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Healing through the Quran

Ruqya is treatment through recitation.

There are six verses of healing (shifa) in the Qur’an, which may be recited repeatedly, or 3-7 times each with the ayat ul kursi, and the last two ayahs of Surah al Baqarah and the 3 quls.

The most well-known verse of shifa and also the most powerful is:

‘And when I am ill, it is He who cures me’, (26:80)

wa iza maridtu fahuwa yashfeen

وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ

This was the supplication of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), and should be recited placing one’s hand on the chest.

The 6 ayahs of healing

وَيَشْفِ صُدُورَ قَوْمٍ مُؤْمِنِينَ

wa yashfi sudoora qawmim mu’mineen

And heal the breasts of a believing people (Tawbah 9:14)

وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِين

wa iza maridtu fahuwa yashfeen

And when I am ill, it is He who cures me (Shu’ara 26:80)

 وَشِفَاءٌ لِمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

wa shifaaa’ul limaa fis-sudoori wa hudan wa rahmatul – lilmu’mineen

And a healing for that which is in your breasts – a guidance and a mercy for the believers (Yunus 10:57)

فِيهِ شِفَاءٌ لِلنَّاسِ

feehi shifaaa’ul linnaas

Wherein is healing for men (Nahl 16:69)

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلَا يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا خَسَارًا

wa nunazzilu minal-Quraani maa huwa shifaaa’un wa rahmatul lil mo’mineen

 And We send down of the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (Israa’ 17:82)

قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ

qul huwa lillazeena ‘aamanoo hudan wa shifaaa’un

Say: ‘It is for those who believe, a guide and a healing’ (Fussilat 41:44)

Studies in North America where non-Muslim patients have been randomised to treatment with water blessed with Qur’an or ordinary water showed a significantly increased rate of healing when treated with Quranic water.

How can we protect ourselves from illness and magic?

There are different levels of ruqya. Ordinary ruqya is for common physical ailments and protection from ayn (evil eye) / sihr (black magic) / hasad (envy).

What to recite:

  • Surah Al Fatihah
  • Last two verses of Surah Al Baqarah
  • Ayat ul Kursi
  • Surah Al Ikhlas, Surah Al Falaq and Surah An Nas seven times each

How to recite it:

  • Recite slowly and with purity of intention.
  • The person performing ruqyah should place their hand on the one who is suffering, ideally on their head.
  • Recite Allah’s verses slowly, with deep faith three or seven times.
  • This should be concluded with the following supplication: ‘Allahumma Rabban naas addhi bil ba’s. Washfi, anta Shafi. La shif’a illa shifa’uk, shifa’an la yughadiru saqama.’

Translated as:

‘O Allah, Lord of mankind, remove the harm and heal him, for You are the Healer and there is no healing except Your healing, with a healing which does not leave any disease behind.’

Surah Fatihah – A Gift Like No Other

Reciting Surah Al Fatihah can soothe us – not just spiritually but physically as well. It has the power to protect us from harm as well as to heal us. According to hadith, a new door in heaven opened and an angel descended to earth for the first time to proclaim that Surah Al Fatihah and the end of Surah Al Baqarah were two special lights gifted to the ummah (followers) of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), a gift unlike any verse that has been given to a prophet before. Indeed, the Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned that ‘Nothing of the Torah, Zabur (Psalms) or Injil (Bible) will match the Fatihah’. Moreover, another hadith suggests that if we recite Surah Al Fatihah and the closing two verses of Surah Al Baqarah we can be granted our du’as for anything during this life or the hereafter.

Effectiveness of Ruqya

During the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) the tribal chief was bitten by either a snake or scorpion and asked the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to treat him. As the tribe had not been on good terms with them, they agreed to make payment for it. So one companion recited Surah Al Fatihah, gathering his saliva and spitting it at the bite. The chief was cured and paid with a flock of thirty sheep. The companions sought permission from the Prophet (peace be upon him) for taking payment, and he gave it. His approval confirmed that we can use Surah Al Fatihah for healing as well as the acceptability of receiving a gift for it.

In more recent times, a blacksmith became very ill, and found himself becoming very thin and vomiting blood. A pious man, who was not a scholar, but from the awliya (one whose piety has brought him close to Allah Almighty) visited him. He recited an ayah from Surah Isra: ‘Wa bilhaqqi anzalnahu wa bilhaqqi nazal’:

‘We sent down the Qur’an in truth and in truth has it descended’. (17:105)

As soon as the man departed, the blacksmith started coughing and spat out a piece of metal. The wali had disappeared. The impact of the ruqya depends on the vessel carrying it, meaning the purity of the heart and the station of the one who is reciting it. If the person has complete tawakkul (reliance) on Allah Almighty and feels the weight of what he or she recites, that connection with Allah Almighty enables the Qur’an to have an effect and heal us. Ruqya therefore depends on the purity of intention and correct recitation. If you believe the Qur’an will cure you then it can.

Protecting our Children

A child was once brought to the Prophet (peace be upon him) looking pale and yellow. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked why ruqya had not been made. Therefore, we should make ruqya for our children.

An alternative acceptable method of making ruqya is to recite Qur’an on water and give this to children to drink. To rely on other than Allah Almighty or His words is forbidden and may be tantamount to shirk (polytheism). Examples of this might include wearing an amulet (taweez), especially if it contains any thing other than Allah Almighty’s words i.e. the Qur’an, or praying to graves, in the hope of achieving a cure.

How can we Protect Ourselves from Jinn?

The other type of ruqya is for treating jinn. This is a more complex process, although the same basic principles apply. A special du’a can be downloaded for this purpose from the internet and should be listened to. Specialists in this area are rare and many people are vulnerable to being misdirected to unorthodox practices by unqualified pirs (spiritual guides and healers). We should endeavour to maintain our salah (prayer), adhkar (remembrance), awrad (regular acts of worship) and tilawah (recitation of the Qur’an). Maintaining this connection with Allah and, particularly, with His Name – bismillah, will, insha’Allah, protect us from any harm. We should, therefore, always recite bismillah, especially in the dark, when discarding boiling water in the garden or wash basin, or when discarding bones.

Regarding protection, the Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned that whosoever recites Ayat ul Kursi before sleeping will be protected until the morning. He (peace be upon him) also mentioned this regarding the last two verses of Surah Baqarah. It is narrated from Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) in Sahih Al Bukhari:

‘Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) ordered me to guard the Zakat revenue of Ramadan. Then somebody came to me and started stealing of the foodstuff. I caught him and said, ‘I will take you to Allah’s Apostle!’ Then Abu Hurairah described the whole narration and said: ‘That person said to me, ‘Please don’t take me to Allah’s Apostle and I will tell you a few words by which Allah will benefit you. When you go to your bed, recite Ayat Al Kursi, (2.255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Satan will not be able to come near you till dawn.’ When the Prophet (peace be upon him) heard the story he said to me, ‘He who came to you at night told you the truth although he is a liar; and it was Satan.’

Regarding Surah Al Baqarah, it has been related from Abu Hurairah in Sahih Muslim that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

‘Do not turn your houses into graves. Verily, Shaytan does not enter the house where Surat Al Baqarah is recited.’

He (peace be upon him) further explained,

‘Whoever recites Al Baqarah at night in his house, then Shaytan will not enter that house for three nights. Whoever recites it during the day in his house, then Shaytan will not enter that house for three days.’ (Tabarani, Sahih of Ibn Hibban).

It has therefore been recommended to listen to Surah Al Baqarah daily or every other day in one’s home, as this will keep Shaytan away for three days. The entire Qur’an is healing, as depicted by its name, Ash Shifa. Allah has asserted:

‘And We sent down in the Qur’an such things that have healing and mercy for the believers.’ (17:82).

Othman bin Abi Al’as al-Thaqafi complained to the Prophet (peace be upon him) about a pain in his body he had been suffering from since he converted to Islam.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said to him:

Put your hand where the pain is in your body and say: Bismillah three times, and then say seven times: Aouzu billahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma Ajidu wa ohadhir.

I seek refuge in Allah and His power from what I am suffering from and from what I am anxious of. (Sahih Muslim)

If we truly believe in the Qur’an and its healing, then it will be a shifa for us – for our souls, our bodies, our families and society.

Transcribed by Saania Bhatti

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001.His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College).He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.