of the Qur’ean). I also treat the sick by Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) as authentically reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) in Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth, i.e. the Ruqyah formula he used to recite for his family and Sahaabah (Companions) and the Ruqyah that Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him) recited for him. I do not use anything other than what was mentioned in the Hadeeths. Of course you know that Ruqyah is established as authentic and true by the books of Sunnah.

Formulas I mostly use for Ruqyah are those mentioned in the books of the Shaykh of Islaam, such as “Idah Al-Dalaalah fi `Umum Al-Risaalah” and his other well-known books, and also in the books of Ibn Al-Qayyim, such as “Zaad Al-Ma`aad.” I receive a fee for doing this relying on the evidence inferred from the Hadeeth reported in the Two Saheeh Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree that supports the permissibility of reciting Ruqyah and receiving a payment in return for it. The Hadeeth, of course, is well known to Your Eminence.

What makes me receive a payment is to be spared the embarrassment of begging from people, for I am a blind man and I have straitened family circumstances. Besides, I was not fortunate enough to get a job. I know that doing so is Islaamically permissible and lawful. However, some ignorant people groundlessly objected to my doing so. Therefore, I hope, relying on Allaah, that Your Eminence will issue a Fatwaa highlighting the necessary points so that I can be enlightened and be more convincing to those who object, in ignorance, to my taking a fee. If you see that what I am doing is wrong, please give me a convincing advice, for I oppose none of your opinions.

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned – that you treat the sick with lawful Ruqyah, using only the formulas authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him), and that you keenly refer to what the eminent scholar Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him) recorded in his well-known books… read more here.

Treatment, Ruqyah and amulets using Qur’aan

Question: What is the ruling on treating the sick, making Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) or amulets or charms using the Qur’aan?

Answer: Firstly, It is permissible to treat sick people with the Qur’aan. It was reported in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree that he said… read more here.

Ruqyah with Qur’aan, Thikr, and Du`aa’

Question: Some people write Aayaat of the Qur’aan on a blackboard, rinse the writing and then drink the water that was used in rinsing, hoping that they will attain knowledge, earn money, enjoy health and safety and so on by virtue of this deed. Moreover, they write these Aayaat on parchments that are worn around the neck for protection. Is this act lawful or not?

Answer: The Prophet (peace be upon him) permitted Ruqyah (saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) using the Qur’aan, the prescribed Athkaar (oft-recited invocations) and Du‘aa’ (supplication to Allaah); thus, Ruqyah is permitted as long as it is free of any Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or in worship) or meaningless words… read more here.

Reciting Soorah Al-Ikhlaas, Al-Mu’awwidhatayn, and Al-Faatihah for healing

Question: Is it lawful to recite Suwar: Al-Ikhlaas, Al- Mu‘awwidhatayn (Suwar: Al-Falaq and Al-Naas) and Al-Faatihah for the purpose of seeking healing? Did the Messenger (peace be upon him) or the Salaf (righteous predecessors) do so? Please enlighten us!

Answer: Reciting Soorah Al-Ikhlaas, Mu‘awwidhatayn, Al-Faatihah and other Suwar is regarded as a permissible Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) which the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) legislated by performing it himself and approving it for his Sahaabah (Companions)… read more here.

Drinking water from the vessel upon which some Aayaat of the Qur’aan are read

Question: Is it permissible for someone suffering from pain to drink the water upon which Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) were read as a form of Ruqyah?

Answer: Daar Al-Iftaa’ (the House of Fatwaa) has previously issued an answer to a similar question. The Fatwaa goes as follows: “It is permissible to drink water from the vessel upon which some Aayaat of the Qur’aan were read. This is based on the general meaning of the Aayah in which Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.