1 Should I try Ruqya on myself?
If this is your first time you are trying ruqya, We would advise you to consult a raqi who can diagnose you and then advise you further. I have heard it too often, brothers and sisters doing ruqya on themselves by listening to audio and then having a reaction, not knowing what is happening to them. The family is also left not knowing what to do when the individual listening to the ruqya has a violent reaction or any type of reaction.
Sadly, we have people in every community with no real ruqya experience, whom out of ignorance will advise others what they should do. Ruqya is not something to toy with, especially when dealing with Jinn and Shayateen. Unless you are absolutely certain you know what you are doing, leave it to people who are knowledgeable in that field.
2 After ruqya, I can remember everything, is this normal?
You may experience involuntary movements either subtle or obvious, saying certain things or making noises that would be out of character. This may happen during ruqya, but not in all cases. To remember everything that happened (vividly) is normal, not every possession is 100% (having no recollection of what happened during ruqya). Most people afflicted by jinn are 50% possessions (they recall pretty much everything that happened). Twitching, jerking, facial expressions, feeling pain around the body, pressure in the stomach, parts of your body burning / heated are all normal and expected during ruqya.
3 After drinking ruqya water, I felt nauseous / vomited, is this normal?
The ruqya water may taste bitter to the one afflicted by Sihr/Jinn. Your stomach may feel bloated, you may feel nauseous and even end up vomiting. If the colour of vomit is yellow, red, brown/black, this would usually indicate Sihr breaking up and coming out with the vomit.
4 How long will it take, when will I get better?
It’s a constant battle with the Shayateen, and victory is in Allāh’s hands. We must work on the basic fundamentals of Islām, understanding Tawheed, Aqeedah, Qadar (Divine Preordainment), Patience, and to know the enemy we are up against and it’s capabilities, also recognising our own weaknesses.
Allāh says: And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e. blessings, etc.) (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones. Surah Al-Baqarah, ayah 155-157
5 I’m following the treatment but I see no changes, why?
If you are already receiving treatment, it is very important that you follow the treatment as prescribed. You must understand that the remedy has a process, and every case is different, so the results will also differ. You must focus on patience, lots of du’a and adhkār. Please check AWARENESS and also ask yourself what you might be doing (acts of disobedience) that might be stopping the Mercy of Allāh from reaching you.
Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Many people do not benefit from the means and measures, or from ruqya done by reciting Qur’an or other words, because the conditions are not met and the impediments are not absent. If every sick person could be healed by means of ruqya or medical treatment, no one would die. But it is Allah, may He be glorified, in Whose hand is control of healing. If He wills that, He makes the means thereof easily available, and if He does not will that, the means will be to no avail.
Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (8/61)
6 Can jinn possess a child? Yes they can, as the Jinn can also Impregnate Women
The importance of protection against the evil jinn when having intercourse and from harming your wife & children:
Narrated from Mujaahid who said: When a man has intercourse and does not mention the name of Allah, the jinn wraps himself around his penis and has intercourse along with him. This is what is referred to in the ayah (interpretation of the meaning): “With whom no man or Jinni has had Tamth [sexual intercourse] before them.” (Surah, al-Rahmaan 55:56).-Tafseer al-Qurtubi, 10/289
Du’a before intercourse: The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu’alayhi’waslaam) said: Whoever says this Du’a and the wife was pregnant from that night, Shaytaan will never be able to harm the child. انَتْقَزَرام َناطْيَّشلا ِبِّنَجَو،َناطْيَّشلا انْبِّنَج َّمُهّللا هللا ِمْسِب Bismillaah, Allaahumma jannibnash-Shaytaana, wa jannibish-Shaytaana maa razaqtanaa (In the Name of Allah. O Allah, keep the Devil away from us and keep the Devil away from that which You provide for us). Bukhari No# 141, 3271, 6388, 7396; Muslim No# 1434; Abu Dawud No# 2161; At-Tirmidhi No# 1092.
Jinn can have sexual relations with women if their husbands do not mention the name of Allah before engaging in sex. (Rooh al Maanee vol 27 p 119)
Ibn al Jawzee (Rahimahullah) said that a jinn can have sex with women in the same way that men do. (Zaad al Maseer fee Ilm at Tafseer vol 8 p 122)
As Suyootee (Rahimahullah) was of the same opinion. (Al Alaam vol 3 p 301)
Ibn Taymeeyah (Rahimahullah) said that jinn and humans can have sex with one another and beget children, this is a frequent occurance that is well known to many.(Majmoo al Fatawaa vol 19 p 39)
7 Is ruqya safe on a child?
Yes it is, providing you understand the basics of ruqya, in addition, protecting your child with morning and evening adhkār. If the child is old enough to recite and protect himself then he should do so.
8 I can feel movement in my body, travelling or static pulsating
Twitching, jerking, facial expressions, feeling insects crawling under skin, usually indicate jinn activity. If you are already on a ruqya programme, follow the treatment through as prescribed. This will be expected after your initial ruqya session.
9 I feel heavy weight on me
This will be the jinn residing in that area. If you are following a ruqya treatment, follow it through as prescribed. You may experience more pain than before during this process.
10 I’m finding it difficult to pray
As much as you may be finding it difficult to pray due to being afflicted, you must fulfill what is obligatory. At least pray the fardh (obligatory) for now and slowly work towards the Sunnah (recommended) and Nawafil (optional) prayers.
Imaam Ahmad said that the one who does not pray because of laziness is a kaafir. This is the more correct view and is that indicated by the evidence of the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, and by the words of the Salaf and the proper understanding. (Al-Sharh al-Mumti’ ‘ala Zaad al-Mustanqi’, 2/26).
“Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salaat (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salaat (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times] and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell. Except those who repent and believe (in the Oneness of Allaah and His Messenger Muhammad), and work righteousness. Such will enter Paradise and they will not be wronged in aught.” [Maryam 19:59-60]
The evidence derived from this aayah is that Allaah referred to those who neglect the prayer and follow their desires, Except those who repent and believe, which indicates that at the time when they are neglecting their prayers and following their desires, they are not believers.
11 Sleep paralysis
This usually occurs when you are lying in bed about to sleep and you become uncomfortable. Then you feel you are being pinned down by a very strong force. You feel strangulated and find it difficult to breath or that you are dying. It usually takes a short while to come out of this state and adjust to your surroundings again.
If you are experiencing this often, I would recommend getting yourself diagnosed, with a follow up of a ruqya if required.
Try not to sleep on your back, rather sleep on your right side as advised in the Sunnah, to be in wudhu before you sleep (staying in wudhu at all times if able to), saying your bedtime adkhār, playing Qur’ān regularly.
A jinn would take the form of a spider to scare you. One will claim to have seen a (giant) spider(s).
Overcoming your fears by fighting back physically or by reciting and blowing or spittle in the direction of the jinn is an absolute must, (this may be difficult for a young child initially, but with support from parents, I am sure your child will soon be able to defend himself).
Allāh says: “Do you fear them? Allah has more right that you should fear Him, if you are believers, fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them.” Surah At-Tawbah 9, ayah 13
Also, I don’t recommend mirror gazing as this can cause jinn to surface from within if afflicted. Usually, your pupils will dilate and eyes widen under normal ambience
13 Scratches appearing on body
I would advise a ruqya diagnosis if marks or scratches are randomly appearing on your body.
14 Trivial matters magnified / Phobia
A person afflicted may unreasonably exaggerate something trivial. Since their nervous system becomes so receptive and finely tuned, it reacts as if it’s a matter of life and death to things which are not at all, or only mildly, stressful or frightening to the average person. For example, if the person is of an aggressive nature, has a phobia, or introverted, etc, the affliction magnifies that characteristic disproportionately, exaggerating the difficulties of a situation. There have been many ruqya cases where after the Jinn(s) have exited the human body, the fear, phobia or a particular characteristic is no longer present in that person.
However, this is not always the case, if the person is not afflicted by Sihr/Jinn, then it may well be a phobia or something psychological and it is advisable to seek treatment by other means outside of ruqya like Counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Sunnah NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).
15 – After effects of a ruqya bath / general ruqya treatment
After your first ruqya bath or general ruqya treatment, you may feel really heavy, exhausted, find it difficult to walk, or breathe easily amongst a few things. This will gradually wear off and you will adjust to your surroundings and return to your normal self. Everyone will not share the same experience, some people may not have a reaction at all but may feel a lot better in general. As for the bath treatment, unfortunately, as much as it is meant to be therapeutic, this might not be the case for the one afflicted.