RUQYAH is an arabic words which commonly translated in English as incantations or spiritual healing

TYPES OF RUQYAH

1. Ar-Ruqyah Ash Shar’eeyah
2. Ar-Ruqyah Ash Shirkiyah

Ar-Ruqyah Ash Shar’eeyah ( lawful )
This can be referred to as recitation of part of the Holy Qur’an such as Al-Fatihah or make supplication using words transmitted from the authentic Hadith of the Prophet (saw) as means of treating sicknesses and other problems.

Ar-Ruqyah Ash Shirkiyah (unlawful)
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).

LAWFUL RUQYAH
Sheikh Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) said there is a consensus on the using of Ruqyah if three conditions are met:

1) It must be with the speech of Allah (Qur’aan) and his names and attributes.

2) It must be in the Arabic language, or what is known to be its meaning in other languages.

3) To believe that Ruqyah has no benefit by itself, but the benefits are from Allah.

DOING RUQYAH
There is nothing wrong with the Muslim reciting ruqyah for himself or others. That is permissible; indeed it is a good Sunnah, for the Messenger Allah (S.A.W) recited ruqyah for himself and others, likewise some of his companions did.

It was narrated in sahih imam Bukhaari that A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said:

“When the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) was ill, he would recite al-Mu`awidhatayn (surahs of Al-Falaq and An-Nas) over himself and spit dryly. When his pain grew intense, I recited over him and wiped him with his own hand, seeking its blessing.

It was also narrated that Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (SAW) used to seek refuge for al-Hasan and al-Husayn, and he would say, ‘Your father [Ibrahim A.S] used to seek refuge with Allah for Isma`il and Ishaq with these words: A`udhu bi kalimat Allah al-tammah min kulli shaytanin wa hammah wa min kulli `aynin lammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah, from every devil and every poisonous reptile, and from every evil eye).’” (Al-Bukharee).

CONDITIONS OF A PERSON WHO TREATS WITH RUQYAH:

1) He must have the right belief in Allah (Based on Qur’aan, Sunnah, and keep away form Shirk, etc)

2) He must have sincerity in worshipping Allah and have a good intention in treating people

3) He must be firm in his obedience to Allah, and keep away form all that is forbidden

4) He must keep far away from all unlawful places and situations that can lead to what is forbidden, for example isolating himself with a female, etc.

5) He must guard the affairs of his patients and protect their secrets.

6) 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.

7) He should have knowledge about the affairs of the patient and sicknesses

8) He should have knowledge about the reality of Jinns (so as not to have them harm or threaten him while curing the patient)

9) Not to perform Ruqyah in a state of major impurity (junub) or in a place that is not permissible to perform ibadah i.e. graveyard, bathroom, etc.

CONDITIONS FOR THE PERSON (PATIENT) RECIEVING RUQYAH:

1) He must have complete belief that harm and benefit are only from Allah.

2) He must be patient.

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