How to destroy a Buhul?

When it comes to destroying a Buhul, there are a number of things to consider.

The following equipment is required:

  • A tray so that everything stays together and nothing falls on the floor.

  • A long-neck gas lighter - as they are often used to light grills.

  • A suitable container for burning the Buhul. If no stainless steel cylinder is available, an old pan will do.

  • Gloves

If the Buhul is wrapped in something, one also needs:

  • A pair of pliers and scissors, and perhaps other tools to open the cladding.

  • Eye protection is recommended.

If the Buhul contains nodes, one also needs:

  • A loose razor blade

If the method requires Ruqyah water, one also needs:

  • A bowl of tap water

Before one starts:

It is recommended to constantly recite al-Falaq and an-Naas throughout the process from beginning to end.

Opening the Buhul:

  • Open the Buhul in the middle of the tray to collect everything that might fall from it.

  • Open the Buhul carefully so that you do not get hurt, and the Buhul will not dissolve while you open it (although this can happen sometimes).

  • Many Buhul are wrapped in metal or leather, and often with wax to seal them. Use pliers, scissors and other suitable tools to remove the metal or leather case. Keep all parts on the tray so that nothing is lost.

  • Wax can be removed by gently melting it with the gas lighter.

  • Once the Buhul is open, it should be checked for nodes. Any knots should be cut completely with the razor blade.

When the Buhul is engraved in metal:

  • When the Buhul is engraved in metal, e.g. a ring, the engravings must be rendered unrecognizable, e.g. with the aid of a file or some other tool until there are no visible markings.

  • Once all the markings are removed, dispose of them in clean soil, in a place not often used by humans, or by throwing into a river or the sea.

When the Buhul is written on paper:

  • If the Buhul is written on paper and given for burning (i.e., the sorcerer said it needs to be burned at a certain time), it should be destroyed by the water method.

  • If the writing of the Buhul consists of soluble ink (usually yellow, saffron-based ink or pink color), it should also be destroyed by the water method.

  • Any other Buhul should be destroyed using the Fire method.

  • If in doubt, combine the two by first using the water method, then drying the Buhul and destroying it with the burning method.

The Burning Method:

  • Place the Buhul in a suitable container to burn it and to collect all ashes and residues.

  • The Buhul should be incinerated in a place that is not often visited by people to reduce the risk of someone being harmed.

  • Use a long-necked gas fired burner to burn the Buhul as completely as possible, avoiding inhaling the smoke. If you feel that something is going to stop you from burning the Buhul, try to recite Koran constantly while you burn it.

  • Bury the ash and residue in clean soil, together with the contents of the tray used to open the Buhul.

The water method:

  • Take a bowl of water and recite al-Fatihah and the last three Suras of the Qur'an. If one has already prepared Ruqyah water, one can use it.

  • Place the bowl with the water on the tray so that everything is held together and the water is not spilled.

  • Put the Buhul into the water and rub off any soluble ink.

  • Take the Buhul out of the water and break it or rip it as best as it can be done. The remnants along with the water are to be disposed of in a place that is not often visited by people to reduce the risk of harming someone, or throwing it into a river or the sea.

Are Ta'wies allowed?

Some people use Ta'wies (verses of the Qur'an or Du'as, written on something, and then hung over the door or around the neck etc) to protect themselves from 'Ain, black magic, or Jinn, or even for healing purposes.

Then there are Ta'wies, where one does not know exactly what is written on them, and which should not only protect, but also bring luck with lottery, in order to find daily a new sex partner, to revenge oneself etc.

While it is obvious that the second kind of Ta'wies is haram and falls into the category "Buhul", there is doubt about the first kind. There are both arguments for and against.

The majority of scholars are of the opinion that this first kind is not haram, but not recommended ( makruh - disapproved) because it could easily lead to haram. For if one believes that the Ta'wies has some power in itself, then it is shirk.

This, of course, is the case with anything else too. If one believes that e.g. pills against headache, or Ruqyah or whatsoever has some power on its own, then that's also shirk. All might and power come from Allah alone.

But could we say it is haram if somebody argues: "The calligraphy is a nice decoration and reminds me of Allah, and by remembering Allah I am better protected against the shayateen"?

I would like to stay out of a debate about the legal aspect, and only tell about my own experience. A friend of mine, a professor at the University of Gorontalo and a good Raqi, had once asked a Jinn where he lived. The Jinn replied that he lived in Ayat ul-Kursi, the verse of the throne. A rather surprising answer, since the verse of the throne is usually the best weapon against Jinn!

It turned out that the verse of the throne of which the Jinn spoke was hanging on the patient's wall, and that the patient evidently attributed some power to the verse of the throne when it is hung up in the house like that! And since this is shirk, it attracted the Jinn!

The danger that if we use a Ta'wies attribute power and strength to it and thus commit shirk, is quite real. And I do not know of any Raqi, who would ever have prescribed Ta'wies for protection. I therefore agree with the opinion of the majority of the scholars and advise against it.


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