Awareness

 

In my experience with ruqya, I have come across many settings, opinionated people, cultural baggage, and plain ignorance, all outside the teachings of Qur'ān and Sunnah.

I have managed to collect some Hadiths which will Insha'Allah help explain the severity of my findings. I am hoping the reader reflects on these and changes their ways to that which is pleasing to Allāh (Azzawajal).

 

The most common finding amongst certain communities is amulets (taweez). People who are reliant on these amulets and reliant on such people they go to, seeking help from them.

 

Firstly: What does it say on the paper inside the taweez? Most people will not be able to answer this because they did not witness the writing. Is there evidence to suggest these particular verses are for protection? What makes the individual believe that there is a paper with Qur'ānic verses inside the taweez? On many occasions I have opened taweez to find things other than verses of Qur'ān. There have been animal skin, strings, hair, verses of Qur'ān misconstrued, and the list goes on.

 

Secondly: If these verses are from Qur'ān, surely the individual would remove the taweez before entering the rest room to relieve oneself. If the individual does remove the taweez, then where is the protection from the shayateen that reside in dirty places? Especially if this individual does not know the adhkār for entering the rest room and what to say upon leaving. If the individual knows the adhkār for entering and leaving the rest room, then why doesn't he memorise what is written on the taweez since what is on the tongue would have a greater effect as mentioned before.

 

On the other hand, I have personally heard someone say they left their taweez at home one day and ran back in fear of not being protected. If the individual leaves the taweez at home accidentally and then rushes back in fear that he may not be protected, has scorned the verses of the Qur'ān and should be held in contempt, not forgetting has also committed a form of shirk. Yet, all he or she had to say upon leaving the house was:

 

"بِسْمِ اللهِ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ، وَلَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللهِ".

 

Bismillaahi, tawakkaltu 'alallaahi, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘ illaa billaah.

 

In the Name of Allāh, I have placed my trust in Allāh, there is no might and no power except by Allāh. (1)

 

If you have placed your trust in Allāh by saying the above adkhār, then where is your tawakkul in Allāh?

 

You (mankind) have none, besides Him, as a Wali (protector or helper etc.) or an intercessor. Will you not then remember (or be admonished)? (2)

 

 

 

Footnotes:

 

(1) Abu Dawud 4/325, At-Tirmithi 5/490. See also Al-Albani, Sahih At-Tirmithi 3/151

(2) Surat As-Sajdah 32, ayah 4

 

 

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