Al-Ayed was asked if he were afraid of magic. He answered that he had never been in danger because he immunized himself. He often visits other healers so they can read over him. “A Muslim can and must immunize himself using Qur’anic verses at night and upon waking up in the morning. The best incantation is: ‘Defend God and He will defend you. Defend God and you will find Him at your side. If you must ask, ask God and if you seek help, turn to God.’” The general advice for anyone suffering from any illness is to turn to their creator in prayer.
Healers can of course make mistakes; some are due to ignorance while others are simply errors. The good deeds of healers, however, are more numerous than their mistakes. The fault may also lie with those who seek help; some go to frauds and other seek legitimate healers or doctors when it is too late.
According to the late Sheikh Bin Baz, former chairman of the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars, “the jinn are a creation of God and they are mentioned in both the Qur’an and the Sunnah. A jinn can harm a person, and in that case, the person must hold steadfastly to God’s law, seek refuge in God and the legitimate incantations and accepted prayers. He should read certain Surahs — Surah Al-Fatiha, then Surah Al-Nas and then Surah Al-Falaq — after which he should blow into his hands and with them rub his face and what he can reach of his body. This should be done twice. He can also continue with any other incantation — reading from the Qur’an, praying, seeking refuge in God and asking for healing and protection from the devil.
Sheikh Muhammad ibn Othaimeen said there was no doubt that jinn can harm people. “They can also inhabit a person’s body and the best protection is to read ‘Ayat Al-Kursi’ from Surah Al-Baqara before going to bed and if he does, God will protect the reader.”
Verse 275 of Surah Al-Baqara says, “Those who devour usury will not stand except like the standing of a person whom the Devil by his touch Hath driven to madness.”
The evil eye is also a fact mentioned in Verse 51 of Surah Al-Qalam. “And those who disbelieve would almost trip thee up with their eyes.” The Angel Gabriel read an incantation upon the Prophet to protect him from the evil eye. It is thus permissible to use readings as long as they are comprehensible with no hint of polytheism.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Mesnad said: “We live in a time when minds are weak and people are prey to fraudsters who seek only money. Healing through the Qur’an has been well-known since the time of the Prophet. Faith is an important prerequisite, as is a complete belief that healing comes from God. The person who is seeking help should also be a believer. I warn the public to beware of the fraudsters who constitute 95 percent of ‘healers.’ Muslims must be made aware of them and the kind of evil they can do. The honest ones are very few and not easily found.”
Dr. Aqeel ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Aqeel, a professor at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh, says that the Qur’an benefits both Muslim and non-Muslim, on condition that the reader be a Muslim — just as a prayer by a Muslim can be offered for the healing of a non-Muslim with God healing the non-Muslim in answer to the Muslim’s prayer. “Beautiful women are in more danger from magic and ‘the evil eye’ than others. Those whom God has graced with money, intelligence or good position are also likely to be affected by sorcery and envy and we mustn’t forget that in the Prophet we have a shining example, for he said: ‘Oh Lord guide my people for they know not.’”