Throughout Islamic history, the act of making dua (supplication) has been a cherished practice to seek Allah’s help and mercy. When we find ourselves or loved ones battling illness, these heartfelt supplications act as a comfort. Below is a concise guide on the dua for a sick person with its original Arabic text.
The Significance of Dua in Islam
Dua is a direct communication between a believer and Allah. Through it, we express our vulnerabilities, seek refuge, and ask for His infinite mercy.
Dua from the Quran for the Ailing
The Holy Quran offers guidance for every aspect of life, including moments of health distress. A comforting verse says: “وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ“ Translation: “And when I am ill, it is He (Allah) who cures me.” – (Quran 26:80)
Prophetic Dua for Healing from Hadith
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) provided us with specific supplications for various circumstances. One particularly potent dua for health is: “اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ النَّاسِ أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ، اشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءً لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا” Translation: “O Allah, the Lord of the people! Remove the trouble and heal the patient, for You are the Healer. No healing is of any avail but Yours; a healing that will leave behind no ailment.”
Steps to Make Dua for the Sick
- Purity First: Initiate with a clean heart and preferably after making ablution (wudhu).
- Direction: Face the Qibla, the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.
- Start with Praise: Begin by praising Allah and sending blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
- Pray with Conviction: Believe in the power of your supplication, knowing Allah is always listening.
Balancing faith with medical intervention is the essence of Islamic teachings. While seeking medical remedies, the dua for the sick instills hope and reminds us of the ever-present mercy of Allah.