Before seeking cures for any disease, a Muslim should first believe that all diseases as well as their cures are in Allah’s hands and power. Allah alone decrees trials for His creation and He alone can decree their remedies. All means of getting sick and healed are therefore contingent upon Allah’s decree.
As part of a Muslim’s belief, this principle is important because people must understand how afflictions come down upon a person and they must also know where true healing comes from. This is despite the fact that they are encouraged to strive hard in seeking cures for their afflictions. We must be firm in knowing and believing that Allah is the One who heals whomsoever He wills, and He decrees sickness and death for whomsoever He wills. Allah says in the Quran:
“And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things” [ Surah Al-AnAam , 6:17]
Islam does not discourage the use of treatments available to us through medical and other sciences. On the contrary, the use of such treatments are encouraged by the teachings of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ who sought the treatment of illnesses and diseases for himself and urged his followers to do the same. Thus, seeking medical treatment for the cure of diseases is part of the traditions of the Prophet ﷺ .
We find in an authentic Hadith that the Prophet ﷺ said:
“For every disease there is a medicine, and if that medicine is applied to the disease, he will recover by Allah’s Leave.” And he ﷺ said: “Allah has not sent down any disease but He has also sent down the cure; the one who knows it, knows it and the one who does not know it, does not know it.”
The Prophet’s statement that there is a cure for every disease might include both the curable and the humanly incurable diseases, for Allah may have hidden these types of cures from mankind and blocked their path to acquiring them. Allah knows best. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said that the disease ends when the proper cure is applied to it, indicating that there is an antidote for every disease.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ has stated that when the two opponents meet, meaning, the proper remedy and the disease, recovery from the illness occurs. When the medicine is given in a dosage higher than what is needed, or when it is not the required medicine, this might lead to further health complications. When the dosage is less than what is needed, it will not be sufficient to cure the disease. When the sick person is not treated with the suitable medicine, cure and recovery does not occur.
That is to say, when the time is not suitable for the cure, or when the body is unable or unsuitable for the prescribed medicine, the cure will not be effective. When all circumstances are favorable, the cure will surely be effective. This is the understanding that we can get from this Hadith.
We must believe that Allah is the only Healer. That He heals whomsoever He wills and He decrees sickness and death for whomsoever He wills. Prophet Ibraheem (Alihi Salam) used this beautiful fact as a powerful tool for da’wah:
“And when I am ill, it is He who cures me. [Quran, 26:80]”
Duaa for Treating Illnesses
“Aoodhu Bikalimatil- laahit-min kulli- shaytanin wa haammatin,- wa-min kulli aiynin- laammah.
“I seek refuge in Allah’s perfect worlds from all devils and insects and from all envious eyes.”
~Source Saheeh Al-Bukhari, hadith No. 3371.
May Allah give Shifa’a to the sick ones, grant them steadfast recovery and heal their Illness.