Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel
Is it permissible to see a Herbalist/Naturopath who comes from the Chinese medical perspective of Chakras and Meridians? It’s based on the flow of energy, and when Chakras are blocked, it causes diseases, etc. What about Reiki, is it allowed in Islam, which is energy healing?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.
I pray you are in good faith and health.
Herbalist and Naturopath
It would be permissible to go to Herbalists and Naturopaths, as they deal with giving herbal and natural medicine. One needs to ensure that natural and herbal medicine has halal ingredients.
Chakras, Meridians, Reiki
Some practices might not be explicitly impermissible. However, as there are many other permissible alternatives to healing, one should avoid and not practice any form of Chakras, Meridians, and Reiki as they have some connotation and influence of other religions and cultures, so it would be best to avoid and follow other prescribed ways of Islamic healing that are more fitting for your faith, physical and spiritual healing and journey.
Divine Energy and Healing of Allah Most High and his Prophetic Light versus other Energetic Healing
In other words, some practices may not be explicitly impermissible, but manners and implications of receiving the energetic transmission, invoking symbols and letters in Reiki, Meridians, and Chakra, compared to our scholarly and spiritual tradition which are connected directly to the light of our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is better and free from any doubt.
Example of a Dua Asking Allah Most High for Light
We should recite this dua and memorize it, asking Allah Most High for His divine light to enter each of our limbs and body.
Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) reported:
“He spent the night with the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace,) and he woke up. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) cleansed his teeth, performed wudu, the call to prayer was announced, and he went out for the prayer while he was saying,
’اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُورًا وَفِي لِسَانِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ فِي سَمْعِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ فِي بَصَرِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ خَلْفِي نُورًا وَمِنْ أَمَامِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ فَوْقِي نُورًا وَمِنْ تَحْتِي نُورًا اللَّهُمَّ أَعْطِنِي نُورًا.‘
‘O Allah, place light in my heart and light on my tongue. Place light in my hearing and light in my seeing. Place light behind me and light in front of me. Place light above me and light below me. O Allah, grant me light!’” [Bukhari; Muslim]
Our True Connection Should Be with Allah and His Prophet (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace)
As Muslims, we have mindful and righteous scholars, individuals who are connected to the Quran and prophetic guidance through a continuous chain until the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) that includes Quranic healing through its verses, prophetic supplications, litanies (awrad and hizbs) of the pious throughout centuries, all this has brought about change for the better and has been tried and tested.
Mindful and Godfearing scholars say we must learn to weigh issues on our hearts and conscience and act accordingly, looking into healing by daily reciting the Quran, specific powerful verses, suras, prophetic duas, and litanies (awrad) of the pious.
Leave Your Doubts for Certainty in Truth
Hasan ibn Ali (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Leave what makes you doubt for what does not make you doubt. Verily, truth brings peace of mind, and falsehood sows doubt.” [Tirmidhi]
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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.