TREATING ILLNESSES IN ISLAM.
First of all, it should be stressed that a Muslim must believe that no one can cause harm or benefit without Allah’s Will. If a Muslim faces a medical problem he or she should seek medical treatment or ruqyah and this by no means contradicts the belief that it is Almighty Allah who is the Healer. It is important to believe that healing is by Almighty Allah’s Will and that seeking treatment by taking medicines or reading ruqyahs cannot have any effect unless Allah Almighty wills it to be so. Following are the lawful and the unlawful for treating illnesses:
– A Muslim must seek medical treatment because, Prophet Mohammad(SAW) said “You should seek medical treatment, because Allah, the Exalted, has let no disease exist without providing for its cure, except for one ailment, namely, old age’.” (Reported by Ahmad)
-It is permissible to be treated by a non-Muslim Physician.
-It is permissible to be treated by a Physician of the opposite gender.
–It is permissible to use the Qur’an for incantation or any other words that contain Allah’s remembrance but, should not contain any polytheistic statements.
– It is permissible to take preventive measures like practicing good hygiene, eating wholesome food, proper exercise, getting enough sleep, getting vaccinated, having regular checkups and following your Doctor’s advice.
-Authentic Du’as-1) Allahahuma Rabbin nas azhhabal ba’sa, ashfi wa antashafi, la shifa’ illa shifa’uka shifa’ la yughadiru saqma “O Allah! The Sustainer of mankind! Remove the illness, cure the disease. You are the One Who cures. There is no cure except Your cure. Grant (us) a cure that leaves no illness.2) When you have any pain, put your hand where you feel pain, then say: Bismallaha’uzhu bi’izatillah min shari ma ajidu min waj’i hazha “In the Name of Allah! I seek refuge in Allah’s might from the evil of this pain”. Then remove your hand, and repeat the same for an odd number of times. 3) When someone visits a sick person whose time of death has not come, and says seven times: As’alu Allah al ‘azim Rabbil ‘arshil azim an yshfiaka ‘I ask Allah, the Mighty, the Lord of the mighty throne, to cure you, ‘Allah will cure him of that illness.
-It is permissible to recite Surah Al-Fatihah, Ayat ul Kursi, Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Nas, blow on palms and then rub all over your body or blow on someone’s body or to write it on a paper placed in a vessel of water and either to drink it or to wash the body with it.
-Use of honey from the Qur’an: “And the Lord inspired the bee, saying: Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you)’. There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for men. Verily in this is indeed a sign for people who think.”Quran 16:68-69
-Use of Black seed (Nigella Sativa seed, Kalonji in Urdu, cure kit in Bosnian, Habbat al Barakah in Arabic). Prophet (SAW) said, “ Black seed is the remedy of all diseases except death”.
-It is prohibited to use amulets (tawiz).
-It is prohibited to use any haram product except when halal product is not available or if there is a dire need.
-It is prohibited to use any kind of magic.
-It is prohibited to use anything or means, not authentic from the Qur’an and sunnah.
Allah Almighty knows best
SOURCE: Fiqh us sunnah by As-Sayyid Sabiq Vol.4, www.onislam.net