Following the order of the Mus-haf when performing the Ruqyah
Fatwa No: 170973

Question

Salam alaikum, In a video of Sheikh Al-Arifi he mentions that in Ruqyah against Al-Ayn one has to recite following: Surah Yusuf, Aya 67 to the last Aya Surah Al-Isra, Aya 82 to the last Aya The first 4 Ayas of Surah al-Mulk The last 2 Ayas of Surah Al-Qalam Sure Al-Fatiha Ayat al-Kursi Surah Al-Ikhlas Surah Al-Falaq Surah An-Nas Should one recite these Ayas and Surahs also in this order or should one start with Al-Fatiha .... the way they are ordered in the Noble Qur'an? Salam alaikum

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It is not an obligation to recite these chapters and verses with the order that is mentioned in the question; rather, it is more appropriate to follow the order of the Mus-haf (the Arabic text of the Quran). However, following the order of the Mus-haf is not an obligation according to the view of the jurists  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them whether during the prayer, when performing Ruqyah, in lectures or else. Huthayfah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: “I prayed with the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) one night and he started reciting Chapter Al-Baqarah [Quran 2]. I thought that he would make Rukoo’ (bow down) at the end of one hundred verses, but he continued reading; I then thought that he would perhaps recite the whole Chapter before making Rukoo' (i.e. in the second Rak'ah), but he continued reading and I thought he would perhaps make Rukoo’ on completing this Chapter. He then started Chapter An-Nisa' [Quran 4], and recited it; he then started Aal 'Imran [Quran 3] and recited leisurely….”

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said when commenting on this Hadeeth which was reported in Saheeh Muslim: “Al-Qaadi Iyaad said: “This contains evidence supporting the view of those who say that the order of the chapters of the Quran (Surahs) is the result of Ijtihaad on the part of the Muslims when they wrote down the Mus-haf and that it was not the sequence set by the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ); rather, he [the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )] entrusted this matter to his nation after him. He [Al-Qaadi Iyaad] said: “This is the view of Maalik and the view of the majority of the scholars, and this is also the view chosen by Al-Qaadi Abu Bakr Al-Baaqillaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him. Ibn Al-Baaqillaani  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “It is the most correct of the two opinions, although both of them are probable. He said: “What we say here is that the order of the Surahs is not binding when writing, praying, studying, teaching or learning, as there is no text (regarding this)  or a limit from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) which we are forbidden to violate.”

Allaah Knows best.

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