Advice about Magic and Ruqya
Posted November 22, 2011on:
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Advice about Magic and Ruqya
Written by Sheikh Mohammed al-Arefe
Translated by the LCIS team, www.lcis.tk
The First Protection
Allah (swt) said about the Shaytaan,
“Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord.” [Surah an-Nahl: 99].
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Protect (the rights of) Allah (swt), He (swt) will protect you.’ [Reported by Ahmed, Tirmidhi & Wa’idi and was declared authentic by Albani]. Hence, a person will be rewarded by what he performs. Whosoever turns away from Allah (swt), He (swt) will turn away from him and whoever does not protect and fulfil the orders and commandments of Allah (swt), He (swt) will not protect him.
How the Shaytaan can gain authority over a servant
The more the servants distances himself from Allah (swt), the closer he gets to Shaytaan (devil), the further he gets from the Mercy of Allah (swt) and closer to the Curse of Allah (swt) they draw. Whoever seeks the Pleasure of Allah (swt) will become one of his Awliyaa (supporters). Allah (swt) says,
“Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those who believed and were fearing Allah. For them are good tidings in the worldly life and in the Hereafter.” [Surah Yunus: 62-64]
If the Muslim worshipper listens to music and lapses from making remembrance of the Lord of the Heavens and the earth, and watches the prohibited things and occupies himself with films and soap-operas, and attends gatherings of disobedience and evil, then illusions and whisperings will over take him, and he will be tested by anxiety and paranoia. The angels will flee from him and he will be exposed to the Devils such that at times he will be bewitched, on other occasions he will be overcome by depression, or even possessed by the Jinn, and he may even have evil eye befall him. Allah (swt) says,
“And whoever is blinded from remembrance of the Most Merciful – We appoint for him a devil, and he will be to him a (close) companion.” [Surah az-Zukhruf: 36]
And Worse than that…
is for the servant of Allah (swt) to seek cure from these ailment and illnesses by disobeying Allah (swt) and resorting to a disbelieving magician or a disobedient soothsayer. The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever goes to a soothsayer and believes in what he says has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammed (saw) i.e. the Qur’an.’ [Authenticated by al-Albani].
He (saw) also said, ‘Whoever goes to a soothsayer and asks him about something and then believes in him, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days.’ [Saheeh Muslim] Once the Prophet (saw) was asked about the soothsayers and he replied, ‘Do not go to them.’ [Authenticated by al-Albani].
These magicians and the soothsayers claim knowledge of the unseen and utilise Jinn to cure sickness and illnesses. Do not resort to them by selling your deen (religion), but rather seek refuge in Allah (swt) alone.
How Can you Recognise the Magicians?
The magicians and soothsayers have certain characteristics which may include some of those listed below. If you see any of these things, then do not approach such people;
- They usually try and establish the name of your mother
- They may take some belongings of the sick person such as a handkerchief or hat
- They may request you to sacrifice an animal with specific attributes and ask you to smear certain places with its blood
- They usually write with signs and incantations and individual (broken) letters
- They often chant incomprehensibly
- They may give the sick person objects to bury in the ground or request to conceal in a specific place
- The are able to inform the patient about personal information that may be only known to them
- They show signs of open disobedience to Allah (swt), such as shaving the beard, not shortening the trousers above the ankles (isbaal) or taking the prayer lightly
How you can Treat yourself
Stay clear from any disobedience and sins such as not praying, drinking alcohol, wearing dazzling clothes or undertaking any immoral acts. Rid the house of any impure objects such as musical instruments, hanged pictures on the walls and forbidden antiques or statues. Be persistent and regular in reciting the morning and evening Azkaar (remembrance of Allah (swt)), those before sleep and others for specific times.
Using the Islamically Sanctioned Ruqya
Begin by reading upon yourself the following du’a (petition);
Bismillah Arqī Nafsī Wa Min Kuli Shayin Yu’zīnī Wa Min Shari Kuli Nafs Aw Ayn Hāsid Yashfīnī
‘In the name of Allah (swt) I seek incantation upon myself from all things that harm me and from the evil of every soul or from the jealous eye. O Allah cure me.’ [Saheeh Muslim, Musnad Ahmed]
Then place your hand on the place that gives you pain on your body and say, ‘Bismillah’ three times, then say seven times,
A’ouzu Be Izzatillāhi Wa Qudratihi Min Shari Ma Ajid Wa Ahzir
‘I seek refuge in Allah (swt) and in His Ability from the evil I find and avoid.’ [Saheeh Muslim]
You should also say,
Allāhumma Rabinās Azhab Al-Ba’sa Wa Ashfi, Anta Ash-Shafī La Shifa’a Ila Shifauk La Yugadir Saqama
‘O Allah the lord of people, take away the harm, and cure you are the healer, there’s no cure but your cure, a cure that does not leave any illness’ [Agreed Upon]
You should read Ayah al-Kursi before sleeping, Before the Prophet (saw) would sleep he would draw his hands together and then blow into them without spitting, reciting Surah Ikhlaas,
and then Surah al- Falaq, And finally Surah al-Naas, before wiping over his head and body with the palms of his hands.
You should also try and read Surah al-Baqara daily as this is a great protection from magic as the devils flee from the houses in which Surah al-Baqara is recited.
Using Surah al-Faatiha to incant oneself (Ruqya)
A group from the companions of the Prophet (saw) were travelling and passed by a tribe whose leader had become unwell having been stung. After Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri performed Ruqya upon him by reading Surah al-Faatiha he was able to stand as if nothing had befallen him. When the Sahabah returned back to the Prophet (saw) and informed him of what happened, he (saw) smiled and approved of what Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri had done.
Ibn Qayyim (rh) narrated, ‘Whilst I was in Makkah, I spent a period of time unwell and could neither find doctor nor medication. So I began to treat myself with Surah al-Faatiha by taking some zam-zam water and reciting over it a number of times before drinking it. I found in it a complete recovery whilst doing so and began to rely on this as a method of cure for all my pains and ailments. Subsequently, I would advise others to perform so and many would gain quick recovery from their problems.’ [al-Tib an-Nabawi]
In order to perform Ruqya with Surah al-Faatiha one should recite the Surah and then blow upon the place where the pain is being felt, or if someone else is performing the Ruqya upon a patient, for them to blow upon the area. You can also do this with the other Suwar such as Surah as Ikhlas, al-Falaq and an-Naas.
How to Cure yourself from Magic
Sheikh Ibn Baz commented, ‘Take seven green Sidr leaves and crush them in a mortar and pestle. Place them in a container and fill it with water that is of a sufficient quantity to bathe in. Recite upon it the following, Ayat al-Kursi, Surah al-Ikhlaas and the Mu’awadhatayn as well the as verses relating to magic including, Surah al-‘Araaf verses 117-122, Suran Yunus verses 79-82 and Surah Taha verses 65-70. Then you should drink some of it before bathing with the remaining water. There is no problem in repeating this a number of times until you are cured.’
Surah al-‘Araaf, verses 117-122
“We put into Moses’ mind by inspiration: ‘Throw (now) your rod’ and behold! It swallows up straight away all the falsehoods which they fake! Thus truth was confirmed, and all that they did was made to be no effect. So the (great ones) were vanquished there and then, and were made to look small. But the sorcerers fell down prostrate in adoration. Saying: ‘We believe in the Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Moses and Aaron.’”
Suran Yunus, verses 79-82
“Pharaoh said, ‘Bring me every sorcerer well versed.’ When the sorcerers came, Moses said to them, ‘Throw ye what you (wish) to throw!’ When they had thrown, Moses said, ‘What you have brought is sorcery. God will surely make it of no effect: for God prospers not the work of those who make mischief’. And God by His words does prove and establish His truth, however much the sinners may hate it!’”
Surah Taha, verses 65-70
“They said, ‘O Musa (Moses)! Either you throw first or we be the first to throw?’ (Musa said,) ‘No, throw you (first)!’ Then behold, their ropes and their sticks, by their magic, appeared to him as though they moved fast. So Musa (Moses) became fearful in himself. We (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, no matter whatever amount (of skill) he may attain.’ So the magicians fell down prostrate. They said, ‘We believe in the Lord of Harun (Aaron) and Musa (Moses).’”
How to Cure yourself from the Evil Eye
The one who has been affected by evil eye must get the one who casted it (al-Aa’in) to do the following. For the one who casted the evil eye to perform wudu (ritual ablution) and then wash the Mi’qad al-Izaar (the inner side that holds his trousers or lower garments against his abdomen when tightened) with water in a single container. He should take this water and give it to the one who has befallen the evil eye and request him to use it to wash his clothes in, then he should use the remaining water to bathe in. Inshallah this will help remove the evil eye from him.
Good Tidings for the Believers Allah (swt) has said,
﴾ “And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc) Who, when afflicted with calamity, say, ‘Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return’. They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones.” *Surah al-Baqara: 155-157]
People always alternate from good times and bad, and there is nothing more beneficial during the time of rest and ease except to be grateful and thankful to Allah (swt). Similarly at the times of hardship one should always stay steadfast and turn to Allah (swt). Understand that whatever befalls you would never have missed you, nor what has not befallen you would have transpired.
Rather tests and hardship will continue to befall the true believers affecting themselves, their children or their wealth until they meet Allah (swt) in the Hereafter completely clean of any sins. It may that Allah (swt) wishes a person to enter the paradise but his actions are not enough to cause this, rather Allah (swt) will test him until his level is raised and he is able to enter Jannah (paradise).
Some of the Salaf (pious early generation of scholars) would say, ‘If it were not for the trials and tribulations we had to face, we would meet Allah (swt) in the Hereafter bankrupt (devoid of any good deeds).’ And what a beautiful statement of the Prophet Ya’qoub (as) when he said,
“So (for me) patience is most fitting. And it is Allah (Alone) Whose help can be sought against that which you assert."[Surah Yusuf: 18]
“Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” *Surah ar-Ra’ad: 28]
Duas that will remove anxiety and worries
If you are afflicted by hardship or adversity then try and make the following du’a,
‘There is no god except Allah (swt), the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allah (swt), the Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god except Allah (swt), Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.’ [Agreed Upon]
You may also say,
“There is no God except you. Glorified be you! Indeed I have been a wrong-doer.”
[Surah al-Anbiya’: 87]
Or indeed as well,
Yā Ḥayyu Yā Qayyūm Bi Rahmatika Astaghīth
“O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek
help.” Sunan an-Nisa’i
If one is affected by anxiety, concerns or worries he should say;
Allāhumma Innī ‘Abduk Ibn ‘Abduk Ibn Amatuk Nāṣiyatī Biyadik Māda Fī Hukmik ‘Adl Fī Qadā’ik As’aluka Bikkulli Ism Huwa Laka Sammaytu Bihi Nafsak Aw Anzaltuhu Fī Kitābik Aw ‘Allamtuhu Ahadan Min Khalqik Aw Ista’tharta Bihi Fī ‘Ilm al-Ghayb ‘Indak An Taj’al al-Qur’ān Rabī’ al-Qalbī Wa Nūr Sadrī Wa Jalā’a Ḥuzni Wa Dhahāb Hammī
“O Allah, I am Your slave, son of Your slave, son of Your female slave, my forelock is in Your hand, Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every Name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Qur’an the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety.” [Musnad Imam Ahmed]
If one is afflicted by a calamity or a problem he should say;
Inna Lillāhi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajiūn. Allāhumma Ajirnī Fī Musebatī Wa Akhlif Lī Khairan Minhu
“Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return; O Allah, reward me in this calamity and compensate me with something better than it.” [Saheeh Muslim]
The distressed person should make the following petition to Allah (swt);
Allāhumma Rahmatika Arjū Fala Takalanī Ila Nafsī Tarfah A’yn Wa Aslih Lī Sha’ne Kulihi La Ilaha Ila Anta
“O Allah! I seek your Mercy, therefore, do not you let me blink of an eye (with no help or mercy from you). Improve my whole affairs. There is no one worthy to be worshipped except you.”[Musnad Imam Ahmed]
One could also say,
“Allah, Allah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him.” *Musnad Imam Ahmed]
If you are afflicted by difficulties or if your affairs become hard you should say,
Allāhumma La Sahla Ila Ma Ja’altahu Sahla Wa Anta Taja’l al-Huzn Iza Shi’ta Sahlan
“O Allah (swt), nothing is easy but what you have made to be easy, and You if you wish you can make the distress into ease.” [Sunan Ibn Hibban]
Seeking Cure from Whisperings
If one faces any devilish whisperings in matters pertaining to Allah (swt) and the ‘Aqeedah of Islam, such that they try to question or raise doubts in their mind, the Prophet (saw) advised,
“Satan will come to one of you and will say, ‘Who created this and who created that?’ until will he say, ‘Who created God?’ If this happens to you say, ‘I seek refuge in Allah (swt) and then stop (such thoughts).”[Saheeh al-Jami’]
If one gets similar satanic whisperings regarding his state of purification (tahaara), such that he is unable to continue or has doubt as to whether he is pure or not he should do as the Prophet (saw) requested;
“If any one of you is praying and feels some movement in his back passage, and is uncertain as to whether he has broken his wudu’ or not, he should not end his prayer unless he hears a sound or smells an odour.” [Saheeh al-Albani]
If one gets whisperings during the prayers as to whether they have recited correctly or not then they should do as the Prophet (saw) commanded,
“A companion came to the Prophet (saw) and said, ‘Verily, Shaytaan comes between me and my prayer and my recitation of the Quran and confuses me.’ The Prophet said, ‘That is the Shaytaan called Khanzab. If you feel that occurring to you, seek refuge in Allah from him and spit on your left side three times.’ The companion said he did so and Allah took the devil away from him.” [Saheeh Muslim]
However, despite all of these things, the Muslim has been given glad tidings that such whisperings that occur within the heart will not be accounted for as the Prophet (saw) said,
“Indeed Allah (swt) will allow for my nation (i.e. not account) whatever they say privately to themselves (personally) as long as they do not speak it our publicly or act according to it.” [Saheeh Muslim]
Closing Advise We advise you to leave any such whisperings and not to pay any attention to them; instead try and fight and challenge them. Increase your recitation of the Qur’an, and perform more good deeds and seek refuge in Allah (swt) humbly imploring Him (swt) for help. Intensify your calls in seeking refuge in Allah (swt) from the accursed Satan and ask Him (swt) to remove any Satanic plans over you and keep you firm upon the Truth.