If you’re seeking ruqyah from someone then beware of the following bad practices and don’t let anyone take advantage of you:
● Charging extortionate amounts for ruqyah – yes it is permissible to charge but be careful of those who vary their prices wildly depending on how gullible you sound. In my opinion £60 for a ruqyah session is ridiculous – unless the raqi is travelling out and his travel expenses are included. Or if you’re paying that much then do not accept a 20 minute or half hour session. £60 should bring at least 90 minutes of recitation in my opinion. On average, £30 is reasonable for a session but no session should ever be 20 minutes long. If the raqi can’t give you more time then he shouldn’t book you in. Simple.
● Charging money and then holding group sessions – if you’ve paid your money then you should have the total attention of the raqi. Do NOT pay money and then accept group sessions. Or at best, pay £10 for a group session at most. This is a common instance of these sharks trying to make as much money as possible. They have 10 people, each of whom has paid 20 – 40 pounds. Absolutely outrageous.
● Block booking sessions – telling you that you need 10 sessions and booking you in and taking a deposit or the full amount. Tell them to fear Allâh.
● Doing “ruqyah” on the house and then charging obscene amounts for walking around and “purifying” your home. You have 2 situations revolving around the house
1. There are jinn living in the home and they think the house belongs to them or they dont want to have anyone in that home along with them. They’ll cause problems to try to get the people out of that place.
2. The jinn are there because they are affecting the people e.g. sihr related. In this situation even if the person moved to a cave the problems would persist.
How to deal with the issue.
For case 1. You wud need to recite baqarah in the home regularly, make adhaan regularly, do a lot of superogatory prayers etc. This is not a one off “ruqyah” on the house because they might leave for that period when the raqi is there. But they can easily come back
For case 2. Make ruqyah on yourself. Reciting on the home will do nothing at all.
● Touching the woman in disgraceful ways and then saying it’s due to necessity. There is NO need to touch a woman in ruqyah unless an exceptional circumstance arises.
● Claiming to be able to cure all illnesses and claiming they are qualified – there is NO qualification for becoming a raqi and if the person claims to be curing all illnesses then they have serious problems with their aqeedah.
● Bringing “specialist” sheikhs and then charging ridiculous amounts to be seen by them – often the sheikh himself is unaware of the crazy figures these people are charging – yes, they have knowledge and experience and we respect them. But by Allah, they cannot cure you, nor will they recite a special ayah from the book of Allah which you cannot do yourself
Myself and Muhammad Tim have been trying for years to demist this smokey field of ruqyah for the masses. It has made us extremely unpopular with the “raqis” but frankly we couldn’t care less. This is for Allâh. This is to help our brothers and sisters. This is to give people the tools to help themselves. This is to prevent innocent people from being extorted.
Please. If you or a family member are in need of ruqyah then seek knowledge, learn, practice and take charge of the treatment yourselves. This is exactly why me and Muhammad work alone and don’t associate with any other raqi. Of course this doesn’t mean that good, genuine brothers don’t exist because I’m sure they do and they’re much better and more knowledgeable BUT it’s an absolute minefield.
Just be careful and use your common sense. And perfection is with Allâh alone and He knows best.