When it comes to children, Ruqyah is often easier than for adults, and the results can often be achieved more quickly. Ruqyah cases in children can be divided into three categories:
At all times, the safety and well-being of the child is of paramount importance. The child is not an adult, so one should not treat it like one. The child should feel as comfortable with Ruqyah as it possibly can. One should keep it relaxed and happy, and regularly check if they are OK. If necessary, play with them so they can relax. If you are a Raqi and are only coming for the Ruqyah, then try to be around the child for a little while outside of the Ruqyah session, to help them feel more comfortable with you.
NEVER hit a child! Hitting a Ruqyah patient isn't a good idea at the best of times, and can lead to a rather long prison sentence, but hitting a child could cause them serious injury, and many children have died as a result of 'beating the Jinn'. All you have done in this case is to do the work of the shaytan for them. If the Jinn is moving around in the body, a gentle massage of the affected area is more than enough. It will relax the child and put pressure on the Jinn. It is also very 'forgiving' in the sense that if you get the wrong place, it will not cause any harm to the child at all.
The hardest thing about Ruqyah for children is that children are not able to explain their experiences and feelings like adults. They may naturally be fidgety and move around. This should not be misunderstood as a Jinn problem. Take time to observe the child, both inside and outside of the Ruqyah, to establish a baseline, in terms of the behaviour of the child, and what might be considered abnormal.
If the child is old enough to understand, try to discuss with them, and most importantly, remove the fear of the shayan from them. Fear of the shaytan can be much worse in children than adults, and we don't want the children scared to go to sleep. Make light of the issue, and tell them how weak the shaytan is, and how he runs away from the Qur'an. Teach them simple things to say to protect themselves, like some of the things mentioned here.
When the Jinn speaks, one should try to bring him to Islam and convince him that he has to leave the body. (See chapter "Conversation with Jinn")
There isn't one best time to perform Ruqyah, but if one notices the symptoms are bad at a certain time, such as after Maghrib, then one should do it when one feels the symptoms are strongest. Otherwise whenever it is most comfortable for the child.
One should be willing to change the time and the method, depending on progress. At the same time, one should not change too quickly, as this encourages the shayan to manipulate one.
Allah has made it clear that He has destined to unbelievers and those who do not remember Him, one (or more) devils who accompany them. And against the decree of Allah one can't do anything! This is why most Raqis refuse treatment of non-Muslims. The Jinn can hide behind unbelief like behind a wall.
There are also Raqis who make the treatment on one condition: "When you get healed, you accept Islam!" Because the fact that someone asks for Ruqyah signals that faith is already present to some extent.
I would join this view and advise non-Muslims the following:
All this may cause some relief.
The truth is that Islam the only thing is that can really help you. That is because the only true cure is to turn to the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and to submit to Him, to believe in Him and to accept His commandments and prohibitions.
There are many people from different religions who claim to be able to exorcise, but all of them use magic, and while it can sometimes cause a temporary effect and relief, it ends up getting worse than before.
I would therefore like to take this opportunity to invite you to Islam. You can read the story of how I came to Islam in my book "No Name Nomad". You can also contact me personally: habib(at)tauhid.net.
May Allah heal you from all evil, and show you the right way.
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