Performing Ruqyah on self does not contradict reliance on Allah
Fatwa No: 346387

Question

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu, Shaykh. I want to be of the seventy thousand-plus who will enter Paradise by Allaah's Mercy without being asked about his deeds. I want to know: if I do not ask anyone for Ruqyah (healing through Quranic recitation and supplication) but listen to audio Ruqyah on my device, am I disqualified from being of them then? And if I listen to the Quran for healing? Like, for example, if I listen to Surah Al-Baqarah daily, for my healing, as Ruqyah, as I am afflicted with Sihr (magic) and possessed by jinn? And also for other illnesses, will listening to Ruqyah recordings disqualify a person from being among those seventy thousand-plus? May Allaah reward you, Shaykh

Answer

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

We have not come across an answer of the scholars to your question precisely, but it appears to us – and Allah knows best – that listening to the Ruqyah from a recording, or just listening to the Quran, is not considered Ruqyah, so the one who does that as a way of seeking Ruqyah will not be included in the hadeeth which you referred to. This is because the Ruqyah should be done by someone reciting (the Quran) directly over the patient, or reciting it on water and then splashing it on the patient, for example.

The fatwa of the Standing Committee reads:

...If the person who performs the Ruqyah recites the Quran on water and then empties that water into a tanker, or he blows into the tanker [after having recited the Quran], or he performs the Ruqyah on a patient by using a loudspeaker, then there is no evidence for this, and it is contrary to the permissible Ruqyah, because the permissible Ruqyah is either directly recited on the patient or with little water [upon which Ruqyah is recited] that is then given to the patient to drink. In principle, concessions are limited to what was reported in Islamic texts.

There is no doubt that there is goodness and blessings in listening to the Quran, and it is hoped that this will benefit by Allah’s Will.

In addition to this, if a person performs Ruqyah on himself, then this does not negate relying on Allah.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him was asked, “Does Ruqyah negate relying on Allah or having trust in Him?”

He replied, “If a person recites on himself or recites on his fellow patients, then this does not negate having trust in Allah, and it is confirmed that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to perform Ruqyah on himself by reciting Soorahs 112, 113 and 114, and it is confirmed that he used to recite on his Companions when they would fall ill.

We ask Allah to heal you, and we recommend that you supplicate Allah as much as possible and continue to perform Ruqyah.

For more benefit, please refer to fatwa 9468.

Allah knows best.

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