We will all be aware that every sect, race, religion has corrupt and bad individuals. As Muslims, we believe in the principle, ‘Islam is perfect, but Muslims are not.’ In light of this, we will understand teachers are meant to educate our children but many of our children are sexually abused by children. Doctors are meant to cure the ill, there are doctors who have killed people. Police officers are meant to protect the people, we often hear of the police abusing their power and authority. This, in no way or shape, means we stop using the above services, which would be preposterous and outrageous for anyone to claim that. What we would advise, is that we are cautious and take preventive measures, as per the rule “prevention is better than cure.”
In recent times, there has been a lot of exposure towards Black Magic, Taweez, Ruqya and Jinns etc. The aim of this article is to accurately, fairly and precisely clear some of the myths regarding this subject.
We will start by explaining and proving from Quran and
Hadith whether or not Black Magic exists, as well as Jinns and Jinn possession.
There are a lot of Muslims out there who deny one of these or ALL of these.
BLACK MAGIC: Even the Prophet ﷺ had
Sihr (black magic). His enemies got the most powerful sorcerer. The effect of
it was He kept thinking he needed to do ghusl. It was done by a Jewish man
Labeed ibn A’sam, who took hair from the comb of the Prophet ﷺ and date skin from a tree. Eventually, they found the
well which had date-palms like the devil’s horns. The Hadith is in Bukhari.
JINN: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “There are Jinn in Madinah who have become Muslim. When you see one of them, call out to it for three days. If it appears after that, then kill it, for it is a Shaytan.” (Imam Malik)
EVIL EYE: Ibn ‘Abbas RA reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: “The influence of evil eye is a fact; if anything would precede the destiny it would be the influence of an evil eye, and when you are asked to take bath (as a cure) from the influence of an evil eye, you should take bath.” (Muslim)
Whether you go down the Taweez route or the Ruqya route or any other route, it is YOUR job to ensure the person treating you or your family member is acting according to Quran and Hadith. Allah SWT has blessed everyone with Aqal and intellect. One doesn’t need to be a Mufti to know the difference between right and wrong, a lot of these things are basic common sense. For example, the Mawlana giving Taweez or the Raqi should not touch women, there is no reason for him to do this. It is not permissible for a man who believes in Allah and His Messenger to put his hand in the hand of a woman who is not permissible for him or who is not one of his Mahram. Whoever does that has wronged himself (i.e., sinned).
It was narrated that Ma’qil ibn Yassaar said: the Messenger
of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “For one of
you to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle is better for him than that
he should touch a woman who is not permissible for him.”
Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer, 486
What Is Ruqya?
Ruqya is an authentic practice proven from Quran and the Sunnah, whereby a Shaykh recites selected Quran Ayahs on a patient to diagnose whether he/she is affected with evil eye/Nazar or SIhr/Jadoo or jinn possession. The same method can also be used to cure the person in Allah
Why do some Raqis charge extraordinary prices? One must understand the field of dealing with Black Magic and Jinn is not an easy one. They are risking their own lives and their wife’s and children’s. Raqis face a lot of backlashes and even face illnesses because of the work they do, most people don’t understand this. Unlike a doctor or a dentist, they treat the patient, go home and switch off – their work ends there. Whereas most if not all, face severe backlash which affects them and their families. Hence, they must do a LOT of protection and Adhkar themselves. Hence it is a dangerous, yet daring field, so the prices can be justified. But, I will add those who work from home should reduce the costs as they don’t have much expenditure compared to someone working in a clinic. Clinics also have to pay rent, £40-£50 an hour for Ruqya can be justified for the risk-taking job they are doing.
Next, there is a rumour going around and apparently, it started from an Alim in Yorkshire who goes around telling the masses, “If someone charges you for Ruqya or Taweez, their work is not effective.” Subhan Allah! I have had people ring me with the same information. Raqis have bills to pay and shopping to do, their kids wear nappies too! And believe it or not, our cars run on petrol… Not Zamzam! There is nothing wrong with receiving payment for reciting Ruqya for one who is sick because it is proven in al-Saheehayn that a group of the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) set out on a journey and travelled until they made came near one of the Arab tribes. (These people were either covers or very stingy, as Ibn al-Qayyim RH mentioned in al-Madaarij). They asked them for hospitality, but they refused to do so. Then the leader of that tribe was stung, and they tried everything but nothing helped him. Then some of them said, why don’t you go to those people who are staying (nearby)? Maybe some of them have something. So they went to them and said, O people, our leader has been stung and we have tried everything and nothing helped him. Do any of you have something? One of them said, yes, by Allah. I will perform Ruqya for him, but by Allah, we asked you for hospitality and you did not give us anything, so we will not perform Ruqya for you unless you give us something in return. So they agreed on a flock of sheep, then he started to blow on him and recite Alhumdu Lillaahi Rabb il-‘Aalameen. Then he recovered quickly from his complaint and started walking, and there was nothing wrong with him. Then they have them what they had agreed to, and some of them (the Sahabah) said, Let us share it out. The one who had performed Ruqya said, Do not do anything until we come to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and tell him what happened, and we will wait and see what he tells us to do. So they came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and told him what had happened. He said, “How did you know that it is a Ruqya?” Then he said, “You did the right thing.”
Narrated by al-Bukhari (2115) and Muslim (4080).
What is the need to go to these people when the Hadith talks about self-ruqya and praying Ruqya on yourself or a family member can pray Manzil you? This is correct, you can perform Ruqya on yourself. Like the Prophet, ﷺ recited Surah Falaq and Surah Naas, cup his hands and blow into them, then rub all over his blessed body. At other times He ﷺ would pray Ruqya over his family members. But this is a bit like home remedies when you have the flu or a cold you can treat it yourself. So, for certain minor cases, you can do self-. But nobody would disagree that, if Flu or cough deteriorates into pneumonia and bronchitis or even TB, you would need to see a doctor or even go to the hospital to seek professional advice and help. Likewise with certain cases, especially Jinn possession a person needs to see a Raqi to gain professional advice. Because what happens is when the family recite Ruqya or play it on YouTube the patient will react severely and the family are unaware of how to deal with the situation or they are too scared. Hence some Imams and Mawlanas need to be careful on the Mimbar before giving wrong advice like, “don’t go to Raqis” “it’s all fake” “ it is just a fashion” AstaghfirUllah!!! Ruqya is an authentic Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ
NB: When contacting a Raqi, please be sure to ask where they have learnt Ruqya from. Many “cowboys” seem to learn it off YouTube or online. I am sure you will agree doctors don’t learn medicine online in a crash course, neither do opticians or dentist.
Ismail ibn Nazir Satia (one who is in dire need of Allah’s forgiveness, mercy and pleasure)
1 Ramadhan 1440