‘Ruqyah’ is the practice of treating illnesses through Qur’ānic āyāt and invocations as prescribed by the Messenger of Allah ﷺ. It provides a cure for evil eye, magic and physical ailments.
The Qur’ān offers perfect solace to a believer – both spiritually and physically. Ruqyah should therefore play an essential role in our lives. Allah ﷻ says:
“We send down in the Qur’ān that which is a cure and a mercy for the believers.” (17:81-2)
As well providing a cure, ruqyah is an excellent way for the believers to build their Imān and reaffirm their tawhīd for Allah ﷻ. Seeking treatment through the Qur’ān demonstrates complete belief in the Book of Allah ﷻ.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Make good use of the two cures: honey and the Qur’ān.” (Ibn Mājah)
‘Ā’ishah (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhā) said: “When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was ill, Jibrīl (‘alayhis-salām) performed Ruqyah on him.” (Muslim)
In another hadith, ‘Ā’ishah (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhā) informs us that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ entered upon her and found a woman treating her with ruqyah (through other than the words of Allah ﷻ). He ﷺ said: “Treat her with the book of Allah ﷻ.” (Ibn Hibbān)
She also said: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to command me to perform Ruqyah from the evil eye.” (Muslim)
Upon another occasion, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ saw a girl whose face had changed colour in the house of Umm Salamah (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhā), so he ﷺ said: “Seek ruqyah for her, because she has been affected by the evil eye.” (Bukhārī)
‘Ā’ishah (raḍiy Allāhu ‘anhā) also narrated that whenever the Messenger of Allah ﷺ would become sick, he would recite [the last 3 Sūrahs of the Qur’ān] and then blow over his body.
She says: “During his last illness from which he passed away, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to blow over himself. But when his sickness intensified, I used to (recite and then) blow over him using his own hands because of their blessings.” (Bukhārī)
In another hadīth, she mentions that whenever anyone from his family would become ill, he ﷺ would blow over them with these three Sūrahs. (Muslim)