It is crucial for Muslims to gain knowledge of duas for good health from the Quran and Sunnah. Additionally, believers should understand that this world is not an eternal residence. On the contrary, it is merely a testing place. Trials and tribulations are undeniably bound to affect everyone, as Allah informs us in the Quran, in Surah Al Baqarah. A believer is supposed to bear each unique hardship with patience. Muslims must depend on Allah for due relief, as He tells us in Surah Ash Sharh that ease also accompanies adversity.
A Muslim suffering illness should keep in mind that if Allah had willed, he would not have fallen ill. Indeed, even a leaf does not fall without Allah knowing and allowing it. It can be Allah’s will to expiate one’s sins as a result of his ailment. In this case, a believer’s heart feels relaxed, realizing that if he exercizes patience during his difficulty, there are hidden blessings. In a Hadith in Sahih Muslim, the Prophet (PBUH) said that whenever a Muslim suffers sickness or calamity, his sins are expiated.
Illness, anxiety, sadness, etc. are thus all a test for the faith of believers. Those who remain patient when faced with such hardships will be handsomely rewarded in the afterlife. The ailment may pass, or if it’s something life threatening, it may end in death. Regardless of what the eventual outcome is, Allah will certainly reward the Muslim who is patient and depends on Him. We shall now learn six duas for good health from the Quran and Sunnah.
The following duas for good health can be recited by the unwell Muslim himself, or by someone else for him.
Duas for healing: Allah is the Only Healer
In Sahih Al Bukhari, we learn that the Prophet (PBUH) would wipe those who were ill with his right hand and say: “Adh hib il-ba’s. Rabbi l-naas. Wash fi anta al Shaafi. Laa shifaa’a illa shifaa ’uka shifaa ’an. Laa yughaadir saqa man.” (Calling on Allah to remove the harm and grant healing with a cure that eradicates disease, as He is the only Healer, and His is the only healing)
Duas for good health: Recite ‘Bismillah’ thrice and a Dua seven times
According to Sahih Muslim, the ailing person should place his hand on the part of his body that is in pain and say: “Bismillah” thrice, then say seven times: “A’oo dhu Bil laahi. Wa qudra tihi. Min sharri ma wa uhaa dhir” (Seeking refuge in Allah from evil)
Duas for shifa: Cure with Al Mu’awwidhatayn (Surah Al Falaq and Surah An Naas)
In Sahih Al Bukhari, it is mentioned that the Prophet (PBUH) would indeed blow on his sick family members and recite al-Mu’awwidhatayn (Surah Al Falaq and Surah An Naas).
Duas for good health: Asking Allah to cure the sick person whose time of death hasn’t arrived
In Sunan Abi Dawud, the Prophet (PBUH) said that if one pays a visit to someone who is ill, but his time of death hasn’t arrived, and says “Asal Allah Al ‘Azeema. Rabb al ‘Arshil ‘Azeem. An yash fiya ka” (Asking Allah Almighty, the Lord of the Mighty Throne, to cure the other person), Allah will cure that person’s illness.
Duas for ruqyah: Surah al Fatiha – The strongly recommended ‘Ruqyah’
In Sahih Al Bukhari, it is mentioned that the Prophet (PBUH) considered Surah al Fatiha a ruqyah. He approved of the companion who recited it as ruqyah for a person who had been stung by a scorpion. This is an excellent option among the duas for good health.
Duas in sickness/illness: A few Surahs that are recommended for Ruqyah
The Ruqyah can be performed by reciting a combination of Surahs. This can be accomplished by reciting Surah al Fatiha 7 times, the Mu’awidhatayn, and Ayat al Kursi. If a believer performs the Ruqyah, blows on his hands, and runs them over the afflicted part, while having complete faith in Allah’s Power to heal him, he will certainly be granted relief if Allah wills.
Health is from Allah alone, and it is entirely possible that He may take it away when He wishes. However, we should never be disheartened. Instead, we should accept Allah’s decree and also pray to him to make our health better. We should follow the guidelines of the Quran and Sunnah and offer the duas for good health and shifa.
It is very important for Muslims not to lose heart and keep Allah in mind. We must realize that if we are patient during this time, there is some hidden blessing in it for us. Perhaps Allah will forgive some of our sins. Alternatively, He may reward us heavily, paving the way for us to Jannah. Allah is never unjust in what He does. He is the Most Just.