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Going to the church and seeking help from the priest

Question: 147094

It was suggested to me that I should go to the church and tell the priest that I am suffering from problems connected to witchcraft. Please note that I have gone to many shaykhs.

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

It should be noted that ruqyah is one of the types of remedy
prescribed in Islam, but there are certain conditions for it to be
beneficial and acceptable, just as physical medicine has conditions for it
to be suitable. 

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

The scholars are unanimously agreed that it is permissible to
use ruqyah if three conditions are met: it should based on the words of
Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, or His names or His attributes; it
should be in Arabic or in words the meaning of which can be understood; and
it should be accepted that ruqyah does not have any effect in and of itself,
rather that happens by the will and decree of Allah. 

End quote from Fath al-Baari. 

The scholars have stipulated that the ruqyah should be in
Arabic or in words that are known and understood, lest the words of the one
who does it constitute shirk or could lead to shirk, without the one for
whom it is done realising that. This problem is more serious if the one who
is performing ruqyah is one of the People of the Book, who are people of
shirk. It is to be expected that they will perform ruqyah by saying things
that are in accordance with their religion, especially if they do so in a
language that the one for whom it is done does not know, and especially if
the one who is seeking the ruqyah has gone to them in their churches or

This is the reason why some of the scholars did not allow
People of the Book to perform ruqyah for Muslims. 

Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

Maalik did nor approve of ruqyah done by the People of the
Book. That was because – and Allah knows best – it cannot be known whether
they will recite from the Book of Allah, may He be exalted, or use words
that constitute witchcraft. 

End quote from al-Istidhkaar, 9/376 

For that reason, those scholars who allowed the ruqyah of the
People of the Book stipulated that the ruqyah should be done using words
that are known to be the words of Allah or dhikr. 

See al-Umm by al-Shaafa‘i, 7/228 

There is no doubt that to be on the safe side with regard to
one’s religious commitment and to avoid falling into error, one should keep
away completely from asking the People of the Book for ruqyah, especially
since their insincerity towards the Muslims is well known. Indeed it is also
well known that they either seek the help of the jinn and shayaateen in what
they do, which means that their ruqyah comes under the heading of
witchcraft, or they bring the cross close to the one who is sick and seek
the help of their brethren of the shayaateen by doing so, according to what
is mentioned above of the words of Ibn al-Teen (may Allah have mercy on

The issue of ruqyah is easy, in sha Allah and there are many
righteous Muslims who are able to do it well. There is nothing more
beneficial than a person performing ruqyah for himself, reciting the words
of Allah or du‘aa’s that are soundly narrated from the Prophet (blessings
and peace of Allah be upon him). 

Hence the scholars of the Standing Committee issued a fatwa
stating that that (going to a Christian priest) is not permissible, when
they were asked: 

The remedy for seizures among us in Egypt is to go to the
church, especially the church of Mary Jarjis, or to go to practitioners of
witchcraft and charlatans who are widespread in the villages. Sometimes that
brings results. Is it permissible to do that? Please note that if the person
who has a seizure is not treated quickly, he will die. 

What is the remedy prescribed by Allah for this sickness, as
there is a remedy for every disease except old age? 

The scholars of the committee replied: 

It is not permissible to go to the church to treat seizures,
or to go to the practitioners of witchcraft or the charlatans. As for
permissible remedies, he may be treated by means of ruqyahs that are
acceptable in Islam, such as reciting Qur’aan, e.g., al-Faatihah, Qul
Huwa Allahu Ahad (Soorat al-Ikhlaas), al-Mu‘wadhatayn (the last
two soorahs of the Qur’aan in which refuge with Allah is sought) and Aayat
al-Kursiy, as well as dhikrs and du‘aa’s that are soundly narrated from the
Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). And Allah is the
source of strength. End quote. 

Fataawa al-Lajnah, 1/292-293 

And Allah knows best.


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