How can Ruqyah be effective?

Note: Your medical doctor must clear you first of any physical or psychiatric disease so you do not misdiagnose your disease for being afflicted by Jinn/ Shaitan. When the Sheitan targets someone, the therapy is completely different from being healthy and just getting shielded against Shaitan. The therapy must be compliant with Quran and Sunnah. If not the patient will not be cured and his faith could get voided, which makes the patient easy prey for the shaitan.

1- Adhere to the Etiquettes of Ruqiah. The first thing is to set your intention to seek a cure from Allah. Make sure that you are not interrupted during the Ruqyah. Dedicate the time and prepare yourself for the recitations. We often hear from house wives who say they listen to Ruqyah regularly but see no improvement. In reality, they might be listening while cooking or taking care of the children, or they might be working in one room while the Ruqiyah plays in another. While having the Ruqyah on in this manner spreads blessings, it does not serve its therapeutic purpose.

Position settings, environment the choice of verses are the main pillars of successful Ruqiah. Choose a quiet environment without TV, cellphones, kids, screens, kitchens etc. Shaitan is almost dependent fully on your sense to perceive Ruqiah. If you pay attention it pays attention, if you listen, it listens, etc. Close your eyes during Ruqiah. You must lay down flat on the bed or floor or recline on a couch with all your limbs relaxed and extended. Lay down on your back during Ruqiah with your legs and arms uncrossed. This makes it easier for Jinn to depart the body as their movement out of the body becomes unrestricted. Let your feet rest on the heel area.

Do not eat before Ruqiah, turn off your cell phone, and coordinate with your spouse for quiet time. Use the bathroom first, make Wudua get your cup of coffee and bottle of water, and get ready to start. Face the direction of Qiblah, clean your surroundings, and remove photos and pictures of any creation that has a soul like animals, birds, and humans. During Ruqiah, Shaitan may bring forth seemingly urgent and important thoughts to distract you. If you find it challenging to resist these compelling distractions, keep a pen and paper nearby to jot down any random thoughts that pop up.

Turn up the volume of the recorded Ruqyah within reason; louder Ruqiah volume intimidates Shaitan and highlights the potency of the Ruqyah. 

2- Do not postpone your treatment program. Some people could suffer through the harm of the Shaitan for 10 or 20 years or even longer while others get rid of it in a few days. The longer you have the harm of Jinn and Shaitan, the longer it could take to be cured. Shaitan gradually establishes multiple protective barriers against Ruqiah within the body over time. Delaying treatment only exacerbates the situation, making it more challenging to achieve a cure.

3- It is effective for the Raqi (therapist) to put his hand on the forehead, face, chest, or painful areas while reciting the Ruqiah. It is recommended for the patient to be sitting on a cushiony, stable seat with their feet extended and uncrossed to facilitate the departure of Jinn. It is also conducive in some cases to recite Quran in the patient’s left ear. However, it is forbidden for a male Raqi to do any of this to a female patient no matter how severe her condition could be (the only exception is if the Raqi is Mahram for her like being her father, son, husband, or brother).

4- Reaffirm your reliance on Allah. Quran and Athkar are the ultimate solution for everything evil regardless of what type of satanic harm you may have or for how long you had it. No one, even a Raqi (Ruqyah therapist), can cure you except by the wish of Allah. The cure is not from Ruqyah. The cure is from Allah alone. The piety of the Raqi is a major factor in determining the success of the Ruqyah. Ruqiah protects against problems you are currently encountering and problems you have not encountered yet. Humble yourself to Allah. Scholars explain that ignoring seeking therapy is a disobedience to Allah but relying only on therapy alone is a type of associating partners to the One God. 

5- The cure is not just in increasing acts of obedience to Allah, it is rather in stopping acts of disobedience. It is not just what you do, It is also what you stop doing. Somebody might follow the treatment program but still do back biting, receive accrued interest from the bank, wear tight or revealing clothes, listen to music, watch porn, etc. Scholars say “Do not rush healing after you have blocked its path with sins”

Yet, do not blame wrongdoings and sins on the Shaitan. Shaitan can whisper in your ear but Allah has created you with an override mode that makes you only in full control.

6- Do not stop your scheduled recitations and Athkar if you feel better or worse. Sheitan goes dormant to give you the feeling that you are cured and then patients experience a setback which makes them eventually get frustrated and give up. You could get worse before you get better. Once you start the treatment program, Sihr and Mas patients feel the resistance and fightback of the Jinn. They fight back because the Ruqia is effective and working. 

You will eventually experience a big improvement inshallah as if you are healed but do not stop your Ruqiah because Jinn will come back stronger. Jinn will build shields against the types of Ruqia you use so that these Ruqiah’s become less effective. Patients are always advised to use a strong, long, first strike and to continue all the way even after they think they are cured.

7- Seek to understand the meaning of Athkar and verses of the Quran that you listen to accelerate your healing. Understanding the meaning makes your heart and mind stronger and much more resistant. Pay attention to the meaning of the words. When Jinn is inside the body, it is like having a roommate. When the lights are turned on, they are on for both you and your roommate and vice versa. Jinn shares the same body with you and uses your senses. When you are listening, the Jinn is listening, when you are distracted, the Jinn is distracted from the Ruqiah as well to a certain degree. 

8- Learn how to do the Ruqyah for yourself, rather than being solely dependent on a Raqi. Allah is the one who cures us, not the Ruqyah or Raqi (Ruqyah therapist). The patient has a compelling necessity. This compelling necessity humbly attaches the patient’s heart to its creator and grants him the answer of Allah to his prayers.

Allah said in the Quran: “Who answers a distressed soul that calls on its lord and who alleviates harm.”

Relying only on the Raqi (Ruqyah therapist) is like hiring a private trainer in the gym. He could guide you to how to exercise but at the end of the day, it is you who have to do the work. Can the gym trainer, you hired, do all the exercises while you are sitting there watching and then expect yourself to be healthier? Same with Ruqyah. Being too attached to a Raqi, weakens your attachment to Allah, the sole provider of healing.

9- Repetition is the key. An example to help illustrate is if you have to finish a task in the dark. You turn on the lamp. You will only be able to see and finish your task, for as long as the lamp is on. The fact that the lamp was on and you were able to see yesterday, does not mean you will be able to see tonight without the lamp. When you do repetitions of the Quran and Athkar, use a timer and a counter. If someone is asked to recite Surat Al-Falaq a hundred times, he will feel it is too much. If he is asked to recite it for 20 minutes, he will feel that it is an easier task. Treatment repetition of recitations has to be fast. Use odd numbers of repetitions.

A man came to Prophet Muhammed and told him that his brother had diarrhea. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Give him honey. So the man did that and then he came again and said: I gave him honey but it has only made my brother’s diarrhea worse. The man repeated this three different times, and then he came the fourth time, and the Prophet said: Give him honey. The man replied: I did, but it has only made his diarrhea worse, whereupon Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: Allah has spoken the truth and your brother’s stomach has lied. So the man gave his brother honey (again) and his brother was cured.” Authentic narration in the book of Muslim

Honey proved to be the remedy, despite its initial ineffectiveness in the first three attempts, because the healing for this individual required a higher dosage. The fourth time yielded success as the increased dose of honey seemed to be the crucial factor in addressing and resolving his disorder.

10- To improve the effectiveness of your recitations, consider reciting the Quran during the performance of two units of prayer (Rak’ahs) to Allah at night, following the Isha prayer. It is acceptable to have the Quran or a Quran app on your mobile device in your hands during this prayer, but not during the five obligatory daily prayers. This is permissible for those who may not have memorized the Quran or require translation during their recitation.

11- “If you can’t attain it all, do not forfeit it all.” If your voice is fatigued from constant repetition, try alternating between reciting and listening to recitations. It is permissible to listen to Ruqiah while driving, provided that it is a familiar Ruqiah for you and you are aware that it may induce drowsiness or fatigue. The initial 15 minutes of Ruqiah recitation can be challenging, as Shaitan may attempt to instill feelings of boredom and irritation, but the experience becomes significantly more tolerable thereafter.

12- In certain instances, progress may be gradual when dealing with Jinn-related issues. The process involves weakening the Jinn through Ruqyah before completely expelling them. It’s not uncommon to feel worse after undergoing Ruqyah, as it disturbs and burns the Shaitan, compelling them to consider leaving the body. The resistance and severe reactions experienced are indicative of the effectiveness of the Ruqyah. It’s important to stay resilient and committed to the Ruqyah process, as Shaitan may fight back intensely due to their stubborn nature.

It’s worth noting that there may be a physical residue of Jinn harm left in the body, which can be expelled through various means such as sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, vaginal flatulence, and notably, Hijama (cupping therapy). Perseverance in the Ruqyah practice is crucial, and enduring through challenging reactions is a sign that the Ruqyah is actively working.

13- Our adversaries (Shaitan or Jinn) are not the same, depending on the type of Sheitan you struggle with, you may respond to certain Ruqiah and treatment protocols differently than someone else. So what works for others may not work for you and vice versa.

14- Ruqiah should be long whether for diagnosis or treatment purposes. If the Raqi feels his voice is tired. He should consider using a microphone that is plugged into a speaker (sold on Amazon as a set). This way, he does not have to raise his voice much and will be able to carry on a long Ruqiah.

15- Set your intention before Recitations and Athkar by speaking them aloud. In Islam, intentions are set internally only by your heart. However, in the case of Spiritual Therapy, we recommend setting your intention loudly and clearly like saying “Allah, I intend this Ruqiah to be a thorough cure for me and everything related to me. Allah, accept my Ruqiah and make it severe punishment for every trespassing evil spirit that inhibited my body and mind.”

16- Shaitan is described by Allah and his prophet as “Khannas” meaning that it contracts, shrinks, and gets weaker. So when it is in a state of “Khans”, this does not mean that it is gone, it could still be there but dormant. It could be the size of a full man or shrink itself down to be in the toes. If you go to a therapist to do Ruqiah or Hijama, it is recommended to enhance your experience by doing Ruqiah for yourself first in order to weaken and shrink the Shaitan. Sometimes when Shaitan leaves the body, it shrinks to the size of a needle which makes patients feel an extraordinary piercing sensation.

17- Listen to Ruqiah and Quran in general throughout the day to accelerate your treatment but there must be a dedicated time for doing nothing but reciting Quran and Athkar. Do not recite Quran or Athkar while receiving Ruqiah, rather listen quietly.

18- Ruqiah’s are powerful and effective. However, sometimes patients do not feel a response from the Jinn (internal pulse, movement, or pain). This typically means:

1- The type of Jinn inside the body is too strong or stubborn. So, More repetition is required to be effective.

2- When a Jinn has resided in the body for an extended period, it tends to remain active and continuously creates knots throughout. These knots can be thought of as hiding places or fortifications where the Jinn takes refuge to avoid the effects of Ruqyah. However, the repetitive recitation of Surat Al-Falaq is believed to have the power to dismantle and destroy these knots, weakening the Jinn’s stronghold within the body.

19- Mask the eyes of the patient. It helps the patient see the feedback of the Jinn inside his body and protects the therapist from the evil stares of the Jinn inside the patient. If the patient is a female and the therapist is a male, a male Mahram of hers must attend the session in full. Do not apply the mask if the patient keeps falling asleep.

20- Constant communication between the Raqi and the patient is of utmost importance. Some Quranic verses recited by the Raqi may trigger a strong reaction inside the patient that the Raqi does not observe. The Raqi should educate the patient to use nonverbal hand gestures when the reaction inside the patient is strong. The patient should use a thumbs up when the internal reaction is strong so that the Raqi knows to keep repeating the same verse over and over again.

21- If the patient exhibits signs of Jinn manifestation or presence, such as changes in their voice or their eyes rolling back, and you need to interrupt this manifestation for any reason, you can spray the patient with Ruqyah water or recite the Adhan close to their ears.

Mistakes patients with Spiritual Disorders make

1- Consistency is essential in practicing Ruqyah and Athkar. The treatment program is a comprehensive package, and selective adherence is discouraged. Do think that reciting specific verses exempts you from the rest of the treatment program, such as neglecting Evening Athkar because you recited Surat Al-Baqarah. Imagine your situation like a house with multiple doors and windows; securing only one or a few is insufficient. Lock all doors and windows, as leaving any open provides an opportunity for intrusion. Similarly, consistently follow the complete treatment program to ensure its effectiveness.

Yet doing some Athkar is better than doing nothing at all. Here are examples from Sheikh Khalid Al-Hibshi, to help us understand.

In response to a woman’s question about the effort required to ward off Shaitan, the Sheikh illustrated his point with a household example. He inquired about her method of cleaning cooking pots, to which she mentioned using a wet sponge and detergent. However, for a pot with a decade’s worth of blackened residue, she admitted she’d resort to a steel wool scrubber and vinegar, applying significant pressure to scrub off the grime. The Sheikh likened spiritual afflictions to this tougher cleaning scenario. Merely seeking Allah’s refuge and reciting the Quran suffices for daily spiritual maintenance, but dispelling long-standing influences of Shaitan demands a more intensive approach.

When a man mentioned his lack of time for spiritual practices, the Sheikh offered a vivid analogy. He asked, if an intruder entered your home and you only managed to kick him once in the morning and again after returning from work, would that be enough to make him leave? The man responded that in such a situation, he would fight vigorously, no matter how long it took. The Sheikh then advised treating spiritual intruders with the same level of determination, urging him to make such intruders reconsider their attempts to enter his spiritual space.

2- When patients sense adverse reactions during Ruqyah, such as feeling choked, pain, or headaches, the common mistake is to stop or take a break. However, it’s crucial to understand that these sensations often indicate that Shaitan is being tormented and is on the verge of leaving. Taking a break can diminish the effectiveness of the process. It’s advised to persist in listening or reciting, even if experiencing discomfort such as vomiting, shivers, or pain. Yet some patients will not experience anything but they will notice the next day that the Sheitan is finally gone. Some patients think that the right thing to do is to have mercy on the Sheitan by stopping for a break… It’s essential to recognize that mercy is reserved for humans and animals, not for Shaitan, and stopping for a break may hinder the expulsion process.

3- Passive listening is not as effective. Ponder over the meanings of the Ruqyah and be in a state of Wudua. Ruqiah has two benefits, 1-Pushing the Shaitan away. 2- Make your heart stronger and resilient. If one does not attempt to understand the meaning or at least the theme of what he is listening to, he gets only some of the benefits.

4- Patients rush the results. Patients who say “I am tired, I have been struggling for so long, etc.” The cure is only in the hands of Allah, not the therapist. It is wrong for both Raqi and the patient to specify a time frame after which the patient will be cured. You do what is required and wait. There is no time frame despite all the claims.

There are cases when the Jinn does not leave during Ruqia but leaves later in the patient’s sleep specifically after covering the body with Ruqiah olive oil.

5- Shaitan will whisper to you: “Your faith is weak. Who are you to do Ruqiah? Have you forgotten the sins you have done and the sins you still do? You are the last person in this world to supplicate to Allah. You can’t do Ruqiah because you are sinful, your heart is not focused and you are not ready. Your Ruqiah will never be accepted. You are just wasting your time” [sic]

Quickly regain focus and seek repentance. While you may have sinned and your heart and mind may be distracted, have faith that Allah is merciful and will accept your prayers if you sincerely ask for forgiveness. Swiftly redirect your thoughts, concentrate on your prayers, and genuinely seek Allah’s pardon. Insha’Allah, your repentance will be accepted despite your shortcomings.

Prophet Muhammed said, “I swear by the One in whose hand my soul is, if you were not to commit sins, Allah would have replaced you with people who commit sins, so they ask Allah for forgiveness and He forgives them.” Authentic in the Book of Muslim

6- Stay calm and do not be panicky. Optimism and forgiveness are the most important state of minds that makes Shaitan give up on you quickly.

Prophet Muhammed said “Any good I have; I will not hold from you. Whoever seeks grace, Allah will make him gracious. Whoever seeks patience, Allah will make him patient. Whoever seeks self-sufficiency, Allah will make him self-sufficient, and you could never be granted anything better or more satisfying than patience.Authentic in Bukhari 6470.

You may hear weird voices or sounds, see unusual things, etc. Learn to ignore all of these abnormalities with confidence. Jinn are experimental in the way they harm their targets, so if they find the patient can handle through prayers a certain type of harm and live a semi-normal life, then they switch to different harm and so on until they eventually give up and leave. If they find the patient anxious, they get amused and escalate the harm. A scared person is a weak person. Shaitan will never have mercy on a weak person.

7- If someone is currently afflicted, it is not advisable for them to administer Ruqiah to others. Having an active affliction makes it easier for Jinn to retaliate against the person performing the Ruqiah. However, it is permissible to perform Ruqiah on others for issues like illness or Ayn, provided there is no Jinn involvement with the person receiving the Ruqiah. After undergoing treatment themselves, individuals are then allowed to administer Ruqiah to others.

8- During Ruqiah the patient could lie down on the floor, kick, scream, and moan. When female patients are not properly dressed, this affects the piety of the Raqi regardless of his age. So, money and time are wasted. It is better to wear dark wide long dress with loose pants underneath and socks. Do not apply perfumes, creams, lotions, or anything else, especially if they are scented. Females should always bring a companion with them along to the Ruqiah.

9- Avoid raising your voice excessively during Ruqiah and recitations. The effectiveness of Ruqiah may rely on its duration and repetition. Ensure to recite from the tip of your tongue rather than the bottom of your stomach. Speaking loudly can lead to quicker exhaustion, resulting in shorter Ruqiah sessions.

10- The Raqi is the sum of the experiences of his patients. It is of politeness and courtesy to call your Raqi back to report changes in your condition including successes and failures. Do not disappear on your Raqi without leaving feedback on your outcome. Raqi’s learn from you as much as you learn from them.

11- Shaitan may attempt to sow feelings of animosity towards your Raqi (spiritual healer). You might find yourself disliking their voice or appearance, and this aversion could extend to any resource guiding you on self-treatment. Recognize that these emotions are instigated by Shaitan to lead you away from the path of recovery. Stay vigilant, resist these negative feelings.

12- It is wrong for females to stop the recitations, Athkar, and the treatment program during the menstrual cycle. Carry on with your scheduled treatment but do not perform Salah or touch the physical book of Quran.

13- Do not make major decisions like divorce, quitting your job, selling your business, etc. until you are fully treated. Your perception of what is tolerable and intolerable is comprehended to a degree at this time.

14- Refrain from being frugal. Avoid requesting someone to expose themselves and their family to potential retaliation from Jinn, spending hours providing you with Ruqiah without compensation. If you find a good honest therapist, do not be stingy with the cost of your treatment. Shaitan will prompt to save money on treatment fees while wasting money on less important matters. If this Raqi refuses to take money, then present him with a valuable gift in exchange for their time. However, Professional Raqi tend to yield much better results in a shorter time than amateurs.

15- Thinking that the Jinn has left while it is just tamed and hiding to give the patient a false impression that the patient is treated so that the patient stops the Ruqiah. The treatment should continue at full strength after thinking the treatment is complete for at least a month.

16- Do not attempt to be a good Samaritan unless you are well-prepared and fortified in advance. A real-life incident involved a patient who was afflicted by Jinn attacks. She confided in a friend who happened to be visiting her. Unfortunately, the friend was not in a state of Wudua, did not recite her daily Athakar, and rarely recited the Quran. Despite her intentions to assist, the friend, along with her family, faced severe Jinn retaliation in her own home after spraying the sick friend’s house with salt and vinegar.

In such situations, it is crucial for the friend to have fortified herself beforehand. A gradual treatment approach should be adopted, starting with the recitation of Quran, especially Surat Al-Baqarah, Al-Falaq, and Al-Nas in the friend’s house. Tahrij (giving warning) to the Jinn, repeatedly calling the Athan, and addressing factors attracting Jinn to the house, such as TV and music, are essential steps. Once adequately fortified, the friend can use Ruqiah water mixed with salt and vinegar for further protection.

17- Stay away from harmful substances like alcohol and nicotine as their residue is deployed by the shaitan toward building knots inside the body. Limit your consumption of sugar and red meat.  Red meat is the most desired food by Jinn especially if this meat is not Zabiha and Halal. A high number of inflicted patients overeat red meat. Red meat and sugars make Jinn stronger and better equipped. Consider Islamic fasting 2 days a week on Monday and Thursday to detox your digestive system.

Prophet Muhammed said, “Whoever goes to sleep with a trace of meat smell or grease on his hand and something happens to him, he got no one to blame but himself.” Authentic, Sunan Abi Dawud 3852

18- Avoid laziness and oversleeping. Long sleep is as bad as little sleep. During sleep time, Shaitan gets the chance to mess with the body and soul of the afflicted patient.

19- Avoid using repetitive patterns in Ruqyah, meaning you should not recite or listen to the same exact verses every time. Instead, diversify the verses and the types of Ruqyah. Always aim to surprise and shock your Shaitan with unexpected verses. This technique undermines their ability to build shields against the Ruqyah you recite.