Question: Please comment on Ruqiyah. Is it permissible to charge a fee for ruqiyah? They charge about R400 per person. They are doing a roaring trade with Ruqiya.
Answer (By Mujlisul Ulama):
This profession is not permissible. Writing Ta’weez and amaliyaat is permissible. But it is not permissible to make it a profession to earn money. These Raaqis (professional ruqiya performers) are bogus. They are mercenaries who take gross and haraam advantage of the ignorance of people to extravagate money from them. Just imagine R400 for a five minute job which in terms of the Shariah is not a valid job.
They coin tens of thousands of rands every month on account of the gross ignorance of people. They cite the Hadith to justify their extraction of money for their little salt and water potion on which they recite and blow. The episode in the Hadith does not pertain to professionalism. The Sahaabi who had recited Surah Faatihah which cured the patient, was not a professional Raaqi. Ruqiyah was not his business for making money. A group of the Sahaabah was on an expedition. The gift of sheep was accepted. That is the be all of the incident.
The Sahaabi did not open a Ruqiyah shop. These currentday bogus raaqis are emulating the sangomas and other professional frauds who set up shop and advertise their fraudulent spiritual and magical powers for curing every sickness and every problem under the sun, but not a single problem is solved/cured with the satanism they practice.
Stay far – very far from raaqis. They will drive you into paranoism. You will become mad with paranoia when entangled with raaqis.