The Prophet s.a.w. taught us to take care of our health and well-being. Despite putting in our best efforts to live healthily and avoid illnesses, we may fall sick at times for several reasons, including the weather, allergies and many more.
It is tough being ill but Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. has reassured us that Allah will expiate some of the sins of a sick person. Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri and Abu Hurayrah r.a. reported that the Prophet s.a.w. said:
No tiredness, exhaustion, worry, grief, distress or harm befalls a believer in this world, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah expiates some of his sins thereby.
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)
On top of seeking medical treatment, we need to seek help from Him, for indeed He is The One who can cure illnesses and save us from any harm.
Here are some Duas that we can recite when we are sick and when visiting the sick:
Of course, when we are ill, we should seek medical attention - but we can also pray to Allah s.w.t. to help with our recovery.
It is narrated that Aisha r.a. said that when anyone among them had an illness, the Prophet s.a.w. used to rub the area of the pain and recite the following dua for protection:
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”
Uthman Ibn Abi Al-’As r.a. reported: I complained to the Messenger of Allah s.a.w. about a pain I had in my body. The Messenger of Allah s.a.w. said, "Place your hand where you feel pain and say: 'Bismillah (In the Name of Allah)' three times; and then repeat seven times: 'A'udhu bi'izzatillahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa 'uhadhiru (I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that afflicts me and that which I apprehend)."
As we put our hand on the area of pain with the intention to find relief, recite the following:
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ x3
In the Name of Allah
أَعُوذُ بِعِزَّةِ اللَّهِ وَقُدْرَتِهِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أَجِدُ وَأُحَاذِرُ x7
'A'udhu bi'izzatillahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa 'uhadhiru
I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that afflicts me and that which I apprehend.
Prophet Ayyub a.s was blessed with abundant wealth, land and children. He was then tested by having all of those, including his health, taken away from him. All his limbs were not free from disease except for his tongue and heart which he used to remember Allah s.w.t.
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.
When we see our sick child, mother and loved ones, it's normal to feel helpless and sad. However, do try to remember that Allah is Ash-Shaafee (The One who cures, The Healer).
Aisyah r.a. reported that: Whenever Allah's Messenger s.a.w. became sick, he would recite the Mu'awwidhatayn (Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An- Nas) and then blow his breath over his body. When he became seriously ill, I (Aisyah r.a.) used to recite (these two Surahs) and rub his hands over his body hoping for its blessings.
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ
مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
وَمِنْ شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ
وَمِنْ شَرِّ النَّفَّاثَاتِ فِي الْعُقَدِ
وَمِنْ شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ
Qul a'uuzu birobbil-falaq
Min sharri ma kholaq
Wa min sharri ghosiqin izaa waqob
Wa min sharrin-naffaathaati fil-’uqod
Wa min sharri haasidin izaa hasad
Say: I take refuge with the Lord of the dawn,
From the evil of what He has created,
And from the evil of the dark night when it comes,
And from the evil of those who blow on knots (practice Secret Arts),
And from the evil of the envious (one) when he envies.
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ
مِنْ شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ
الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاسِ
مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ
Qul a'uuzu birobbin-naas
Min sharril-waswaasil khonnaas
Allazii yuwaswisu fii suduurin-naas
Say: I take refuge with the Lord of people,
the King of people,
the God of people,
from the evil of the slinking whisperer
who whispers in the chests of people
both jinn and people
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”
Robbana-Allahullazi fis-samaai taqoddasas-muka amruka fis-samaai wal-ardhi kamaa rohmatuka fis-samaai faj-al rohmataka fil-ardhi. Ighfir lanaa huubanaa wa khotoyaanaa anta robbut-toyyibeen. Anzil rohmatan min rohmatika wa shifaan min shifaaika ‘alaa haazal-waja’i fa-yabra’u
(Sunan Abi Daud)
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."