Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 56, Issue 6, pp 2053–2060 | Cite as

Therapeutic Effects of Islamic Intercessory Prayer on Warts

  • Evren M. Hoşrik
  • Aydın E. Cüceloğlu
  • Seval Erpolat
Original Paper


The present study aimed to examine the therapeutic effects of Islamic intercessory prayer on warts. Forty-five participants who are mostly Muslims and infected with warts were randomized into three groups: Group-1 (uncertain, with intercessory prayer), Group-2 (uncertain, no intercessory prayer), and control group (informed, no intervention). Stress symptoms were also measured before and after prayer sessions for these three groups. The results revealed that there were no significant differences between the groups in terms of healing. Although participants believed in the therapeutic effects of prayer, when participants did not trust the intercessor, prayer had no effect on warts.


Intercessory prayer Warts Trust in intercessor Stress 



This research was supported by Ankara University Graduate School of Social Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evren M. Hoşrik
    • 1
    • 4
  • Aydın E. Cüceloğlu
    • 2
  • Seval Erpolat
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Religious Sciences, Psychology of Religion, Faculty of DivinityAnkara UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryKayseri Military HospitalKayseriTurkey
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyTurgut Özal HospitalAnkaraTurkey
  4. 4.Ankara Provincial Directorate of Family and Social PoliciesUlus/AnkaraTurkey

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