Life in this world is precarious. We pass from one stage to another. One of the stages of life is the period of illness. A period we are most reminded of how weak we really are. Yet, it also a period from which we all wish we could be spared. Reactions of individuals to this change differ, but the best reaction is that which Islaam requires us to confront illness with. Find a summary below:

Allaah Is The Healer Abu Ramthah (RA) narrated: "I visited A1laahs Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) with my father. My father saw a mark on the Messengers back. and said to him. Let me treat that thing on your back because I am a tabeeb (physician or healer) He replied: "You are only a kind man. But Allaah is the (true) Tabeeb." (Ahmad)

Do Not Curse The Illness The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) visited a woman called Ummus-Saib while she was sick. He asked her. "Why are you shivering. O Ummus-Saib?" She replied. "Because of the fever may A1laah not bless it." He said: "Do not curse the fever! It takes away the sins of the human beings as the bellows remove the filth from the iron. (Muslim)

Pray However Is Convenient: Imran bn Husayn (RA) reported that Allaah's Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Pray standing if you cannot pray sitting, if you cannot Pray on your side." (Bukhari)

Seek Medical Treatment: The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Seek treatment, because Allaah did not send down a sickness but has sent down a medication for it known to those who know it and not known to others - except for death."(Haakim)

Do Not Wish For Death The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Let no one wish for death, nor ask for it before it comes to him. Indeed, when one of you dies, his deeds cease: and indeed. a believers life does not increase him but in goodness."(Muslim) He also said: "None of you should wish for death on account of an illness or calamity that has befallen him. If there is no other alternative action let him pray. AlIaahumma ahyinee maa kaanatil-hayaata khayraa lee wa tawaffanee idhaa kaanatil-wafaatu khayraa lee." O Allaah! Give me life as long as life is good for me and cause me to die as when death is better for me (al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Use Permissible Medication The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Every disease has a medication: if the medication for a particular disease is found. it will be cured with Allaah’s permission." (Muslim)

Increase Acts Of Charity During Illness: The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "The secret sadaqah (charity) extinguishes the Lords anger: preserving the ties of kinship increases the lifespan: and rendering good to people protects from evil fatalities." (Bayhaqi) He also said: "Treat your sick with charity." (Abu ash-Shaykh)

Do Not Contemplate Suicide Whatever The Condition Is Jundab reported that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide and so Allaah said my slave has caused death on himself hurriedly, so I forbid Paradise for him." (Al-Bukhaaree)



This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited


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