Friday, 01 December 2023 | 08:59 AM
Good health is a blessing from Allah and should not be taken for granted. It is the right of our fellow humans that we check up on them and offer our condolences, support, duas, and help when they are not feeling well. When visiting the sick, making dua for them is an act that promotes social harmony as well as makes one more present in their surroundings.
Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) said, "There is no Muslim who visits a sick Muslim early in the morning, but seventy thousand angels send blessings upon him until evening comes, and if he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in Paradise" [Riyad as-Salihin 899]
The reward of visiting the sick is such that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) will bless the person who visits the sick with gardens in paradise and truly elevate their status in the world and hereafter. Apart from the rewards promised by Allah, visiting sick family members, friends, and acquaintances fosters a feeling of brotherhood and community, which is essential for a good life.
When visiting the sick, be mindful that the individual you are visiting is not in their best health while you are. Be humble around them and while you make dua for the sick. Choose a quiet place for making dua for the sick rather than disturbing the ease of others. When you begin your prayer, start by praising Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) and sending blessings upon the Prophet(ﷺ) and be kind and soft in your prayers. Recite the dua at least seven times and say it in such a manner that the person it is for can find reassurance and comfort in your prayer.
It is exceptionally important not to become a burden on the sick while visiting them. In some cultures, the extended family visits the sick family member at a time. They also expect the nuclear family members to provide refreshments while they are visiting. Avoid this practice. Keep the comfort of the sick person foremost; call before visiting and ensure it is a suitable time for them. Your visit should not cause the sick person more inconvenience; it should offer comfort and ease.
Sickness & Death
Laa ba'sa tahoorun 'inshaa'Allaah.
Do not worry, it will be a purification (for you), Allah willing.
Dua is a great source of emotional support, and when one makes dua when visiting the sick, it reminds one of how sickness and wellness are from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) and sickness is for one's purification. Making dua for the sick benefits the person in terms of comfort and reassurance. It makes one feel less alone. For the one who is not sick, making dua instills a feeling of gratitude and reminds one that they should not take their health for granted and that it softens their heart to feel for the struggle of others.
When making dua for someone in a hospital, make sure you are doing it quietly and with the permission of the sick so that they are not uncomfortable.
The word shifa in Arabic refers to cure and recovery. Muslims believe that all shifa is from Allah. However, Muslims should not refrain from seeking medical advice and modern medicine. Islam asks its followers to preserve their lives in any way they can, as it is a precious gift from Allah. Modern medicine is a means through which Allah may give shifa to humans.