Correlation Between Healing and Prayer

Being human beings, we possess the vulnerability to befall illness. This fate can never be escaped; we can however try to avoid it. The ailments occur owing to environment pollution, some change our bodies are going through or the incompatibility of our immune system to fight off germs.

Sicknesses do have a religious side too. As Muslims, we are to believe that such times are a test from Allah and we must maintain our religious integrity and best of character along with patience to go through them. Many prophets that have passed including Muhammad (S.A.W.) have gone through such time and prayed to Allah Almighty to seek His help for such a test, for good and bad times both are brought down from Him. There are certain Quranic verses that we can recite as Healing Prayers during such times and we shall discuss some of them below:

Verses from Quran:

Allah loves those who turn to only Him for help in times of need and distress. In ‘Surat al-Ambiya’, Allah mentions of Hazrat Ayub (A.S.) when he befell sick and acknowledged Allah to be his only savior.

“And [mention] Ayub, when he called to his Lord, "Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful. So We responded to him and removed what afflicted him of adversity. And We gave him [back] his family and the like thereof with them as mercy from Us and a reminder for the worshippers [of Allah ].”  (The Quran 21:83-84)

The last part of this verse “a reminder for the worshippers [of Allah]” holds the importance as a sign that Allah is the one bless anyone with anything. 

There’s also another verse we can recite while we’re sick:

“And when I am ill, it is He who cures me”  (The Quran 26:80)

Hence, this verse along with others tell us that He holds command over all things including ailments and their healing. The above given verses are the Translation of the Quan in English, however, if you would like to learn how to read Quran, then I would recommend Arabic Noorani Qaida and to learn from it. However, if you just want Blessings of Quran through Surah Rahman, then you may also have it.

Sunnah:

It so happened once that some cast over the beloved Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) a curse of black magic. Muhammad (S.A.W.) fell greatly ill and sought Allah’s help. Allah told him to recite the following verses:

“Say, "I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak. From the evil of that which He created. And from the evil of darkness when it settles. And from the evil of the blowers in knots. And from the evil of an envier when he envies." “  (The Quran 113:1-5)

Here, ‘evil of the blowers in knots’ refers to the evil of black magic. Any act of Sunnah is grealt beneficial thus we should recite this surah whenever fall ill with the intention of following sunnah thus earning reward for both remembering Allah and following Sunnah.

Another healing prayer Sunnah is:

"Ayesha (R.A.) stated that when Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) was ill, he used to recite the four Quls, blow on his hands and pass them over on the back and front. He also recited these surahs, blew on his hands and passed them over his body during his fatal illness".  (Bukhari, Muslim)

The 4 quls are located in the last chapters of the Holy Quran and they’re also easy to remember thus, they should be recited by everyone during hard times.

Conclusion:

We are His creations and we will return to Him one day. Diseases and ailments are brought upon us from Him and it is best to stay on the right path during such times and not lose ourselves or He sees us and will judge us according to our actions. 

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