''YOU HAVE BEEN AFFLICTED WITH AN ILLNESS IN WHICH THE ONLY
CURE IS FROM THE QUR'AN. NO DOCTOR CAN HELP YOU."
What is Ar-Ruqya Ash-Shari'ah?
Ruqya is commonly translated in English as "incantation" which carries a negative meaning, since the word incantation is usually associated with magic, spells, and witchcraft. However Ruqya in Islam is the recitation of Qur'an, seeking of refuge, remembrance and supplications that are used as a means of treating sicknesses and afflictions such as Black Magic, Jinn Possession and the Evil Eye.
The Qur'an is a Cure for everything.
Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahu Allah) says: The Qur’an is the complete healing for all mental, spiritual and physical diseases, all diseases of this world and the Hereafter. But not everyone is guided to use it for the purpose of healing. If the sick person uses the Qur’an for healing in the proper way, and applies it to his disease with sincerity, faith, complete acceptance and firm conviction, fulfilling all its conditions, then no disease can resist it. How can disease resist the words of the Lord of heaven and earth which, if He had revealed it to the mountains they would have crumbled and if He had revealed it to the earth it would have broken it apart? There is no sickness, spiritual or physical, but in the Qur’an there is that which indicates its remedy, its cause and how to protect against it for those who are blessed with understanding of His Book. [Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/352]
Ar-Ruqya Ash-Shar'iah Conditions:
Ibn Hajar (rahimuhullah) said there is a consensus on the using of Ruqya if three conditions are met:
1. It must be with the speech of Allah (Qur'an) and his names and attributes.
2. It must be in the Arabic language or what is known to be its meaning in other languages.
3. To believe that Ruqya has no benefit by itself, but the benefits are from Allah.
This type of Ruqya is permissible and is what you will receive at the Abu Ruyqa Centre.
Ar-Ruqya Ash-Shirkiyah Prohibition:
Ar-Ruqyah As-Shirkiyah contradicts the conditions of Ruqya Ash-Shar'iah and has in it Shirk (associating partners with Allah). It leads a person to his destruction in this life and the next and increases calamities and sicknesses. This type of Ruqya is prohibited, from the statement of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). This type includes:
1. Magic (whether learning, practicing, or teaching it),
2. Fortune telling, Horoscopes, superstitious belief,
3. At-Tameemah (charms and amulets).
Shirk (associating partners with Allah) in this regards takes one outside of the fold of Islam.
Conditions of a Raqi (Exorcist):
1. He must have the right belief in Allah (Based on Qur'aan, Sunnah, and keep away form Shirk, etc.)
2. He must have sincerity in worshipping Allah and have a good intention in treating people
3. He must be firm in his obedience to Allah, and keep away form all that is forbidden
4. He must keep far away from all unlawful places and situations that canlead to what is forbidden, for example isolating himself with a female, etc.
5. He must guard the affairs of his patients and protect their secrets
6. He must propagate the religion of Allah. Give the Patient advice and admontitions on the rights of Allah with regards to His commandments and prohibitions.
7. He should have knowledge about the affairs of the patient and sicknesses
8. He should have knowledge about the reality of the Jinn (so as not to have them harm or threaten him while treating the patient)