Firstly, Ruqya is the treatment and relief for people whose lives are stuck and who have been suffering for years from Sihr, Jinn and Ayn. Secondly it’s a protection for Muslims against shirk and it’s a way of strengthening their faith. Thirdly it’s a way of da’wa for non-muslims because Sahaaba healed the chief of a tribe with Surah Faatiha. Then, it is a fight against magicians, Satanists, seers and their associates, and a fight against all kinds of Shirk till it completely disappears.
Sorcery/Sihr is something that harms the whole body, until the person falls sick or dies, or causes disunion between couples, it is therefore lethal to do everything possible to remove it and use legal ways for treatment. Indeed, Allah gave a remedy to every disease. According to Abu Hurayra (RA) the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Allah did not send a disease without sending its remedy”
Muslim reported according to Jabir (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Each disease has its remedy; if the remedy matching the disease is found, the patient will recover by Almighty Allah Azzawajal’s grace”. For sorcery especially, the remedy is the Quran because sorcery is made with satanic words which are cancelled by Allah’s words.
Allah says : “And We reveal of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy for believers though it increase the evil doers in naught save ruin”
The Existence of Sorcery
Allah The Most High says : “Consistently, when a messenger went to the previous generations, they said, “Magician,” or, “Crazy.”
Men have always known the phenomenon of sorcery and possession by Jinn (spirits), only modern materialism rejects it in the name of science, trying to explain it all by psychological problems and superstitions. It is surprising to see that some Imams and scholars deny the reality of these phenomenons while Allah clearly assesses the veracity of it’s effect “These two did not divulge such knowledge without pointing out: “This is a test. You shall not abuse such knowledge.” But the people used it in such evil schemes as the breaking up of marriages. They can never harm anyone against the will of Allah.”
We also know how the Prophet (PBUH) was a victim of Sihr and fell sick until Allah sent Angels to inform him that he has been charmed with hair and knots put under a stone in a dry well used for toilets. He then had to send companions to fetch it and the knots opened by the recitation of the two protection surats. The Prophet’s (PBUH) health recovered after that. Sorcery is therefore a reality. There are four symptoms of sorcery and Jinn:
1. Blockages in Life :
The person will be affected in work, money, marriage, studies, contests, un-kept promises, bad luck. When these deadlocks are unusual and repetitive until they become systematic then we know it is sorcery.
2. Unusual Health Problems :
The person will also have unexplainable and permanent pains, strange diseases medicine can’t explain like open wounds, migraines, pain in the whole body, joint pains, sterility and erectile dysfunction and skin diseases like psoriases or cron. These will also be unusual and repetitive until they become systematic and doctors will not understand the cause of the problem.
3. Unusual Mental States :
The person will feel extreme uncontrollable anger, irritability, sadness, depression, oversight, lack of self-confidence, lack of concentration, memory loss, hearing or seeing things eventually until madness. The person may also have extreme fear for now reasons or always feel that someone or something is watching or following them.
4. Bad Dreams :
The person will have dreams of pursuit, snakes, cats and dogs, bulls or vicious animals, fighting or war, masks or statues, water or drowning, high places or flying, death or graves, travelling, fire, meat or fish and persistent sexual dreams. These will also be unusual and recurrent until they become systematic. The person will always wake up remembering the dreams as bad, and sometimes find blue marks or scratches on the body. Women may even be raped in their dreams.
Sorcery is Forbidden
Allah says : “But the people used it in such evil schemes as the breaking up of marriages. They can never harm anyone against the will of Allah. They thus learn what hurts them, not what benefits them, and they know full well that whoever practices witchcraft will have no share in the Hereafter. Misery indeed is what they sell their souls for, if they only knew.”
Allah also says : “The magician’s work will not succeed.”
Al’Imrân ibn Husayn (RA) reports that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Is not one of us he who spreads superstitions and he who believes in it, he who practices clairvoyance and the one seeking for it, he who practices sorcery and the one seeking for it; he who goes to a clairvoyant, asks him then believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what has been revealed to Muhammad (PBUH)” [Reported by El Bazzar with correct transmission chain.]
Abu Hurayra (RA) reports that Prophet (PBUH) said: “He who goes to a seer and believes his prediction, has disbelieved in what has been revealed to Muhammad (PBUH)” [Reported by Ahmed, Abu Daoud, At-Tirmidhi, Nassaï, Ibn Majah and El Hakim]
From the mentioned Hadith and Quraan it is clear that all forms of sorcery is totally forbidden. Sorcery involves shirk and there is no forgiveness for shirk. When sorcerers commit this hideous crime, it is only to cause harm and destruction, and Ruqya is the fight against it. May Allah accept us as soldiers of Deen.
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