Ruqyah FAQs

When I am sleeping I feel a weight on my body?

This is a common occurrence with many people and is in most cases not Jinn related there are a number of causes for this but the most common is due to the way a person sleep's. If a person sleeps with some kind of weight on their chest for example they have folded their arm across their chest or their partner puts their arm across their chest even if it is seemingly a small amount of weight it restricts the amount of oxygen the person is breathing and it leads to this sudden sensation of something on top of them and they cannot move etc.

I have extreme nightmares is it Jinn?

The most common cause for nightmares is stress, truma, certain foods or medications - not Jinn.

Ruqyah for Rizq issues?

We often receive calls from people who believe that someone has done Sihr on them to cause their 'Rizq', (their wealth, job or business) to decline. Today 'Ruqyah' is fast becoming the new magic word, for everything illogical and superstitious.

Islamically speaking no one or thing can restrict your 'Rizq' (wealth / provision), it's a false belief. To put this issue into context, the most calls we received for Ruqyah for cases of 'Rizq', was during the 2009 financial crises. Where there was an increase in unemployment in the UK. People were calling and saying they could not find a job, or their business was down - and so they suspected someone had done magic on them. This kind of mentality is unfortunately being encouraged by Raaqis who offer to cure you of your financial woes, whilst taking your money from you

The Ayats below clearly show that Allah (swt) is the Razzaq (Provider) and that Rizq is ascribed to Him alone. He provides to whom He wills, and this authority of provision is reserved for Him alone. Lo! Allah (swt) is that who gives livelihood, the Lord of unbreakable might. Surah Adh-Dhariyat - Verse 58

So we must try our best to remain objective when it comes to difficult times. And not allow superstition to creep in. Allah (swt) says in the Quran: And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things. Surah Al-Talaaq (Chapter 65) Verse 2-3

Al-Hasan al Basri (rh) was also asked a similar question A man once came to Al-Hasan al-Basri and complained to him: 'The sky does not shower us with rain.' He replied: 'Seek Allah's forgiveness (i.e. say Astaghfirullah ).' Then another person came to him and said, 'I complain of poverty.' He replied: 'Seek Allah’s forgiveness.' Then another person came to him and complained, 'My wife is barren; she cannot bear children.' He replied: 'Seek Allah’s forgiveness.' The people who were present, said to Al-Hasan: 'Every time a person came to you complaining, you instructed them to seek Allah’s forgiveness?' Al-Hasan al-Basri said, 'Have you not read the statement of Allah? I said Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Truly He is Oft-Forgiving. He will send rain to you in abundance; increase you in wealth and children; grant you gardens and bestow on you rivers.' [Taken from: 'Fath al-Bari' Chapter: the Best Method of Seeking forgiveness]

As you can see, Al-Hasan Al Basri did not advise anyone to go to a Raaqi, to have some kind of black magic removed.

I feel I am far from Islam so am I possessed?

Remember no matter how far one feels away from Allah, Allah is closer to you than you jugular vein, always forgiving when his servant calls upon him as narrated in the hadith below.

From Anas (ra), who said: 'I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say: "Allah the Almighty has said: 'O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me, and hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds in the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I shall forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with an earthful of sins and were you then to face Me, without having associated anything with Me, I shall grant you an earthful of pardon."
[Recorded by Al-Tirmidhi, who said that it is a good and sound hadith.]

I have been advised to recite a Surah or just the names of Allah X amount of times.

On the face of it this type of thing appears fine but one should be careful that these people then start advising to recite the names of Allah 100,000 times and Surahs Falaq and Nas 70,000 times etc. Beware this is usually the first sign of the innovators as no one would be able to complete these tasks in one go. Then you would have to refer back to them and sure enough you would be informed of some pious Shaikh or 'Peer' etc, who can achieve this feat and of course will charge you for the privilege. These people are often obsessed with numbers and these numbers tend to be all over their literature as if its the number that is going to give the Shifaa (cure). Below is a some logical evidence regarding these kinds of numbers - if you were ever to attempt such a thing.

1 hour = 60 mins and 1 Min = 60 Seconds so 60x60 = 3600 sec's per hour.
If we say you could recite both Surah Falaq and Nas in 2 seconds which is totally unjust to the Surahs but for arguments sake. So 3600/2 = 1800 A person would only be able to recite them 1800 times in one hour. And if we said they had a night of 10 hours it woud still only amount to 18,000 times. Still 62,000 short of the innovators requirement. As you can see this is impossible. May Allah protect us from Shaytaans suggestions dressed as piety and keep us firmly upon the true piety of the Sunnah.

Calling upon the Names of Allah

Some people advise that you should say 'Ya rahmaan' or 'Ya raheem' or 'Ya Jabaar' etc 100 times or 200 times each, for a cure or ailment.

If you download any Ruqyah, you will find that many of the reciters call upon Allah (swt) using his beautiful names. And if you have ever watched an imaam in taraweeh prayer making dua in Makkah, you will find they also call upon Allah's names. But you will find that after saying Allah's name they then ask for forgiveness or health or whatever.

But imagine if you are only sayinh 'Oh Allah' (swt) 10 times etc and then another name of Allah (swt) - this now becomes gets ridiculous. Because you are actually calling Allah by his name or names but then not asking for, or saying anything. Like someone may say 'ya Allah ya Allah ya Rahmaan' etc and then say 'forgive me' - which makes sense. But if they simply repeat 'Ya Allah, Ya Allah, Ya Allah' - it doesn't make sense.

Perhaps a simpler way to look at this or any worship for that matter is that if I suggested you pray with one leg in the air and one hand in the air you would say no I hope! Or at least ask me for some evidence from the Sunnah. Although there is nothing wrong with praying in itself and I am telling you that you should pray this way 20 times a day - you recognise that no-one has actually ever prayed in this way. So in the same way these people although they are using the names of Allah (swt), no one from the Prophet (saw) or the companions ever used the names of Allah (swt) in this way. Below is a narration where the companions did use the name of Allah (swt), I hope it clarifies matter.

One of the treatments prescribed in Islam is to recite the dua's narrated from the Prophet (saw), to relieve worries and distress.

Ibn Mas'ud reported God's Messenger (saw) as saying that if anyone is afflicted by much care he should say, “O God, I am Thy servant, the son of Thy servant, the son of Thy handmaid, and at Thy disposal; my forelock is in Thy hand; Thy judgment is effective regarding me; just concerning me is Thy decree; I ask Thee by every name Thou hast by which Thou hast called Thyself, or sent down in Thy Book, or taught any of Thy creatures, or kept to Thyself in the hidden place of the unseen, to make the Qur’an the Spring of my heart and the means of clearing away my care and grief.” He declared that no one had ever said it without God removing his grief and giving him joy instead of it.
Razin transmitted it
Mishkat al-Masabih 2452

If the shayateen are chained up during Ramadan, why is there still evil? etc

It is narrated that 'Utbah ibn Farqad (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: 'In Ramadan, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and every shaytaan mareed is chained up.' [An-Nasaa'i (2108)]

Ibn Khuzaymah narrated in his Saheeh(3/188) that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: " The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: 'On the first night of Ramadan, the devils, the maarid (rebellious) jinn, are chained up.'
Imam Ibn Khuzaymah included this hadeeth in a chapter entitled: "Chapter which explains that what the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) meant when he said that 'the devils are chained up'" the maarid (rebellious) jinn among them, not all the devils, because the word shayaateen (devils) only applies to some of the jinn.

The chaining up of the devils only has to do with the believers who are fasting, not the disbelievers. Abu al-'Abbaas al-Qurtubi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: "They are only chained up and kept away from those whose fast fulfils the necessary conditions and who pay attention to its etiquette." [Sharh az-Zarqaani 'ala Muwatta' al-Imam Maalik (3/137)].

Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: "Those among the devils who are chained up may still cause harm, but it is less and weaker than what happens at times other than Ramadan. It is in accordance with the perfection or otherwise of the fast. If a person's fast is perfect and complete, the Shaytaan will be warded off in a manner in which he is not warded off from one whose fast is lacking." [Majmoo al-Fataawa (25/246)].

So in brief just like a human may be put in chains, this will reduce his ability to harm you. Obviously if you get too close, he could still attack you even whilst in chains. Furthermore the above narrations apply to the fasting believer during the month of Ramadan, fulfilling all the conditions of the fast.

Is Jinn catching real?

Despite the Islamic legality of this method being brought into question by some notable scholars in the field of Ruqyah, unfortunately due to desperation some people will try anything. Note that we are not advocating or discussing the legality of the method, we are simply trying to shed some light on the actual 'claimed success' of this method, so you can decide for yourself.

Briefly, jinn catching is a method used whereby the raaqi claims to draw out the jinn from the body of the patient, by using the verses of the Quran into a 3rd party, who is designated the 'jinn catcher'. The first thing to note is that the raaqi recites on the 3rd party i.e the catcher, as opposed to on you, the patient. The patient should know that what appears to have been 'caught' or turns up in the catcher, has not been proven at all to be related to the patient. This is just a myth and at times it may appear to know some facts regarding the patient but this in no way proves the jinn is from the patient.

The proponents of this method claim that when the jinn is captured inside the body of the catcher, it is out of its comfort zone and therefore it is much weaker and is easily destroyed or converted. Every now and then the catcher raises his index finger, to suggest that the jinn, which has entered his body has taken the Shahada etc.

It is also common for the majority of the clients of 'jinn catching', to be taken through the following process:

1. You will be told that you have eaten the Sihr and prescribed senna tea and Ruqyah water / baths for two weeks, to supposedly clear this Sihr from the body.
2. You will be requested to undergo Ruqyah and hijama treatment in combination. After following this treatment for the prescribed time and finding you still have the jinn with you:
3. You will be advised the Sihr has been 'redone' so you need go to step 1 again.

We have come across many patients who have been told they have been cleared of the Sihr, without actually being recited upon to establish the truth. So people have gone away believing they were cured. However when noticing their symptoms continued, they checked with other raaqis who recited Ruqyah on the actual patient as opposed to a 3rd party, they found that they reacted just like they did before. So nothing had actually changed and many people felt cheated by this method.

Any independent observer to jinn catching will notice that the vast majority of jinn that turn up in the catcher, are all saying a similar story i.e the person has eaten the Sihr. And most people are put through a standard program with standard claims. Unfortunately, when patients find that their case has not been resolved and they are still left with the jinns in their body, they are told by the raaqi that the reason is because the magic has been 'redone' and they need to repeat the treatment. Thereby the patient is left going in circles without any progress. The magic 'being repeated' myth has been explained above, as this is a standard claim used by many raaqis in almost any situation in which they do not know what to do.

Can Sihr be consumed or eaten?

This has come into fashion with many raaqis diagnosing their patients with eaten Sihr, simply because they vomit or have stomach movements during the Ruqyah. Patients are then given many concoctions designed to make them vomit or diarrhoea to help remove the assumed eaten Sihr. Unfortunately, even after the painful purging effects of these concoctions many patients are still left with the jinns in their body and their associated symptoms. Someone with a basic knowledge of Ruqyah will be able to confirm that even in cases of simple possession which does not involve Sihr, a jinn generally settles in the stomach and when recited upon the person will vomit. This does not mean the person has eaten the sihr.

If the jinn leaves, you will be worse off?

Some raaqis when failing to remove the Jinn from a person, resort to telling the patient that if they were to make the jinn leave, the patient will be depressed or worse off. As the jinn has been with them for so long that, when removed it will leave a void in them. One has to ask well why did they try to treat or make it leave in the first place if they knew that was going to be the impact? Also, if a person is possessed by a shayateen, how could forcing it out ever be a negative thing?

How to destroy a Taweez?

Please visit our Ruqyah Myths page for details.

How do you prepare Ruqyah Water?

Please visit our Ruqyah Myths page for details.

I have been to so many Raaqis but I am not cured?

Please see the below discussion on this issue.

For more detailed information on this topic, please visit the Ruqyah Myths page.

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