Questions & Answers: -
Question no 1:- What are the virtues of a man reciting Ruqyah for himself? What is the evidence for that? What should he say when he recites Ruqyah for our self?
Answer no 1:- There is nothing wrong with the Muslim reciting Ruqyah (protective and healing supplications) for himself. That is permissible; indeed it is a Sunnah, to recite Ruqyah for our self.
Hadees: - 1 Narrated by Abu Saeed رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ use to seek refuge from Jinn & evil eye of human, until Al-Mu’awwadhatain (Surah Falaq & Surah Naas) were revealed, so Nabi ﷺ used them & left other then Al-Mu’awwadhatain.
[Tirmizi: 2198; Book. 28; English vol. 4; Book. 2, Hadees. 2058]
Hadees: - 2 Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنها that, “When Nabi ﷺ got ill, He ﷺ would recite Al-Mu`awadhatayn (Surah Falaq and Naas) over Himself and spit dryly. When His ﷺ pain grew intense, I recited over Him ﷺ and wiped Him with His own Hand, seeking its blessing”.
[Bukhari: 5735; Book no. 76; English vol. 7; Book. 71; Hadees. 631]
Hadees: - 3 Nabi ﷺ said that, the seventy thousand, of His Ummah, who will enter Paradise (Jannah) without being brought to account or punished and “They will be those who did not recite Ruqyah or ask for Ruqyah to be done and they did not believe in bad omens and they put their trust in their Lord”. The phrase “They did not recite Ruqyah” is the words of the narrator, not of the Nabi ﷺ. Hence Bukhari narrated this Hadees and did not mention this phrase.
[Bukhari: 5752; Book. 76; English vol. 7; Book. 71; Hadees. 648]
Ibn Al-Qayyim رضي الله عنه said: “This phrase is inserted in the Hadees, but it is a mistake on the part of some of the narrators”
[Hadi al-Arwah, 1/89]
Those people are praised because they did not ask anyone to recite Ruqyah for themselves and Ruqyah are types of Dua or Quranic verses, so they did not ask others to pray for themselves. The phrase “and they did not recite Ruqyah” which is mentioned in the Hadees is a mistake (on the part of the narrator).
Nabi ﷺ recited Ruqyah for Himself and for others. His ﷺ reciting Ruqyah for Himself and others was like making Dua’ for Himself and others; this is something that is enjoined. As all the Prophets asked Allah and prayed to Him. (As Allah tells us in the stories of Adam عليه السلام, Ibrahim عليه السلام, Musa عليه السلام and others”). Ruqyah are one of the greatest remedies that the believer should use regularly. If anyone wants to recite Ruqyah for himself or for someone else, there are many such verse of Quran, the greatest of which are Al-Faateha and Al-Mu`awadhatayn (Surah Falaq & Surah Naas).
Hadees: - 4 A group of the Companions of Nabi ﷺ set out on a journey and traveled until they came near one of the Arab tribes. They asked them for hospitality but they were refused.
Then the leader of that tribe was stung and his people tried everything to cure him but nothing helped.
Then some of them said: “Why don’t you go to those people who are staying (nearby)? Maybe one of them has something”. So they went to them and said, “O people, our leader has been stung and we have tried everything and nothing helped him. Do you have anything?” One of them said: “Yes, by Allah. I will perform Ruqyah for him, but by Allah we asked you for hospitality and you did not give us anything, so we will not perform Ruqyah for you unless you give us something in return”. So they agreed on a flock of sheep, then he started to blow on him and recite: الحمد لله رب العالمين (Surah Faateha).
Then he recovered quickly from his complaint and started walking and he was completely cured.
After that they took the flock of sheep and some of the companions of Nabi ﷺ said, “Let us share it out”. The one who had performed Ruqyah said: “Do not do anything until we come to Nabi ﷺ and tell him what happened and we will wait and see what Nabi ﷺ tells us to do”. So they came to the Nabi ﷺ and told him what had happened. Nabi ﷺ said: “How did you know that it is a Ruqyah?” Then Nabi ﷺ said: “You did the right thing, share them out and give me a share”. & Nabi ﷺ smiled.
[Tirmizi: 2204, 2205; Book. 28; English vol. 4; Book. 2, Hadees. 2063, 2064]
Hadees: - 5 Hazrat by Usman Ibn Abil رضي الله عنه complained to Nabi ﷺ about pain that he had felt in his body from the time he had become Muslim. Nabi ﷺ said to him, “Put your hand on the part of your body where you feel pain and say ‘Bismillah (in the name of Allah) three times, then say seven times,
Translation: (I seek refuge in the glory and power of Allah from the evil of what I feel and worry about).
[Muslim: 2202; Book. 39; English Book. 26; Hadees. 5462]
Hadees: - 6 Narrated by Hazrat Usman Bin Abu Al-Aa's رضي الله عنه that he complained to Nabi ﷺ about pain in his body that he suffered from ever since he became a Muslim. Nabi ﷺ replied: Place your hand on the painful area of your body & recite: - بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم (In the Name of Allah), thrice, Then say seven times
Translation: ("I seek refuge with Allah’s Might and Power from the evil of what I am suffering from and because of which I have become worry"). He said: "So I did it and Allah removed what I had and I never ceased telling my family and others to do it."
[Tirmizi: 2224; Book. 28; English vol. 4; Book. 2, Hadees. 2080]
Hadees: - 7 Narrated Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما that, for fever and all kinds of pain, Nabi ﷺ used to teach them to say:
Translation: (In the Name of Allah the Great, I seek refuge with Allah the Almighty from the evil of a vein gushing (with blood) and the evil of the heat of the Fire”).
[Ibn Majah: 3655; Book. 31; English vol. 4; Book. 31, Hadees. 3526]
Hadees: - 8 Hazrat Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما says that, “Nabi ﷺ used to seek refuge for Hasan and Husain رضي الله عنه and use to say, ‘Your father [meaning Ibrahim عليه السلام, peace be upon him] used to seek refuge with Allah for Ismail and Ishaq عليه السلام with these words:
Translation: (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile and from every evil eye)’.
[Bukhari: 3371; Book. 60; English vol. 4; Book. 55; Hadees. 590]
Hadees: - 9 Kharijah Bin Al-Salt quoted his parental uncle as saying that he passed (some person), He recited Surah Al-Faateha over him for three days morning and evening. Whenever he finished it, he collected some of his saliva and spit it out and he seemed as if he were set free from a bond. They gave him something as payment. He then came to Nabi ﷺ & said about it, & Nabi ﷺ said accept it.
[Abu Dawud: 3420; Book. 24; In English Book. 23; Hadees. 3413]
Question No. 2: - What is the way to deal with Sehar (black magic / witchcraft)?
Answer No. 2: - Whoever is affected by sehar (black magic) should not treat it with sehar, because evil cannot be removed by evil and kufr cannot be removed by kufr. Evil is removed by Haq (And Quran is Haq).
When Nabi ﷺ was asked about Al-Nushrah (treating black magic (sehar) with black magic (sehar), Nabi ﷺ said: “This is the work of the Devil (Shaitaan)”.
[Abu Dawud: 3868; Book. 29; English Book. 28; Hadees. 3859]
Nushrah means removing black magic from a person who has been affected by it by using more black magic. (Which is not allowed?).
But if, treated by means of the Qur’an and permissible medicines or good Ruqyah, there is nothing wrong with that, but treating it with black magic is not permitted, as previously stated, because black magic means worshipping the devil (shaitaan). The magician, practitioner of witchcraft (seharar) does black magic (sehar) or learns it only after worshipping and serving the devils (shaitaan) and drawing close to them by means of the things that they like. After that, they teach him the means of black magic.
One should seek treatment by means of reciting Qur’an and the prayers for refuge with Allah that are prescribed in Islam and permissible medicines, just as patients with all kinds of sicknesses are treated by doctors.
Question No. 3: - Do all the patients recover from Ruqyah?
Answer No. 3: - The patients may recover, but some may not recover, due to, if his appointed time of death has arrived or may be near or Allah does not will to give him recovery, or he may not recover and may die from sickness, even though he may be treated by the most skilled physicians and knowledgeable doctors. When the appointed time of death comes, no medicine or treatment will be of any help, because Allah says:
Interpretation Translation: “And Allah grants respite to none when his appointed time (death) comes”.
[Surah Al-Munafiqeen verse no. 11]
Please read the following Hadees: -
1. Narrated by Abu Khizamah رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ was asked: Do you think that the medicines with which we treat ourselves, the Ruqyah by which we seek healing and the means of protection that we seek, change the decree of Allah at all?’ Nabi ﷺ said: ‘They are part of the decree of Allah”.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3563; Book. 31; English vol. 4, Book. 31, Hadees. 3437]
2. Narrated by Abdullah رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ said: “Allah does not send down any diseases, but He also sends down the cure for it.”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3564; Book no. 31; English vol. 4; Book. 31; Hadees. 3438]
3. Narrated by Usamah Bin Sharik رضي الله عنه that, “I saw the Bedouins asking Nabi ﷺ is there any harm in such and such, is there any harm in such and such?’ Nabi ﷺ replied to them: ‘O slaves of Allah! Allah has only made harm in that which transgresses the honor of one’s brother. That is what is sinful. They asked Oh! Rasoolullah ﷺ is there any sin if we do not seek treatment?’ Nabi ﷺ replied: ‘Seek treatment, O slaves of Allah! For Allah does not create any diseases but He (SWT) also creates with it the cure, except for old age.’ They asked, Oh! Rasoolullah ﷺ, what is the best thing that a person may be given?’ He said: ‘Good manners”.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3562; Book. 31; In English vol. 4; Book. 31; Hadees. 3436]
4. Narrated by Abu Darda رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ said Allah has sent down both the diseases and the cure and He has appointed a cure for every diseases, so treat yourselves medically, but use nothing unlawful.
[Abu Dawud: 3874; Book. 29; English Book 28; Hadees. 3865]
5. Nabi ﷺ said Allah has not sent down a disease expect that Allah also sent down its cure; whoever knows it (the cure) knows it, & whoever is unaware of the cure, he is unaware of it; while those who are ignorant of the cure are ignorant.
[Mustadrak Hakim; Al-Tibb: 8266]
6. Hazrat Raza Al-Ghanvi رضي الله عنه says that get Shifa from those, in which Allah’s praise are present like (Quranic verses) الحمد لله رب العالمين (Surah Faateha) or قل هو الله احد (Surah Ikhlaas) (or other) & those who does not get Shifa (cure) with Quran then understand there is no Shifa in your destiny.
[Jaame Sagheer: 977 & Fath Al-Kabir: 1740]
7. Hazrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه says that Rasoolullah ﷺ guided to get Shifa (cure) from Quran & if anyone does not get Shifa (cure) with Quran, then understand there is no Shifa in your destiny.
[Jaame Sagheer: 977]
In regards with above both Hadees we should understand that we are guided to get Shifa from Quran & Names of Allah, or Dua in which there are praise about Allah & also should follow all guidance of Nabi ﷺ, & if anyone did not get Shifa in spite of Quranic treatment than understand that cure is not in your destiny.
Question No. 4: - What is the right treatment for black magic (sehar)?
Answer No. 4: - Among the treatments prescribed in Islam, there are treatments of black magic with recitation of the Quran. The greatest Chapter Surah in the Quran, which is Al-Faateha, should be recited over the person who has been affected by black magic. This should be repeated several times. Also Dua recited by Nabi ﷺ, please read all the question & answers.
Question no 5: - Was Ruqyah done by Companion of Nabi ﷺ (Sahabah) رضي الله عنه? Please explain in detail with references?
Answer No. 5: - Some of the Companion of Nabi ﷺ (Sahabah) رضي الله عنه passed by some Bedouins whose sheikh, (their leader) was been bitten by a snake. They had done everything they could but nothing worked. They said to one of the Companion of Nabi ﷺ (Sahabah) رضي الله عنه, “Is there any raaqi (one who performs Ruqyah) among you?” They said, “Yes”. So one of them recited Surah al-Faateha over him and he immediately got up full of energy as if nothing had happened; Allah healed him of the ill-effects of that snakebite.
[Tirmizi: 2204, 2205; Book no. 28; English vol. 4 Book. 2, Hadees. 2063, 2064]
Nabi ﷺ said: “There is nothing wrong with Ruqyah as long as it does not involve in shirk” (making companion in Allah’s power or His Qualities). Rasoolullah ﷺ also performed Ruqyah. There are lot of good in Ruqyah and a great deal of benefit. Al-Faateha, Aayat al-Kursi, “قل هو الله احد” (Chapter 112), Al-Mu’awwadhatain (Surah Falaq & Surah Naas) and other verses (aayahs) may be recited over the person who has been affected by black magic (sehar), as well as good Dua narrated in the Hadees from Nabi ﷺ. And a lot of Hadees are there which shows that Ruqyah was done by Companion of Nabi ﷺ (Sahabah) رضي الله عنه also.
Question No. 6: - Did Jibrail عليه السلام do Ruqyah for Nabi ﷺ?
Answer No. 6: - Yes Jibrail عليه السلام did Ruqyah for Nabi ﷺ as follows: -
Ruqyah performed by Angel Jibrail عليه السلام for Nabi ﷺ: -
1. Narrated by Umar رضي الله عنه that he heard Junaid Bin Abu Umayyah say that he heard Ubadaih Bin Samit say that Angel Jibrail عليه السلام performed Ruqyah for Nabi ﷺ due to fever as:
Translation: (In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you; from the envy of the envier and from every evil eye, may Allah heal you).
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3657; Book. 31; English vol. 4; Book. 31, Hadees. 3527]
This is a great Ruqyah which was narrated in a Saheeh (authentic) Hadees from Nabi ﷺ.
The best Ruqyah done by Angel Jibrail عليه السلام for Nabi ﷺ: -
2. Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنها that when Nabi ﷺ fell ill, Angel Jibrail عليه السلام use to recite this for Nabi ﷺ.
Translation: (In the name of Allah, may He cure you from all kinds of illnesses and safeguard you from the evil of a jealous one when he feels jealous and from the evil influence of eye").
[Muslim: 2185; Book no. 39; English Book. 26; Hadees. 5424]
3. Narrated Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ came to visit me (when I was sick) and said to me: ‘Shall I not recite for you a Ruqyah that Angel Jibrail عليه السلام brought to Me?’ I said: My father and mother may be ransomed for you! Yes, O Rasoolullah ﷺ!’ He ﷺ recited 3 times: -
Translation: (In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you, from every disease that is in you and from the evil of those who (practice witchcraft when they) blow in the knots and from the evil of the envier when he envies).”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3653; Book. 31; English vol. 4; Book. 31, Hadees. 3524]
4. Narrated from Abu Saeed رضي الله عنه that Angel Jibrail عليه السلام came to Nabi ﷺ and said, “O Muhammad ﷺ, you are ill. He ﷺ said: ‘Yes.’ He recited: -
Translation: (In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you, from everything that is harming you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye and may Allah heal you. In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you).
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3652; Book. 31; In English vol. 4; Book. 31; Hadees. 3523]
Question No. 7: - Is Ruqyah in Islam, done for snake bite or else?
Answer No. 7: - It is prescribed to perform Ruqyah for the one, who has been bitten or stung and the one who has been affected by black magic (sehar) and the one who is sick. There is nothing wrong with performing Ruqyah for one who is sick or has been affected by black magic or bitten or stung or by reciting good Dua, even if they were not transmitted from Nabi ﷺ so long as they do not contain anything that is haraam or Shirk (making companion of Allah power & Qualities) in it, because of the general meaning of the Hadees of Nabi ﷺ, “There is nothing wrong with Ruqyah so long as it does not involve shirk”.
Allah can heal the sick, affected by black magic (sehar) and any other problem, without any Ruqyah and without any action on the part of other people, because He is Able to do all things and He is Wise in that entire, He does. Allah says in His Holy Book:
Translation: “Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, ‘Be!’ and it is!”
[Surah Yaaseen verse no. 82]
To Him be praise and thanks for all that He wills and decrees, for He is wise in all that He does.
The sick person may not be healed if his appointed time (death) has come and it is decreed that he should die from this disease. Among the things that may be used in Ruqyah are the verses which speak of black magic (sehar), which may be recited & blown on water. These are the verses about black magic as follows: -
1. Chapter 7 (Surah) Al-A’raaf, verse no. 117 to 119.
Translation: “And we revealed to Moosa عليه السلام (saying): ‘Throw your stick,’ and behold! It swallowed up straight away all the falsehood which they showed. Thus truth was confirmed and all that they did was made of no effect. So they were defeated there and returned disgraced
2. Chapter 10 Surah Yunus, verse no. 80 to 82.
Translation: And when the sorcerers came, Moosa said to them: ‘Cast down what you want to cast!’ Then when they had cast down, Moosa said: ‘What you have brought is sorcery; Allah will surely make it of no effect. Verily, Allah does not set right the work of Al-Mufsidoon. And Allah will establish and make apparent the truth by His Words, however much the Mujrimoon may hate (it).’”
3. Chapter 20 Surah Ta-ha verse (ayah) no. 65 to 69.
Translation: “They said: ‘O Moosa! (عليه السلام) Either you throw first or we are the first to throw?’ Moosa (عليه السلام) said: ‘Nay, throw you (first)!’ Then behold! Their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to him as though they moved fast. So Moosa (عليه السلام) conceived fear in himself Allah said, ‘Fear not! Surely, you will have the upper hand.
And throw that which is in your right hand! It will swallow up that which they have made. That which they have made is only a magician’s trick and the magician will never be successful, to whatever amount (of skill) he may attain.’”
These verses are among the things by which Allah made the Ruqyah against black magic (sehar), to be beneficial. If the qaari’ (reader) recites these verses & blow in water and also reads Surah al-Faateha, Aayat al-Kursiy, “قل هو الله احد” and Muawwadhatain (Surah Naas & Surah Falaq) & blow in the water, then pours it over the person who he thinks has been affected by black magic (sehar) or is being prevented by magic from having intercourse with his wife, then he will be healed by Allah’s Leave. If seven lotus leaves are ground up and added to the water as well, this is appropriate, as was mentioned by Sheikh ‘Abd Al-Rahmaan Ibn Hasan (رضي الله عنه) in Fath al-Majeed, quoting from some of the scholars in the chapter entitled Ma jaa’a fi’l-Nushrah.
It is Mustahaab (unobligatory Sunnah) to recite the three Surah, namely قل هو الله احد (Chapter 112), قل أعوذ برب الفلق (Chapter 113) and قل أعوذ برب الناس (Chapter 114). The point is that these and similar treatments which are used to treat this problem of black magic (sehar), may also be used to treat the one who is prevented by magic from having intercourse with his wife. This has been tried a great deal and Allah caused it to yield results. A person may be treated with Al-Faateha (Chapter 1) alone and be healed, or with قل هو الله احد (Chapter 112) and Al-Mu’awwadhatain (Surah Naas Chapter 114 & Surah Falaq Chapter 113) on their own and be healed.
It is very important that the person performing this treatment and the person who is being treated should both have sincere faith and trust on Allah they should know that He has control over all things and when He Wills a thing to happen, it happens and when He does not Wills a thing it does not happen. The matter is in His hands, whatever He Wills happens and whatever He does not will does not happen. When both, the reader and the one for whom Ruqyah is done have faith and are sincere towards Allah, the sickness will disappear quickly by Allah’s Will and both physical and spiritual medicine will be beneficial. We ask Allah to help us all, to please Him, for He is All-Hearing and is Ever Near.
Question No. 8: - In the Book Fath Al-Bary, it is mentioned that Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection) has very good effects. Please explain Ruqyah and its good effects?
Answer No.8: - Ruqyah means reciting Quran and saying supplications (Dua) reported from Nabi ﷺ over the sick seeking to be cured; in addition to other good and lawful supplications.
It has very good curing effects. Nabi ﷺ used to recite over the sick and so did the Sahaba (Companions of the Prophet ﷺ).
1. For Example Nabi ﷺ recited as a Ruqyah:
Translation: (O Allah Lord of mankind, remove the harm and heal him, for You are the Healer and there is no healing except Your healing, with a healing which does not leave any disease behind)”. This may be repeated three times or more.
[Abu Dawud: 3890; Book. 29; English Book. 28; Hadees. 3881]
2. Hazrat Ali رضي الله عنه narrated, saying: “Whenever Nabi ﷺ would visit an ill person, He ﷺ would recite: -
Translation: O’ Allah! Make the harm go away, Lord of mankind and heal him, You are the Healer, there is no healing except your healing, a healing that does not leave any sickness.
[Tirmizi: 3565; Book. 48, English vol. 6; Book. 46, Hadees. 3565]
Masaru Emoto a Japanese researcher & scientist & his team said: "My Muslim colleague offered to recite Quranic verses over the water. He brought a tape-recorder and played some Quranic verses and we got the most perfectly-shaped crystals. Then he played the 99 names of Allah. Each name produced a uniquely-shaped crystal. Then he began cursing the water. We said: Water, you are impure. You are not suited for consumption. The water, in this case, did not freeze, or produced an extremely ugly crystal." When they uttered bad words like "war" or "fighting," the water did not freeze, or else produced an ugly shape. When the man completed these experiments, which lasted 15 years, he published a five-volume book called Messages from Water. He wrote: "I have proven that water, that peculiar liquid, is capable of thinking, fathoming, feeling, getting excited and expressing itself."
He also found out that if someone recites the Quran on regular water, it gets the ability for the treatment of different diseases.
This scientist Masaru Emoto & his team also found out that, the Muslims recites بسم الله before eating / drinking. He says that after saying BISMILLAH on regular water, there are some strange changes happened in the quality of regular water. That make it best water.
Masaru Emoto is a Japanese author known for his claim that if human speech or thoughts are directed at water droplets before they are frozen, images of the resulting water crystals will be beautiful or ugly depending upon whether the words or thoughts were positive or negative. Emoto claims this can be achieved through prayer, music or by attaching written words to a container of water.
Question No. 9: - What are the rules for performing Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection)? Is it permissible to make Ruqyah for more than one person? What do you advise to the patients?
Answer No.9: - Ruqyah has to be done using Quran and good supplications (Dua) with the hope that Allah accepts and makes it beneficial. The person performing Ruqyah should blow breath and recite over the sick, Surah Al-Faateha or some verse (Quranic verses), or Ayat Al-Kursi Chapter 2 Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 255, Chapter 112 Surah Al-Ikhlaas or Al-Mu`awwidhatayn (Chapter 113 Surah Al-Falaq & Chapter 114 Surah Al-Naas). However, whole Quran is healing. And Quran Himself says, “It is for those who believe a guide and a healing”.
1. Ruqyah should be performed by reciting Qur’an and lawful supplications on the area of pain along with blowing breath over it, whether the aching area is the chest, head or leg. Faateha is to be recited along with as much verse as one can. Then to supplicate to Allah saying:
Or to supplicate saying, “In the Name of Allah, I perform Ruqyah (reciting Qur’an and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing) for you, from everything that may harm you; from the evil of any soul or envious eye. May Allah heal you. In the Name of Allah I perform Ruqyah for you”.
[Ibn Majah: 3652; Book. 31; English vol. 4; Book. 31, Hadees. 3523]
The person may recite and then blow breath over the aching area, whether it is their chest, hand, or head, according to the sickness. There is nothing wrong to do Ruqyah for more than one person at one time, if more than one person needs to have Ruqyah performed for them, I think there is nothing wrong to recite it over more than one patient at same time.
Question No. 10: - Which verses did Nabi ﷺ use in performing Ruqyah for patients? How should they be recited? Should they be recited as Ruqyah just at the beginning of sickness or continue to be recited until the sickness is gone? What is your advice to the person performing Ruqyah?
Answer No. 10: - Whole Glorious Quran is blessed and can be recited as Ruqyah. Surah Al-Faateha (Opening Chapter 1 of the Quran), Ayat Al-Kursi, Surah Al-Ikhlaas and Al-Mu`awwadhatayn can be recited as Ruqyah. Nabi ﷺ is reported to have used all these verses and urged His ﷺ followers to use them, especially Al-Faateha because it is the Mother of the Quran and is the best Chapter Surah also, Ayat- Al-Kursi is the best verses.
Nabi ﷺ guided us to recite Ayat Al-Kursi after every Salah (Prayer) and before sleeping & also used to recite Surah Al-Ikhlaas and Al-Mu`awwidhatayn (Surah Falaq & Surah Naas) three times before going to sleep.
Nabi ﷺ use to recite and blow on His Hands and pass His ﷺ Hands on His Head, face and the front part of His Body & said, “Anyone who recites these three Chapters (Surah Al-Ikhlaas, Al-Falaq and Al-Naas) at the beginning of the night or day, nothing harmful will touch or befall them”. All this is Mashru` (Islamically permissible). It is also authentically reported that the Sahabah (Companions of Nabi ﷺ) used only Al-Faateha for Ruqyah and Allah granted healing.
1. Narrated by Abu Saeed Khudri رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ sent us, thirty horsemen, on a military campaign. We camped near some people and asked them for hospitality but they refused. Then their leader was stung by a scorpion and they said: 'Is there anyone among you who can recite Ruqyah for a scorpion sting?' I said: 'Yes, I can, but I will not recite Ruqyah for him until you give us some sheep.' They said: 'We will give you thirty sheep.' So we accepted them and I recited Al-Hamd (i.e. Chapter Faateha) over him seven times. Then he recovered and I took the sheep. Then some doubts occurred within us. Then we said: 'Let us not hasten (to make a decision concerning the sheep) until we come to Nabi ﷺ' So when we came back: 'I told Him ﷺ what I had done. He ﷺ said: 'How did you know that it is a Ruqyah? Divide them up and give me a share as well."
[Ibn Majah: 2239; Book. 12; English vol. 3; Book. 12, Hadees. 2156]
2. Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنها that when Nabi ﷺ use to go to bed, He ﷺ used to recite Surah Ikhlaas, Falaq & Naas & blew on palms & passed them over His Face & those parts of Body to which His Hands reached & if fell ill He ﷺ use to order me to do the same for Him ﷺ.
[Bukhari: 5748; Book. 76; English vol. 7; Book. 71; Hadees. 644]
3. A long Hadees narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that: "When you go to bed, recite Ayat Al-Kursi (Chapter 2 verse no. 255) for there will be a guardian appointed over you by Allah and devil (shaitaan) will not be able to approach you till morning" & Nabi confirmed that it is right.
[Riyadh As-Salihin: 1020; Book. 9, English Book. 9, Hadees. 30]
4. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ said: "Whoever recites Ha Mim Al-Mu'min - up to - To Him is the return (Chapter 40 verse no. 1 to 3) and Ayat Al-Kursi when he reaches (gets up) in the morning, he will be protected, till the evening. And whoever recites them when he reaches the evening, he will be protected till the morning."
[Tirmizi: 3120; Book. 45, English vol. 5; Book. 42, Hadees. 2879]
5. Kharijah Bin Al-Salt quoted his parental uncle as saying that he passed (some person), He recited Surah Al-Faateha over him for three days morning and evening. Whenever he finished it, he collected some of his saliva and spit it out and he seemed as if he were set free from a bond. They gave him something as payment. He then came to Nabi ﷺ & said about it, & Nabi ﷺ said accept it.
[Abu Dawud: 3420; Book. 24; English Book. 23; Hadees. 3413]
6. Abdullah Bin Khubaib رضي الله عنه reported that Nabi ﷺ said to me, "Recite Surah Al-Ikhlaas (Chapter 112) and Al-Mu'awwadhatain (Chapter 113 Surah Al-Falaq and Chapter 114 Surah An-Naas) three times at dawn and dusk. This will protect you in all respects."
[Riyadh As-Salihin: 1456; Book. 16, English Book 16, Hadees. 49]
7. Narrated Saad رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ said: "Whoever takes seven 'Ajwah dates in the morning will not be effected by magic or poison on that day."
[Bukhari: 5779; Book. 76; English vol. 7; Book. 71; Hadees. 671]
Question no. 11: - Is it permissible when performing Ruqyah for a Muslim to recite passages of the Quran and some Prophetic supplications (Dua) on water or some olive oil or dates or etc so that the patient drinks the water or bathes with it? If it is not permissible, what is the rule of Ruqyah and its conditions?
Answer No. 11: - There is nothing wrong with reciting Ruqyah over water which the patient drinks or washes themselves with. All this is permissible. Ruqyah should be performed for a patient by reciting and blowing over them; it can also be made over water which the patient then drinks or washes with. All this is permissible.
It is authentically reported Nabi ﷺ performed Ruqyah for Thabit ibn Qays ibn Shamas by reciting over water and then pouring it on him. If one performs Ruqyah for his brother on water, then makes him drink it or pours it on him, it is hoped that Allah will heal him and he will recover thereby. Also, if a patient performs Ruqyah for themselves by reciting over the sick part of the body, whether their hand, leg or chest, then blows over it and supplicates to Allah to heal them, this is all good. And It is good to add Dua of Nabi ﷺ. And to use olive oil or Sunnah medicine is also allowed to use. One can also use 7 dates also.
Please refer the following Hadees: -
1. Narrated by Sabit Ibn Qays Ibn Shammas رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ entered upon Sabit Ibn Qays (The version of Ahmad Ibn Salih) when he was ill, He ﷺ recited:
Translation: Remove the harm, O Lord of men,
He then took some dust of Bathan and put it in a bowel and then mixed it with water and blew in it and poured it on him.
[Abu Dawud: 3885; Book. 29; English Book. 28; Hadees. 3876]
Question No.12: - My wife began visiting one of her neighbors as a kind of cordiality and keeping the social ties of neighbourhood. After two visits, her neighbour suddenly asked my wife to perform Wazoo (ablution) so she could use the water of my wife’s Wazoo water to wash her leg with, which became swollen, as she thinks she has been afflicted by an evil eye (nazar). My wife performed Wazoo at once as she did not understand what was going on. My wife came home weeping as it was the first time she had been subjected to this. I went to my neighbour and inquired about the matter, he said that his wife had been attacked by an evil eye (nazar) and she took Wazoo water from everyone who visited her. Please guide me whether this was right to do?
Answer No.12: - The evil eye (nazar) is real, as Nabi ﷺ told. (Hadees is given below).
A man or woman can cast an envious eye. A woman may see something that belongs to her neighbour or other females that she likes and envy occurs. Similarly, a man may cast an envious look at his brother or neighbour or others. There is nothing wrong if a man or a woman is asked to perform Wazoo for some person to wash with – all praise is for Allah. Moreover, one may unintentionally envy another, so one should not be upset. The evil eye (nazar) is real and may be cast on some person without intending to. One may look admiringly at another and envy occurs. They may like a person’s manner of walking, face etc. and so cast an envious eye (nazar) which may result in harm to the person’s leg, head, or in a seizure, etc.
Therefore, there is no blame if a woman or a man asks another to perform Wazoo or to wash their face or hands in order to use the water hoping that Allah will grant healing by it.
This occurred with Salh Ibn Hunayf Sahl Ibn Hunayf رضي الله عنه and `Amir Ibn Rabi`ah رضي الله عنه during the time of Nabi ﷺ Amir رضي الله عنه was asked by Nabi ﷺ to perform Wazoo for Sahl and then the water was poured over him, thus, Allah healed him. The evil eye is real and there is no blame if one asks his or her sister to wash their hands, face or perform Wazoo to pour the water over the area one thinks was affected by an evil eye. (Hadees is given below).
Please go through theses Hadees: -
1. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ said that the evil eye is real & Aisha رضي الله عنها narrates that Nabi ﷺ said Seek refuge with Allah for the evil eye is real.
[Ibn Majah: 3636, 3637; Book. 31; English vol. 4; Book. 31, Hadees. 3507, 3508]
2. Nabi ﷺ said: “Most of those who will die from my nation (ummat) after what Allah has decreed will be from the evil eye (Nazar)”.
[Fathul Haqq Al-Mubeen, As-Sahih: 747]
3. Hazrat Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما says that Nabi ﷺ said: “The evil eye is true and if there is anything that would precede pre-destiny, it would be the evil eye and when you are asked to take bath (as a cure) from the influence of an evil eye, you should take bath”.
[Muslim: 2188; Book. 39; English Book. 26; Hadees. 5427]
4. Narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه says that Nabi ﷺ said: "The evil eye is true & He ﷺ prohibited tattooing".
[Bukhari: 5740; Book. 76; English vol. 7; Book. 71; Hadees. 636]
5. Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها said: "The person who touches others with the evil eye was commanded to perform ablution (Wazoo) and the person whom he touched by the evil eye would wash himself with that water.
[Abu Dawud: 3880; Book. 29; English Book. 28; Hadees. 3871]
6. Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها say that Nabi ﷺ commanded me, or commanded somebody else to do Ruqyah (Islamic prayer formulas) for the evil eye (Nazar).
[Bukhari: 5738; Book. 76; English vol. 7; Book. 71; Hadees. 634]
7. Hazrat Asma Bint Umays رضي الله عنها said: "O Nabi ﷺ the children of Jafar رضي الله عنه are usually touched by the evil eye. Should I perform Ruqyah (Islamic prayer formula) for them"? He ﷺ said: "Yes. If there is anything that precedes Pre-destiny, it would be the evil eye.
[Tirmizi: 2199; Book. 28; English vol. 4; Book. 2, Hadees. 2059]
8. Abu Umamah Bin Sahl Bin Hunaif narrated that Amir Bin Rabee'ah رضي الله عنه once saw Sahl Bin Hunaif رضي الله عنه take a bath and said: "By Allah! I have never observed the skin of a person that is softer than what I have just seen". Sahl fell on the ground. Nabi ﷺ then came to Amir رضي الله عنه with anger and said to him, "Why would one of you kill his own brother? Why have you not said Tabarak Allah, (may Allah bless it)? Take a bath for it". Amir رضي الله عنه then washed his face, hands, elbows, knees, feet and a part of his garment in a pot for what he had done and then poured the used water on Sahl رضي الله عنه.
[Ibn Majah: 3638; Book. 31; English vol. 4; Book. 31, Hadees. 3509]
9. Narrated by Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما that Nabi ﷺ said: If there is anything that precedes Pre-destiny, it would be the evil eye. When one is touched by the evil eye, he should take a bath (or a wash) for it".
[Tirmizi: 2203; Book. 28; English vol.4; Book. 2, Hadees. 2062]