"All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action."
- Prophet Muhammad 632 AC
Ruqyah (Spiritual Healing)
“Allah does not send down any disease, but He also sends down the cure for it.”
Sunan Ibn Majah (Sahih, Darussalam)
Ruqyah means reciting Qur'an and saying supplications reported from the Prophet (ﷺ) over the sick, or the one affected by sihr (magic), seeking to be cured; in addition to other good and lawful supplications.
It has very good curing effects, god willing. The Prophet (ﷺ) used to recite over the sick and so did the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet). Performing Ruqyah and supplicating for a sick person is one of the means for healing; using supplications reported from the Prophet (ﷺ) are causes to bring healing.
It is however very important to find out the method used to be in accordance to the teaching of Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). Here at New Zealand Islamic Information Centre (NZIIC), we do offer assistance with Ruqyah. It is important that you do get in touch with us prior to arrange suitable times.
During the Prophet's fatal illness, he used to recite the Mu'auwidhat (Surat An-Nas and Surat Al- Falaq) and then blow his breath over his body. When his illness was aggravated, I used to recite those two Suras and blow my breath over him and make him rub his body with his own hand for its blessings." (Ma`mar asked Az-Zuhri: How did the Prophet (ﷺ) use to blow? Az-Zuhri said: He used to blow on his hands and then passed them over his face.)
Sahih al-Bukhari (Vol 7, Hadith 631)
Some of the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) came across a tribe amongst the tribes of the Arabs, and that tribe did not entertain them. While they were in that state, the chief of that tribe was bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion). They said, (to the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) ), "Have you got any medicine with you or anybody who can treat with Ruqya?" The Prophet's companions said, "You refuse to entertain us, so we will not treat (your chief) unless you pay us for it." So they agreed to pay them a flock of sheep. One of them (the Prophet's companions) started reciting Surat-al-Fatiha and gathering his saliva and spitting it (at the snake-bite). The patient got cured and his people presented the sheep to them, but they said, "We will not take it unless we ask the Prophet (whether it is lawful)." When they asked him, he smiled and said, "How do you know that Surat-al-Fatiha is a Ruqya? Take it (flock of sheep) and assign a share for me."
Sahih al-Bukhari (Vol 7, Hadith 632)
Some of the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) passed by some people staying at a place where there was water, and one of those people had been stung by a scorpion. A man from those staying near the water, came and said to the companions of the Prophet, "Is there anyone among you who can do Ruqya as near the water there is a person who has been stung by a scorpion." So one of the Prophet's companions went to him and recited Surat-al-Fatiha for a sheep as his fees. The patient got cured and the man brought the sheep to his companions who disliked that and said, "You have taken wages for reciting Allah's Book." When they arrived at Medina, they said, ' O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! (This person) has taken wages for reciting Allah's Book" On that Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "You are most entitled to take wages for doing a Ruqya with Allah's Book."
Sahih al-Bukhari (Vol 7, Hadith 633)
The Prophet (ﷺ) ordered me or somebody else to do Ruqya (if there was danger) from an evil eye.
Sahih al-Bukhari (Vol 7, Hadith 634)
The Prophet (ﷺ) saw in her house a girl whose face had a black spot. He said. "She is under the effect of an evil eye; so treat her with a Ruqya."
Sahih al-Bukhari (Vol 7, Hadith 635)