Treatment in the Opening Chapter of the Qur’an (al-Fatihah)

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It has been authentically reported in the Sahihs of al-Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of Abu Sa'id who said: Some of the Companions of the Prophet went on a journey till they reached some of the 'Arab tribes (at night). They asked the latter to treat them as their guests, but they refused.

The chief of that tribe was then bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion) and they tried their best to cure him but in vain. Some of them said, "Nothing has benefited him, will you go to the visitors who resided here at night, it may be that some of them possess something (as treatment)."

They went to the group of the Companions and said, "Our chief has been bitten by a snake (or stung by a scorpion) and we have tried everything, but it has not benefited.

Have you got anything (useful)?" One of them replied, "Yes, by Allah! I can recite a Ruqyah, but as you have refused to accept us as your guests, I will not recite the Ruqyah for you unless you fix for us some wages for it." They agreed to pay them a flock of sheep. One of them then went and recited the opening chapter (Suratul-Fatihah): 'All the praises are for the Lord of the Worlds' and puffed over the chief who became sound as a result, as if he was released from shackles and got up and started walking, showing no signs of sickness. They paid them what they agreed to pay.

Some of the Companions then suggested dividing their earnings among themselves, but the one who performed the recitation said, "Do not divide them till we go to the Prophet and narrate the whole story to him and wait for his order." So, they went to Allah's Messenger and narrated the story. Allah's Messenger asked, “How did you come to know that Suratul- Fatihah was recited as Ruqyah?”

Then he added, “You have done the right thing. Divide what you have earned and assign a share for me as well.” As it is evident, this remedy had an effect on this illness and eradicated it as if it never existed. It is the easiest remedy and the least exhausting. If a servant refines the treatment through the opening chapter, he will find it having an amazing effect as a remedy.

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