How Can I Help My Husband Against Sihr While He is Abroad?

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


My husband lives abroad. He doesn’t communicate with me or his family members. When his friends tested him for sihr, my husband’s body began to shake, and then we found out he was under the influence of sihr. He is not coming here and talking to anyone, showing sudden hatred towards everyone.

I spoke to the Ruqya centers and asked them if they could perform Ruqya for my husband. They said my husband should be present to receive Ruqya or attend Ruqya sessions online.

However, my husband is not coming to our country or attending the sessions online. I don’t know what to do. Can distant Ruqya be performed? Can I think of my husband and perform Ruqya on his behalf? How can we get rid of the sihr affecting him?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah alleviate our difficulties and guide us to what pleases Him. Amin.

You are facing a difficult situation, and we ask Allah to make it easy for you and your husband. Sihr (magic or sorcery) can harm a person’s life and well-being, and it is essential to seek appropriate Islamic remedies to address this issue.

Regarding your specific questions:

Distant Ruqya

While it is generally more effective for the person affected by sihr to be present during Ruqya sessions, there is a concept of distant Ruqya. This means that a righteous person, such as a knowledgeable and pious scholar or an experienced Ruqya practitioner, can recite Quranic verses and supplications on behalf of the afflicted person, even if they are not physically present.

It is believed that the power of the Quran and sincere supplication can transcend distances. You can try to find a reputable and experienced Ruqya practitioner who can perform distant Ruqya for your husband. Ensure you provide them with your husband’s name and any relevant information to make the Ruqya more effective.

Performing Ruqya Yourself

You can undoubtedly sincerely supplicate (dua) for your husband’s well-being. While it may not have the same potency as Ruqya performed by a qualified practitioner, the power of your sincere prayers can be significant.

Ask Allah for your husband’s protection, healing, and guidance. You can recite Surah Fatiha, Ayat al-Kursi, and the last two verses of Surah al-Baqara and intend it to be a means for your husband’s protection from sihr.

Seeking the Help of Scholars

It’s crucial to consult with knowledgeable and trustworthy scholars with expertise in Islamic healing and Ruqya. They can provide guidance, advice, and spiritual support tailored to your husband’s situation. Seek their counsel on how to proceed and what specific actions you should take to help your husband overcome the effects of sihr.

Be cautioned against charlatans and practitioners who resort to unlawful measures to combat sihr. Darkness breeds more darkness, not light. Light, however, repels darkness, and Allah knows best.

Continuous Prayer and Patience

Addressing sihr can be a lengthy process, and it requires patience and persistence. Continue making sincere dua for your husband and ask for Allah’s intervention in removing the sihr’s effects. Encourage your husband to seek refuge in Allah through regular prayer (Salat), reciting Quranic verses, and seeking forgiveness for wrongdoings.

Remember that Allah is the Ultimate Healer and the One who can remove the effects of sihr. Trust Him and maintain your faith and patience throughout this challenging ordeal. May Allah grant your husband recovery and protection from harm.

I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.
[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar Shaykh Taha Karaan.

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and has completed his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.