Islamic Healing & Protection [[Download PDF version]

A porcelain figure pair of hands outspread, pressed side-by-side, in a an Islamic supplicating/praying gesture, with Ayat Al-Kursi (Verse of the Throne) written in gold colour across the pages resting in the hands.

Tips for protection and healing using Islamic supplications and Quranic verses.

[Navigation: Tahseen | Ruqyah | Breaking Sihr | Alleviating Fear & Anxiety | Alleviating Sadness & Depression | Resources (including links to recorded ruqya du'a and Quran recitations)]

(*Literally, fortification: protection from harm, such as 'ayn/evil eye and hasad/envy.)

Intention!! Make intentions first: Ask God to heal whoever from every 'ayn, sihr, mas, illness, physical or spiritual or mental, everything. When reading over yourself, you can also make intention for it to protect others (mention them!) too.

Yes, you should make sure you read Surat Al-Ikhlas, Surat Al-Falaq, Surat An-Nas, and Ayat Al-Kursi over yourself while blowing into your hands brought together like in du’a. After every surah/Ayat al Kursi, blow, when done, rub it over your body, everywhere you can reach. The Prophet would not neglect this. When he was too sick to do it, he had family do it for him. It's important to keep yourself safe on a daily basis. The best time to do this is after Fajr prayer but before sunrise (so within an hour after Fajr)—the time of morning adhkar--and after Asr but before Maghrib—the time of evening adhkar. If you forget to do this, you can do it when you remember, but it's best in its proper time.
Another time for tahseen is before you sleep.

*If you fail to do this before performing ruqyah, you are unprotected.

There are many other forms of dhikr (remembrance of God) that is beneficial for protection and other matters, you can find apps like Dua & Azkar (for Android) and (for iPhone or iOS) to read and hear them.

Image from this website, where you can hear it recited too.

Tahseen usually consists of the morning and evening adhkar, along with reciting the following verses + short chapters (blowing after each one into your gathered hands, when you're completely finished reciting all of them, run them over what you can reach of your body, like you're trying to cover yourself with them):

  • Ayat Al-Kursi (Verse of the Throne)
  • The last two verses of Surat Al-Baqarah
  • The final three short chapters of the Quran (the three short ones that make up the last page of the Quran! The Mu'awidattayn [literally 'the two [chapters] of seeking refuge', they are Surat An-Nas and Surat Al-Falaq] + Surat Al-Ikhlas)
  • Having seven black 'ajwa dates (like those from Medina/Madinah) on an empty stomach in the mornings help keep you safe from sihr (magic).
  • Surat Al-Mulk before sleeping is also protective (and it also safeguards from punishment of the grave if you pass away in your sleep).

The strongest protection from magic is finishing Surat AlBaqarah either in one go or completed within three days, before 'Asr on the third day... that one will keep the whole house completely safe for three days!), but as it's the longest surah of the Quran, it is not commonly recited all at once or daily (but it is recommended to be read regularly in homes!).

For every day tahseen/protection, the Mu'awidattayn, Surat Al-Iklhas, and Ayat Al-Kursi should be enough.
The final two ayat (verses) of Surat Al-Baqarah are also very powerful for both protection and healing.

I find it safer to listen to Quran as I go to sleep and keep it running, apps like Tube Master (now known as GoMusic) can play youtube videos on loop with the screen locked and it's a free app!

If you do nothing other than Ayat AlKursi and the Mua'widattayn during your morning/evening adhkar on a daily basis, please include this short du'a too:

بسم الله الذي لا يضر مع اسمه شيء في الأرض ولا في السماء وهو السميع العليم، ثلاث مرات، لم يضره شيء

"BismilLahi al-ladhee la yadhurru ma'a ismihi shay-an fil-ardh wa la fis-samaa wa huwa as-samee'ul-'aleem" (In the name of God, by Whose name nothing is harmed in the earth nor in the sky, and He is of all things, All-Hearing, All-Knowing). This is recited three times.

"Whoever recites this three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening. And whoever recites this three times in the evening will not be afflicted by any calamity before morning." [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud]

(*Exorcism and faith healing, usually for spiritual ailments—use physical means to treat organic ailments, see doctors, therapists, etc., relying on God means using all permissible means at your disposal.)

Tahseen must be done first, or you are unprotected and the jinni can retaliate!

Everything beyond Ayat Al-Kursi (Verse of the Throne), Surat Al-Baqarah, and the final three short chapters of the Quran (last page! The Mu'awidattayn + Surat Al-Ikhlas) is what is permissible, based on the hadeeth where the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked people to present to him their ruqyah (which they used even before Islam, then told them there was no harm in their methods, as long as they didn't involve shirk (association of others with God, idolatry, pantheism contrary to Islam's pure monotheism):
‏أخرج مسلم في صحيحه (2200) عَنْ عَوْفِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ الْأَشْجَعِيِّ، قَالَ: كُنَّا نَرْقِي فِي الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ فَقُلْنَا يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ كَيْفَ تَرَى فِي ذَلِكَ فَقَالَ: اعْرِضُوا عَلَيَّ رُقَاكُمْ، لَا بَأْسَ بِالرُّقَى مَا لَمْ يَكُنْ فِيهِ شِرْكٌ
the Messenger of Allâh (May the blessings and peace of Allâh be upon him) said, "Let me know your invocation (ruqyah)" and he said, "There is no harm in the invocation as long as it does not involve polytheism." [Muslim]

Of the permissable means not detailed in the deen, but commonly used today and found to be effective as a means of healing (while the true source of the healing is, of course, God) is selecting verses as relates to the condition (jinn are affected more strongly by verses that mention whatever they were sent for—words have very real power in their world, so a raaqi will select verses like و فجرنا فيها من العيون even though عيون it refers to springs, it removes 'ayn likely because the word 'uyoon (plural of 'ayn) affects them.

Jinn brought by sihr are strongly affected by verses concerning magic (so the stories of Sulayman and Musa), I think all jinn are affected by Surat An-Najm, etc. It is best to be in a state of wudhu, you and whoever you’re performing it for, but if it’s not possible, it's okay.

The strongest protection from magic is finishing Surat AlBaqarah either in one go or completed within three days, before 'Asr on the third day... that one will keep the whole house completely safe for three days!). The day in Islam ends at 'Asr time, so it would be counted as the night of the following day, if you didn't finish by 'Asr on the third day... Surat AlBaqarah is effective for 3!
For every day tahseen/protection, the Mu'awidattayn, Surat Al-Iklhas, and Ayat Al-Kursi should be enough.
The final two ayat (verses) of Surat Al-Baqarah are also very powerful for protection and healing.

You can also simply make du'a (supplicate) in your own words and ask God for protection and to break whatever is affecting you and/or your family. For example, if you're fed magic in their sleep or dreams, you can drink ruqyah water (same thing, Ayat AlKursi, almu'awiddat blown over it) after asking God to make it a means of healing from every sihr in this world or in the world of the spirits and jinn, etc.

There is also the du'a (supplication) made by Jibreel (archangel Gabriel) when the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) was sick:
‏وفي رواية ابن ماجه ما يوضح أن جبريل قرأها على النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو مريض، فعن عبادة بن الصامت رضي الله عنه قال: أتى جبريل عليه السلام النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو يوعك، فقال:

‏بسم الله أرقيك، من كل شيء يؤذيك، من حسد حاسد ومن كل عين الله يشفيك بسم الله أرقيك.
‏، وحسنه الألباني .

I moved the verses for tahseen from se/x//ually aggressive jinn from this section to the ruqyah section.

Image of Arabic hadeeth and translations from, more supplications can be found there too!

Abu Sa'īd al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Jibrīl came to the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) and said: "O Muhammad, have you fallen ill?" He said: 'Yes.' So Jibrīl said: "In the name of Allah I recite over you, (to cleanse you) from everything that troubles you, from the evil of every soul or envious eye, Allah will cure you, in the name of Allah I recite over you)."

"BismilLah arqeek, min kulli shay-in yu-dhikka, min hassad hasiddin, wa min kulli 'aynin, Allah yushfeeka, bismilLahi urqeek."

If you want to protect a house, sprinkling ruqyah water in every corner, possibly also mixing in some salt, and saying bismilLah (in the name of God) is very good! But if you can’t do that consistently, saying Bismillah while even just imagining the corners and making the intention to protect the house is enough.
(Washing with ruqyah water also works for removing 'ayn from a house, bi-idhnilLah/by God's permission).

‎The prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam/peace and blessings of God be upon him) also used "اخرج عدو الله" (leave, enemy of God) to chase them out.

Sexually predatory jinn are also common (they can be sent due to magic or of their own will if one neglects to say the du'a for entering bathrooms (Allahuma inni a'udhu bikka minal-khubthi wal-khabayyith اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الخبث و الخبائث, doesn't say bismilLah or بسم الله الذي لا اله إلا هو بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم (bismilLahi al-ladhi la illaha illa huwa bismilLahi Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem while removing clothes, or stands naked in front of mirrors, sleeps naked, or sleeps in a state of impurity... there are a lot of ways to deal with these, but among the most important aside from sleeping in a state of wudhu, praying at least two rak'ah as night vigil prayers after the obligatory ones are finished, and of course the regular tahseen before sleep is this collection of verses! First, say Allahuma ij'alni fi hisnika-al-aman:

Read them, blowing into your hands after every ayah (aside from the last two, the last part of which is repeated seven times), then run them over your body and you should be done! Ignore whatever you might see to discourage/frighten/sadden you or their attempts to renew magic (if that is what brought them to you, just silently pray that God destroys all their attempts and prevents them from succeeding), just carry on, know you're braver and stronger than them as long as you rely on the Creator of the world and, after that, possess good and clean intentions and and you'll see an immediate difference!
I am planning on providing translation (of tafseer/interpretation of meaning) in English of the verses on that webpage soon.

Breaking sihr (magic):
For a definitive breaking of sihr, after making the right intention and asking God to break every magic/sihr, 'ayn/evil eye, and remove envy/hasad from you, your family, your home, and belongings, read Surat AlBaqarah, it is undeniably strongest and most effective. It can be read all in one go, or broken up over three days, as long as you finish before the time of Asr on the third day (otherwise, you exceeded the three days it can work and have to start over) .

I also think it helps a lot to recite on your water (we use gallons in our home!), followed with a أعوذ بالله السميع العليم من الشيطان الرجيم من همزه و نفخه و نفثه (A'udhu bikallimatil-Illahi As-Samee'ul Al-'Aleem min ash-shaytan ar-rajeem wa min hamzihi wa nafkhihi wa nafthih) "I seek refuge in God’s words, the All-Hearing, All-Knowing from Satan the accursed, and from his whispers, his blowing, and his expectoration) so they don’t mess with it.

There are also many specialzied ruqya vudeos, I linked a few very good ones in the resources links, I recommend listening and repeating with the raaqi what you can (listening while working/studying is also okay, but be aware you might fall asleep, so if possible, so avoid doing so while driving or something potentially dangerous like that). Ruqya videos that are Quran only are fine to fall asleep listening to, but du'a only ones can elad to jinn retaliating or frightening dreams or rneewed magic.

(Note: if spiritual illness is the case, much like any other illness, you will often feel worse before you get better, don’t be scared off by it!)

(You’ll notice a change in taste if you have any spiritual issues! It might taste "hot"/"burning" or stinging or you’ll feel like there’s rope or string in your throat, or it could just taste sweeter instead, etc. Best to use clean, not used yet water, but as long as it’s safe to drink, it should be okay. ^^ It’s important to say bismilLah, before every sip for maximum benefit with this, but it’s all helpful in sha Allah.

Alleviating Fear & Anxiety

(وَلَا تَهِنُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَنتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ)
Particularly in distressful times, remember that everything is in God’s hand, just as it always is. Even when the world seems more hostile and dangerous, you can still hold fast to the rope of faith. No matter the situation, nothing befalls us except by the permission of God and du’a (supplication) can change the divine decree. We are just as dependent on God's mercy in the safety of our homes as we are in dangerous situations, so never abandon relying on Him and supplicating.
“No precaution can protect against the decree of Allah. Dua is beneficial with regard to what has been decreed and what has not been decreed. The dua meets the calamity that has been decreed and wrestles with it, until the Day of Resurrection.” [Tabarani]
As the Prophet said, everything that befalls a Muslim, of good or evil, will ultimately serve them depending on how they respond to it.
Prophet, upon whom be peace, said:
“There is no Muslim on the face of the earth that asks Allah for anything except that Allah gives it to him, or averts from him a similar evil, as long as he does not ask for something evil or for breaking the ties of kinship.” [At-Tirmidhi]

For healing and a sense of peace when your chest feels constrained, make the intention for healing (ask God for it to be a cause of healing), place your right hand on your heart while saying bismilLah, and recite Ayat AlKursi. Surat Al-Fatiha 7 times also can work, as it's recommended by the Prophet to heal many different pains.
I used to have frequent panic attacks when I was younger, this would stop the majority of them, then, I stopped ever getting them.

A good supplication recommended by the Prophet for leaving the house is "bismilLah, tawakaltu 'alla Allah, wa la hawla wa la quwatta illa bilLah."

If you have a particular fear, such as social anxiety or a fear of public speaking, or become anxious during exams or some other specific situation, a good supplication to make before beginning the task is that of Musa (Moses) in the Quran, when he asked of God, before meeting Fir'awn (Pharaoh): "Rabbi ishrah li sadree, wa yassir lee amree, wa uhlul 'uqdattun min lisanee, yafqahu qawli" (My God, make my chest expansive [i.e. the opposite of constrained/tight], make my affairs easy, and loosen the knot from my tongue, so that they may understand me.)

Listening to the verses of tranquility (this version has English translation of interpretation of meaning too, to help you understand some of the meanings these verses can convey) also helps, especially if prone to nightmares, have them on loop, using an app like GoMusic or download them via (for downloading video) or (for downloading MP3/sound files) so you can play them offline too.

Alleviating Sadness & Depression

If you can take advantage of any worldly means of treating depression, like speaking with a counseller, seeing a therapist, sleep early (healthy sleep stabilizes mood disorders), eat well (have at least two different fruits or fresh vegetables a day, take supplements as needed, etc.), journalling, practicing self-care (both the comforting sort and the sort that helps you get at least a little done each day so you don't get caught in a spiral of guilt), please do!

As Muslims, we take advantage of both the worldly means of treating problems, as well as sincerely believing true healing is in God's hands and that He placed these means in the world to help us, so use what you can.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us that our bodies have rights over us, so make your intention to care for your body and your mind, and it should count as a good deed! ♥ It is a trust from God, so please take care of this body of yours, there is no crewture on this Earth that exists meaninglessly... God in His infinite wisdom placed you here, so have patience and be gentle with yourself, as long as you live, you can improve and find more reasons to live too.

The du'a for sorrow is this:

When the Prophet peace be upon him was saddened by a period of time in which revelation halted, Jibreel (archangel Gabriel) peace be upon him no longer visited him, and the abuse he was subjected to by the disbelievers in Makkah intensified, Allah revealed a chapter to console him: Surat Adh-Dhuha (Chapter of the Morning Bright).
Similarly, Surat Ash-Sharh (Chapter of The Relief/Expansion) also known as Surat Al-Inshirah (Chapter of The Relief/Consolation) is another surah meant to console the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Both of these can be read, after saying Bismillah (in the name of God) while placing your (right, if possible) hand on your chest, with the intention of relief from sorrow.