Some raqis recite Qur'an every day on water tanks situated on the roofs of a house, on cosmetic items of women and on food.
As a matter of fact, reciting of certain Qur'an verses and blowing thrice into a bottle of water or oil, after opening them, is allowed. However, some of the raqis have distorted this practice by reciting Qur'an on everything.
A scholar had remarked, ‘this practice is baseless and this method of ruqyah is useful only if the amount of water is little, for e.g: a pot of water in which verses are recited and air is blown into it. It is unauthorized to perform such ruqyahs to make money by deceiving people in a way that apparently seems to be beneficial but implicitly is dark and evil.’ Al-Fatawa al-dhahabiyya.
Some raqis do not hesitate to meet women without their mahram (unmarriageable kin with whom sexual intercourse would be considered incestuous) under the pretext pf curing them. By doing so they ignore the following Hadith, ‘Whenever a man is alone with a woman the Devil makes a third.’ (Sunan Al-Tirmidhi on the authority of Ibn Umar.) Ibn Al-Qayyim states, ‘Undoubtedly, allowing women to mingle with men is the source of all evil that evokes collective punishments and deadly epidemics.’
When some raqis are unsuccessful in treating their patients they advise him to take the help of magicians. This also violates the Sunnah principles on which the ruqyah is based. Besides this it is clearly anti-monotheism as our Prophet Mohammad (saw) says,
"Whoever went to a fortune-teller and believed in what he said, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad." (Ahmad and Al-Hakim on the authority of Abu Hurairah.)
Shari'a scholars have stated that Allah (swt) has prohibited the practice of seeking cure from unlawful things. Prophet Mohammad (saw) says,
‘Seek medications but avoid unlawful means.’
(Abu Ya'la in his Musnad on the authority of Abi Al-Darda')
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