Spiritual healing is a noble deed and hence it requires a noble intention or niyaah before doing it as well. In Islam noble deeds are identified as acts done in order to earn Allah (swt)’s Goodwill. The condition which makes a good deed acceptable is that it should be for the sake of Allah (swt).
Ibn Ijlaan had stated that ‘The action is not acceptable except by three- Taqwaah of Allah (swt), good intention and correctness, i.e. conformity to the Sunnah’.
It goes without saying that a Muslim spiritual healer should have a strong faith in Allah (swt) and also in the fact that it is Allah (swt) alone who can heal. If is often seen that when someone gets healed by a doctor then the healed person says that so and so doctor has healing powers in his hands. In this way the person also encourages others to consult that particular doctor for a quick recovery. However, the statement, ‘So and so doctor has healing powers’ is considered to be a Bidaah or innovation and should be avoided for the simple reason that in Islam it is only Allah (swt) who has the real healing powers. No doctor can take the credit of healing a patient because the only healer is Allah (swt). One of the beautiful names of Allah (swt) is Ya Shaafi, which means ‘The Healer’.
Besides being a pious, a Muslim spiritual healer should have a good niyaah or intention too. Unfortunately, some quacks have entered the field of spiritual healing with the sole aim of fooling people for their own benefit. Some of these fraudsters transcend the limits set by Islam when it comes to healing their patients, especially the womenfolk. Ruqyah, as most of us know, is a form of spiritual healing in which the Quranic verses are recited by the Raaqi. After the recitation the Raaqi blows his breathe over the patient. This is the simple way in which Ruqyah is allowed in Islam. Unfortunately, a lot of black magicians and fraudsters have also entered this field and they have changed the Islamic way of performing a Ruqyah. As a result of this many Satanic, corrupt and sinful practices have made their way into this field. The simple blowing of breathe over a female patient after recitation of the Quranic verses has been replaced by touching the body of the woman. In some cases, naïve women are asked to expose their affected body parts for a better cure. Moreover, asking women to come for a Ruqyah session, without a male escort is not less than a crime in Islam. According to a hadith, ‘A man and a woman are never alone together, except that Satan is a third party with them’. Therefore, it is essential from the Islamic point of view that during a Ruqyah session a woman should come along with her male guardian.
In a nutshell, a Muslim spiritual healer should be pious and he should perform Ruqyah with the good intention of obtaining Allah (swt)’s Goodwill. Encouraging the female patients to come alone or touching them or gazing at their bare body parts is just the opposite of Islamic healing methods. A pious Muslim spiritual healer will never dare to employ such non-Islamic healing methods, due to fear of Allah (swt).
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