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Old January 29th, 2008, 01:53
UmmQasim UmmQasim is offline
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Question: The first question is from Sister Mujahida from New York, she says: My aunt has a daughter who is about 5 and can barely speak and recently started walking. The doctors said there isnt anything physically wrong with her and she is just slow. Some claim that she has ayn (عين evil eye) on her and someone suggested that she read Surah Ikhlaas X number of times and she will start walking and talking. My aunt did this for a while and my cousin started to walk. However, I was trying to explain it to her if it was practised by the Sahaabah, but she says, It is a surah from the Quraan and Allaah سبحانه و تعالى says its a book that cures, then whats wrong with me reading it? The questions are:
i. How do I explain this issue to her?
ii. Is there any ruqyah from Quraan and Sunnah that I can give her and tell her to do on her daughter?

Answer: About the question, as I understand it this lady is reading suratul-Ikhlaas and she said inshaa Allaah in suratul-Ikhlaas there is a cure. We should know that Allaah سبحانه و تعالى says in the Quraan:

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلاَ يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إَلاَّ خَسَارًا
{And We send down of the Qur'n that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islmic Monotheism and act on it), and it increases the Zlimn (polytheists and wrong-doers) nothing but loss.} [Al-Israa 17:82]

This cure includes the cure from doubts, cure from physical illness and also from the illness of the soul i.e. shak an-nafsiyyah (شك النفسية doubting of the soul). So the Quraan is a shifaa (شفاء cure). We know this, and we know that there are special surahs that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه و سلم has guided us to, and some aayaat, and we know the Quraan as a whole is ash-shifaa (The Cure). When you read Quraan Inshaa Allaah with the intention of shifaa, and knowledge (understanding), it is shifaa.

There are special surahs and aayaat like al-Faatihah, and the beginning aayaat of surah al-Baqarah, and ayatul-Kursi, and suratul-Ikhlaas, suratul-Kaafiroon, the muwaddataan (Surah al-Falaq and an-Naas). There are verses which Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم tells us that if you read them on a sick then Inshaa Allaah they will be cured. There is also a saying of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم that I think she can find it in the Sunnah book (Hisnul Muslim) and if she asks her Imaam, he will guide her to it like:
Place your hand at the site of the pain and say: Bismillah In the name of Allaah (three times) Then supplicate seven times:

أَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ وَ قُدْرَتِهِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أَجِدُ وَ أُحَاذِرُ
Aoodhu billaahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhadhir
I take refuge in Allaah and within His Omnipotence from the evil that I feel and am wary of.

Also from the Sunnah of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم is to recite:

أَذْهِبِ الْبَاسَ، رَبَّ النَّاسِ، وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي، لاَ شِفَاءَ إِلاَّ شِفَاؤُكَ، شِفَاءً لاَ يُغَادِرُ سَقَماً

Adhibilbas Rabbanaas wasfi antashaafee laa shifaaa illa shifaauka shifaaan laa yughaadiru saqamaa[7]

So the Quraan is shifaa and there are special surahs that we can say on the sick person, and he can read them himself. However, specifying a special surah or special aayaat that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم did not mention, is wrong. There is nothing that specifies this and specifying a number of times to read this surah also does not come from Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم, and the Sahaabah رضي الله عنهم did not do this, so we should follow the way of using the ruqyah shariyyah (الشرعية الرقية permissible incantation). He should not be very harsh regarding this. She is reading Quraan and surah al-Ikhlaas has special meanings in it, so I think it is okay to read the Quraan but not specific (parts); it is better to read the whole of surah al-Faatihah, Ayatul-Kursi, suratul-Baqarah Wallaahu Alam.

2. Question: As seen on TV, Muslims call a lady who claims to solve problems. Is it possible for someone to read the Qur'aan over the phone to someone, or advise them to read certain potions of the Qur'aan, and for them to be cured? Is it acceptable or is it shirk? Please note that she is not attributing this to herself.
Answer: If this lady is reading Quraan or guiding people to read Quraan then she is doing the right thing, she is not doing shirk. Allaah سبحانه و تعالى says that the Quraan is shifaa (cure);[9] but the problem is specifying particular aayaat or surahs that the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم did not specify, and reading them at a certain time and in certain way i.e. the way they do the ruqyah, and specifying special verses that are not specified. This is a mistake. Also, it is much better for the person who is sick to read it himself/herself and to have belief that God will cure him/her; or his parents or his friends or his imaam (may read it for him).

Helping others is a fitnah for this lady as all the people come to her, and if she doesnt have enough knowledge then Shaitaan will try to divert her to do other things that lead to bidah and then go further from bidah to shirk. It is also a fitnah that the people who believe in this lady may think that she will cure by herself. But as the question says, if the woman does not claim that she is giving the cure and that Allaah سبحانه و تعالى cures, and she guides them to read the Quraan as a cure, then I think Alhamdulillaah there is nothing wrong with it. But it is not acceptable for her to specify things that are not specified by Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم from Quraan, Wallaahu Alam.

Answered by: Shaykh Salaah Muhammad Aal Shaykh

Title of lecture: Question and answer session

Date of lecture: 20 January 2007

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[6] Reported in Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab as-Salaam (#2203).

[7] Reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, Kitaab at-Tibb (#5418) and Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab as-Salaam (#2191).
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