Assalamu alikum My dear readers ,
Today my article will be focused on what Islam says about those who are suffering from illness, it can be you or someone whom you love so much .Still we must accept this hardship as we are here on this earth for only a short period and every illness is a trial for a mu’min. To support my saying I would love to select some Quran verses and saying of our beloved prophet (peace be upon him) Allah says:
Verily, We shall put you to test with some fear, and hunger, and with some loss of wealth, lives, and offspring. And (O Muhammad) convey good tidings to those who are patient, who say, when inflicted by hardship, “Verily we are of God and verily to Him shall we return;” upon them is the blessings of Allah and His mercy. (2:155)
Following are hadiths of Muhammad (peace be upon him) in which virtues of being sick is mentioned :
Narrated by ‘Aisha(ral) (the wife of the Prophet) Allah’s Apostle said, “No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even though it were the prick he receives from a thorn.”(sahih Bhukhari)
Narrated by Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri(ral) and Abu Huraira(ral),The Prophet said, “No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.”(sahih Bhukhari)
Hadrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood(R.A.) reports that Rasulullah(Sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) said, ‘Whenever a Muslim experiences any hardship like sickness (etc.), Allah Ta’ala wipes away his sins just as a tree sheds its leaves during autumn.’ (Bukhaari and Muslim)
Rasulullah(Sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) has also said, ‘(Sometimes) a very high rank (in Allah’s sight) is decreed for a Mu’min which he could never have attained by virtue of his deeds, so Allah Ta’ala lets him experience some hardship, whether it be physical, material (financial, etc.) or concerning his children. Then, He makes him patient and lets him attain the position decreed for him.’ (Ahmad, Abu Dawood)
Therefore, although it is bitter to bear calamities and misfortunes with patience, we should consider it sweet in view of the great bounty attainable through it. The difficulty and hardship of only a few days will be followed by a life of eternal happiness, Insha-Allah.
Amazing chance for patient
Rasulullah(Sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) has said,’When you visit a sickperson, then tell him to make dua for you, because his duas are (accepted readily) like the duas of the Angels.’ (Ibn Maajah)Rasulullah(Sallallaahu alaiyhi wassallam) has also said, ‘The dua of a sick person is not rejected until he recovers from his sickness.’ (Ibn Abiddunyaa)
Dua for sickness
بِاسْمِ اللَّهِ . ثَلاَثًا . وَقُلْ سَبْعَ مَرَّاتٍ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ وَقُدْرَتِهِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا أَجِدُ وَأُحَاذِرُ ” .
Bismillah thrice and say (the following) seven times:
A’oozu bi’izza tillaahi wa qudratihi min sharri maa ajidu wa uhaaziru
I seek protection in the great might of Allah and His power against the evil I am
experiencing and dread. (Sahih Muslim 2202)أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءٌ لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمَاً”O Lord of the people, remove this pain and cure it, You are the one who cures and there is no one besides You who can cure, grant such a cure that no illness remains”.