If a person has a brush with an evil spirit and he becomes possessed then he or she urgently needs the help of an exorcist. An Islamic exorcist is a spiritual healer (Raaqi) who has mystical powers by using which he can expel the evil spirits from a person or place. Allah (swt) said in the Holy Quran: “And We send down of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to the believers, and the believers it causes not except loss” (TMQ-17:82) An Islamic exorcist can drive out an evil spirit from a person’s body by performing Ruqyah with the Quranic verses. It goes without saying that a Raaqi should be a pious person who has knowledge of Islam and knows about the healing methods which are in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet. Narrated Awf Bin alik-Al-Ashjai :Awf Bin alik-Al-Ashjai said to the Prophet (pbuh), ‘OAllah’s Messenger! We used to apply ruqyah during Jahilliyah. What do you think of that? He replied: ‘Present your ruqyah to me There is nothing wrong with them as long as they do not involve shirk”. (Muslim) There is evidence from the ahadith which shows that Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) used to exorcise those who suffered from evil eye and demonic possessions. Prophet Isa (as) also used to exorcise those who were demonically possessed. Umm Aban Binte Al-Wazi Ibn Zare ibn Amir Al Abdi narrates from her father that her grand father Az- Zare went to Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) with his possessed, insane son (or his nephew). She says that my grandfather said, ‘When we came to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) I said, ‘I have come to you with my son (or nephew) who is possessed so that you may pray to Allah Almighty for him. Allah’s Apostle (pbuh) said, ‘Bring him to me”. He further says, “I had taken the child to the Holy Prophet while the child was mounted. So I dismounted him and I took off his travel clothes and made him wear a pair of beautiful clothes. Then I too hold of his hand and took him to Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) who said, ‘Bring him closer to me and put his back towards me”. He also ordered for his clothes to be taken off. The he raised his hands and put them in such a way that I could see his arm pits. He was saying, ‘Come out O enemy of Allah! Then the boy began to gaze with his true eyes and not with the previous gaze. Then the Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) made the boy sit in front of him and sent for some water with which he wiped the child’s face and then he prayed for the child. After the Holy Prophet’s (pbuh) prayer no one in the group was superior to the child (i.e. in intelligence and understanding). (Musnad Imam Ahmad and Sunan Abu Dawood) According to the ahadith, it is only the exorcism which is done through the Quranic verses and that which does not involve any kind of Shirk or polytheism which is allowed in Islam. Any other method which deviates from the principal of Tawhid or the oneness of Allah (swt) will be considered to be invalid and an exaggeration.