Can we Perform Ruqyah through Experience if it is Free from Polytheism [Shirk]?

by The Albaani Blog


Question: A question about ruqyah [reciting aayahs/supplications on someone who is poisoned/possessed by Jinn, etc.].  Is ruqyah something bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion [tawqifiyyah] or something concerning which ijtihaad is possible?  Namely, if we tried a specific method free of polytheism [shirk], “ … perform ruqyah, as long as it does not involve polytheism,” based upon this text, is that permissible or not?

Al-Albani: According to the limits that you [just] defined I hold that it is permissible as long as there is nothing which opposes the Sharee’ah like if it were [to lead to falsely] imagining that there are hidden secrets, or if it is misconstrued that there is harm which cannot be seen.

I do not see any harm in that with the condition and restriction that you mentioned.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 232.