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Touching the Painful Spot During the Ruqya


There is someone who performs legal Ruqyas in accordance with Prophet Muhammad‘s Sunnah, as mentioned by Ibn-Taimiyah and Ibn-Al-Qayyim. The patients receiving his Ruqyas suffer from physical diseases, such as cancer and ulcers. That Raqi (performer of Ruqyas) recites some Qur‘anic verses, Ruqyas proven to have been recited by Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and other practiced Ryquas that are Islamically Valid. After locating the painful spot, the Raqi does what the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم used to do when performing Ruqyas unto his own family: he recites the Ruqyas, does Nafth (puffing out breath with little saliva) into his right hand, and rubs the painful spot while uttering these prayers; “O Allah, Lord of mankind! I beg You to remove the suffering. I beg You, as you are the Healer, and there is no healing but yours, to bring about a healing that leaves behind no ailment.”*1*

On another occasion, when Uthman Ibn-Abil-Aas complained of a pain from which he had been suffering since adopting Islam, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم instructed him, “Put your hand on the painful spot and say, ’In the name of Allah’ three times, then say, ‘I seek refuge in Allah‘s Might and Ability against the evil from which I am suffering and which I fear’ seven times.” *2*

Is it valid for the Raqi to put his hand on the painful spot while performing the Ruqya? Does the Prophet‘s instruction to Uthman to put his hand on the painful spot imply that putting the hand as such is a condition for cure? Evidently, it has been done a lot, and several patients have been cured that way by Allah‘s permission.


The Ruqya done as mentioned above is valid; the Qur‘an has a healing effect, for it is described by Allah as cure when He says: “Say: It {the Qur‘an} is for those who believe [in it] a guidance and a healing.”(Surah Fussilat: 44). It is also valid to put the hand on the painful spot and rub it gently after doing Nafth into the palms. It is also possible to do the recitation, then the Nafth directly all over the body and on the painful spot. The Ruqya basically involves acts of recitation, supplication, Nafth and passing the hand several times on the painful spot. Performance of these acts is expected to result in healing by Allah‘s permission. *3*

From the book ‘Fatwas on Faith Healing & Witchcraft’ by Khaled al-Jeraisy. Translated by Dr. M. A. M. Mohammad

*1*Sahih Al-Bukhari, Kitab Al-Mardha (Book of Patients), Hadith No. 5675 & Sahih Muslim, Kitab Assalam (Book of peace), Hadith No. 2191.
*2*Sahih Muslim, Kitab Assalam (Book of Peace), Hadith No. 2202.
*3*A Fatawa signed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Jibreen.

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