Ruqyah is the Islamic act of controlled expulsion of spirits or negative energies via incantations of verses from the Quran and parts from ad’iyah (supplications) of the Prophet (May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon Him). It has proven to be very effective in dealing with spiritual issues.
The ruqyah process is usually done by Muslim practitioners known as Raqi. The best way to know if a raqi is qualified and experienced is by asking around. However, anyone can perform ruqyah as long as they are familiar with the steps and fulfil certain requirements.
Before performing ruqyah, the person must make wudu, offer two rak’ahs of prayer and make sincere du’a’. He should also seek forgiveness from Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and avoid sins. He should also restore people’s rights if he has wronged them and stay away from evil eye.
It is important for the ruqyah to be performed in a clean and dry place. Moreover, the person must not be in a state of major impurity (junub) or perform it in a forbidden location like a graveyard or bathroom. It is also not permissible to read illegible texts or use water that has been dipped in taboos like curses and swears.
Some ruqyah performers use unislamic methods in treating patients such as burning parts of a wolf skin or writing talismans on it and telling their patients that they are protecting them from jinns. They also beat epileptics by beating their chests and suffocating them. It is not permissible to do so, as it is a form of torture and the Prophet (May Allah’s Peace and blessings be upon him) never suffocated or beat an epileptic. ruqyah process