A sorcerer and a Quran therapist
Fatwa No: 6347


Is it possible to treat people’s illnesses with the Quran?
How can we distinguish between a sorcerer and a legitimate Quran therapist?
Is it permissible to contact the Jinn for good purposes?


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, is His Slave and Messenger.


The Quran is a cure for many diseases which afflict people. This is mentioned in the verse that reads (what means): {And We send down of the Quran that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.}[Quran 17:82]


In this context, Quranic treatment is reciting the Quran meditatively, reciting some verses and chapters over the patient, writing them on a piece of paper and putting it into a bowl of water then the water is to be drunk by the patient. It can also be recited on water that is drunk directly by the patient or it can be used to massage painful parts of his body. This treatment can be done by any Muslim. It can be done by the patient or by his family. It is permissible to seek the help of a trustworthy person to do it, especially when the patient has been harmed by magic or an evil eye.


There can be no confusion between sorcerers and Quran therapists. The latter treat with Ruqyah which consists of Quranic verses and Prophetic supplications. A conjurer may also read the Quran, but he mixes it with charms and non-Arabic names; the names of devils. He usually asks about the names of the patient’s father and mother, and he may ask for some of his hair and nails. A magician contacts the Jinn, seeks their help and gives them offerings such as slaughtered animals or money. The patient is asked for these things so he can have what he wishes for.


The conjurer may ask the patient to do strange things such as hammering nails in the walls of his room and burning foul-smelling incense.


A Muslim is not permitted to contact Jinn for either good or evil purposes for fear of the evil consequences that are likely to occur. The best guidance is the guidance of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and his Companions, who were certainly not reported to have practiced such methods to treating a patient or a person who has been bewitched. A Muslim must follow in the footsteps of our righteous predecessors.


And Allaah Knows best.

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