Was the Messenger of Allaah afflicted with Sihr?

Question: Was magic worked on the Prophet (peace be upon him) and was he affected by it?

Answer: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) is human. Therefore, it is normal for him to be afflicted by the worldly misfortunes befalling people such as diseases, pain, assault or oppression and other things that are irrelevant to his mission… read more here.

Believing that knot-tying cures diseases

Question: A sister of mine performed Hajj with my father along with some people from our country. On the Day of `Arafah, an Iranian woman brought a silk thread and asked my sister and the women with her saying: Could any one of you who is performing Hajj for the first time tie a knot with that silk thread? The eldest woman among them, who had performed Hajj before, told them to tie the knot for her and they did.

My question is: Is the Hajj of the person who tied the knot valid? The Iranian woman told them that one of her relatives is a sick man who gets cured through this tying of knots. My sister and the women with her felt shy to tell my father as he may have stopped her.

Answer: This is an impermissible deed. If the woman who did so had no knowledge, she would be excused due to her ignorance. But if she knew that it was impermissible for her to do so, she would be a sinner and must repent to Allaah and seek His forgiveness and never do anything like this again… read more here.

Breaking a spell by a counter spell

Question: Many people believe that a man who is under a spell should go to a certain person to break the spell by means of amulets. Amazingly enough, the amulets sometimes work and the spell is broken; what is Your Eminence’s opinion? Also, was the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) really affected by magic?

Answer: Breaking a spell by means of another spell is not permissible. It is not permissible to go to soothsayers or ask them to come to examine a person who has been affected by magic… read more here.

Breaking the spell of a sorcerer using a counter spell

Question: One sister sent a question to my wife stating that when the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) was under a spell, it was not broken except when Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him) came and told him of the spell as it is authentically related. Is it then permissible for someone who is under a spell to attempt breaking it (by resorting to sorcery)? (This is the wording of the sister’s question).


She also says that this is what she understood upon reading Tafseer (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan) of Soorah Al-Falaq in Tafseer Ibn Katheer. Appreciate your clarification.

Answer: It is not permissible to break the spell of witchcraft by means of using a counter spell. It is incumbent upon whoever is affected by a spell to seek the cure through lawful types of treatment such as Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) and using permissible medications, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Treating Sihr with Ruqyah and Sharee`ah-Approved supplications

Question: If we find out that someone has bewitched another person, how can we break the influence of this magic in a permissible way prescribed by Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law)?

Answer: Resorting to witchcraft as a means of treatment is Haraam (prohibited). In fact, it is an act of Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah). Therefore, it is unlawful to undo witchcraft by using witchcraft… 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.

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.

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.

Slaughtering animals at graves and making Ruqyah by other than the Qur’aan

Question: There are many shaykhs in my country who do the following things: when someone falls sick, people take them to these shaykhs who recite Aayaat of the Qur’aan over them and ask them to bring a ram, a bull, a camel, or other livestock. People pay them large sums of money throughout the year and they go to them. Are these practices prohibited according to our Deen (religion)?

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to slaughter camels, cows, sheep, or anything else over the graves… read more here.

A man who treats patients by making predictions and signs

Question 27: A man claims that he treats patients by just looking at them without prescribing any medicines. He only points to the right side to tell that a patient has recovered or to the left side to tell that they have not. Is such treatment permissible? Is it permissible to be treated by such a man?

Answer: It is not permissible to go to this man who treats by signs, for he is a liar and a charlatan. Moreover, he may be a soothsayer who seeks the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire). It is worth mentioning that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Anyone who goes to a diviner or a soothsayer and believes in what they say has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad.” Thus, receiving treatment is only Mubaah (permissible) when it is done by lawful Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure), or by known, Mubaah, tried medications..read more here.

Seeking the help of Christian priests to treat people possessed of excessive fear

Question 303: What is the Islaamic ruling on seeking the help of Christian priests to treat cases of people suffering from excessive fear, or to read over a person or an animal bitten by a wild dog?

Answer: It is not permissible to seek treatment from Kaafirs (disbelievers) except for medical matters, such as surgery and prescribing lawful medications. Nevertheless, treatment by reciting certain Du`aa’s (supplications) is impermissible, unless done by a faithful, committed Muslim of sound `Aqeedah (creed)... read more here.

Is it permissible to treat (as Ruqyah) non-Muslims with the Qur’aan?

Question 302: It is permissible for those who cure people using the Qur’aan to treat non-Muslims? May Allaah benefit us with your knowledge!

Answer: It is permissible for Muslims to treat non-Muslims who are not fighting against Islam by reciting Qur’aan over them and invoking Allaah to cure and guide them. However, non-Muslims should not touch the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan)... read more here.

Playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for a sick person

Question 287: What is your opinion concerning playing recordings of Qur’aan recitation for hours for the sick, and playing specific Aayaat that remedy Sihr (sorcery), `Ayn (the envious eye) and Jinn (creatures created from fire)?

Answer: Playing recordings of the Qur’aan and Du`aa’ (supplication) cannot be a substitute for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick as a cure), because Ruqyah requires conviction while performing it and being face to face in order to blow over the patient’s body. This cannot be achieved merely through playing recordings on a device... read more here.

Seeking the help of Jinn in finding out whether a patient is stricken by an evil eye or spells

Question 286: What is the ruling on seeking the help of Jinn (creatures created from fire) in finding out the `Ayn (envious eye) or spells [i.e., who cast it and what type it is]? Is it permissible to believe a Jinn who has possessed a person in what he says about sorcery and `Ayn, and take an action based on that?

Answer: It is not permissible to seek the help of Jinn in finding out what the problem is and how to treat it, because seeking the help of Jinn is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). Allaah (Exalted be He) states, ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression. Allaah (Exalted be He) also states... read more here.

Reciting Ruqyah through a microphone or a telephone

Question 285: What is the ruling on using a microphone or a telephone to recite the Qur’aan for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing), or reciting Ruqyah over a large number of people at the same time?

Answer: Ruqyah should be recited directly over the patient, not through a microphone or a telephone. This contradicts what was done by the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them) and their Taabi`oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not a part of it will have it rejected.... read more here.

A patient smelling the leather of wolves on the pretext that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn

Question 284: What is the ruling on people who have a patient smell the leather of wolves under the pretense that this reveals the existence/non-existence of Jinn (creatures created from fire). They claim that Jinn fear wolves, flee from them and are troubled by their presence.

Answer: It is not permissible for a person who performs Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) to use the leather of wolves to have patients smell it to be able to diagnose their illness. This is a form of deception and corrupt belief; therefore, it should be totally prohibited. Moreover, saying that Jinn fear wolves is a baseless superstition... read more here.

Stamping papers with large seals incised with Aayaat, invocations and statements of thikr

Question 283: What is the ruling on putting large seals in which Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses), invocations and supplications are written to ward off Sihr (sorcery), envy, or jinn? The seal is dipped into water containing saffron to stamp papers that will be dissolved later and soaked in water to be drunk as a kind of Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing).

Answer: This is not permissible because one of the conditions of a lawful Ruqyah is that the intention of both the person who makes the Ruqyah and the person on whom it will be performed, should be seeking cure from Allaah’s Book by writing the Aayaat... read more here.

Touching any part of a woman’s body while performing the Ruqyah

Question 282: Is it permissible to touch a woman’s hand, forehead, or neck for treatment? This is done by doctors in hospitals on the pretext of trying to put pressure on the Jinn (creatures created from fire) and get rid of it. What are the restrictions concerning this matter?

Answer: It is not permissible for a person doing Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and supplications over the sick seeking healing) to touch any part of a woman’s body if the latter is using this treatment method, because this involves Fitnah (sedition). In fact, this person should use Ruqyah without touching her. Moreover, there is a difference between a person using Ruqyah and a doctor, because the latter may not be able to treat the patient except by touching the place in need of treatment, unlike the former whose work depends on recitation and blowing and does not require touching... read more here.

Seeking the help of person’s Qareen (a personal Jinn) to verify who has casted the evil eye

Question 281: Is it correct that a sick person can visualize the `Ayn (one who casts an evil eye) as a result of Qur’aan being recited over him, or the person who does the Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) asking his Qareen (a personal Jinn companion for humans) to show the sick person the one who cast an evil eye on him?

Answer: The claim that the sick person can visualize the one who cast an eye on him while the Qur’aan is being recited over him, or the reciter’s telling him to do so is a devilish action and is not permitted, because it denotes seeking the help of Satan. The jinn is the one who makes the patient visualize the person who afflicted him with the evil eye, and this is Haraam (prohibited), because it entails seeking the help of Satan, and this could cause enmity, fear and terror. This falls under the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse), ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin and transgression.... read more here.

Putting paper in saffron water after reciting Qur’aan on it and selling as a Ruqyah

Question 280: What is your opinion concerning reciting the Qur’aan over saffron water, dipping some papers in it, drying them, putting some water on them, and then drinking this water?

Answer: Reciting the Qur’aan over saffron water, dipping some papers in this water, and selling them for people to use them as a cure is not permissible. This should be forbidden, as it involves devouring people’s money unlawfully. It is not a legitimate Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) declared by some scholars to be permissible, which is writing Aayaat on paper or any Taheer (ceremoniously pure) substance, and then washing this writing and drinking the water... read more here.

Performing Ruqyah by listening to on tape

Question 279: Upon performing the Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing), is it permissible for the person who does it to put his hand on the patient,while playing a cassette tape containing Qur’aan, as there are four tapes in the market that contain supplications and certain Soorahs for healing by the Qur’aan and warding off envy and the like?

Answer: The general rule is that the person who carries out the Ruqyah should recite the Qur’aan himself and should blow his breath over the patient with his own saliva. Doing so is reported in the Saheeh (authentic) book of Hadeeth on the authority of ‘Aboo Sa`eed Al-Khudree (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said... read more here.

Writing the word “Allaah” and washing it with water as Ruqyah

Question 278: Is it permissible for a person to write the Name of Allaah, erase it with water, and then drink the water when asking Allaah (Glorified be He) for a certain need?

Answer: We do not know of any Sharee`ah-based evidence that proves the permissibility of this practice. A person is permitted to supplicate to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) with Islaamically acceptable Du`aa’ (supplications). It is better to refer to the following books for Du`aa’ : Al-Adkaar by Al-Nawawee, Al-Waabil Al-Sayyib by Ibn Al-Qayyim, `Amaal Al-Yawm wal-Laylah by Al-Nasa’ee, and Jaami` Al-Usool... read more here.

Specifying some Aayaat to be recited as Ruqyah

Question 277: We notice that by reciting certain Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) for patients, they tend to be affected by them. Should we recite these Aayaat even if it has not been reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet), or any of the Salaf (righteous predecessors) ever did this, or should we only adhere to authentic reports in this issue?

Answer: All the Noble Qur’aan provides guidance and remedy. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Say: “It is for those who believe, a guide and a healing.” He (Glorified be He) says: And We send down of the Qur’aan that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islaamic Monotheism and act on it) The preposition “of” mentioned in this Aayah, for expressing kind, denotes that the Qur’aan itself is remedy and mercy. It does not denote here just some or parts of its whole. Based on this, seeking healing by any Aayaat is permissible, yet this does not oppose the fact that some Aayaat, as stated in authentic Hadeeths, have special merit and influence.... read more here.

Avoiding recitations for healing or protection that violate Sharee`ah (Fake Ruqyahs)

From `Abdul-`Azeez ibn `Abdullaah ibn Baaz to all Muslims in the district of Al-Far` and other districts of Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah, may Allaah guide you to have insight into the religion of Islaam, Aaameeen.

May Allaah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you! To proceed:

I have been informed that in your district there is an incantation against scorpions and other poisonous creatures, and that this incantation contains statements of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). That is why I see I have to warn you against such Ruqyahs (recitations for healing or protection).

The following is the text of some of such Ruqyahs referred to above:

(In the Name of Allaah! O Allaah’s Words! By the seven heavens and the revealed Aayahs that rule but not ruled! O Sulaymaan Al-Rifa`y! O fighter of scorpions’ poison! Call scorpions in the name of Al-Rifa`y, both female scorpions and male ones, both long scorpions and short ones, both red scorpions and white ones, and both big scorpions and small ones against the evil of scorpions creeping both in the evening and in the morning. I seek help against them from Allaah, His Aayahs, ninety nine prophets, Faatimah, the Prophet’s daughter and her offspring)… read more here.