I have not been getting any marriage proposals despite reaching suitable age for marriage. My mother saying it is because of hasd, evil eye and black magic. She took me to a religious woman who does ruqya. I have questions regarding her authenticity. For instance, she says she saw Allah and described His look. Petitioners go to her and she asks them to keep choices in their mind. She claims that she sees light coming from the best choice and guides them accordingly. Mostly her guidance in matters is extremely fruitful. She arranges religious gatherings, asks women to light candles and claims that at the end of the night, she can see whose dua is accepted. In short, she does numerous such activities that don’t have any backing in Quran and sunnah but these activities are of religious nature. My question is, (a) can someone have knowledge from the unseen based on her rigirous readings of the quran? Based on Islamic knowledge that you have, please guide me if I should go to her. Both of my parents have been extremely harsh and disappointed in me for not believing in her. (b) Can I still go to the religious woman even if I don’t believe her to soothe my parents raging concerns? My father doesn’t talk to me anymore and my mother cries all the time.
Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
The first thing to bear in mind is that not all bad things can be attributed to Hasad, evil eye and black magic. Sometimes Allah intends to test a person. For example, a person might not find a suitable partner at the perfect age of marriage so that Allah can see whether they will remain chaste or not. Or, there are many other reason why Allah will bring a condition upon a person, based on His infinite knowledge and wisdom. Thus, the first step is to make Dua to Allah and beg Him to arrange foe you a suitable partner.
If you really feel that the delay in your marriage could be due to the reasons cited above, then you should go to such a Raaqi (practisioner) who is steadfast on Shariah themselves, and do not do anything that contradicts Quran or Hadith.
If the lady in question really said that she saw Allah and described His looks, then that is Kufr. Allah says in the Quran:
لَا تُدْرِكُهُ الْأَبْصَارُ وَهُوَ يُدْرِكُ الْأَبْصَارَ ۖ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ
“No vision can grasp Him, but His Grasp is over all vision. He is the Most Subtle and Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all things.” (6:103)
Sometimes the devils assist those practitioners who are wrong, and it appears as if people are getting positive results. This again is a test from Allah.
We suggest that you ask the local learned and pious scholars about this woman and the things that she does. If there are no learned scholars, then, based on what you wrote, the best is to stay away from her, even if your parents get annoyed.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best
Ismail Moosa (Mufti)
This answer was collected from Fatwaa.com which is an excellent Q&A site managed by Mufti Ismail Moosa from South Africa. .