What is the validity of doing Nafth unto water?

 

[Nafth =puffing out breath with little saliva]

 

Question:

What is the validity of doing Nafth unto water?

 

Answer:

There are two types of Nafth.

One type is intended to seek the blessing of the one who does Nafth. This is definitely forbidden as a type of Shirk, for one‘s saliva is not a source of blessing. In fact, blessing is not to be sought in anybody‘s traces except in Prophet Muhammad‘s. It was true in his lifetime, and is still true on condition that his traces are there. Um-Salama kept some hair of the Prophet‘s in a silver container, and when a patient asked her for treatment, she washed the hair with water which was given to the patient to drink.

Except for the Prophet‘s case, no blessing is to be sought through anybody‘s saliva, sweat, garment, etc. Therefore, Nafth on water is considered a type of Shirk if the  aim is to get the blessing of the Raqi‘s saliva, for if one attributes I causes to other than Allah, it is considered a type of Shirk.

 

 

In the other type of Nafth, the Raqi does Nafth on a container of water on which Qur‘anic recitations were done. For example, Al-Fatiha — what a great cure Al-Fattha is – can be recited, and then Nafth can be done. This type of Ruqya was done by some Salaf, and it has proved effective by Allah‘s permission. When the Prophet went to bed, he used to recite Al Ikhlaas, AlFalaq and Aimas Suras, and to do Nafth into his own palms, which he passed over his face and over whatever parts of his body his palms would reach.

 

[Ifta‘ Permanent Committee, Fatwas on Treatment Using the Qur‘an and the Sunnah, Ruqyas and Related Issues, by Ibn-Baz and Ibn-Uthaimeen, pp.9-10]

 

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