The second edition of Alternative Healing: The Sufi Way by Shaykh Taner Ansari is designed to give healing practitioners a basic understanding of and methods used in Sufi healing. Shaykh Taner has provided Sufis and anyone else interested in spiritual healing with a book that is uplifting for both spirits and bodies. Readers will love the focus of the book, which is a veritable pharmacopoeia of Quranic verses related to specific ailments affecting one's spiritual and physical being. The book is divided into nine chapters. The first two give general information about the conditions necessary for healing to take place, as well as techniques for making a diagnosis. Chapter III is on illnesses that are formed by the body such as cancer or diabetes. Chapters IV through VI discuss uses for specific verses from the Holy Quran; Chapter VIII, the uses of the names, or attributes, of Allah in healing. Chapter VII is devoted to unseen forces, known as jinn. Shaykh Taner discusses how to recognize if there is a jinn in the patient, how to expel the jinn, and how to complete the healing. Chapter IX gives specific uses of spiritual geometrical diagrams called taweez. Also, an appendix is included with natural chemical and biological recipes for healing.
II. Examination and Diagnosis
Introduction: Conditions for Healing to Take Place
Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim
There are certain conditions that must be met before a healing session can take place. The zikr you must say before the healing day is “ya Quddus, ya Qadir, ya Muktadir and ya Shafi.” (“O Holy One, O All-Powerful, O Creator of All Power, O Healer”) You have to start reciting these names of Allah a few days before the healing, as many repetitions as possible to charge up for the examination or healing day.
On the healing day you should do nothing else but healing, so that the healing energy will not be disturbed by other kinds of energy, such as thinking of business, being a shaykh, caring for your family. The healer may not perform a healing if s/he is bleeding or suffering from infection. If you are a woman and are menstruating, you may not do healing until your period is over. The healer must be clean.
Other conditions are as follows: one, the room in which you are doing the healing has to be clean, and two, it must have a nice and pleasant fragrance. You may burn some incense if possible.
You may do healing any day, any time, as needed. However, the best days for healing are Mondays and Thursdays anytime before evening.
As I stated in the introduction to this book, I‘d like to emphasize the importance of connection. Before you do any healing, you must make rabita (connection) with your shaykh and call upon your silsila, or spiritual lineage. The proper way to do it is to first say, “Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim (I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the outcast), Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim (In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate).” Then we call upon Allah and our silsila for help: “Medet (help) ya Allah, medet ya Rasulullah, medet ya Ali Waliyullah, medet ya Abdul Qadir Geylani, medet ya Ahmed er Rifai, medet ya Abdullah Hashimi, medet ya Muhammad Ansari, medet ya Muhyiddin Ansari, medet ya Taner Ansari; baraka baraka fil hadra (blessing be upon those who are here), Al Fatiha…” and recite the first Sura or chapter of the Quran, known as Al Fatiha:
Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim I take refuge in Allah from Satan the Banished. Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. Alhamdu lillahi Rabbil Alamin Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, Er Rahman er Rahim The Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. Maliki Yaumid Din Master of the Day of Judgment, Iyaka na’ budu wa iyaka nasta’in You (alone) we worship; You (alone) we ask for help. Ihdinas Siratul Mustaqim Show us the straight path, Siratallazina ‘an ‘amta alayhim The path of those whom You have favored; Ghayril magdubi alayhim walad daalin. Amin. Not the (path) of those who earn Your anger nor of those who go astray.
Note: Before you recite verses (ayats) from the Quran, at the beginning you must say, “Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim, Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim.” For repetitions of the same verse or succeeding verses, precede them only with, “Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim.”
The next very important step to take before you perform a healing is spiritual cleansing. This is done as follows: Sit facing the patient with your feet flat on the ground, if possible, without shoes. Hold the patient’s right thumb in your left hand and the patient’s left thumb in your right hand during the entire cleansing. Again, your feet must be flat on the ground.
Recite Sura XXXVI (Ya Sin) up to the 12th ayat:
Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim I take refuge in Allah from Satan the Banished. Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. Ya Sin Ya Sin. Wal Quranil Hakim By the wise Quran, Innaka la minal mursalin Lo! you are of those sent Ala Siratim Mustaqiim On a straight path, Tanziilal ‘Azizir Rahim A revelation of the Mighty, the Merciful, Li tunzira qawmam ma ‘unzira ‘aba uhum fahum gafilun That you may warn a folk whose fathers were not warned, so they are heedless. Laqad haqqal Qawlu ‘ala ‘aksarihim fahum la yu’ minun Already has the word proved true of most of them, so they believe not. ‘Inna ja ‘alna fi a’naaqihim ‘aglalan fahiya ‘ilal ‘azqani fahum muqmahun Lo! We have put on their necks carcans reaching unto the chins, so that they are made stiff necked. Wa ja ‘alnaa mim bayni ‘aydihim sad-danwwa min khalfihim saddan fa ‘agshay nahum fahum la yubsirun And We have set a bar before them and a bar behind them, and (thus) have covered them so that they see not. Wa sawa ‘un ‘alayhim ‘a ‘anzartahum ‘am lam tunzirhum la yu’ minun Whether you warn them or you warn them not, it is alike for them, for they believe not. ‘Innama tunziru manittaba ‘az Zikra wa khashiyar Rahmana bil gayb fabash shirhu bi magfiratinwwa ‘ajrin karim You only warn him who follows the Reminder and fears the Compassionate in secret. To him bear tidings of forgiveness and a rich reward. ‘Inna Nahnu nuhyil mawta wa naktubu ma qaddamu wa ‘asarahum wa kulla shay ‘in ‘ah saynahu fi ‘Imamim mubin. Lo! We it is Who bring the dead to life. We record that which they send before (them), and their footprints. And all things We have kept in a clear register.
Then recite Sura CXII (Ikhlas) three times, Sura CXIII (Falaq) three times and Sura CXIV (Naas) three times. Finish with Sura I (Fatiha).
What’s happening here during the cleansing is that you are transferring the patient’s problems to the ground. This is so that you, the healer, won’t absorb his or her problems. In other words, you are acting as a conduit and transferring problems through your body to the ground. You should have your feet on the ground during the whole healing process, whether or not you are holding the patient’s hand. This is very important. Don’t end up with their sicknesses. That is why you need the connection, so that you can transfer the energy through the connection back to Allah. This is happening outwardly in the body and inwardly in the spiritual realm. Inwardly, when you call upon the lineage, you are already accepting that they are doing the healing, and not you. Outwardly, you are grounded, so that whatever energy passes through you goes to the ground again. If you know how electricity works, you will understand this.
Now you can start the healing. Allah the Most High says in Quran-i-Kerim that this Quran gives guidance, admonishment, warning, and healing. We have gathered the chapters of healing ayats of this book according to what they are used for.
How to Diagnose a Problem
The main causes for and types of illness are the following:
- Bacterial or viral, which is outside interference into the body.
- Genetic. Genes are programmed with the information to do what they are doing, like cancer growth.
- Stress-related. The body is objecting to what the owner is doing with it.
- Brain and heart miscommunication.
- Damaged brain cells, or other cellular damage.
- Misalignment in gland secretions.
- The brain not making the necessary chemicals.
- Jinn activity in the body.
- Wounds, broken bones, or other trauma.
Usually, the first thing to do is to listen to the patient carefully. However, at times you must bypass this, or even ignore what s/he says, because the patient may not know what is happening. When s/he comes to you with a certain illness and keeps talking, sometimes it is better not to hear him/her so that it won’t affect your perception. Without preconceptions you can diagnose more correctly.
One of the tools of diagnosis is your eyes. The body has an aura of energy around it, which you can see with practice. If there is a pain or sickness someplace, the patient’s aura is blackened or darkened at that point. Look at the body from head to toe to see if you perceive any energy variances, such as shades, gaps, or changes. At first you may not be able to see the aura, but keep practicing. Once you are advanced in the levels of Sufism, you can see more easily. To make sure, ask the patient, for example, “Is there something wrong with your back?” The answer will help to verify your finding.
The next tool you should attain is talking to the body. When you see a lack of energy in one part of the body, make rabita to the body and ask it a question. The body will tell its story, and then you can verify this with the patient, saying, “Your body tells me...