Qur’an is the most sacred book for Muslims. It is a book which guides us on the right path, soothes us, keeps us from Shaitan and his conspiracies, and helps treat various physical and psychological ailments. Allah has provided us with many supplications in Qur’an and His Messenger (P.B.U.H) taught us various others to help us fight our illnesses.
An important point to remember here is that seeking medical treatment is also encouraged alongside spiritual methods. One should not ignore his illness and must go see a medical practitioner for Allah has given them the knowledge and resources.
Usamah ibn Shuraik narrated: “… ‘O Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W)! Should we seek medical treatment for our illnesses?’ He replied: ‘Yes, you should seek medical treatment, because Allah, the Exalted, has let no disease exist without providing for its cure, except for one ailment, namely, old age’.” (Tirmidhi)
Qur’anic verses for cures:
Allah’s Apostle (P.B.U.H) guided us in this matter. He advised us to recite following surahs/verses when illness strikes us:
1. Surah Faatiha: This is the first surah in Qur’an and is an immensely blessed one. Surah Faatiha has been used as part of Ruqyah, which is a set of Qur’anic verses recited to ward off evil and cure illnesses. This has been clearly evident from an incident when a Muslim tribe’s leader was bitten by a poisonous reptile and his fellows blew Surah Faatiha on him. When Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) was told about it, he approved of this practice. This incident has been recorded in Sahih Bokhari.
2. Mu’wadaitain: The term “Mu’wadaitain” refers to Surah Falak and Surah Naas. Prophet (P.B.U.H) recommended the recitation of both these Surahs for one to stay in Allah’s protection.
“The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) used to seek refuge with Allah from the jinn and from the evil eye until the Mu’wadaitain were revealed, and when they were revealed he started to recite them and not anything else” (Tirmidhi)
3. Hazrat Ayub’s Dua: When Allah’s Messenger, Hazrat Ayub (A.S), was afflicted with illness, he used to make dua in following words:
Transliteration: “annee massaniya addurru wa anta arhamu rrahimeena”
Translation: “Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.” (Al Qur’an 21:83)
Duas from Sunnah:
We can make dua in any language and communicate with Allah. But Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H), who was closest to our Lord, taught us some prayers which he used to make. They will be more effective inshaa’Allah. Following are some of the duas recommended by Allah’s Prophet (P.B.U.H):
• Transliteration: “A’oozu bi’izzatillaahi wa qudratihi min sharri maa ajidu wa uhaaziru.”
Translation: “I seek protection in the might of Allah and His power from the evil of what I am experiencing and of what I fear.” (Muslim)
• Transliteration: “Allaahumma Rabban-naas, adhhibil-ba’s, washfi antash-Shaafi laa shifaa’a illaa shifaa’uka shifaa’an laa yughaadiru saqaman”
Translation: “O Allaah, 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.” (Bokhari and Muslim)
• Transliteration: “Bismillahi arqeek, min kulli shay’in yu’dheek, min sharri kulli nafsin aw ‘aynin haasid, Allaahu yashfeek, Bismillaahi arqeek.”
Translation: “With the Name of Allah, I recite over you (to cleanse you) from all that troubles you, and from every harmful mischief and from the evil of the eyes of an envier. Allah will cure you; and with the Name of Allah, I recite over you.” (Muslim)
These are a few of the ways in which we can ask Allah to take away the sickness that may have afflicted us or any of our loved ones.