Frequently Asked Questions
Ruqya, Ruqyah, Raqi, Spiritual healer, Sihr, Magic, Evil Eye, Hijama, Shifa
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is self-ruqya advised?

If it’s your first time pursuing ruqya, consult a raqi who can make an initial assessment and diagnosis. Often, people are advised self-ruqya and then take a reaction, not knowing what is happening to them. The family are also left not knowing what to do when the person has a violent reaction or any type of reaction for that matter.


Ruqya is not something you should experiment with unless you are absolutely certain you know what you are doing.

2. After the ruqya session

Fatigue and confusion are often normal after a ruqya session. These symptoms may persist for a short while, gradually wearing away.


Over time, this improves as the recovery period progresses.

3. Nauseous after drinking ruqya water

Ruqya water may taste bitter and make your stomach turn, especially if you are afflicted.


If you are on a treatment plan, please follow as advised.

4. How long until I get better?

It’s a constant battle with Shayatīn, and victory is in Allāh’s hands. Allāh says: And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones. (al-Baqarah 2, 155-157)

5. I'm following the treatment but see no changes

Make lots of du’a and keep up with your adhkār. Please check what you might be doing (acts of disobedience) that might be stopping the Mercy of Allāh from reaching you.


Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Many people do not benefit from the means and measures, or from ruqya done by reciting Qur’an or other words, because the conditions are not met and the impediments are not absent. If every sick person could be healed by means of ruqya or medical treatment, no one would die. But it is Allah, may He be glorified, in Whose hand is control of healing. If He wills that, He makes the means thereof easily available, and if He does not will that, the means will be to no avail. (Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (8/61))

6. Is ruqya safe on a child?

Ruqya is safe on a child providing you understand the basic principles; in addition, protecting your child with morning and evening adhkār. If the child is old enough to recite and protect himself then he should do so.

7. I feel movement in my body

If you are constantly feeling heaviness on your shoulders and back, twitching, jerking, or feeling like insects crawling under your skin, I would advise seeking ruqya.


If you are already on a ruqya program, please follow the treatment as advised.


For more information, please check Symptoms

8. Finding it difficult to pray

As much as you may be finding it difficult to pray due to your affliction, you must fulfil what is obligatory. At least pray your fardh (obligatory) for now and slowly work towards the Sunnah (recommended) and Nawafil (optional) prayers.

9. Sleep paralysis

This usually occurs when you are about to sleep and you feel something is pinning you, like a very strong force, during which, you find it difficult to breathe, move, or utter a sound. Other times, people have experienced floating out of their body and looking down at themselves.


If you are experiencing this often, I would advise seeking ruqya.


** Try not to sleep on your back; sleep on your right side and be in wudhu (staying in wudhu at all times if able to), and saying your bedtime adkhār.

10. Spiders

Jinn can appear in the form of spiders or other insects and creatures to scare you. Play the adhan and Qur’an in the house regularly as a supplement to reciting.

11. Scratches appearing on body

I would advise seeking ruqya, if marks or scratches are randomly appearing on your body.

12. Trivial matters magnified

A person afflicted may unreasonably exaggerate trivial matters. For example, if the person is of an aggressive nature, has a phobia, or introverted, etc, the affliction magnifies that characteristic disproportionately. There have been many ruqya cases, after Jinn(s) exiting the human body, the fear, phobia or a particular characteristic(s) are no longer present in that person.


However, this is not always the case, if the person is not afflicted by Sihr/Jinn, then it may well be a phobia or something psychological and it is advised to seek alternative treatment.

13. After effects of ruqya treatment

Fatigue and heaviness are often normal after a ruqya bath, or after applying ruqya Water and Olive Oil.


Over time, this improves as the recovery period progresses.