In what follows, there are additional guidelines that should be taken into consideration what
performing a ruqyah.
Adhering to What Is Reported in the Sunnah
Ruqyah is a form of supplication. As is the case with other supplications, it is permissible
to use any words that fulfill the above conditions. This is approved by Allah's Messenger (Peace and Blessing
upon Him) who said: 'There is nothing wrong with ruqa as long as they do not involve shirk.'
However, rather than experimenting with ruqa that may or may not be useful, and rather than
being doubtful as to whether a specific ruqyah fulfills the correct conditions and guidelines, it is best to
adhere to the ruqa that have been reported in the Sunnah.
The Profession of Ruqyah-Giving
Some people have turned ruqyah-giving into a profession for which they devote their full time,
and from which they earn a lot of money. This conflicts with the Sunnah and the practice of the salaf. It
should be avoided by both the giver (called a reciter or a raqi) and the seeker of ruqyah. Some of the
reasons for its prohibition are the following:
The common people think that the reciter has a special healing power, thereby turning their
minds from the True Healer and His words to the one who recites them. This is a clear source of
We have no reports of any of the sahabah and salaf devoting their time to offer this service.
This makes it a bid'ah in the Din.
When the devils realize the common people's fascination by a particular person, they do things
to cause deviation to him and them. This is clearly expressed in the above discussion that took place between
Ibn Mas'ud and his wife.
When a reciter finds the people gathering at his door seeking his help, he would imagine that
he has a high status before Allah, and would be drawn into vanity and conceit.
Most of the reciters have a poor knowledge of the Sunnah, which makes them claim or do things
that have no basis in Islam.
Since this profession is a good source of income, it attracts many impostors and liars who
claim that they can treat people, thereby adding to the spread of ignorance, falsehood, and shirk.
Ruqa from the Sunnah
Various forms of supplications for prevention or healing, some of which may be classified as
ruqa, have been presented in this site. In what follows, we include some more, or refer to earlier ones, as
the discussion warrants.
Ruqyah with Allah's Name
Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (RA) reported that Jibril came to the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon
Him) and said:, "O Muhammad, are you sick?" He replied, 'Yes.' He said:
"Bismillahi arqik, min kulli shayin yuthik, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ayni hasid - With
Allah's Name I shelter you (give you ruqyah), from all that ails you, from the evil of every soul, or that of
the envious eyes. May Allah cure you; with Allah's Name I shelter you." (Muslim).
Ruqyah with Allah's Book
'Aishah (RA) reported that Allah's Messenger (Peace and Blessing upon Him) came into her house
and saw with her a woman who was treating her with ruqyah. He told her:
'Treat her (only) with Allah's Book.' Recorded by Ibn Hibban; verified to be authentic by
al-Albani in as-Sahihah no. 1931.
In what follows, we present ruqa with specific suras or ayat as is recorded in the
Ruqyah with al-Fatiha
Abu Sa'id al-Khudri and Ibn Abbas (RA) reported that a number of the Prophet's (Peace and
Blessing upon Him) companions were on a journey. They stopped one night by the dwellings of a bedouin tribe
who refused to host them and give them food.
The chief of that tribe was then stung (by a snake or scorpion). His people tried everything
possible to treat him, but to no avail. One of them suggested to seek help from the travellers. When they
came to them, one of them said, "By Allah, I can perform ruqyah; but you have refused to host us. So I would
not perform the ruqyah until you pledge to give us an offering."
They agreed to give them a flock of thirty sheep, and the companion started blowing (with
light spit) on the stung man's sting and reading al-Fatiha. He was immediately cured, like one who was tied
and then set free. He stood and walked as if nothing happened to him, and they gave them their pledged
Some of the companions said, "Let us divide this flock among us." Others said, "No, you may
not take any pay for reading Allah's Book! Let us not divide the goats until we reach the Prophet (Peace and
Blessing upon Him), tell him what happened, and see what he commands us."
When they reached al-Madinah, they came to the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) and told
him what happened. He said (approvingly):
'How did you know that it (al-Fatiha) is a ruqyah? You have done well! And indeed, the best
thing to be paid for is Allah's Book*. So, divide it among you; and allot a share for me.' Al-Bukhari,
Muslim, and others.
(*One may not be paid for praying or reading Qur'an, because these are acts of worship that
should be done purely for Allah ('Azza wa Jalla). However, it is permissible to be paid a compensation for
the time or effort that one sometimes puts into matters associated with these acts of worship in order to
serve the Muslim community. For example, a regular imam in a masjid should be compensated for devoting his
time to that position, otherwise he would have to work in a profession that would prevent him from fulfilling
all of the services needed from him. Furthermore, based on this hadith, some scholars conclude that it is
also permissible to be paid for a benefit that reaches others because of one's reading Qur'an.)
Ruqyah with al-Muawwidhat
As explained earlier, al-Muawwidhat are the last three suras of the Qur'an. The last two of
them carry a clear meaning of ruqyah, and are presented below. Surat ul-Ikhlas (112) does not carry such
meaning in an explicit manner, but contains concise and strong words of praise for Allah ('Azza wa Jalla),
making it an important introduction to the succeeding two suras:
(Say, "I seek refuge with the Lord of daybreak, from the evil of what he created, and from the
evil of darkness when it settles, and from the evil of the blowers in knots, and from the evil of an envier
when he envies.") 113
(Say, "I seek refuge with the Lord of the people, the King of the people, the God of the
people, from the evil of a retreating whisperer, who whispers (evil) in the breasts of the people, (whether
he is) from among jinns or the people.") 114
'Aishah (RA) reported:
"When Allah's Messenger (Peace and Blessing upon Him) went to bed, he would bring the palms of
both hands together, and blow into them while reading "Qul huwa Allahu ahad" 112, "Qul a'udhu bi rabb
il-falaq" 113, "Qul a'udhu bi rabbi n-Nas" 114. He would then rub with them whatever he could reach of his
body, starting with his head, face, and the front part of his body. He would do this three times. When he got
very ill, he asked me to do that for him." Al Bukhari and Muslim
'Aishah (RA) also reported:
"In the final sickness in which he passed away, the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) used
to blow over himself with al-Mu'awwidhat. When he became very ill, I blew with them for him, rubbing over him
with his own hand because of the blessing in it." Al Bukhari and Muslim
We can use these suras for scorpion stings like it as been reported in ahadith.
Ruqyah with Ayat ul-Kursi
Ubayy Bin Ka'b narrated that he had a harvest of dates. He noticed that it shrunk every day,
and decided to watch it at night. He did and noticed a beast that looked like a boy who attained puberty. He
gave him salam, and it responded to him with salam.
He asked it, "Are you human or jinn"
It replied, "Jinn."
He told it, "Show me your hand."
It showed him its hand, and he saw that it looked like a dog's, with fur like that of a dog
covering it. He exclaimed, "Is this how jinn are like!?" It then told him, "All jinns know that there is no
one among them stronger than me." He asked it, "What brought you here?" It replied, "We have been informed
that you like to give charity, so we came to get some of your food." He asked it, "What would protect us from
you?" It replied, "This ayah from Surat ul-Baqarah: (Allahu la ilaha illa huwa Al-Hayy ul-Qayyum,) (2/255) -
whoever says it in the evening will be protected from us until the morning, and whoever says it in the
morning will be protected from us until the evening."
In the morning, Ubayy came to Allah's Messenger (Peace and Blessing upon Him) and told him of
that incident. He told him, 'The evil one has said the truth!' Recorded by an-Nasa i and others. Verified to
be authentic by al-Albani.