Is Wazifa allowed in Islam?

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided”. (Quran 2 : 186)

The literal meaning of the Arabic term Wazifah means to employ, to hire, to put on the payroll like in Umar Farooq RA begun the Wazifa for new born babies and old age people. But for some reason, in the Urdu language the term wazifah is meant to imply some verses or phrases which one recites seeking a specific favor from Allah with certain number of counting. Expecting and desiring the fulfilment of wishes from Allah. The self invented wazifa have been prevalent across the Asian subcontinent for several years. (Wazifa for marriage, money, job, house, family matter, children and personal desire.. etc). If we can achieve everything from wazifa then Prophet Muhammad pbuh would have never struggled in his life but he strived and made dua to Allah and relied only on Allah. The Prophet pbuh never resorted to wazifa as a solution for troubles and problems.

If by wazifah one means to recite the Surahs, verses, phrases of supplications or glorifications which have been recommended and practiced by the Messenger of Allah pbuh in his authentic and established Sunnah; then obviously such recitations would be extremely beneficial and encouraged in Islam. For instance, Prophet Muhammad pbuh adviced us to recite Surah Khaf on friday it will safeguard against Dajjal.

But if by wazifah one means to imply the self-invented recitations, and the times of these recitations, or the self-proclaimed rewards or merits one may get if they follow the self-invented and stated procedures, etc. while Allah and His Messenger pbuh have never recommended such rites then without any doubt, all such self-invented wazifahs would constitute manifest and clear bida or innovations! Every single innovation in the pure and perfect deen of Islam is an error and a sin in the Sight of Allah and the believers who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day must strive to abstain from following any innovation in the pure and perfect deen of Islam.

Aisha narrated that the Messenger of Allah pbuh said: If somebody innovates something which is not present in our religion, then that thing will be rejected. (Bukhari)

The Prophet of Allah pbuh said: If anyone introduces an innovation (in religion), he will be responsible for it.If anyone introduces an innovation or gives shelter to a man who introduces an innovation (in religion), he is cursed by Allah, by His Angels, and by all the people. (Sunan of Abu-Dawood)

That the Prophet of Allah pbuh said in a sermon: “The best speech is that which is embodied in the Book of Allah, the Al Quran; and the best guidance is the guidance given by me, Mohamed pbuh. The most evil affairs are the innovations, and every innovation is an error”. (Sahih Muslim)

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger pbuh, one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger pbuh one can be assured of being led astray. Hence, we should sincerely make a lot of dua to get Allah’s blessing and favour rather than following the blind way which is not adviced. Allah loves the tears of his servants when they supplicate to him. Abu Bakr Radhi Allahu Anhu used to say : “Cry! If you cannot cry then adopt the appearance of a crying person.” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah)

Allah says ; “.. and We are closer to him than (his) jugular vein.” (Quran 50:16)

“O Allah, don’t misguide us after you have guided us”. May Allah save us all from misguidance. Ameen.

20 responses to “Is Wazifa allowed in Islam?

  1. I was always confused when I used to watch Wazifa videos on YouTube to increase money, knowledge/memory, or a rightful spouse because there were imams from South Asian countries who would tell to read a specific surah or the name of Allah (swt) a certain number of times. I was trying to determine where they got a specific number ? For example one imam stated to read Ya Aleemu Ya Allah 33 times. Where did they get the number 33? Please help me understand this.

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    • Thanks. In urdu language, Wazifa means to struggle to achieve your desire goals and in arbic means to employ, both meaning can’t be implied here as it is against the majesty of God. People practice Wazifa to solve their problem or attain something what they want by wazifa. But it’s not recommended or practiced by Prophet Muhammad pbuh nor in the Qur’an. There is a hadith regarding reciting Tasbeeh 33 times of Alhamdulilah, Subhanallah and Allahu akbar. I think this idea has been picked up from there. We should not encourage nor recommend wazifa because if it doesn’t meet their requirement then people become hopeless and go in despairing situations. We can’t get everything what we want in this world because this world is a test for us. So we should follow the commands of God and do righteous deeds if it’s in our destiny then nothing can stop it from achieving it. Best regards

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  2. can i get help i have a problem and i want someone to forgive me from there heart but i scared to go ask for iit cause she won’t except my sorry and i was looking at this wazifah thing and had a doubt cause i do alima (3rd year ) and my teacher once te me don’t do anything u have doubt with . so can someone help me with this problem i tried all the worldly things and i want to try being connected with allah and get to be ok with my friend again she won’t speak to me she’s really mad and it’s been months since we last talked

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  3. I have started a wazeefa but after reading your post i think its not right to do wazifa.So should i stop doing it as they say do not stop doing a wazifa once you have started or i should continue to do it with niyyat of ibadah??

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    • All praise be to the Almighty God.

      Thanks for your output. It’s really a great to hear about you. Only Allah can change our heart. It is absolutely not sinful if you are reciting verses of the Quran, praises of Allah or Duas. By innovation to uphold a discipline higher than what our Prophet pbuh has instructed. That is because people might neglect their due obligations in leniency and pursue what is secondary in utmost sincerity.
      However you could always continue recitation, praises and prayers even in plenty but it is not permissible to single out certain verses of the Qur’an to recite for specific purposes, unless there is specific shar’ia evidence to that effect, such as if there is a saheeh hadeeth from the Prophet pbuh concerning the virtues of a certain surah, which the Muslim may recite with the aim of attaining those virtues and benefits. 

      But if a person selects for himself various verses of Qur’an to recite, and claims that they may bring relief from hardship or help at times of crisis, and he compiles them in a book to be recited regularly by the Muslim as part of a recommended wird ورد, then that is more similar to innovation (bid’ah) than following the Prophet pbuh. It is better for the Muslim to avoid that and not follow this example or act upon it. 

      The entire Qur’aan is blessing and reward and goodness, but claiming that a certain verse has a certain effect, especially in the case of these claims that they can relieve difficulty and financial hardships, is something that requires evidence from Qur’an and Hadith. Jazakaallah khair

      And Allah knows the best.

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  4. I’ve always heard that we should make dua with Khuloos, an urdu word for whole-heartedly. How does that work? how do u pray with full attention to God.
    And should we be persistent in our dua? like if we want something should we ask God only once, or keep praying for it?

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    • Yes, we should beg Allah alone for everything. Trying to be focused (following Khusoo and Khuzoo self awareness that we are standing in front of our creator) and making ourselves humble before Him.

      Actually its human tendency to see instant result. But at the same time the complete authority lies in the hands of God to fulfill our wishes and He alone knows what is best for you. Even if you ask once or many times or neither ask for it would be given anyhow. Trust in Him that He will grant the thing at the right time when we need it the most. Hope it helps you.
      Best regards 😇

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  5. Salam!Can muslem print out whole QURAN with ink that can be drinkable and drink the whole Quran and what will be it benefit?

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    • Walikum Aslaam
      Muslim should implement the Qur’an in their lives in order to get its benefits. That’s the only way to achieve successful in both the worlds.

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