Slandering the Raqi after Alleged High Payment

 

Question:

Having received a Ruqya from a Raqi known for righteousness and goodness, a patient paid some fees. Later, the patient began to think that he had paid too much, which led him to slander the Raqi out of envy. What is the Islamic ruling on this situation?

 

Answer:

 

Regarding mattes of Ruqya fees, it is recommended to do it free of charge and seek Allah‘s reward through treating fellow Muslims and eliminating their suffering. The Raqi should not demand fees, but should leave it to his patients. If they pay him a lot, he should not take it all, and if they give him less, he should not ask for more. Such a moral state is conducive to effective Ruqyas. The patient, on the other hand, should not go back on what he has done once he voluntarily gives a payment as fees, a present or a donation.

 

In this regard, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم says, ―Whoever seeks his gift back is like someone seeking back what he has vomited.[1]  The same image is expressed by another Hadith, but the comparison is with a dog doing that.[2] The narrator of the Hadith remarked that doing that with vomit was forbidden.

 

Regarding the matter of slandering the Raqi, it is considered an injustice, a lie and a false accusation, which is a cause for punishment, and so is the patient‘s envy. Condemning  the Jews for their refusal to believe in Prophet Muhammad‘s صلى الله عليه وسلم message out of envy, Allah says, ― or are they jealous of mankind because of that which Allah o His bounty has bestowed upon them?[3]

 

As fire burns straw, so does envy with rewards. Therefore, the patient in that situation had better repent and abandon injustice and envy.

A Fatawa by Al-Jibreen, signed by him.

Footnotes:

[1] Sahih Al-Bukhari, Kitab Al-Hibah (Book of Gifts), Hadith No. 2621 & Sahih Muslim, Kitab Al-Hibat (Book of Gifts), Hadith No. 1622

[2] Sahih Al-Bukhari, Kitab Al-Hibah (Book of Gifts), Hadith No. 2622

[3]  An-Nisa’ Sura, Ayah 54.

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