All praise is due to Allâh, Lord of the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allâh ﷺ, his household and companions.
Fellow Muslims! This world is an abode of trials in which no man is safe from an illness that disrupts his life or weakens him. Afflictions are however a blessing; for our Lord showers mercy through trials and tries some with blessings. Bitterness of this world for the believer is the real sweetness of the Hereafter for him. Many a blessing given to a man has been a source of his illness and many a deprived person has been healed through his depravity. Allâh says,
|“It may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and you like a thing which is bad for you. Allâh knows but you do not know.” (2:216)|
Affliction is a sign of Allâh’s love and the way to Paradise. The Prophet ﷺ said,
| “Great reward goes with great affliction, and when Allâh loves a people, He tries them. Whoever shows contentedness among them will earn the pleasure of Allâh and whoever becomes angry earns the anger of Allâh.” (At-Tirmidhî)|
Good health is one of the greatest blessings of Allâh. The Prophet ﷺ said,
| “There are two blessings of which many people get deceived: good health and free time.” (Al-Bukhârî)|
Good health is one of the things that man will be called to account for on the Day of Resurrection. The Messenger of Allâh ﷺ said,
| “The first thing that man will be asked of on the Day of Resurrection is, ‘Had I not given you health in your body and quenched your thirst with cold water?'” (At-Tirmidhî)|
One of the most severe tests is to deprive a man of his health. The best individuals among men have been afflicted with diseases. Ibn Mas’ûd entered upon the Messenger of Allâh ﷺ while he was suffering from an illness, and he said, “O Messenger of Allâh ﷺ you are seriously suffering from an illness”. The Prophet ﷺ said, “Yes, I am suffering from an illness as two men among you would do.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Prophet Ayyûb was also overwhelmed with disease for years.
Brethren in Faith! Suffering illness exalts one’s degree and erases one’s sins. The Messenger of Allâh ﷺ said, “No Muslim is afflicted with a disease or other affliction except that his sins are removed from him as leaves fall of a tree.” (Al-Bukhârî and Muslim). The sick person will have the reward of what he used to do when he was healthy, written for him in his sickness even if he does not do them. It is during the illness that a believer increases in îmân, dependence on Allâh and having good opinion of Him. It is also the healing for diseases of the heart like arrogance, haughtiness, heedlessness and self-deception. The guided Muslim learns lessons from trial of his time, for all afflictions that is not in one’s religion is well-being.
The sign of Allâh in the creation of man has been known to a lot of doctors. Allâh says,
|“And (there are signs) also in your own selves. Will you not then see?” (51:21)|
The greatness of Allâh’s creature has astounded the wise men. Allâh says,
|“Verily, We have created man in the best form.” (95:4)|
It is the marvelousness of this creation that calls non-Muslims to Islâm and that increases the îmân of the believer. Let the doctor then take his job as an act of worship by reflecting on the blessings of Allâh. Let him be a propagator of this religion by what manifests to him of the greatness and perfection of Allâh’s creation.
O doctor, be conscious of Allâh in all that you say and do. For your word is taken as far as diseases are concerned and your opinion is followed. The sick person is afflicted by Allâh for a wisdom by which He wants to exalt him and purify him. Do not therefore disdain him because of his illness. If a doctor behaves arrogantly with his knowledge, Allâh will relegate him. It is wise for him to say about things of which he has no knowledge, “I do not know”. For there are some diseases the cure of which Allâh has removed its knowledge. Be gentle with the patient and do not feel inconvenienced with his complaints or rudeness. Give the patient good tiding that he will soon be alright, for Allâh loves optimism.
The Muslim doctor should be sincere in his work; for it is by sincerity that ones work is blessed . He should endeavor to know the new things in his profession for the service Islâm and Muslims without neglecting any of all that the Sharî’ah teaches. He should believe in the existence of magic and its effect. He should not deny the existence of jinn and their mixing with man. He should believe in the existence of evil eye and that if anything could overtake the pre-decree, the evil eye would have done so.
The Muslim doctor is entrusted with the secrets of the patients. Let him protect that and not reveal it and let him treat them with compassion and kindness.
Fellow Muslims! No one cures but Allâh and no one removes afflictions but Allâh. The medicine and the doctor are only means by which Allâh facilitates the healing. Therefore, make use of the means and use only lawful medications. Do not have total reliance on the doctor for none is capable of causing you any harm or benefit except Allâh. Put your trust in Allâh and submit your affairs to Him, for He is the One Who brings benefit and causes harm. Know that if the whole of the nation are to be gathered in order to benefit or harm you, they cannot do any benefit or harm to you except only by that which Allâh has decreed for you. The most useful medicine is however total reliance on Allâh, taking refuge with Him and having good opinion of Him.
Seeking medication with the Qur’ân and invocations narrated in the Sunnah are the best healing for disease, so is sincere and humble supplication with certainty of faith. Doing a lot of alms giving is also one of the best medications. There are in this world some certain and divine medications that emanated from the Prophet ﷺ: Pressed dates of Al-Madeenah. It prevents the effects of poison and magic spell. The Messenger of Allâh ﷺ said,
| “Whoever eats every morning seven ‘ajwah dates, no poison or magic spell will harm such a person.” (Muslim)|
Water is also a medication for fever. The Prophet ﷺ said,“Fever is of the fragrance of the Fire, so douse it with water.” (Al-Bukhârî and Muslim). Also, nothing like honey in meaning has been created for us. Cupping is also one of the best methods of healing. The Messenger of Allâh ﷺ said, “The best of what you treat yourselves with is cupping”. (Al-Bukhârî and Muslim) The black seed is also a cure from all diseases. The Prophet ﷺ said, “Make use of the black seed for in it is a cure for all diseases.”
There are however some diseases that cannot be cured except with the Qur’ân and the Prophetic invocations. They are used for untying a magic spell and expulsion of evil spirits.
Muslims also possess blessed water that is the noblest of all waters and the highest in esteem. It is Zamzam water that springs from the blessed land in the sacred House of Allâh. It is a kind of food and cure. These are the curing prophetic medications from which those who accept them and believe in their curing effects benefit.
Brethren in Faith! A lot of Istighfâr (seeking for forgiveness) removes diseases and reduces their effects. Allâh says,
|“Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky) abundant rain and add strength to your strength. So do not turn away as criminals.” (11:52)|
Sins close doors of knowledge. Islâm has forbidden being in seclusion with a strange woman for the purpose of medical examinations and the like. Muslims should therefore follow the injunction Islâm in everywhere. Mingling of male and female workers in medical institutions weakens knowledge and removes the blessing of medication. It is also one of the causes of keeping one away from Allâh and from healing. The Messenger of Allâh ﷺ said,“I have not left after me for men a trial that is greater than women”. Conversely, obeying Allâh opens doors of knowledge, spiritual upliftment and perfection of deeds. The patients as well as medical personnel should move closer to Allâh for removal of the afflictions; for when the trials becomes severe, none removes them but Allâh. Keeping away from Allâh and disobeying Him in times of bliss are among the causes of misery.
Fellow Muslims! Of the firmness and completeness of faith is to persevere and be contented with what has been decreed. Be contented, dear patient, with what Allâh has portioned out for you. Have patience of the willing noble servant of Allâh, for the end of patience is good. Allâh says,
|“And if you endure patiently, verily, it is better for the patient ones.” (16:126)|
Whoever perseveres and is contented, Allâh will keep for him what is greater. Remember also that, what Allâh afflicted you with is only to purify and elevate you and that, what Allâh endows you with of favours are manifolds of what He takes from you. Showing anguish does not cure the illness but aggravates it. If you are afflicted with disease, praise Allâh that you were not afflicted with more than that. Supplicate to your Lord in seclusion and do not forget the remembrance of Allâh as a way of thanking Him for His abundant gifts. No situation is uglier than when man repents to Allâh in affliction and then becomes a sinner during time of bliss.
When you start recovering from your illness, know the estimation of Allâh’s blessing on you, hold on to good relationship with your Lord and be always conscious of Him in times of bliss; He will know you in your times of hardship.
Make a sincere repentance to Allâh and learn lessons from vicissitudes of time. Beware of satanic ways like having bad opinion of Allâh, getting annoyed and showing anguish, for Allâh is always All-Compassionate with His slaves and He is the One that removes calamities and hears the agony of the sorrowful. He says,
|“If Allâh touches you with harm, none can remove it but He and if He touches you with good, then He is able to do all things.” (6:17)|
Fellow Muslims! One of the best ways by which man treats his illness is to search his heart, to reform it and to strengthen his soul by relying on Allâh, seeking refuge with him, humbling himself before Him, giving alms, invoking Allâh, returning to Him in repentance, doing good to people, aiding the wronged and relieving the distressed. Ibn al-Qayyim said,
|“May Allâh have mercy on these medications. Many nations have tried it regardless of their religions and beliefs and found it to be very effective in healing what the doctors could not heal. And we and others have also tried these things on many occasions and found that they achieved what physical medications could not achieve.”|