Shaykh Ali At-Tuwayjiree In his book “Curing oneself by the Qur’an” from Page 33 mentions how to do Ruqyah. He mentions different types:

1. Ruqyah by way of reading/reciting only

The proof for that is that which al Bukhari and Muslim reported

from Aisha that the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم when he used to come to a sick one or a sick one was brought to him he would say:

اللهم رب الناس، أذهب البأس، واشف، أنت الشافي لا شفاء إلا شفاؤك، شفاءً لا يغادر سقماً

And he mentions other reports

2. Doing Ruqya by reading along with blowing air without any saliva, whether one blows the air along with reading or after it

From the evidences he mentioned was the narration reported

by An Nassai, Ibn Maajah and a Ibn Abu Shaybah from Aisha Radiallahu Anhaa that the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم would blow air whilst doing Ruqyah

Authenticated by Imam Albani

3. Doing Ruqyah whilst reading along with blowing with some saliva mixed with it

From the proof for this is the well known narration

of Abu Saaid Al Khudree Radiallahu Anhu when he read Faatiha in it is

“That he recited Umm-ul-Qur’an (Sura Fatiha), and he collected his spittle and he applied that and the person became all right.”

4. Ruqyah by reading and wiping

From the Sunnah of the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم was that he would wipe his right hand on the sick whilst reading Ruqyah upon him

From the evidences for that is what was reported

by Al Bukhari and Muslim from Aisha Radiallahu Anhaa:

When the Prophet (ﷺ) visited any ailing member of his family, he would touch the sick person with his right hand and would supplicate: “Allahumma Rabban-nasi, adhhibil-ba’sa, washfi, Antash-Shafi, la shifa’a illa shifa’uka, shifaan la yughadiru saqaman [O Allah! the Rubb of mankind! Remove this disease and cure (him or her)! You are the Great Curer. There is no cure but through You, which leaves behind no disease].”

5. Ruqyah whilst reading and placing the hand upon the place which is in pain, then wiping it

From the evidences for that is that which

Bukhari and Abu Dawood reported from Aisha Bint Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas Radiallahu Anhum

That her father said: I had a complaint at Mecca. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to pay a sick-visit to me. He put his hand on my forehead, wiped my chest and belly, and then said: O Allah! heal up Sa’d and complete his migration

6. Ruqyah whilst reading and blowing air whilst wiping

7. Ruqyah whilst reading, placing saliva upon the finger, then placing the finger on the earth, and then on the sick

The evidence for this is the following dua which Al Bukhari reported

“In the Name of Allah The earth of our land and the saliva of some of us cure our patient.”

Regarding the wording in this narration is “the earth of our land”, some scholars mentioned it is specific to the earth (sand) of madina whilst others mentioned the intent is land of Islam

And Imam Nawawi, Ibn Al-Qayyim, Shaykh Ali At Tuwayjiri, and Shaykh Abdul Muhsin mention the correct stance is it is general to any land because there is no proof to specify it. It is also the stance of the majority of the scholars.

8. Reading whilst placing salt in water, then wiping that upon the place of pain

The evidence for that is that which Ibn Abi Shaybah and others reported from Ali Radiallahu Anha that whilst the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم was praying one night, he placed his hands on the earth and a scorpion stung him, thus the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم killed it with his sandals, then when he turned away, he said “May Allah’s curse be upon the scorpion. It doesn’t leave alone one who is praying nor other than him” (or he said “a prophet or other than him”), then he called for salt and water. He placed it in a utensil, started to pour it on his finger where he was stung, and he wiped it whilst reciting

قل اعوذ برب الفلق


قل اعوذ برب الناس

And he mentions two more ways

Allah knows best

Translated by

Majid Jawed Al-Afghanee
Abu Layl