Many Muslims are confused by the topic of Ruqyah. What is Ruqyah? Do you need to have a specific skill or credential to do it?

Let’s start with the definition of ruqyah.

Ruqyah has the same status as a dua’a. It is simply the recitation or reading of Quranic verses or saheeh Hadith that are used to seek refuge in Allah.

These ayat are also said to be a source for healing. Protecting you from sickness and ailments, as well as from evil eye and exorcism by Jinns.

Ruqyah is not a skill.

It is actually the best and most beautiful thing to recite ruqyah by yourself. While asking others is permissible, there are some things that are more effective done by the individual. It is easy to perform ruqyah. You could start by reciting Surah Fatiha, or the Al-Mu’awwidhaat. (Surah Nas and Surah Falaq).

These verses are known as the verses for refuge. The Prophet () used them to recite when he was ill.

What is SIHR (BLACK MALIC) and Is it even real?

Sihr, which is black magic or witchcraft, is clearly real. It is possible to learn Islam from someone with the necessary knowledge. It’s danger is evident in many passages of the Quran.

In Surah Baqarah ayah 102 Allah says,

They followed the words of the devils during Solomon’s reign. The devils were the ones who believed, not Solomon. They taught people magic and the secrets revealed to them by the angels at Babylon Harut and Marut. The two angels don’t teach anyone unless they tell them, “We are a trial. So do not disbelieve [by practising magic].” But they do learn the means by which they can cause separation between a husband and his wife. They do not cause harm to anyone except with Allah’s permission. The people find out what is harmful and what is beneficial to them. The Children of Israel knew that anyone who bought the magic would not receive any shares in the Hereafter. They sold their souls for nothing, and it is a terrible thing.

Surah Yunus Ayat, 81

Moses replied, “What you have brought [only] magic.” Allah will expose it’s worthlessness. Allah will not change the works of corrupt people.


Similar to making a dua’a, you will need to make supplication with your hands. Blot the area that is causing you pain or discomfort with your hands.

According to the following hadith, Prophet Muhammad was very sick when Aisha took care of him.

Narrated by Aisha

When Allah’s Messenger (), became ill, he would recite Mu’awwidhat (Surat Al-Falaq& Surat An- Nas) before exhaling over his body. These two Suras were used by me to read them when he was seriously ill. I also used to rub my hands on his body in hopes of receiving its blessings.

Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari 5016


Here is a list of verses from Quran that can be recited.

  • Surah Fatiha
  • Surah Falaq
  • Surah An-Nas
  • Surah Ikhlas
  • AyatulKursi (Surah Baqarahayat 255)
  • Surah Al A’raf Ayat 106-122
  • Surah Taha Ayat 65-69
  • Surah Al-Kafirun


Aisha (May Allah be happy with her) reported:

The Prophet () would visit any member of his family who was ill and touch them with his right hand. The Rubb of humanity! This disease can be removed and cured! You are the Great Curer. There is no cure except through You.

Refer to Riyad As Salihin Book 7 Hadith 10 in Arabic. This dua is:

llWahumWarabWalnWasimudhhibalbasishfi ‘anta lshWafiy la shafiyailWa ‘anta shifaan la yuGadirusaqaman

Sahih Al-Bukhari 3370 reveals the Dua Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) that we can recite in order to receive protection from evil eyes.

Narrated Ibn Abbas. The Prophet () used Allah to seek refuge for Al-Hasan (and Al-Husain) and said: “Your forefather, (i.e. Abraham used to seek refuge with Allah for Ishmael or Isaac by saying the following: Audhu bi Kalimatillahi Al-tammati min KisaaninwaHammatinwa Min Kisaanin ‘AyninLammah’ I seek refuge with Your Perfect Words from all devils, poisonous pests, and every evil, malicious, and envious eye.


Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah bless him) reported:

Jibril (Gabriel), came to Prophet () and asked: “O Muhammad()!” Do you feel sick?” He () said, “Yes.” Jibril supplicated thus (i.e., he performed Ruqyah): “Bismillahiarqika, min kullishay’inyu’dhika, min sharrikullinafsin aw ‘aynihasidi, Allahuyashfika, bismillahiarqika. [In the Name of Allah. I will recite over you (to heal you) from all your troubles, from any harmful mischief, and from the evil eye of an envier. Allah will heal you, and I recite the Name of Allah over you].

Refer to RiyadAsSalihin book 7, Hadith 908.

For pain relief, the fourth and final dua is recommended. It is mentioned in both Sahih Muslims 2202 and At­Tirmidhi2080.

Uthman bin Abi Al-‘As narrated

The Messenger of Allah (), came to me when I was suffering from a severe pain. The Messenger of Allah (), said to me: “Rub it seven times with your right hand and say A’udhuBillahi min Sharri ma ajiduwaUhadhiru” (I seek refuge in Allah and His Power from the evils that I find and fear)”

bismillWahi x3
‘a`uwdhubillWahiwaqudratihi min sharWi ma ‘ajiduwa’uHadhiru


These hadiths also explain the importance of Ruqyah, and what to recite.

  • Aishah narrates that the Prophet () used a blower when performing Ruqyah. Sunan Ibn Majah 3528 classified as Sahih (Darussalam).
  • It was told by ‘Aishah, that the Prophet () ordered her to recite Ruqyah in order to cure the evil eye. Sunan Ibn Majah 3512 classified as Sahih (Darussalam).
  • Jami At-Tirmidhi 972 Jibril read ruqyah to Prophet Muhammad () in order to ease his suffering. It was meant to heal him from all evils and his evil eyes.


Ibn Maajah hadith 362 was classified hasan. It gives an insight into the use Zam-Zam water. It states that water can be used in many ways.

It was stated that Jabir bin Abdullah had said, “I heard the Messenger () say: “The water of Zamzam can be drunk for whatever purpose it is.”

This would mean that Zam-Zam water can be used for any niyyah (intention). Allah will help you if you drink it to make you feel better. Allah will provide food for you if you consume it. Allah will satisfy your thirst if you consume it.


Inshallah, Allah will listen to our cry for help. He will also assist us in many other ways that we don’t know. We pray to Allah and keep him in mind in everything we do, so that he may heal, protect, and make us the best of believers. Keep your faith strong, ignore the Shayateen whispers, and understand that some things take longer than we think.


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