We generally come across lot of books especially in Pakistan under the captions of "Wazaif" that suggest and most of the times list certain suras or verses from Quran recommending to recite them for a certain number of times for a certain number of days or to recite certain names of God to ward off any physical illness e.g. headaches, cure of diabetes, infertility, or any other psychological or phyisical problems etc.
They also sometimes suggest to read certain verses from Quran and then to blow air from one's mouth on to some edibles, usually water and further suggesting to drink the water to again ward off any ill condition, or evil or seek some financial gain etc.
The practice of course implies that one's praying to God, however , I understand that any verse from Quran is meant to be understood in the context of seeking guidance and not using it as some magical words for fulfillment of one's desires.
There are some Wazaifs that suggest to recite some verses for like 100,000 times and so on. Is this a correct practice for praying to God?
You have put it well and correctly when you say, "I understand that any verse from [sic] Quran [sic] is meant to be understood in the context of seeking guidance and not using it [sic] as some magical words for fulfillment of one's desires." This is the very answer to your question. Such recipes for success or warding off evil or sickness are not part of Islam's doctrine. While one may pray or invoke God for various reasons only the individual's true supplication is really what is needed to approach the Almighty. It is obvious from religious sources and common sense that repeating words thousands of times, whether they are from the Qur'an or otherwise, is not connected to any Islam teachings. As you have noted they are mere spells that really take away the focus of the person's relationship with God and base it on chants and illusions.
I hope I have clarified the issue.
God knows best.
May 26, 2005
Answer published by Ronnie Hassan