Ruqyah According to the Sharī’ah is from the Best of Deeds, from the Most Excellent Acts of Worship and from the Way of the Prophets and the Righteous Ones.

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All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation. May Allah extol our noble Prophet Muhammad in the highest company of Angels and grant him peace and security―also his family, his Companions and all those who follow him correctly until the establishment of the Hour.

Shaikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullāh) stated about Ruqyah: “This is from the best of deeds―it is from the deeds of the Prophets and the righteous people. And they did not cease to ward off the devils from the children of Ādam with what Allah and His Messenger commanded with, just as the Maseeh (Ibn Maryam) would do and our Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) did.” (Majmū’ Al-Fatāwā 19/56-57)

Our noble Messenger Muhammad (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) was constant upon Ruqyah, performing it and teaching it. It is reported that:

1. He (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) would make Ruqyah for himself.
2. He (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) would make Ruqyah upon his family.
3. When he suffered from sickness, Jibreel (‘alaihis-salām) would make Ruqyah for him (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam).
4. His Companions (radiyallāhu ‘anhum) would make Ruqyah.
5. The Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) made Ruqyah on his Companions and for Children.
6. The Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) gave permission to his Companions to make Ruqyah for poisonous snake bites and evil-eye.

There are proofs for each of the above:

1. He (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) would make Ruqyah for himself.

A’ishah (radiyallāhu ‘anhā) said: “When Allah’s Messenger (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) suffered from an ailment, he would recite over himself the Surahs of refuge (the mu’awwidhāt: Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nās) and blow over himself. And when his illness became severe, I would recite over him and wipe his body with his hand hoping for its blessing.” (Bukhari no. 5016, Muslim 2192)

2. He (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) would make Ruqyah for his Family.

‘Ā’ishah (radiyallāhu ‘anhā) said: “Allah’s Messenger (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam), if anyone from his family fell sick, he would blow over them and recite Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nās.” (Muslim no. 2192)

3. When he (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) Suffered from Illness, Jibrīl (‘alaihis-salām) would make Ruqyah for him.

‘Ā’ishah (radiyallāhu ‘anhā) said: When Allah’s Messenger (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) fell ill, Jibrīl used to recite:

بِاسْمِ اللَّهِ يُبْرِيكَ وَمِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ يَشْفِيكَ وَمِنْ شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ وَشَرِّ كُلِّ ذِي عَيْنٍ 

“In the name of Allah, may He cure you of all kinds of illnesses and safeguard you from the evil of a jealous one when he feels jealous and from the evil of every eye (‘ayn).” (Muslim, no. 2185)

4. His Companions (radiyallāhu ‘anhum) would make Ruqyah.

Khārijah ibn As-Salt At-Tamimi narrated from his uncle that he said: We proceeded from the Messenger of Allah (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) and came to a clan of the Arabs. They said: “We have been told that you have brought what is good from this man. Have you any medicine or an incantation, for we have a man afflicted with madness tied in chains?”

We said: “Yes.” Then they brought a man afflicted with madness to us tied up in chains. He said: “So, I recited Surat Al-Fātihah over him for three days, morning and evening. Whenever I finished it, I would collect my saliva in my mouth and spit it out―and he seemed as if he were set free from a bond.” He said: “They gave me some payment, but I said: ‘No, not until I ask the Messenger of Allah’.”

So, Allah’s Messenger (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Accept it! For my life, some people accept it for a worthless incantation or charm (ruqyah), so you can surely accept it for a genuine ruqyah.” (Abu Dawūd no. 2976, graded sahīh by Imām Al-Albani).

5. The Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) made Ruqyah on his Companions and for Children.

Muhammad Ibn Hātib (radiyallāhu ‘anhu) narrated: “Some hot broth spilt over my hand, scalding it. So my mother took me to Allah’s Messenger. We came to him while he was in the courtyard, and I memorised that he said:

أَذْهِبِ الْبَاسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ 

“Remove the hurt, O Lord of the people!”

And to my recollection he also said:

أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لاَ شَافِيَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ

“You are the Healer. None heals but You.” (Ibn Hibbān in his Sahīh, 2976 and declared sahīh by Shaikh Al-Albāni in his checking of Sahīh Ibn Hibbān no. 2965)

6. The Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) gave permission to his Companions to make Ruqyah for Poisonous Snake Bites and Evil-eye.

Jabir Ibn Abdillah reported that Allah’s Messenger (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) granted allowance to the family of Hazm for Ruqyah from the poison of a snake bite.

And he said to Asmā bint ‘Umais: “What is this? I see the children of my brother thin and frail? Are they not fed properly?” She said: “It is not that, but they fall under the influence of the evil eye.” He said: “Make Ruqyah for them.” She recited the words of Ruqyah to him, whereupon he said: “Yes, use this Ruqyah for them.” (Muslim, no. 2198)


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