Reiki, halal, haram & a story of healing

For years every-time I would see a post or comment with the words reiki in it I wouldn’t even have a read. I’d heard so many people tell others it was haram that I just didn’t want to take the time to look into the subject and so I didn’t.

In the summer of 2014 me and my mother traveled to Cyprus to a little village on the Turkish side called Lefke. It was an interesting journey of twists and turns but we eventually made it to the ladies guest house. An old cypriot home with a Narnia like entry way full of sweet smelling plants and flowers.

The house belonged to the honourable and majestic Sheikh Nazim Al-Haqqani and it was he who we hoped of meeting in his home town.

My mother suffered from intense migraines that would leave her more or less paralysed for hours, days or weeks. The day we arrived and settled into our lodges my mothers migraine came forth will full force. She lay on her bed covering her eyes from the warm sunlight coming through the old turkish windows.

A little while later a swet young woman, not older than 25 sat next to my mother.

“You have migraine? It’s all in here…”

She placed her hands on her forehead and eyes. My mum was stunned as her head thumped in the exact places the young woman hand placed her hands.

I watched as she began to place her fingers and seemed to physically remove the tension and pain. When she picked it up she tapped the stone wall behind her a few times and continued.

She worked on my mum for about half an hour before placing warm used tea bags on her eyelids muttering names of Allah as she did so.

My mum slept for a little while and I sat there stunned and amazed at having experienced my first reiki session. It was all so simply yet magnificent and gentle.

In the coming days I asked as many questions to as many women in the lodgings as I could.

So what is reiki?

The name alone can put you off and make you feel as though you’re stepping into something forbidden.

It’s understandable. We tend to fear what we don’t know.

So let’s change that. What is Reiki? Where does it comes from? How do you do it? And is it halal? Are all questions I’ll be answering.

Reki simply means life force energy. This life force is an energy that fills and ultimately is everything. A word I use to translate Reiki is Nur. Light. Some even translate it to ruqyah, the Muslim tradition of light healing using names of Allah and verses of the Quran.

Einstein said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

Like a battery or the sun. Reiki practitioners and masters learn to harness that energy/nur to heal and be healed.

Adding more Nur directly to your body and allowing it to be absorbed by the Nur already in you can only mean two times the energy and healing.

Although the word reiki is a Japanese word the essence and translation is easy to understand. Usui the master and teacher of the usui reiki practice believes he found the technique that had been found by prophets before him.

Jesus Christ and his ability to heal and raise the dead, the use of his hand in his healing techniques are signs that master teacher Usui had stumbled upon something used by men of God before him.

Studying the practices and learning how to activate the Nur/light/reiki gives those already healed or aligned the access to the energy needed to heal themselves and others.

So let’s look into how to perform reiki.

The use of hands in healing in general leads us to see that the hands can absorb and release tensions and provide a healing touch.

Although both hands can be placed directly onto the area in need of healing, many healers prefer to hover, allowing them to feel any tension the area may be releasing.

Before beginning the healer meditates and speaks her intention.

It is mportant to state here why the intention is so important when performing reiki.

Nothing except the power and kindness of God can heal and He knows what we do not.

What we may perceive as healing may not actually be the answer and speaking the intention releases the ego in the ritual and allows the reiki to take place in a vessel ready to receive.

Now let’s look at the hand positions and the correlation between them and actions performed by the Muslim Prophet of Prophets, Muhammad (saw) .

Releasing prayer onto the receiver is nothing new in our traditions.

When praying for rain the people would pray with their hands down toward the earth. Releasing the prayers and energy into the earth they wish to water.

When someone is sick the prayers are released directly onto the patient. The same way they are released into the earth.

The reason it’s important to mention this is because of the hand positions the reiki healers place their themselves.

After intending, the healer opens themselves to the Nur surrounding everything, the energy needed to live. They allow the light to cover them and be them.

Reiki does not work if there is ego involved. The practitioner must allow them self to be used as a vessel for the Healing and if for a second they believe that the healing and energy is coming from them the reiki is ruined.

By rubbing the hands together their hands are activated to be able to pass through reiki. The healer will now physically be able to feel a warmth and energy form in the center if their palms. They will softly play with it, pressing and stretching to expand it.

This is one of the most important steps as it allows the healer to know if they are ready for this healing session. Making sure that they feel spiritually strong and supported is important as to not pass on or absorb any negative energy.

This is when the ritual actually begins. Whether the client is present on not, it is time for the healers to begin hovering over the chakras.

The prophet Muhammad (saw) has continuously mentioned light and has prayed for it to be placed in and around him. This is essentially what Muslim Reiki practitioners do.

“O Allah, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light, and make me light. O Allaah, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light”

You can find a Reiki practitioner just about anywhere, including in Muslim countries. There are Reiki practitioners in Turkey and Oman, along with Dubai and many other locations.

I personally believe that it comes down to the intention. If the healer intends pure intentions than only that will be the outcome and vice versa.

Finding a healer that fits into your beliefs and practices is essential for you to be comfortable and receive healing. There are reiki masters who allow energy and spirits from being to enter the healing process. Of course this is wrong and not the way the practice was intended to be used.

Actions like wudu, Salah, good smells (to call on the angels) and anything else that you may feel comfortable with can also be added to reiki sessions.

Reiki has been around for centuries and will continue to be around in its many forms. It is one healing technique of many.

Using my years of experience as reiki healer, energy healer, reiki master and later a reiki master teacher, I created in-depth reiki level 1, 2, master and teacher training courses with exclusive Islamic healing and ruqyah teachings intertwined into the course material.

Book your spot in our upcoming level 1 reiki practitioner certification course and step into your healers journey!

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