Things to Avoid in a Ruqyah
2. Seeking It from Magicians or Soothsayers
3. Using Unintelligible Words or Phrases
4. Applying It in Prohibited or Strange Situations
5. Using Prohibited Words or Phrases
6. Relying on the Power of the Ruqyah
'Awf Bin Malik al-Ashja'i (RA) narrated that he said to the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him), "O
Allah's Messenger! We used to apply ruqa during Jahiliyyah. What do you think of that?" He (Peace and Blessing
upon Him) replied:
‘Present your ruqa to me. There is nothing wrong with them as long as they do not involve shirk.’
Ibn Mas’ud's wife Zaynab (RA) narrated that he saw on her neck a string and asked her, "What is this?"
She replied, "It is a string on which a ruqyah was made for me." He cut it off her neck and
"You, family of Ibn Mas’ud, are in no need for shirk. Truly, I heard Allah's Messenger (Peace and
Blessing upon Him) say: ‘Indeed, ruqa, amulets, and tiwala, are all acts of shirk.’
She said, "Why do you say this? I was having spasms of pain in my eye; so I went to such and such a
Jewish man, and whenever he treated it with ruqyah, it soothed it." He replied:
"That is the doing of Satan. He (Satan) pinches it with his hand; and when the ruqyah is applied to it,
he removes his hand. It would have been sufficient for you to say what Allah's Messenger (Peace and Blessing
upon Him) used to say:
‘Athhib il-ba's, rabb an-nas, washfi ant ash-shafi, la shifa illa shifa uk, shifaan la yughadiru
Meaning: ‘Remove the affliction, Lord of the people, and cure - You are the one who cures, and there is
no cure except from You—a cure that will not leave any sickness.’ Recorded by Abu Dawud; judged hasan by
al-Albani (Mishkat ul-Masabih no. 4552).
The Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) explicitly prohibited all magical ruqa. Jabir reported that
the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said:
‘Nashrah* is of the doing of Satan.’ Recorded by Ahmad and Abu Dawud. Verified to be authentic by
al-Albani (as-Sahihah no. 2760).
(*A magical spell done to counter another magical spell.)
2. Seeking It from
Magicians or Soothsayers
One may never go to a magician for help, regardless of whether the magician were true or false. False
magicians are liars who pretend things to attract people's awe, money, or both. True magicians rely on jinns and
the devil, and apply procedures containing kufr to produce their spells. Thus all of their spells, including
ruqa, are prohibited, and any Muslim who seeks their help belies his belief in the Prophet (Peace and Blessing
upon Him). Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said:
‘Whoever goes to a soothsayer or fortuneteller and believes in what he says has indeed rejected that
which has been revealed to Muhammad.’ Recorded by Ahmad and al-Hakim. Verified to be authentic by al-Albani
(Sahih ul-Jami no. 5939).
As indicated in the Qur’an, (the magicians can never be successful) (Taha 20:69), nor (can
they benefit anyone) (al-Baqarah 2:102). Because of all of this, and from the rule established earlier that
Allah did not make our cure in anything that He prohibited, we clearly conclude that it is not permissible at
all to seek a ruqyah from a magician.
Unintelligible Words or Phrases
As has been indicated earlier, a ruqyah must be in intelligible and well-understandable words.
Otherwise, it could contain shirk, magic, or other evils covered by cryptic characters and mysterious
4. Applying It in
Prohibited or Strange Situations
Some people require that a ruqyah be accompanied with bizarre actions or conditions, such as applying it
in a graveyard or bathroom, or applying it to a person who is unclean or covered with najasah. These and other
similar requirements, beside conflicting with what has been reported in the Sunnah, demonstrate a devilish
tendency that must be totally avoided.
As for writing a ruqyah on a piece of paper and attaching it to the body of the patient, or soaking the
paper in water and making him drink that water, or blowing and spitting over a water container while reading it
and then making him drink that water, all of this has no basis in the Sunnah (There are some authentic reports
indicating that Imam Ahmad (AR) and some other 'ulama of the salaf have allowed some of these actions, but this
by no means gives them a stamp of approval without a supportive evidence from the Sunnah.), and should therefore
be totally avoided.
5. Using Prohibited
Words or Phrases
ruqyah may not include evil words, such as cursing, offensive descriptions, or profanity. All of this is
prohibited, and, as has been indicated earlier, Allah did not make our cure in anything
6. Relying on the
Power of the Ruqyah
Neither the person applying a ruqyah, nor the person to whom it is applied may assume that it has an
independent power of cure or protection. They must both put their full trust in Allah, rely fully on Him, and
believe that the ruqyah is a means that He created for them. As Ibn Al-Qayyim indicates (Al Jawab Al Kafi), one
should view a ruqyah like one does a sword: it can be of no use without three conditions:
a) It should be strong and sharp.
b) The person using it should be well versed and experienced.
c) There should be no obstacles hindering it from being most effective.