Having clearly understood the concept of ruqyah and its importance in Islam, in my previous post, now let us move on to the conditions that should be met in order to do ruqyah in an Islamic way.
Prophet Mohammad (saw) said, “Show me your Ruqyahs; there is no harm in Ruqyah as long as there is no shirk.” (Muslim)
A raqi is the spiritual healer who is entitled to perform ruqyah on a sick person. Seeking Ruqyah from a raqi is allowed in the following conditions:
There should be a belief that Ruqyah is merely a way of healing and that it can have no positive effect on the sick except by the Will of Allah (swt). (Fath ul Bari 10/240)
The ruqyah must be done with clearly understood words in order to rule out the possibility of any magic factor involved in the ruqyah.
Ruqyah should be done only with Allah's words, his beautiful names or attributes. All forms of ruqyah that are mentioned in the Sunnah satisfy this condition as they either consist of certain portions of the Holy Qur’an (such as Surah-Fatiha or Ayat ul-Kursiy) or else they contain praises of Allah (swt) and an invocation to seek help from Allah (swt).
The raqi should not recite words or prayers that include shirk such as asking help from the dead, Jinnaat or evil spirit. The raqi should only use Quranic verses or authentic supplications in the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad (swt).
If the sick person is a female then she should ask for Ruqyah from a devout woman. In case the raqi is a man, he should perform it in the presence of her Mahram or guardian. The sick woman should wear a complete hijab and the raqi should not touch her.
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