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Seeking Treatment from Witchcraft and Ignorant People is not allowed
Question:

When a person suffers epilepsy, he goes to some Arab healers, who communicate with Jinn, and make weird movements. They give a patient amulets for a period of time, and say he is possessed, enchanted, or the like. Such healers treat the patient, and heal him, but they receive money in return. What is the ruling on such practices? And what is the ruling on seeking remedy by amulets containing Qur'anic verses, then soaked in water for drinking?
Answer:

There is no harm in treating an epileptic, or possessed person with Qur'anic Verses and legitimate medical remedies, if the person who treats those patients is known to uphold a sound creed, and a committed believer. As for seeking help from those who claim the knowledge of the unseen, or who communicate with Jinn, or the charlatans who are ignorant and unknown, and whose method of healing is obscure, it is not permissible to consult them, nor to seek remedy from them, because the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: He who visits a fortune-teller and consults him, no prayer of his would be accepted for forty days. [1] He also said: He who visits a fortuneteller or a seer and believes him, has certainly denied what was revealed to Muhammad (sallallaahu ıalaihi wa sallam). [2] The other relevant Hadith signifies the prohibition of consulting soothsayers and diviners and believing them. It is those who claim the knowledge of the unseen, and seek the help from Jinn, or whose behaviour is indicative of this fact. It is those people whom the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) described their work as the work of Satan, saying: It (Nushrah)is a practice of Shaitan. [3] The scholars explained that the Nushrah is an incantation or amulet used in pre-Islamic ignorance to deactivate magic. Every remedy that is sought from diviners, soothsayers, or hoaxes falls under Nushrah. Hence, it should be known that remedies for all ailments and epileptic fits, or the like, are only permissible when they are legally pursued through permissible means, such as reciting Qur;anic Verses and supplications on the patient, and blowing by the mouth on him. The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: There is no harm in seeking protection by such means, as long as they do not involve Shirk. [4] He also said: O worshippers of Allaah!, seek medical help, but never use an unlawful thing for remedy. [5] As for the writing Verses and legal supplications with saffron in a clean plate, or clean paper, then to be washed for the patient to drink the washing, there is no harm in that. Many of the Pious Predecessors did so, as scholar Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah grant him his mercy, asserted in his book Zadul-Ma'ad and other works, provided the one who does so is known to be a good practising Muslim. It is Allaah Who grants success.

[1] Muslim no. 2230 and Ahmad 4:68, 5:380 [2] Abu Dawud no. 3904, At-Tirmithi nos. 135, 639, Ahmad 2:408 and 476 [3] Abu Dawud no. 3868 [4] Muslim no. 2200 [5] Abu Dawud no. 3874

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 1 Page 48
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