A ruqyah is a special healing prayer from the Quran.
"And We sent down in the Qur'an that which is healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss". (Qur'an 17:82)
Ruqyah in Islam is the recitation of Qur'an, seeking of refuge, remembrance and supplications that are used as a means of treating sicknesses and other problems like Black Magic, Evil Eye, Envy and Demonic Possession. But this is not all. Quran is an healing for all ailments except old age and death that are inevitable.
To read Bismillah before you commence any activituy is a ruqyah.
to recite Surah Fatiha and blowing to the water before drinking is a ruqyah and it has many benefits.
Ruqya can be performed by anyone who has knowledge of the Quran. The recitation does not have to be from memory. You can always put the Quran in front of you and recite the special ayats many times over until the patient starts to feel better.
There are two types of Ruqyah:
Ruqyah Ash Shirkiyah: This Ruqyah 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 Ruqyah is prohibited, from the statement of the Prophet (saws) This type includes: Magic (whether learning, practicing, or teaching it), Fortune telling, Horoscopes, superstitious belief, and at-Tameemah ( charms and amulets).
Ruqyah Ash Shar'eeyah : This type of Ruqyah is permissible when three conditions are met:
- It must be with the speech of Allah (Qur'aan) and his names and attributes.
- It must be in the Arabic language, or what is known to be its meaning in other languages.
- To believe that Ruqyah has no benefit by itself, but the benefits are from Allah.
Conditions of a person who treats with Ruqyah:
- He must have the right belief in Allah (Based on Qur'aan, Sunnah, and keep away form Shirk, etc)
- He must have sincerity in worshipping Allah and have a good intention in treating people
- He must be firm in his obedience to Allah, and keep away form all that is forbidden
- 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.
- He must guard the affairs of his patients and protect their secrets.
- 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.
- He should have knowledge about the affairs of the patient and sicknesses
- He should have knowledge about the reality of Jinns (so as not to have them harm or threaten him while curing the patient). Ibn Teen (Rahimuhullah) said:
- "Treating with Muawwizaat, (Surah An-Naas, Al-Falaq, etc) and other forms, such as the names of Allah are medicine for the soul. So if these forms of treatment are on the tongue of the righteous, cure will be achieved by the will of Allah."
Conditions for the person (patient) recieving Ruqyah:
- He must have complete belief that harm and benefit are only from Allah.
- He must be patient.