In the present times, the root cause of most of the diseases seems to be either a virus or bacteria. Diseases may also be associated with other physical factors such as a faulty diet or lifestyle, stress etc. Accordingly, people try to heal themselves with the help of the various medications which are available these days, be it allopathic or homeopathic, osteopathy or naturopathy.
However, according to Islam the root cause of any disease is not just a physical factor, though it may appear to be one. The actual cause of any disease, injury or mishap is related to some factors which have a supernatural element in it. This may sound to be obsolete to some but it is true any way.
It was narrated that Hazrat Ayesha (ra) said, ‘When the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) was ill, he would recite al-Mu’-awwidhatayn over himself and spit dryly. When his pain grew intense, I recited over him and wiped him with his own hands, seeking its barakah (blessing)’. (Bukhari-4728).
Although there were some forms of treatment prevalent during the times of the Prophet (pbuh) such as cupping, venesection and cautery yet the Holy Prophet (pbuh) used to heal himself by reciting Ruqyah with Surah Falaq and Surah Naas. The main reason why the last two Surahs were recited by the Holy Prophet during an illness is due to the Islamic belief that the root cause of every ailment is evil eye. So the initial treatment for any ailment should be the recitation of Al-Mu’awwidhatayn rather than anything else. After all Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) used to successfully heal himself with these two Quranic verses. However, if adverse effects caused by the evil eye are left unrestricted and unchecked then one can use other forms of medication, whether modern or traditional.
According to a hadith Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said, ‘Most of those who die among my followers die because of the Will and Decree of Allah and then because of evil eye.
So we find that the evil eye, which is a venomous look cast by the envier on the person whom he or she envies, happens to be the root cause of a lot of misery. It can lead to injury, mishaps, ailments and even death.
So, Ruqyah plays a very important role in suppressing a disease before it gets aggravated. However, there is a specific condition that should be met in order to perform Ruqyah successfully. The Muslim spiritual healer should be well versed with the Islamic way of performing Ruqyah, i.e. by excluding from it all the elements of shirk, bidaah, kufr or black magic.