It is disliked to seek treatment through Ruqyah and by Cauterisation – By Shaikh Al-Albānī

Mughirah Ibn Shu’bah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

مَنِ اكْتَوَى أَوِ اسْتَرْقَى فَقَدْ بَرِئَ مِنَ التَّوَكُّلِ

“Whoever seeks treatment by cauterisation or with Ruqyah, then he has absolved himself of reliance (At-Tawakkul) upon Allah.”

(Reported by Ibn Mājah no. 3489, At-Tirmidhi no. 2055, authenticated by Al-Albānī in Saheehah no. 244)

Note: Cauterisation is a medical practice or technique of burning a part of a body to remove or close off a part of it. It destroys some tissue in an attempt to mitigate bleeding and damage, remove an undesired growth, or minimize other potential medical harm.

The Shaikh, Al-‘Allāmah, Al-Faqeeh (the Jurist), Muhammad Nāsir Ad-Deen Al-Albānī (may Allah show him mercy) said:

In this hadeeth is a dislike of seeking cauterisation and ruqyah. As for cauterisation, then that is due to what it contains of torment by fire. As for ruqyah, then that is due to what it entails of seeking one’s need from someone else regarding a hoped-for but not a likely benefit. For this reason, leaving off these practices is from the qualities of those who will enter Paradise without reckoning. They are those who do not seek treatment by ruqyah, cauterisation, nor do they believe in evil omens, rather it is upon their Lord that they have reliance – as occurs in the hadeeth narrated by Ibn ‘Abbās and collected by Bukhāri and Muslim. Muslim (no.220) has an additional wording in his report:

هُمُ الَّذِينَ لاَ يَرْقُونَ وَلاَ يَسْتَرْقُونَ

“They do not perform ruqyah, nor do they seek ruqyah to be performed.”

This addition in this report opposes what is stronger than it (so it is shādh, weak), as I have clarified in my notes upon my book Mukhtasar Saheeh Muslim (no. 254).

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The Hadeeth of the 70,000 who will enter Paradise without Reckoning:

Bukhāri reported that Ibn ‘Abbās (radiyallāhu ‘anhumā) narrated to from Allaah’s Messenger (salallāhu ‘alaihi wassallam) that he said: “The nations were displayed before me, and I saw a Prophet with a small group of people (ar-raht: between three and nine), and a Prophet with one or two men, and a Prophet who had nobody with him. Then a large mass of people appeared before me, and I thought they were my nation. So it was said to me: ‘This is Moosaa and his people.’ Then I looked and I saw another great mass of people, and it was said to me: ‘This is your nation, and with them are 70,000 people who will enter Paradise, without reckoning and without punishment.’” Then he stood and entered his home, and the people starting talking about the 70,000. So some of them said: “Perhaps they are those who accompanied Allah’s Messenger.” Others said: “Perhaps they are those who were born into Islam, and did not associate any partners in worship with Allah.” And they mentioned various other possibilities. Then the Messenger of Allah (salallāhu ‘alaihi wassallam) came out to them, and they informed him of their discussion. So he (salallāhu ‘alaihi wassallam) said:

هُمْ الَّذِينَ لا يَسْتَرْقُونَ وَلا يَتَطَيَّرُونَ وَلا يَكْتَوُونَ وَعَلَى رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُون

“They are those who do not seek Ruqyah, and they do not get themselves cauterised or branded, they do not follow evil (and are not concerned about) omens, and they put their trust in their Lord.” So ‘Ukkāshah b. Mihsan stood up and said: “O Allah’s Messenger! Supplicate to Allaah that He makes me from them.” So Allaah’s Messenger (salallāhu ‘alaihi wassallam) said: “You are from them.” Then another man stood up and said: “O Allah’s Messenger! Supplicate to Allaah that He makes me from them.” So he replied: “‘Ukkāshah has beaten you to it!”

There occurs in another narration collected by Ahmad, Ibn Mājah and Tirmidhi, from Abu Umāmah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wassallam) said:

وَعَدَنِي رَبِّي عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَنْ يُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ مِنْ أُمَّتِي سَبْعِينَ أَلْفًا بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ وَلا عَذَابٍ مَعَ كُلِّ أَلْفٍ سَبْعُونَ أَلْفًا وَثَلاثَ حَثَيَاتٍ مِنْ حَثَيَاتِ رَبِّي عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

“My Lord has promised me that 70,000 of my Ummah will enter Paradise without accounting and without being punished. Along with each thousand, another 70,000 will enter and then three Handfuls of my Lord.”

Ruqyah For Oneself

Ruqyah treatment is best done by a person on themselves through supplication to Allah, asking the One Who Cures, to cure you, the recital of Qur’an (that is a cure), by dhikr and glorification of Allah, and asking Allah (often) to remove the affliction, whether it be jinn, evil-eye, mental illnesse, disease, magic and so on. Reciting, making du’ā and ruqyah for yourself does not prevent you from being among the 70,000 who enter Jannah without reckoning, since You have not sought ruqyah from another person, and you have instead relied upon Allāh alone, seeking cure from Him directly.

The following is a good book to have in one’s home for ruqyah on oneself whenever needed, or for you to recite on your children (and family) when needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performing ruqyah on your children or family etc. does not contradict the narrations, since they did not seek ruqyah from you — instead you saw a need in them and volunteered to recite on them. So this does remove a person from being from the 70,000 inshā’-Allāh.

Here are some portions of the Qur’an that should be recited regularly by the one seeking a divine remedy:

1. Surah Al-Fātihah:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ * الحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ * الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ * مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ * إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ * اهدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ * صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ

2. Ayatul-Kursī

اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَّهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَن ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِندَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِّنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاء وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَؤُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ

3. Surahs al-Ikhlās, al-Falaq and an-Nās:

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ * اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ * لم يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ*وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُواً أَحَدٌ

قلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ * من شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ * وَمِن شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ * وَمِن شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ * وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ

قلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ * مَلِكِ النَّاسِ * إِلَهِ النَّاسِ * مِن شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ * الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ * مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ

4. Last two ayahs of al-Baqarah

آمَنَ الرَّسُولُ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۚ كُلٌّ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّن رُّسُلِهِ ۚ وَقَالُوا سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا ۖ غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ * لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا ۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتْ وَعَلَيْهَا مَا اكْتَسَبَتْ ۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ ۖ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا ۚ أَنتَ مَوْلَانَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ

5. Ayah 102 from al-Baqarah:

وَاتَّبَعُوا مَا تَتْلُو الشَّيَاطِينُ عَلَى مُلْكِ سُلَيْمَانَ وَمَا كَفَرَ سُلَيْمَانُ وَلَكِنَّ الشَّيَاطِينَ كَفَرُوا يُعَلِّمُونَ النَّاسَ السِّحْرَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ عَلَى الْمَلَكَيْنِ بِبَابِلَ هَارُوتَ وَمَارُوتَ وَمَا يُعَلِّمَانِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ حَتَّى يَقُولاَ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ فِتْنَةٌ فَلاَ تَكْفُرْ فَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مِنْهُمَا مَا يُفَرِّقُونَ بِهِ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَزَوْجِهِ وَمَا هُمْ بِضَارِّينَ بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَيَتَعَلَّمُونَ مَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلاَ يَنفَعُهُمْ وَلَقَدْ عَلِمُوا لَمَنْ اشْتَرَاهُ مَا لَهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنْ خَلَاقٍ وَلَبِئْسَ مَا شَرَوْا بِهِ أَنفُسَهُمْ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ

6. Ayahs 117-120 from al-A’rāf:

وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَى مُوسَى أَنْ أَلْقِ عَصَاكَ فَإِذَا هِيَ تَلْقَفُ مَا يَأْفِكُونَ * فَوَقَعَ الْحَقُّ وَبَطَلَ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ * فَغُلِبُواْ هُنَالِكَ وَانقَلَبُواْ صَاغِرِينَ * وَأُلْقِيَ السَّحَرَةُ سَاجِدِينَ * قَالُواْ آمَنَّا بِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

7. Ayahs 80-82 from Yunus

فَلَمَّا جَاءَ السَّحَرَةُ قَالَ لَهُم مُّوسَى    أَلْقُواْ مَا أَنتُم مُّلْقُونَ * فَلَمَّا أَلْقَوْا قَالَ مُوسَى مَا جِئْتُم بِهِ السِّحْرُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَيُبْطِلُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُصْلِحُ عَمَلَ الْمُفْسِدِينَ

8. Ayah 69 from Tāhā

وَأَلْقِ مَا فِي يَمِينِكَ تَلْقَفْ مَا صَنَعُوا ۖ إِنَّمَا صَنَعُوا كَيْدُ سَاحِرٍ ۖ وَلَا يُفْلِحُ السَّاحِرُ حَيْثُ أَتَىٰ

9. The supplication of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) reported by Bukhari and Muslim:

اللَّهُمَّ ربَّ النَّاسِ ، أَذْهِب الْبَأسَ ، واشْفِ ، أَنْتَ الشَّافي لا شِفَاءَ إِلاَّ شِفَاؤُكَ ، شِفاءً لا يُغَادِرُ سقَم

10. Du’ā seeking refuge:

أعوذُ بالله السّميع العليم من الشّيطان الرّجيم، من همزِه ونفخِه ونفثِه

11. Du’ā seeking refuge with Allah:

أعوذ بكلماتِ الله التامّة من غضبِه وعقابِه وشرِّ عباده، ومن همزاتِ الشّياطين وأنْ يحضرون

12. Du’ā seeking Allah’s refuge from evil:

أعوذ بوجه اللهِ الكريم، وبكلماتِ الله التامّات، اللاتي لا يجاوزهنّ بَرٌّ ولا فاجر، من شرِّ ما ينزل من السماء وشرِّ ما يعرجُ فيها، وشرّ ما ذرأ في الأرض وشرّ ما يخرج منها، ومن فتن الليل والنّهار، ومن طوارقِ الليل والنهار، إلا طارقًا يطرقُ بخيرٍ يا رحمن

13. Glorification of Allah:

اللهم إنّي أسألك أني أشهد أنك أنت الله لا إله إلا أنت الأحد الصمد، الذي لم يلد ولم يولد، ولم يكن له كفوًا أحد.

14. Calling upon Allah by His Names:

اللهم إنّي عبدك، وابنُ عبدك، وابنُ أَمَتك، ناصيتي بيدِك، ماضٍ فيَّ حكمُك، عَدْلٌ فيّ قضاؤك، أسألك بكلّ اسم هو لك سمّيت به نفسَك، أو أنزلته في كتابك، أو علمته أحداً من خلقك، أو استأثرت به في علم الغيب عندك أنْ تجعلَ القرآن ربيعَ قلبي، ونورَ صدري، وجلاءَ حزني، وذَهاب همّي.

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