Ruqyas vs. Trust in Allah



Does treatment with Ruqyas contradict trusting in Allah?



To trust in Allah means to truthfully rely on Him believing that He is the only One Who can bring about benefit and prevent harm and to, simultaneously, take the necessary measures commanded by Him. To rely on Allah without taking the necessary steps is to undermine His Wisdom, for He linked effects to causes.


In this regard a question arises: who is the person that relies most of all on Allah? The answer to the question is Allah‘s Messenger [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] . He [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] used to take the measures necessary for avoiding harm. Preparing for war, he put his shield on to protect himself from arrows. In the Battle of Uhud he had two shields on in expectation of what was to come.



Thus, taking precautionary measures does not contradict trusting in Allah if one believes that such measures are effective only with His permission. Accordingly, one‘s recitation unto oneself or unto patients does not contradict trust in Allah. The Prophet himself used to perform Ruqya unto himself with AlFalaq and Annas Suras, and he used to do recitations unto his companions when they fell ill.


[Ifta‘ Permanent Committee, Fatwas on Treatment Using the Qur‘an and the Sunnah, Ruqyas and Related Issues, by Ibn-Baz and Ibn-Uthaimeen, pp.15.]

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