Ruqyah using a recorded tape is invalid
Fatwa No: 27039


Can Ruqyah be valid if it is done by playing a recorded tape of Quran while placing the water intended to be used in Ruqyah beside it?


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 'alyhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

Despite the fact that listening to the Quran and Ruqyah (healing with the Quran and Prophetic supplications) tapes is good, Ruqyah cannot be done this way without being read live by the person himself. This is the original opinion that was established by evidence and followed by scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them. There are three pillars for Ruqyah: the person who performs it, the material that is used for Ruqyah, and the person for whom Ruqyah is performed. The effect of Ruqyah depends on the righteousness and piety of the person who performs it. However, these conditions cannot be met if recorded tapes are used instead of having Ruqyah performed live by a person, no matter whether it is recited through the tape on water, oil or an afflicted person.

Allaah Knows best.

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