Human body is actually a combination of systems which work in a coordinated manner to keep you in a healthy and active state. There are natural defense mechanisms included in human body by Allah Almighty which work by killing the harmful and unwanted pathogens. But humans are prone to get ill and suffer from many different diseases throughout their lives.
We all get sick and then recover and this happens very often. Sometimes illnesses are short lived and sometime they are of more serious nature, but there are many medical aids which have been devised to take care of people who are ill. When a person gets sick our first preference is always to go to a good doctor, but have you ever thought that what is concept of illness and its cure in Islam?
In Islam a disease is not normally associated with the outcomes of sin or a punishment in fact it is considered as a testing period for the diseased person and also your sins are washed away during the period in which you suffer from the consequences of an illness. Allah almighty wants to test that how you will react when subjected to physical stress and pain. Will you stay obedient and thankful or you will start being unthankful to him. It is dependent upon you that what kind of behavior you will adopt if you want you can fall into the darkness of despair or take this as an opportunity of seeking mercy from Allah Almighty.
There are prayers some of which have been described in Holy Quran while others mentioned by our beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUH which should be narrated by the diseased person during his illness. Let us have a look at some of the Du`a which have been dictated by Allah almighty and Prophet Muhammad PBUH and can be used for getting rid of illness.
It has been mentioned in Quran that:
“Truly distress has captured me, but You are Most kind of those that are merciful”
This is the prayer which was said by Prophet Ayub.
At the time of our beloved Prophet PBUH when Muslims used to get sick they ask for advice from the messenger of Allah Almighty. It has been stated that he used to recite the below mentioned prayer for the sick persons
Allahuma rabbi-nas adhhabal ba’sa, ashfi wa entashafi, la shifa’ illa shifa’uka shifa’ la yughadiru saqama.
It is recommended that while reciting this Du`a you should touch the region which is in pain with right hand. In this prayer a person begs to Allah almighty who is the sustainer to remove the disease and cure it. Also it is stated that no other person has the power of curing the illness other than Allah Almighty.
Another Du`a is being mentioned below
As’alu Allah al ‘azim rabbil ‘arshil azim an yashifika
In this prayer a person begs to Allah Almighty for the cure of his illness. It is recommended to do the repetition of this prayer 7 times.
Finally a person should never lose hope and never wish for death during his illness because this is not liked by Allah Almighty.