Q: My question is regarding treatment for sehr. I have been to doctors and blood tests, all clear Alhamdulillah. I thereafter wanted to go to an aamil for treatment and searched the internet regarding this, I read that by going to someone who uses jinn one can loose their Iman and sometimes may be equivalent to shirk. Some Aamils that I was referred to can apparently treat without having to see you by taking your name and your mother’s name. Regarding this, I’ve read that it’s not allowed because our lineage is from our father’s side and in taking your mother’s name you destroy your lineage. Mufti saheb please help me with this matter as I am in desperate need of help and am afraid as I don’t want to loose my Iman.
A: This is from among the permissible methods of treatment provided there is nothing impermissible associated with it. Just as one takes a panado for treating a headache and one does not regard taking a panado as a thing of Deen, but rather he understands it to be a treatment. Before the treatment, the Aamil may ask the patient regarding his/her mother’s name. This does not change one’s lineage and hence it is permissible for one to inform the Aamil of his/her mother’s name.
If the Aamil who is treating the patient does not adopt impermissible ways and means of treating the patient and the wordings he uses are permissible and the purpose for the treatment conforms to Shari’ah, it will be permissible for one to take treatment under such an Aamil. In the case of a female, it is necessary that she does not remain in seclusion with the Aamil at any time. Similarly, the Aamil should not touch her body and look at her face. The treatment should be carried out in the presence of her husband or mahram.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)