How can Ruqiah be effective?

First, there is no blood work or X-ray that will tell us what type of disorder someone has. Your medical doctor must clear you first of any physical or psychiatric disease so you do not misdiagnose your disease for Shaitan. When the Sheitan targets someone, the therapy is completely different from when you apply a shield against it. The therapy must be from the Quran and Sunnah. If the therapy contradicts Quran or Sunnah, the patient will not be cured and his faith could be voided, which makes the patient easy prey for the shaitan.

Second, Learn how to do the Ruqyah for yourself by yourself, rather than by a Raqi. Allah is the one who cures us, not the Ruqyah or Raqi. 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 Quran: “Who answers a distressed soul that calls on its lord and who alleviates harm.”

Relying only on the Raqi, 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, as the sole provider of healing.

Third, 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. It is easy to get rid of Shaytan but it takes effort and time. The longer you have the harm of Jinn and Shaitan, the longer it could take to be cured. Do not postpone your treatment program. Sheitan is weaker than a committed believer.

Fourth, 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. 

Fifth, Renew your reliance on Allah. Know that no ease or hardship except from Him alone. No one, even a Raqi, 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 works against hardships you are currently encountering and hardships you have not encountered yet. Humble yourself to Allah. Being pious does not mean that you are immune from running into a calamity. If you are sinful, it is a punishment that atones for your sins. If you are faithful, then your status is elevated on the day of judgment. Scholars explain that ignoring means of therapy is a disobedience to Allah but relying only on means of therapy is a type of associating partners to the One God. 

Sixth, The cure is not just in increasing acts of obedience to Allah, it is also in stopping acts of disobedience. It is not just what you do, It is also about 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 used to say “Do not rush healing, after you have blocked its path with sins”

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

Seventh, 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. Do not stop your scheduled recitations and Athkar. 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 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 very strong, long, first strike and to continue all the way even after they think they are cured.

Eighth, It is effective for the Raqi to put his hand on the forehead, face, chest or pain areas of the patient 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 very helpful in some cases to recite Quran in the patient’s left ear. However, it is forbidden for a male Raqi to do this to a female patient no matter how severe her condition could be (no exceptions except for Mihrims like the father, son, husband or brother).

Ninth, Adhere to the etiquettes of Ruqiah. Set your intention to seek cure from Allah. Make sure that you are not interrupted during the Ruqyah. Dedicate the time and prepare yourself for the recitations. Do not eat heavily, turn off your cell phone, and coordinate with your spouse 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 remove photos and pictures of any creation that has a soul like animals, birds, and humans.

Tenth, 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 it yesterday, does not mean you will be able to see it tonight without it. 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.

This type of recitation has to be quick. Quran and Athkar are the ultimate solution for everything evil inside of you, regardless of what type of satanic harm you may have or for how long you had it.

If you want to take it a step up, do your Quran recitations while praying 2 Rakea’s (unit of prayer) to Allah at night after Isha prayer. It is permissible to hold the Quran, or Quran app on your cell phone while praying (but not during your 5 obligatory daily prayers) if you need to, due to lack of memorization or need for translation.

Eleventh, If you get too busy for whatever reason, keep in mind this “If you can’t attain it all, do not forfeit it all.” If your voice is tired of repetitions, then alternate reciting and listening to recitations.

Ruqiah’s are effective. However, sometimes patients do not feel a response from the Jinn. This means typically one of two things:

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

2- The Jinn has been in the body for too long. Jinn does not sit idle in the body. It keeps constantly building knots everywhere in the body. The knots are like castles that they run to hide from Ruqyah. However, the Repetition of Surat Al-Falaq destroys their knots as well.

Fighting an inside shaitan that settled inside the body is different than fighting a Shaitan on the outside of the body. Keep the fight on and make Duaa to Allah. He listens, He sees, He knows, He is merciful and He will answer your prayers inshallah.

Twelveth, Realize in a lot of cases, improvement is gradual. You weaken the Jinn by Ruqyah before getting them out. You could feel worse after Ruqyah. It is not uncommon. Ruqyah disturbs Jinn and Sheitan and burns them enough to make them consider leaving your body. However, know that they will fight back as hard as they can before they leave. You experience this powerful reaction from Shaitan because the Ruqiah is working. Stay strong and stay the course. Do not ever give up the Ruqiah. There could be a physical residue of the harm of Jinn left inside the body. This residue leaves the body through sweat, vomit, diarrhea, vaginal flatulence, and most importantly, Hijama.

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

Fourteenth, If you do Ruqiah without reciting the daily Athkar, your Ruqiah will not be as effective. Realize that Jinn inside the body do not work alone. They attack in larger groups and they alternate. They get back up support from outside Jinn. Morning, Evening, and Going to bed Athkar create a disconnection between the inside and outside Jinn. Athkar prevents the outside Jinn from supporting the inside Jinn. Jinn inside the body can either leave or stay tamed. If people would only understand what Athkar can protect them from. If they would only recite the Athkar before getting afflicted.

Fifteenth, 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.

Sixteenth, Ruqiah is not just against Shaitan and Jinn. There is for example “The Revival” Ruqiah رقية الإحياء. It quotes verses from the Quran that address The Revival of the earth and humans. It is used for patients who have physical diseases but their diseases are not terminal yet. There is also the “Tranquility Ruqyah” آيات السكينة. It quotes verses from the Quran that cover Tranquility. It is beneficial for patients who struggle with anxiety. There is a type of Ruqyah called “Jinn advice Ruqyah”. It talks about the sole purpose of Man and Jinn’s creation, which is to worship the One Lord, and that transgression is forbidden. It talks about the day of judgment and how everyone is held liable for their actions. Believing Jinn responds well to this type of Ruqyah and refrains from harming humans. On the other side, there is what is called “Buring Ruqyah”. It quotes verses from the Quran that talk about the severity of Allah’s punishment and the fierce strength of Hellfire. In the world of Jinn, the repetition of these verses feels like fire on Jinn. Scholars prefer to start with (Advice Ruqyah) and then escalate when necessary.

Seventeenth, Shaitan is described by Allah and his prophet as “Khannas” meaning that it contracts, diminishes away, fades away, 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. Sometimes when it enters the body, it shrinks to the size of a needle which makes patients feel an extraordinary piercing sensation.

Eighteenth, 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.

7 mistakes patients of Spiritual Disorders make:

First, not being consistent with Ruqyah and Athkar. The treatment program is a package. We should not pick and choose. Do not say for example, I recited Surat Al-Baqarah so I will skip the Evening Athkar. If you live in a house that has 2 doors and 8 windows. Do not just lock one door and a few windows. The intruder will come through the other door and windows. Lock them all.

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

The Sheikh replied to a woman’s question about why do we have to do a lot of work to get rid of Shaitan? He asked the woman, How do you clean cooking pots at home? She said I use a wet sponge and detergent. He asked her if you have an old cooking pot that was 10 years old and there is black deposit on the outside bottom of the cooking pot, would you clean it the same way? She said, No. I would use in this case a steel wool scrubber and vinegar. He asked her, how hard would you scrub? She said I would press hard repeatedly while scrubbing to wipe the gunk out. He said spiritual disorders are the same way, just saying I seek refuge in Allah and reading some Quran is good for day-to-day protection. If you want to remove an old infliction of Shaitan, there is a different process that you need to apply.

The same Sheikh was asked by a guy, “What if I do not have time? The Sheikh replied if an intruder walks into your house, and you kick the intruder once in the morning and then go to work, and then you kick him again when you come back from work. Do you think this intruder will leave? The guy replied, “No. If someone breaks into my house, I will fight him hard.” The Sheikh asked, even if it takes all day? The guy replied yes of course. The Sheikh said, treat the intruder in your body the same way. Make this intruder think twice before breaking again into your body.

Second, when patients feel that the Ruqyah is triggering an adverse reaction, they stop or take a break. This is a major mistake. If you feel choked, pain, headache, or whatever else, that is because Sheitan is being tortured and is about to leave. If you take a break, your work becomes less effective. Continue to listen or recite even if you vomit, get shivers, or feel pain. Yet some patients will not experience anything but they will notice the next day that the Sheitan is finally gone. Some people claim that the right thing to do is to have mercy on the Sheitan by stopping for a break… Wrong. Mercy is only for humans (of any religion, faith, or race) and for animals but never for Shaitan. 

Third, passive listening is not as effective. Ponder over the meanings of the Ruqyah and be in a state of Wudua. Ruqiah has two sides, 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, the he gets only half the benefit.

Fourth, 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.

Fifth, Shaitan will whisper to you: “Your faith is weak. Who are you to seek 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 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]

Learn how to snap out of this quickly. You are sinful, yet inshallah Allah will accept your prayers despite your sins and your distracted heart and mind provided that you ask Him sincerely for forgiveness.

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 would forgive them.” Authentic in the Book of Muslim

Sixth, Stay calm and do not be panicky. 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 is able to handle through prayers a certain type of harm and live a semi normal life, then they switch to a 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.

Seventh, If someone has an active infliction, they should not treat others by doing Ruqiah to them. Having an active infliction makes it easy and inviting for Jinn to avenge themselves at this person giving Ruqiah. However, it is okay to do Ruqiah to others against illness or Ayn etc, as long as there is not Jinn involved with the person you are giving Ruqiah to. After you are treated, you can treat others.

Are recorded Ruqiahs as effective as live Ruqiahs?
It depends. Live Ruqiahs are where patients pay the Raqi to recite on them while both being in the same place and same time. The patient pays much more attention and respect to the live Ruqiah because they paid for it. So live Ruqiahs could be more effective in that sense because the patient is more dedicated. If the patient is as focused in a recorded Ruqiah session, then the longer Ruqiah will be more effective whether recorded or live.

However, if the length of the Ruqiah is the same, patient attention is the same, and the content of both Ruqiah is as good, then the live Ruqiah is better. However, recorded Ruqiahs should never be underestimated. So many people were treated at home by listening to recorded Ruqiahs attentively.

Live Ruqiah may have the following advantages:

1- The Raqi places his hand on the forehead of the patient (it is a blessing if the patient are the same sex and a curse if they are of opposite sex.)

2- The Raqi blows air and spittles which makes a difference in the healing of the patient.

3- Select Raqi can physically feel if the patient is improving or not, so they make changes based on the feedback they feel and hear from the patient.

Can a woman give Ruqyah to a man?

Restricted Yes. Only if he is a Mehrim (Father, Grandfather, father-in-law, Adult son, Adult grandson, Nephew, Brother, or Uncle) (Coursins, like a brother or like an uncle are not acceptable). She must also be in the presence of her own Mehrim. She must be Islamically dressed. She must not touch his body.

Can a man give Ruqyah to a woman?

Restricted Yes. As long as she has her own Mehrim (Father, Grandfather, father-in-law, Adult son, Adult grandson, Nephew, Brother, or Uncle) physically present with her throughout the session. The male Raqi is prohibited from touching any of her body or seeing her uncovered. When a male Raqi gives Ruqyah to a female, Raqi uses a microphone and speaker. They ask the Mehrim of the female patient to put the speaker on the areas involved in the treatment.

When it comes to medicine as an example when the competency level is the same, a Muslim woman should seek a Muslim female doctor first, if unavailable, then a Non-Muslim female doctor, if unavailable, then a Muslim male doctor, if unavailable, then a Non-Muslim male doctor; and Vice versa for men.

Does a man need a Mehrim?

Men do not need a Mehrim. For example, if a man and his wife are present together to do a Ruqyah for a woman. The woman must have a Mehrim. It makes no difference Islamically whether the man’s wife is present or not.

Can I do Ruqyah for non-Muslims?

Yes, it is permissible as long as this individual is not fighting Muslims. Ruqyah is from Quran which is a mercy to mankind. Ruqyah in this case serves as proof that this religion is true. It is an invitation to non-Muslims to know about Islam.

Is it permissible to do Ruqyah on animals and objects?

Yes, it is permissible to do Ruqyah for cats, cars, etc.

Can I do Ruqyah for non-Muslims?

Yes, it is permissible as long as this individual is not fighting Muslims. Ruqyah is from Quran which is a mercy to mankind. Ruqyah in this case serves as proof that this religion is true. It is an invitation to non-Muslims to know about Islam.

Why is it important to blow air or spittle during and after recitations?

Yanfuth: From (Nafth) to blow air in the hand or on an object like honey from the mouth after and during reciting verses of the Quran, scholars added, accompanied by slight droplets of saliva.

Because in Chapter Al-Falaq, Allah said to seek refuge from those who blow (Nafathat, from Nafth) in the knots (to apply evil magic). So, Raqi reverse black magic using the same technique of Nafth while reciting verses from the Quran.

“And from the evil of those who practise witchcraft when they blow in the knots.” [Al-Falaq 113:4]