Q: Please comment on the various types of healing therapies women are being introduced to (Aafia Energy & Emotional therapy, Reiki & Body Talk).
The Qur’aan and hadeeth vehemently prohibits us from adopting the ways and styles of disbelievers, more especially when it has irreligious connotations and its roots in their religions. In Surah Baqarah, Allah Ta`ala commanded the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) to refrain from using the word “raa`ina” when speaking to Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). Literally, it meant that they were requesting Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) to focus his attention to them. However, the Jews used the same word with the intent of vilifying Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) as it had a derogatory meaning in the Hebrew language. Hence, since it had evil connotations Allah Ta`ala prevented the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) from using this word. Similar is the case with the art of energy healing and such therapies. Though, it may outwardly seem to be free from any impermissible element, but it has its roots in the Hindu and Buddhist religions, thus having within it shirki connotations. In the light of this we totally discourage the use of such therapy.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
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