The concept of spiritual healing is not new to us as it has been extensively used since ages for curing ailments, whether physical, psychological or spiritual. I shall mention an authentic hadith here to prove the power of spiritual healing.
‘Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri-
Some of the Companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) came to across a tribe amongst the Arab tribes, who did not entertain them. While they were in that state the chief of the tribe was stung by a scorpion or bitten by a snake. They asked the Companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh),’Have you got any medicine with you or can any one amongst you treat with Ruqyah? The Companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) said, ‘You had refused 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 the Companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) started reciting Surah Fatiha and gathering his saliva and spitting at the snake bite. The patient got cured and his people presented the flock of sheep to them. However, they said, ‘We will not take it unless we ask Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) whether it is lawful. When they asked him he smiled and said, ‘How do you know that Surah Fatiha is a Ruqyah? Take it (flock of sheep) and assign a share for me’ (SAHIH BUKHARI-VOLUME 7, NO. 632)
This shows that spiritual healing is a very powerful healing technique. Apart from this it is also essential for us to have a strong faith in Allah (swt) so that we can understand the importance of spiritual healing through the Holy Quran and ahadith. For the spiritual healing to be successful the two most important requirements are:- a strong and unflinching faith in Allah (swt) and a pious spiritual healer. How many of us would have the courage to cure a poisonous sting of a snake or a scorpion ourselves, by reciting Surah Fateha? Needless to say we would rush frantically to the emergency of a nearby hospital, for the treatment. So awareness about Islamic spiritual healing or Ruqyah is of utmost importance.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
‘And We send down from the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy for those who believe’ (TMQ: 17:82)
I have hitherto explained that Islamic spiritual healing is a powerful tool by means of which we can heal the physical, psychological as well as spiritual disorders. Now I would like to draw the attention of my readers to another important point pertaining to this topic. Though Islamic spiritual healing is quite effective and successful yet it does not contradict medicinal treatment at all. It rather complements it. There is enough evidence in the ahadith which shows that the followers of Islam have been encouraged to seek medicinal help, if necessary.
Once Prophet Mohammad (saw) was asked by a desert dweller, ‘O Messenger of Allah, should we seek medical treatment’. Prophet Mohammad (saw) replied, ‘Seek medical treatment for truly Allah has not sent down a disease without sending down a cure for it. Those who have the knowledge of the cure know it and those who are ignorant of it do not’. (Musnad Ahmad: 18456).
This hadith proves that medicinal treatment should also be sought along with spiritual healing. In a nutshell, in order to get a speedy recovery from an ailment; a person should focus on both the spiritual healing as well as medicinal healing. If one of them is ignored then there are chances of deterioration in health or a delay in recovery. There should be a balance in utilizing both types of healing methods. In the olden times the focus was more on spiritual healing whereas during the modern times there is an inclination towards the medicinal healing methods. However, it is essential to strike a balance between these two types of healing methods, for best results.
When we discuss about spiritual healing the topic of a spiritual healer cannot be far behind. Several questions may arise in our minds about those people who are entitled do perform spiritual healing. Are the spiritual healers supposed to be Islamic scholars? What are the dos and the don’ts of being a spiritual healer? What are the requisites of being a successful spiritual healer? What is the approved method of doing spiritual healing in Islam?
In this blog, I will Inshallah make an earnest attempt to answer all these questions, by thoroughly exploring the qualities which should be found in an Islamic spiritual healer and much more.