Health and well-being are very important to humans. Allah has created humans in such a way that falling ill and suffering from sicknesses is a normal part of everyday life. Therefore, believers should be ready for such trials and tribulations. They must also know the way of reacting in such circumstances. Often, people react in a manner that may be displeasing to Allah. That is wrong and we must avoid it at all costs. Instead, we should look to the Quran and Sunnah for guidance.
It’s very important for Muslims to understand the purpose of life for humans and how that relates to Islamic Duas for health. Allah created us all for one purpose alone, which is to worship Him.
From a Muslim’s point of view, it’s important to recognize that is one of Allah’s ways of testing us. Hence, we must look to the Quran and Sunnah for how to react in such situations.
The world in the midst of a pandemic, the whole world knows about the importance of good health. However, Muslims have to view it a bit differently. For most people, this is simply just a virus that has spread by chance. Yet, Muslims know that nothing happens without Allah’s permission. Therefore, for such a thing to happen, it must have Allah’s approval. Now people can sit and ask why that is, why Allah is causing humans to suffer, etc., but the reality is that illness and death are a part of life as we know it. People suffer from illnesses all the time.
For Muslims, it’s important to know how to react when faced with such a predicament. We must look to the Quran and Sunnah. Allah tells us in the Quran that He will test humans. Therefore, we must view this as a type of test from Allah. Additionally, the Prophet (PBUH) mentioned many duas that we can recite Dua for good health in the Quran. We must learn them or recite them whenever we feel unwell or we see other sick people around us. It is conceivable that Allah may accept our prayers and grant a person health.
The First Dua
Abdur Rahman ibn Abu Bakrah said that he told his father: O my father! I hear you supplicating every morning: “O Allah! Grant me health in my body. O, Allah!
The importance of dua in Islam stands close to having faith and belief in the existence of Allah (SWT). Dua means communicating with Allah (SWT) and because of this communication source, we get close to our Lord. Du’a’ is a form of prayer that is not restricted to time or place.
Dua for Good Health
Put your hand on the place where you feel pain and say بِسْمِ اللهِ Bismillaah(three times) In the Name of Allah Then say أَعُوذُ باللهِ وَقُدْرَتِهِ مَنْ شَرِّ مَا أَجِدُ وَأُحَاذِرُ ‘A’oothu billaahi wa qudratihi min Sharri maa ‘ajidu wa ‘uhaathiru.
Prevention is better than cure. However, when we do fall sick, we need to find the best cure. The Prophet s.a.w. said:
“Allah has sent down the disease and the cure and has made for every disease the cure”.
(Sunan Abi Daud)
Dua for the Sick
When we are ill, we should seek medical attention – but we can also pray to Allah s.w.t. to help with our recovery.
اللَّهُمَّ ربَّ النَّاسِ ، أَذْهِب الْبَأسَ ، واشْفِ ، أَنْتَ الشَّافي لا شِفَاءَ إِلاَّ شِفَاؤُكَ ، شِفاءً لا يُغَادِرُ سقَماً
Allahumma Rabban-naas, azhibil-ba’s, washfi antash-Shaafi laa shifaa’a illaa shifaa’uka, shifaa’an laa yughaadiru saqamaa
“O Allah, Lord of mankind, do away with my suffering. Heal (me) as You are the only Healer and there is no cure except that of Yours, it is that which leaves no ailment behind”
Dua for a Sick Person
People cut ties with him due to his illness and he was expelled from the city with only his wife who was there to support him. Prophet Ayyub a.s remained patient and grateful despite his situation. He sought help from Allah s.w.t by reciting the dua in Surah Al-Anbiyaa’ (21:83). The following Dua is an excerpt from the verse:
رَبِّي أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ
Robbi annee massaniyad-durru wa-anta arhamur-raahimeen
My Lord. Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.
Dua for Mercy, Forgiveness and Healing of pain
In a hadith, Rasulullah s.a.w. said: “Whoever among you suffers some sickness, or his brother suffers some sickness, let him say:
رَبَّنَا اللَّهُ الَّذِي فِي السَّمَاءِ تَقَدَّسَ اسْمُكَ أَمْرُكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَالأَرْضِ كَمَا رَحْمَتُكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ فَاجْعَلْ رَحْمَتَكَ فِي الأَرْضِ اغْفِرْ لَنَا حُوبَنَا وَخَطَايَانَا أَنْتَ رَبُّ الطَّيِّبِينَ أَنْزِلْ رَحْمَةً مِنْ رَحْمَتِكَ وَشِفَاءً مِنْ شِفَائِكَ عَلَى هَذَا الْوَجَعِ فَيَبْرَأُ
Oh our Lord Allah Who is in Heaven, Holy be Your name, Your will is done in heaven and on earth; as Your mercy is in heaven, bestow it upon the earth. Forgive us of our sins and our wrong ways. You are the Lord of the good. Send down mercy from You and remedy from You to heal upon this pain, so that it is healed up”
Dua when visiting the sick
In this COVID-19 period, we are not encouraged to come into close contact with those who are ill as there is a possibility of carrying the virus and spreading it to other people. However, we may still recite this prayer from a safe distance.
The Prophet s.a.w. said:
“He who visits a sick person who is not on the point of death and supplicates seven times:
As’alullahal-‘Azima Rabbal-‘Arshil-‘Azimi, an yashfiyaka
(I beseech Allah the Great, the Rubb of the Great Throne, to heal you),
Allah will certainly heal him from that sickness.”
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