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How to Identify Authentic Islamic Exorcists

How to Identify Authentic Islamic Exorcists

In Islamic spirituality, the practice of Ruqyah emerges as a powerful tool for addressing afflictions caused by jinns and negative metaphysical influences associated with mental health illness. Parallel to the Christian practice of exorcism, Ruqyah relies on recitations from the Qur’an and prophetic medicine. However, amidst the genuine practitioners lie charlatans who exploit vulnerable individuals, causing harm instead of healing. In this piece, our analyst examines the characteristics of authentic Islamic exorcists and the red flags that signal a departure from the true essence of Ruqyah.

Preserving Privacy and Respect

Authentic Islamic exorcists prioritize privacy and respect for the patient. They refrain from asking intrusive questions, such as demanding parents’ names, especially the mother’s name, as a criterion for the Ruqyah. A genuine session relies on the power of the recitations, not personal information.

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Avoiding Unethical Practices

True practitioners of Ruqyah do not engage in unethical practices, such as requesting personal items like clothes, nails, or pubic hair. Any exorcist demanding such items is likely indulging in sorcery and manipulating jinns for personal gain.

Preserving Authenticity in Language

The core of Ruqyah lies in the Arabic verses of the Qur’an. Authentic exorcists perform the ritual in Arabic, using selected verses. Beware of those who use strange languages or dialects, as this may indicate a departure from the genuine practice.

Maintaining Confidentiality

A genuine Raqi refrains from disclosing who may have used jinns against the patient during the Ruqyah session. This is essential to prevent the patient from harbouring negative emotions post-healing.

Altruism Over Profit

Historically, authentic Islamic exorcists were seldom charged for their services. While appreciating the exorcist for their efforts is acceptable, prioritizing financial gain above the healing process is a clear red flag.

Rejecting Physical Violence

True exorcists never resort to physical force, such as beating patients with a stick during Ruqyah. Such actions are illegal and can cause lasting harm to the individual’s mental and physical well-being.

Quintessential Qur’anic Passages

Authentic Raqi draws upon specific Qur’anic passages, such as sura al-Fatihah, Ayat al-Kursi, and the last three suras. Against sihr, sura Yunus is frequently used, while sura al-Qalam addresses afflictions caused by the evil eye. If these verses are absent, skepticism about the practitioner’s authenticity is warranted.

In the realm of mental health and spirituality, authentic Islamic exorcists play a vital role in healing and restoring balance. By discerning the characteristics of genuine practitioners and being aware of potential red flags, individuals can navigate the intricate landscape of Ruqyah, ensuring a journey towards true healing and spiritual well-being.

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