The validity of ruqyah

Reference: al-Fataawa adh-Dhahabiyyah fir-Ruqaa ash-Shar’iyyah, Page 57

Question: What is the Islaamic position regarding the ruqyah? I have heard about a companion [of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)) who treated a patient by ruqyah, and was given some sheep in return. This was approved by the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), who said:

«Assign a share for me with you».

And it is also reported that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) performed ruqyah by placing his hand over the painful area and supplicate:

«Lord of mankind, I beg You to remove the suffering».

I have also heard that when the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) described the seventy thousand who will enter Paradise without judgement, he said:

«They are those who do not perform ruqyah nor do they seek ruqyah for themselves».

It is also said that ruqyah is considered as shirk. I request you explain the matter to me so that I can be clear about it.

Response: It is allowed to perform ruqyah using Qur.aanic verses and legislated supplications, as the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

«There is no harm in ruqyah so long as no shirk is involved».

And this is in addition to that which occurs in other ahaadeeth.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.