Is Reiki Haraam?

“Is Reiki Haraam?” That’s a question that I get asked quite a lot as a Muslim Energy Healer. I wanted to give my own personal perspective because I think that there’s very little that’s understood and people are quick to judge Reiki in particular without knowing anything about it. I know I’m risking opening up a can of worms with this post and those that wish to criticise my approach are more than welcome to but I can only write from the perspective of my own truth and explain in an honest way using my own journey as an example. As a practicing Muslim, if I thought there was a conflict I wouldn’t be doing it but I want to share what I have learned and how it has helped me on so many different levels, especially in terms of my faith.

I think it’s important to create an awareness of the concepts of energy and the principles of Reiki. Once you understand these, you’ll begin to see that these are Universal principles that all religions and spiritual philosophies share. Master Usui – the founder of the Reiki system actually studied Theology as well as many other areas such as Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and many of the Martial Arts. It just so happened that he grew up in Tendai Buddhist family and studied Buddhism but just because the founder is Buddhist doesn’t mean that the system is too.

People often say that Reiki is Haraam because it is Buddhist. Let me put this to you a different way using an example that explains what I mean. Many of us use Facebook. Facebook is a system that was created for people to connect with each other and share their lives. It was created by Mark Zuckerberg who is Jewish but we don’t say that Facebook is Jewish and therefore haraam. When you understand the ideas and concepts that make up the Reiki system, there isn’t anything that conflicts with any religion, least of all Islam. Is Reiki Haraam just because it was founded by a Buddhist?

Many people are concerned that they will somehow be practicing Buddhism if they practice Reiki. When you learn Reiki, you learn one way to connect to Source energy and you can apply this to everything that you do, including your prayer. You learn how to fill yourself up with this Light of Source. You also learn to sense how this energy moves through you. Now imagine you’re reading Salah the way you currently read it and be honest with yourself in terms of how deep you feel that connection to Source, how much you feel it fills you up and whether you can feel the presence of Divine Source in your practice as you’re meant to.

Let’s now look at energy healing in a bit more detail. Any type of Energy healing is deeply intertwined with Divine Light. The Source that we connect to during energy healing is the Source of Pure Light, Pure Love – Divine Source itself. We all connect with this Divine Source when we pray. Our breath comes from this Divine Source. The light in our eyes comes from the very same Source. That Source is Oneness. Those with a religion will often call it God or their respective name for God in their religion. If you don’t believe in a God or Creator, scientifically energy is a proven phenomena. All particles have a positive or negative charge that has an impact on it’s immediate surroundings. Scientifically, we are made of particles and this is how we are able to move through this world and influence (or not) the direction of our journey.

Throughout the course of this lifetime, we are meant to experience darkness. We come from a place of light and we are placed here to learn and to grow. Our hardships, our experiences, the reality and the temptations of this world cause wounds and in essence darkness. The role of prayer, connection and remembrance of God is so that we can fill ourselves with light. We pray because we know that we need that light more than it needs us. We pray to ask for help, to make things easier for us on this difficult journey. Each time you pray, you connect to this energy of light and is the same energy that we connect to during healing.

When you are experiencing Reiki in a session, I am connecting to the Source of Light and allowing it to flow through me and then in to you. Where your experiences have created darkness or blockages in light, it helps to remove these. Where you feel drained and you’re unable to hold the light, the energy fills you up. When I work, I put myself to one side and allow the light to guide me. This Source is the very same intelligence that created you and so it knows exactly where it’s light is needed. This is where we focus.

As a Healer, you have to be in a neutral state of mind when you work with people. You’re just a channel or a vessel that the light moves through. None of this light even belongs to you. All you are doing is accessing that light for someone who is struggling to access it and fill up for themselves. It’s important that all Healers work to neutralise their own ego in this sense.

We are not “fixing” people nor are we taking away “bad energy.” We have learnt to fill ourselves with light and we share that light to help others. Each person has a responsibility to maintain that light, including Healers themselves. Once a person has this light, it’s up to them to keep it alive through prayer, through remembrance, through taking care of themselves and working on managing their emotions. The work of a Healer is just as much on themselves as it is helping others. If we didn’t do this, we would be open to hypocrisy so walking the talk is an essential aspect of being a good healer.

When I first came to Reiki, it was purely by chance that I was led to this path. I didn’t fully know what it was until I actually did my first course. What I learnt about energy and how it works changed me in more ways than I could even imagine. I was always looking for something within myself. Sadly, the way that I was taught religion only gave me a rule book in terms of “what to do” but there was no real emphasis on the meaning of it. I think when you pray, it can be an empty prayer if you can’t feel it in your heart.

I know I’ve always felt something but it’s connection and the nature of it that pulled me in to learning because energy was something that I’d always been able to feel. I wanted to know what it was that I was feeling in my prayer and why it felt so intense. Being brought up in a generation that was taught in a punitive way, most of what I was practicing was out of fear that God would punish me rather than out of love. Spiritual Islam, Sufism, Islamic Mysticism therefore had a massive appeal for me because it taught me from a place of love. This felt more like home to me and had always pulled me ever since I started reading Rumi’s poetry in my teens. This is where I realised that I had to also connect and learn the nature of the heart and explore the various qualities of Divine Source.

When you learn Reiki, you learn the precepts or the principles that you begin to integrate in to your life. These are really simple and they make a lot of sense.

“Do not anger,

Do not worry,

Be honest,

Be humble

Be compassionate to yourself and to others.”

Is Reiki Haraam? Most of us regardless of our religious or otherwise beliefs would agree that these are sound principles and a good way to be human. When I learnt Reiki, I think it articulated the things that I needed to work on in myself in a way that had never been broken down to me in this way. We all try to be good people and sometimes we get it right and sometimes we get it wrong. We can draw from all sorts of places in terms of our understanding of what this means in practice because essentially all these ideas come from One Source. Oneness is Oneness. It has different names in different religions but all the prayers and good deeds are done in it’s name.

Learning energy and how to feel it made me realise that I had been connecting and feeling this my whole life. It gave me more than one way of connecting to the light and filling myself up with it. It enhanced my structured prayer practices because I felt more deeply connected when I understood more and when I felt like I was part of Oneness and Oneness was part of me. Filling up with light in multiple ways enabled me to overcome my own darkness. Not only that, it helped me to recognise my own ego and begin overcoming it.

It created a sense of humility. Just realising how small you are in comparison to the size of this great Universe and surrendering to the idea that if you trust in Oneness, you are taken care of. All your needs are always met. It helped me to deal with my anger and my worry in a more helpful way and to communicate with Source and ask for help with the things that I couldn’t handle on my own. It taught me to be kinder with myself and therefore learn to be kinder to others, especially those who I felt had wronged me. It taught me how to be honest with myself and with others.

All of this had already been taught to me in some way shape or form but when I applied what I learnt in Reiki, it brought what I had already been taught to life because I could really feel it. When you feel, it gives things meaning and purpose.

I have found that throughout my studies in both Reiki and Sufism, there are Universal ideas and concepts that all human beings can relate to. These are Universal truths and we are all build to be pulled towards what is good and towards truth. Often we acknowledge it with our tongues but not with our hearts. It takes the feeling to bring something to life. This is why we are alive. We are not only thinking but feeling beings.

As a result, there are a number of different types of healing that I offer so there is something for everyone. Please check out this page for more…

Essentially whether this is the way for you or not, it’s something to ponder on. I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes from Imam Ghazali.

” Know that the key to knowing God is to know your own self. “


Cutting Energy Cords

Cord cutting sounds quite brutal, doesn’t it? LOL I’m talking about energy cords here and I thought it was important to share more on this as it’s something that I work with on a daily basis both for myself and in the healing room.

I have to keep my own energy protected as much as possible because I know that it is way too easy to absorb other people’s energy, emotions and even entities. This is important for all empaths to be aware of. If you’re sensitive to energy, you’ll more than likely be picking up, absorbing and retaining the energies around you.

At the end of each day, I check for energy cords, unhealthy attachments and entities and remove them. This work is a part of my daily self-healing routine and I wanted to talk about why it’s important.

When we interact with other people, it is an energy exchange. As this exchange happens over time, the energy builds up in the form of an invisible energy cord. This is often the attachment that a person has to you or you have to them. You’re joined together, connected by this invisible cord. This cord keeps pulling energy out of you regardless of whether the person remains in your life or not. If your past is draining you, it might be time to think about having energy cords cut and removed so that you can let go and move forward in peace.

Energy cords work both ways in the sense that just as others are draining our energy, we may also be draining theirs through the attachment and the energy cord that’s developed over time. We aren’t always aware that we’ve created these cords and we’re certainly not sucking the energy out of people on purpose. It isn’t anyone’s fault. It’s just the way that energy works so you’ve got to just focus on being responsible for yourself.

You may have some clues in the way a person becomes attached to you or you may be completely unaware of it, but unhealthy attachments feed on your energy leaving you feeling completely drained. Where there’s reliance or an unfair exchange of energy, there’s usually a cord. Remember this works in both directions.

You can have multiple cords from the same person. The most I’ve dealt with in myself is 12 all from the same person. You have cords from your exes, friends, parents. It’s only the ones that are affecting you negatively that need removing.

The energy cords are only ever released with your permission. This is because you have to be ready for them to go. It’s the decision you make within yourself that you’re ready to let go of certain aspects of your life in the pursuit of what’s for your highest good. These cords can’t be forced out unless you’re ready to let them go. By cutting energy cords with love and compassion, we’re releasing any dependency or toxicity in our system. This isn’t about cutting people off in a harsh way. It’s about learning to have healthy relationships without unhealthy attachments.

When you have your energy cords cut, it can feel like a huge relief especially if it’s a relationship that has been heavy on you for a while. Remember everything that we do in the healing room is with your highest good at the forefront and everything is permission based so if you’re not ready to release, that’s also absolutely fine. Sometimes in situations like this, we begin to untangle or loosen the cords as a person is moving towards preparing themselves to move on. Everyone does this in their own way and in their own time.

Cutting energy cords is a way that you can move on and be whole as a person without the influence of others. It helps you reclaim your own heart, your personal power and your ability to make good decisions for yourself. Often we feel like other people hold some power over us that restricts us. It also prevents us from finding our own path in life, especially if we are seeking approval from others with the things that we do and the decisions that we make.

Just to make it clear that nobody is harmed in the process. The other person won’t feel anything. Remember it’s your energy that you’re working on and cutting cords is simply a way of releasing the energy or attachment that isn’t serving you in a healthy, positive and compassionate way. It may be hindering your clarity or stepping on your sense of freedom and releasing it may be the best thing that you can do for yourself and others.

There’s always an integration period that follows any healing session. Remember that your energy has changed from the inside and so it can take a few weeks for your outer world to catch up. Everyone has a different process and will notice different things about themselves and their reactions. Often cutting cords simply creates the energetic space needed in order to make decisions for yourself.

Cord cutting is something that I love doing because I can see how much relief and change my clients get. Often, we’ll work on the cord for a few sessions and once it has been removed, that’s when the accelerated progress happens. Although for some clients, they are so ready and want it gone on the first session. I love a good clean extraction!

I offer cord cutting through a number of different healing methods so you can have this done in a bodywork session, a Reiki session, Emotion Code session and even through a transmission. For sessions, please see this page https://healingworksreiki.com/healing-leicester/

I check for cords as standard with most of my sessions and for me, it’s really important to establish full trust and rapport before any release or extraction takes place. Permission and consent are central to the work that I do.

If you’re going through a breakup or trying to get over someone, or even if you’re getting ready to find new love, cutting cords can really help you. Even if you’re working on your sense of self-worth, watch this to see if resonates!

If you’d like to explore this in your healing journey, please get in touch.



Heartache is something that we will all face at some point in our lives. I’m no stranger to this. It’s not just heartache, but it’s also heart break and it brings with it a deep emotional pain that just needs some form of healing or release.

This tearing apart serves a purpose. The harsher it feels, the deeper it’s opening you up to a way of seeing the world in a unique way. If you think about it, it’s the wounds and the pain that we have experienced that shape who we are as human beings. When we know what that feels like, heartache teaches us compassion and a sense of humanity. Heartache makes us want to reach out and help.

Heartache can also make us shut down though. Emotions are such and they can be unpredictable. What grows one person may totally shut down another. We all come with our own unique set of experiences and circumstances. We all have our own set periods of time before we can begin to go in to the heartache deeper and take the richness that it offers us.

Many of us feel a desperate need to fix this feeling of heartache and make it go away. More often than not because it hurts in a way that feels deeply uncomfortable. However, there is something very beautiful and courageous to being open to having your heart broken. It’s an unspoken rebellious streak that dares life to open you up.

Heartache isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it shows us that our hearts are awake and alive. I’d rather this than the alternative. Even a heart that feels shut down will feel pain and sadness. With this stirring comes a yearning to make things better and that is what’s known as hope. It’s as if a part of us already knows that there is something greater that lies beneath those feelings and the pain is a way of reaching out to Divine Source for help.

We are learning to grow and nurture our hearts. As much as we age and mature, there is something that remains very childlike about our hearts and so there is a need to grow and nurture this. That bewilderment that the heart experiences is a type of innocence that sits within us all. It’s the heart that falls in love and drives the madness within us all. There’s something very special about this feeling. We fall in love, experience heartache but we know that it isn’t impossible for us to fall in love all over again. We know that this can happen as much as we tell ourselves we won’t allow it. This is one of the reasons that we try and protect ourselves.

On a personal level, one of the realisations for me on this spiritual journey is that I do not need to protect my heart because it is already looked after by Divine Source. As many times as it has broken, it has opened up. The heart has an immense capacity to love and be loved and perhaps we underestimate this ability within ourselves.

Even though at times it feels overbearing, there is something fascinating about this wild, raw and untamed being that sits within us. The way that it roars when it is wounded. The way that it cares for others that are hurting. The nature of your heart and the nature of heartache are things that are worth knowing in order to appreciate the richness of being.

It always amazes me just how special and considered this aspect of a human being is and this leads me to believe that we are all seen and recognised by Divine Source. Imagine this Divine Source, the heart of hearts and soul of souls, the essence of every thing – imagine this Creator took time to fashion your heart, your heartaches, your heartbreaks and your journey just for you to come to know and see Him. Each experience of sadness calls you to the One because in that heartache and heart break is a whisper that beckons you back home and back in to your own connection.

Ponder that.

Until next time,

Love Hafsa xx


Does Emotion Code really work?

Emotion Code is an energy healing modality that helps you release negative trapped emotions from all your previous life experiences. It’s a really powerful healing technique and I’m living proof that it works effectively. If you want to know more about it in detail, check this page of the website out @ https://healingworksreiki.com/emotion-code-practitioner-uk/

I was introduced to Emotion Code by my friend when she was training to be a practitioner. I was one of her case studies to clear my heart wall. Again if you want to know more, please watch this video.

My heart wall was causing a lot of blocks for me in my life. At the time, I felt like things just weren’t going my way. I had a really negative attitude towards romantic relationships. I tended to keep away from people and I was finding it difficult to manifest money. I didn’t really trust the process of life and because of my previous experiences, I found trust difficult on all levels. Period.

After clearing my heart wall, I didn’t really feel a whole lot different immediately so I just got on with things. The changes crept up on me slowly and I noticed that things felt different somehow. Everything was starting to pick up in alignment and I had that feeling that things were actually starting to work out. It was one of those ones where you don’t know how that’s happened but you just feel different in a good way.

I decided to train as a Certified Emotion Code Practitioner because I was feeling different and definitely more positive. Emotion Code had a deep and profound impact on me and I wanted to train as a Practitioner because I wanted to take my own self-healing to the next level. As part of the training, I cleared another Heart Wall for myself and I think that was when I noticed the biggest change on all levels, especially with work, manifesting money and attracting healthy relationships.

Emotion Code is one of those things where you wonder if anything is even happening and it all seems a bit random but time and time again, I know it works and it’s really powerful.

As a practitioner of other modalities and as an intuitive healer, I’ve discovered that there’s so much more that it can be used for and so I incorporate it in to my coaching sessions now as well.

If you’d like to know more, please get in touch!