Sihr Al-Maradh (The Magic of illness)

Before I discuss the symptoms of Al-Maradh, I would like to highlight one of my early cases. I was called out to the hospital one late evening by a distressed family as their father had suffered a heart attack. The family had gotten whim of magic being the cause which left the patient in a coma. As I arrived at the intensive care unit I was informed that the patient had been in a coma for 10 days & had laid there lifeless since the attack.

I sought help from Allah (SWT), Lord of all that exists & began the Ruqya. Within 10 minutes of reciting, the body of the patient started jolting. I stopped the Ruqya & the convulsions stopped. It was evident to me that the jinn who caused the heart attack was still possessing the body. Unfortunately due to the severity of the attack the patient’s brain was deprived of oxygen for several minutes too long. Due to which the doctors advised that even if he were to regain consciousness he would remain in a vegetative state.

The second day I went to recite I was informed that the family of the patient had located the magician in their native country who was asked to do the sihr. Much to my disapproval they even agreed to pay him to reverse the sihr but he declined saying the sihr had already taken effect & could not be undone. I disagreed arguing that the will of Allah (SWT) overrules everything & that Allah (SWT) can grant cure regardless of what we are told. I instructed the family to be patient & ask from Allah alone, but unfortunately they were advised to switch off the life support machines by senior doctors to which they agreed.

Thus the decree of Allah was for this soul to return to Him. We pray Allah (SWT) recompenses him in due measure & elevates him in the hereafter.

Reason I am sharing this case is I would like to point out that every case is different, some can be minor afflictions & others can lead to fatal circumstances. However we should not let ourselves be lead to paranoia without sufficient evidences for the cause or source of the affliction.


  1. Constant pain in one part of the body
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Paralysis of one area of the patient's body
  4. Total paralysis of the body
  5. Disability in of one of the sense organs

I would like to emphasise that some of these symptoms may be similar to those of a normal physical illness. In order to distinguish between the symptoms, the Raqi should recite the ruqya over the patient, if the patient feels dizzy, becomes numb, has a headache, or if there is a change in the patient's body during the recitation process, then the Raqi should assume that these symptoms pertain to the use sihr. But if the patient does not react to the ruqya, the healer should advice the patient that he/she suffers from a physical illness and should consult a doctor.