What do I do about my sickness?

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Assalāmualaikum.  Can you please send me a wazīfah or zikr to get rid of my kidney infection. 

Since a few days, I have pain in my back.  I have shown it to many doctors but the treatment is slow.  Can you please give me any suggestion on what I should do.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


We make duā to Allāh Ta’ālā that He grant you complete cure. Amīn.


Allāh Ta’ālā created the human race physically weak.  Allāh Ta’ālā says in the Glorious Qurān:


“And man has been created weak” (Qurān 4/28)


Amongst the signs of man’s weakness is his susceptibility to sickness.  There are many trivial factors rotating around our life that cause us to become sick.  Sometimes a slight change in the weather pattern causes us to remain bedridden for days.  At times, the food we consume disrupts our digestive system, resulting in unbearable pain.          


It is through the wisdom of Allāh Ta’ālā that we are afflicted with sickness.  Allāh Ta’ālā wants us to realize and understand our helplessness and our dependency on Him.  When our sight is directed towards the grandeur of Almighty Allāh and towards our own feebleness, we attain the Ma’rifah and recognition of Almighty Allāh, which is a necessary ingredient for true success.  Hence, our illnesses are signs that Allāh Ta’ālā intends good for us.

 Nabī Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam has stated:[1]


“When Allāh intends good for someone then He afflicts him.”

 (Sahīh Al-Bukhārī, Hadīth No. 5645: Dār Tauq An-Najāh)



Furthermore, sickness is a means of clearing ones slate in the court of Almighty Allāh.  Man is prone to sin. Hence, Allāh Ta’ālā through His Mercy has organized a natural purifier for the dirt accumulated by committing sins.


Nabī Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam has said: 


“Allāh Ta’ālā forgives a Muslim in lieu of every calamity that afflicts him even though he is pricked by a thorn.” (Sahīh Al-Bukhārī, Hadīth No. 5640: Dār Tauq An-Najāh)[2]    


Therefore we come to understand that every aspect of a believer’s life is fruitful, whether he is the target of Allāh’s bounties or he is afflicted by pain and sickness.


Nabī Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam has stated:   


“How strange is the condition of a believer.  All of his affairs are fruitful.  And this state is only for a believer.  If he is put in a good situation he is grateful and this is good for him.  And if he is troubled, then he is patient, and that is good for him.”

(Muslim, Hadīth No. 2999: Dār Ihyā At-Turāth Al-Arabī) [3]


Furthermore, when an individual becomes sick, the most vital point of focus is that the belief in the heart remains correct.  The attention should be directed towards Allāh Ta’ālā that He is the only one who can cure. 


The statement of Ibrāhīm Alaihissalām when inviting his father towards Allāh Ta’ālā is a sufficing advise for us.  In the Qurān it is stated:


واذا مرضت فهو يشفين (سورة الشعراء, اية 80)

Translation:  When I become sick, Allāh is the One who cures me. (Qurān 26/80)



With regards to a wazīfah, make it a habit of reciting the Duā that was recited by Sayidunā Ayūb Alaihissalām when he was afflicted with sickness. The Dua is mentioned in the Glorious Qurān:

رب اني مسني الضر وانت ارحم الراحمين(سورة الانبياء, اية 83)

Translation:   O my sustainer, pain has afflicted me and You are the most merciful. (Qurān 21/83)

Transliteration: Rabbe annī massanī adh-dhurru wa anta arhamur rāhmīn


Furthermore, it was the noble practice of Nabī Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam that whenever he would experience pain, he would recite Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nās, blow on his hands and rub over his body. [4] Insha Allah, through the adherence of this Sunnah, Allah will give you relief and cure.


Along with these wazīfas, continue to consult an expert physician and adhere to his advice.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mawlana Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman,
Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1]  حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ يُوسُفَ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَالِكٌ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ أَبِي صَعْصَعَةَ، أَنَّهُ قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ سَعِيدَ بْنَ يَسَارٍ أَبَا الحُبَابِ، يَقُولُ: سَمِعْتُ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ، يَقُولُ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «مَنْ يُرِدِ اللَّهُ بِهِ خَيْرًا يُصِبْ مِنْهُ» (صحيح البخاري, رقم الحديث 5645: دار طوق النجاة)

[2]  حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو اليَمَانِ الحَكَمُ بْنُ نَافِعٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا شُعَيْبٌ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنِي عُرْوَةُ بْنُ الزُّبَيْرِ، أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا، زَوْجَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، قَالَتْ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «مَا مِنْ مُصِيبَةٍ تُصِيبُ المُسْلِمَ إِلَّا كَفَّرَ اللَّهُ بِهَا عَنْهُ، حَتَّى الشَّوْكَةِ يُشَاكُهَا» (صحيح البخاري, رقم الحديث: دار طوق النجاة)


[3] حَدَّثَنَا هَدَّابُ بْنُ خَالِدٍ الْأَزْدِيُّ، وَشَيْبَانُ بْنُ فَرُّوخَ، جَمِيعًا عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ الْمُغِيرَةِ – وَاللَّفْظُ لِشَيْبَانَ – حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ، حَدَّثَنَا ثَابِتٌ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ أَبِي لَيْلَى، عَنْ صُهَيْبٍ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «عَجَبًا لِأَمْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِ، إِنَّ أَمْرَهُ كُلَّهُ خَيْرٌ، وَلَيْسَ ذَاكَ لِأَحَدٍ إِلَّا لِلْمُؤْمِنِ، إِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ سَرَّاءُ شَكَرَ، فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ، وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ ضَرَّاءُ، صَبَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ» (مسلم, رقم الحديث 2999: دار احياء التراث العربي)

[4]  حَدَّثَنِي حِبَّانُ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ، أَخْبَرَنَا يُونُسُ، عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، قَالَ: أَخْبَرَنِي عُرْوَةُ، أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ، رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا،

أَخْبَرَتْهُ: «أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ إِذَا اشْتَكَى نَفَثَ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ بِالْمُعَوِّذَاتِ، وَمَسَحَ عَنْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَلَمَّا اشْتَكَى وَجَعَهُ الَّذِي تُوُفِّيَ فِيهِ، طَفِقْتُ أَنْفِثُ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ بِالْمُعَوِّذَاتِ الَّتِي كَانَ يَنْفِثُ، وَأَمْسَحُ بِيَدِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْهُ»(صحيح البخاري, رقم الحديث 4439: دار طوق النجاة)


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