What Is Ruqyah?
Ruqyah is a form of Islamic healing. The best translation I’ve heard for it so far is “incantation.” Ruqyah was performed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and many of his companions.
Generally, ruqyah involves reciting certain verses from the Quran and/or duas (supplications) taught to us by the Messenger of Allah (pbuh). There are several duas one can make that can be used for healing. However, I’ve only found proof of a few verses or chapters from the Quran.
I believe it’s important to note that anyone can make Ruqyah. You don’t have to be a shaikh or scholar. However, since Allah inclines to reward His righteous servants, it is best that Ruqyah is done by a righteous Muslim, and that one understands what they’re saying. You don’t necessarily have to speak fluent Arabic. But you should know the meanings of the words.
It is also essential that one puts their complete trust in Allah when making Ruqyah. If you go into this having doubt, or not completely sure, you’re bound to be unsuccessful. That’s because a Ruqyah is about faith; not science. It is seeking Allah’s help and knowing that He will give you what’s best. If you feel your trust and faith in Allah is too weak, perhaps you should ask a righteous Muslim to do the Ruqyah instead.
That being said, it is definitely best that you strengthen your faith yourself until you have confidence that Allah will provide for you.
I have heard a good formula for Ruqyah from knowledgeable Muslims here in Atlanta. I’ve confirmed their statements with reports from other knowledgeable Muslims and with various hadith. Therefore, I’m confident that the information I’m giving you is valid and authentic. But as always, Allah knows best.
I certainly encourage you to do due diligence and see if these statements do match up with the Quran and Sunnah. At the very least, we can learn from each other, Inshallah.
Before getting into the procedure of performing Ruqyah, let me tell you a personal story.
A member of my family was suffering from a severe skin condition. After attending a lecture where the Imam spoke about Ruqyah, I decided help my family member myself with the same formula.
So far, that person’s skin condition is much better. In fact, the problems seem to go away almost immediately after I do the Ruqyah. But after a day or so they come back, but not nearly as bad as they used to be.
Please note, I’ve only been doing this Ruqyah on him for about a three weeks, and I haven’t been perfectly consistent. I usually perform the Ruqyah once a day, and sometimes I go several days without doing it all.
This is an indiciation that I need to be more diligent and consistent. If his skin has seen this much improvement from my inconsistent Ruqyahs, I can only imagine how much better it will be if I were more regular.
And once again, Allah knows best.
Additionally, I don’t want you to think that you don’t need modern medicine. Definitely, use all the means at your disposal.
But make Ruqyah along with modern medications you’re knowing that it is Allah that allows the medicine to work. The medicine does not work in and of itself. After all, there are many cases of people who use medicines and they do no good whatsoever.
Remember, in the end, it is mostly about putting your trust in Allah.
- Perform the Ruqyah
- Utilize the benefits of modern medicine.
- And put your trust in Allah that He will give you the best outcome.
How To Perform A Ruqyah
Here is the step-by-step procedure that I’ve been taught to do a Ruqyah. There may be other valid and authentic methods, and if you know of any please share them in the comments below. The point of all this is not say my way is better than your way; the point is to share a benefit with our fellow Muslims.
- Recite Surah Al-Fatihah over the individual several times. I’ve heard 7 times, but I don’t think there’s any maximum limit. But it appears at least 7 times is best.
- After reciting Surah Al-Fatihah, spit lightly into your hands and rub them over the individual. You may also blow into the victims hands and have them rub themselves (in case you don’t want to touch the afflicted area).
- If the afflicted area is an open wound and touching it may do harm, just blow over the individual in the general area.
- Recite Ayat Al-Kursi. I have not heard of any specific number regarding this. Just recite it and blow over the individual.
- Recite SUrah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Naas. You can do this multiple times or just once. Once again, blow into your hands and rub over the individual.
Remember, a Ruqyah is not just for physical illnesses. They can also be used for mental illnesses as well.
How Do Ruqyah’s Work?
I’m not sure if I can answer this question entirely. However, I’ll tell you what I do know.
Most of our sicknesses and illnesses are the result of the evil eye. Of course, the scientific reason behind an illness is usually some sort of bacteria or virus. But spiritually, it is often the evil eye or malevolent wishes or envy from others that cause harm to us.
The evil eye and its dangers deserves an entire article unto itself, so I won’t go into too much detail right now. Suffice it to say, it is real and we need to know how to protect ourselves from it, Inshallah.
Narrated Ibn Abbas: The influence of an evil eye is a fact; if anything would precede the destiny it would be the influence of an evil eye, and when you are asked to take bath (as a cure) from the influence of an evil eye, you should take bath.
Here’s a hadith regarding using Ruqyah’s against the evil eye:
Narrated Aisha: The Prophet ordered me or somebody else to do Ruqya (if there was danger) from an evil eye.
One last word on the evil eye. One may harm another person even without intending to do so. The evil eye is usually the result of envy. Hence, we are told to seek refuge in Allah from envious people in Surah Al-Falaq. And as we’ve seen above, this is one of the Surahs we should use in our Ruqyahs.
If you see someone who has been blessed with something, be careful not to envy them. Even if you don’t say words of envy, some small elements may develop in your heart.
Therefore, it is suggested that whenever you see someone has been blessed with something (a good job, a good spouse, a beautiful child, knowledge, wealth, health, etc) ask Allah to bless them in it. Simply say:
Barakallahu Feehi (May Allah bless you with it.)
This will keep your envy at bay and protect you from harming others, unintentionally, with the evil eye.
And if you are being praised or lauded about something good that you’ve been blessed with, then you should also protect yourself by saying:
Mashallah (What Allah has willed)
So we should be very careful about giving and seeking praise from our fellow humans. Too much praise can lead to arrogance (within ourselves) and envy (within others).
Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet heard someone praising another and exaggerating in his praise. The Prophet said, “You have ruined or cut the man’s back (by praising him so much).
And Allah knows best.