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Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet – 70,000…or more?

Q: Is it true that some Muslims will enter Jannah (Paradise) without being called to account?

A: Yes, it is true. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: MEDIA-H2.GIF"All the nations were shown to me, and I saw a prophet accompanied by a small group of his followers, another with two or three people of his followers and a third not accompanied by any follower." At the end of the Hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Among my Ummah there are seventy thousand who would enter Jannah without being brought to account or being punished." When the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) asked who these people were, the Prophet (peace be upon him) replied: "They are those who do not seek Ruqyah (recitation for healing or protection); they are those who do not get themselves cauterized; and they are those who do not believe in bad omens; rather, they put their trust in their Lord.MEDIA-H1.GIF

(Part No. 1; Page No. 68) The Hadith implies that the Mu’min (believer), who continues obeying Allah’s commands and avoiding His prohibitions until death, will enter Jannah without being held accountable for their deeds and without suffering punishment. Falling under this category are the Mu’mins who do not ask others to recite Ruqyah over them. There is nothing wrong, however, if they themselves are accustomed to reciting Ruqyahs over other Muslims. This is because one who recites Ruqyah basically does a good deed by asking Allah (Exalted be He) to cure the illness of the person for whom they recite the Ruqyah. This is based on the authentic Hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: MEDIA-H2.GIFWhosoever among you is able to benefit his fellow believer, let him do so.MEDIA-H1.GIF Istirqa’ means to ask others to recite Ruqyah for you. For example, you may ask a person to recite Ryqyah for you. It is better not to ask others for Ruqyah unless one happens to be suffering from an ailment. In this case, it is not wrong to ask others to recite Ruqyah. It has been reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) saying: MEDIA-H2.GIFSeek healing through asking for RuqyahMEDIA-H1.GIF The Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered her to treat herself by means of asking others for Ruqyah. He also ordered Asma’ bint `Umays to recite Ruqyah to the children of Ja`far when they were under the influence of the evil eye. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is also reported to have said: MEDIA-H2.GIFThere is no Ruqyah (reciting Qur’an and supplicating over the sick seeking healing) better than that which is said as a treatment for an evil eye or (a sting of) a venomous animal.MEDIA-H1.GIF It is not wrong to seek treatment by means of Istirqa’ when necessary. (Part No. 1; Page No. 69) However, it is better not to resort to such means if it is possible to cure oneself by means of some other kind of medicine. It is also better not to treat oneself by means of cauterization if another means of treatment is available. This is based on the Hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: MEDIA-H2.GIFThe best of all remedies are three: cauterization, drinking honey, and cupping, yet I hate to be cauterized.MEDIA-H1.GIF In another version it states: MEDIA-H2.GIF..and I forbid my Ummah (nation) from cauterization.MEDIA-H1.GIF This denotes that cauterization should be used as a last resort when all other means prove unsuccessful. It is better to seek treatment by other means if possible. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have cauterized some of his Sahabah. However, cauterization may only be resorted to when necessary. It is, however, better to apply another means of treatment like drinking honey, cupping, or reciting the Qur’an. The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) statement: MEDIA-H2.GIFThey are those who do not seek Ruqyah; they are those who do not get themselves cauterized…MEDIA-H1.GIFdoes not denote that seeking Ruqyah or cauterization are prohibited; rather, it denotes that one may resort to other means of treatment in preference to these kinds. However, if one is forced by necessity to seek Ruqyah or cauterization, there is nothing wrong with that. "They are those who do not believe in bad omens": Believing in the occurrence of evil omens, a custom practiced by the pre-Islamic Arabs, constitutes an act of Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship). Among the characteristics of the seventy thousand Muslims who will enter Jannah without being called to account is that they avoid the prohibited practice of believing in bad omens and the reprehensible practice of seeking Ruqyah and cauterization when there is no need for them. (Part No. 1; Page No. 70) The statement "They put their trust in their Lord," means that such Muslims avoid these things because they put their trust in Allah (Exalted be He) and seek to attain His Pleasure. The statement implies that they steadfastly obedient to Allah (Exalted be He) and they avoid not only what He has declared as prohibited but also some of what He has declared as permissible if there is something better than it. By doing so, they hope for Allah’s Reward and fear His Punishment. They draw near to Him through doing deeds that He loves and do so with their hearts filled with trust and confidence in Him (Glorified and Exalted be He). According to another similar Hadith, it was stated: MEDIA-H2.GIFAn extra number of seventy thousand Muslims will enter Jannah with every thousand…MEDIA-H1.GIF According to another Hadith: MEDIA-H2.GIFAllah promised to increase the number by as many as three Handfuls added by my Lord, Glorified be He.MEDIA-H1.GIF This increase in number is known to none but Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He). To summarize, every upright Mu’min who avoids Allah’s Prohibitions and does not allow themselves to go beyond the limits set by Allah (Exalted be He) will be counted among the seventy thousand Muslims who will enter Jannah without Allah calling them to account or consigning them to punishment.

(Part No. 1; Page No. 71)

Q: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that seventy thousand Muslims will enter Jannah without being called to account and without suffering punishment. When the Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) inquired about their characteristics, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) told them that they are those who do not seek Ruqyah, those who do not get themselves cauterized, and those who do not believe in bad omen. We ask Your Eminence to clarify these characteristics so that we may develop them.

A: The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that seventy thousand people of his Ummah (nation) will enter Jannah without being called to account and without suffering punishment. In another Hadith, it was stated: MEDIA-H2.GIFAn extra number of seventy thousand Muslims will enter Jannah with every thousand…MEDIA-H1.GIF When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about their characteristics, he said: MEDIA-H2.GIFThey are those who do not seek Ruqyah from others, those who do not get themselves cauterized, and those who do not believe in bad omens; rather, they put their trust in their Lord.MEDIA-H1.GIF The Hadith refers to pious and faithful Muslims who adhere steadfastly to Allah’s Din (religion), those who worship Allah Alone, those who fulfill their religious duties,

(Part No. 1; Page No. 72) those who avoid His Prohibitions and strive hard to do good to the point that they decline to do what is permissible, yet undesirable, like seeking Ruqyah and cauterization. This perfects their Iman (faith). They do not ask others to make Ruqyah for them nor do they get themselves cauterized. It is better not to resort to seeking Ruqyah or cauterization unless under necessity. The Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered `Aishah to treat herself by means of seeking Ruqyah. He also ordered Asma’ bint `Umays to treat her children by means of seeking Ruqyah when they were under the influence of the evil eye. This indicates that seeking Ruqyah is permissible only when necessary. However, it is better not to treat oneself by means of Istirqa’ or cauterization if another means of treatment is available. Some of the Sahabah were treated by means of cauterization. Khabbab ibn Al-Arat and other Sahabah were also treated by means of cauterization. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is also reported to have used cauterization as a means of treating the sickness of some of his Sahabah. Having oneself cauterized does not necessarily mean that one will not be counted among the seventy thousand people who will enter Jannah without being held accountable for their deeds. However, one of their good characteristics includes their uprightness, truly obeying Allah (Exalted be He) and avoiding disobedience to Him.

(Part No. 1; Page No. 73)

Q: What is the meaning of the following Hadith: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) once asked his Sahabah: "What are you talking about?" They asked him about those people who will enter Jannah without being called to account. Whereupon the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "They are those who do not seek Ruqyah, those who do not get themselves cauterized, and those who do not believe in bad omens; rather, they put their trust in their Lord."

A: This has been reported in the Hadith about the seventy thousand Muslims who are destined to enter Jannah without being called to account. The Prophet (peace be upon him) told his Sahabah that his Ummah were displayed before him. Among them were seventy thousand people who are destined to enter Jannah without being called to account and without suffering punishment. Some people said: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) may be referring to those who were born Muslims." Others said: "He may be referring to those who accompanied the Prophet (peace be upon him) during the early days of Islam and did not associate any partners with Allah." When the Prophet (peace be upon him) entered upon them, he asked them about the topic they were discussing. When they told him that they were inquiring about the Muslims who will enter Jannah without being judged, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: MEDIA-H2.GIFThey are those who do not seek Ruqyah, those who do not get themselves cauterized, and those who do not believe in bad omens; rather, they put their trust in their Lord.MEDIA-H1.GIF

In addition to the characteristics mentioned in the above Hadith, they also fear Allah, believe in Him and hold steadfastly to His Din (religion). (Part No. 1; Page No. 74) "They are those who do not get themselves cauterized" means that they do not resort to cauterization when they are ill. Another great characteristic is that they put their trust in Allah (Exalted be He). However, it is permissible to treat sickness by means of cauterization or seeking Ruqyah as the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have permitted them both. He permitted `Aishah to treat herself by means of seeking Ruqyah. He also permitted the mother of Ja`far’s children to treat them by means of seeking Ruqyah. However, if another means of treatment is available, then it will be better not to resort to seeking Ruqyah or cauterization. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: MEDIA-H2.GIFThe best of all remedies are three: cauterization, drinking honey, andcupping, yet I do not like to be cauterized.MEDIA-H1.GIF Believing in bad omens is prohibited because it leads to pessimism. There is a narration from Imam Muslim that states: "They do not recite Ruqyah to others," but its status has been classified as weak. Some narrators have mistaken seeking Ruqyah for Ruqyah. There is nothing wrong if the Muslim recites Ruqyah for his fellow Muslim. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: MEDIA-H2.GIFThere is nothing wrong with Ruqyahs as long as they do not contain formulas that bear the meaning of Shirk.MEDIA-H1.GIF (Part No. 1; Page No. 75) The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have recited Ruqyah to his Sahabah. `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) is also reported to have recited Ruqyah over the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he fell sick.The Sahabah are also on reported to have recited Ruqyah to each other. There is nothing wrong with reciting Ruqyah. It is better not to seek Ruqyah unless there is a necessity. This is based on the fact that the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered `Aishah saying: "You may ask for someone to recite Ruqyah over you." The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said to the mother of the children of Ja`far "You may ask for someone to recite Ruqyah over them (her children)." There is nothing wrong to ask someone saying: "O so and so, recite the Qur’an over me so that Allah may cure my sickness. May Allah reward you greatly." There is also nothing wrong to have oneself cauterized if there is need for that. Q: Who are the people who will enter Jannah without being held accountable for their deeds? Are they those who do not recite Ruqyah for themselves nor for others? Kindly explain this to us. May Allah reward you with the best.

A: Those who follow Allah’s Din, fulfill His religious duties, and avoid His Prohibitions are destined to enter Jannah without being called to account or suffering punishment. Among them are the seventy thousand who do not seek Ruqyah, have themselves cauterized or believe in bad omens, but put their trust in Allah.

(Part No. 1; Page No. 76) They also do not believe in bad omens because believing in them is prohibited. Moreover, they prefer to avoid cauterization as a form of treatment. This is because the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said that these are among the characteristics of the seventy thousand (who will enter Paradise without being called to account). It would be better to use another form of treatment instead of cauterization. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: MEDIA-H2.GIFThe best of all remedies are three: cauterization, cupping, and drinking honey, yet I do not like to be cauterized.MEDIA-H1.GIF The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have cauterized some of his Sahabah. Therefore, it is better not to treat oneself by means of cauterization, especially when another means of treatment is available. If no other means is available, then there is nothing wrong to resort to this. That does not necessarily mean that they will not be accounted among the seventy thousand. This is because the seventy thousand are those who adhere to the Din of Allah, avoid His Prohibitions, and fulfill the duties He prescribed. Among their good characteristics is that they do not seek Ruqyah. However, seeking Ruqyah does not necessarily mean that they will not be included among the seventy thousand. Seeking Ruqyah is to ask others to recite Ruqyah for you. There is nothing wrong to ask for Ruqyah if there is need for that. The Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered `Aishah to treat herself by means of seeking Ruqyah. He also ordered the mother of the children of Ja`far to treat her children by means of seeking Ruqyah, so there is nothing wrong with that. There is also nothing wrong to have oneself cauterized if there is a need for that. This is based on the Hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: MEDIA-H2.GIFThe best of all remedies are three things: cauterization, cupping, and drinking honey.MEDIA-H1.GIF This Hadith denotes that though it is permissible to seek treatment by means of cauterization, it is preferable not to resort to it, especially when some other sort of medicine is available.

(Part No. 1; Page No. 77)
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