Encouraging the Sick – Tibb-e-Nabawi

Encouraging the Sick

رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ

Prophet’s Guidance on treating the sick by encouraging them and strengthening their resolve

روى ابن ماجه فى “سننه” من حديث أبى سعيد الخُدرىّ، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “إذا دَخَلْتُم على المَرِيضِ، فَنَفِّسوا لَهُ فى الأجَلِ، فإنَّ ذَلِكَ لا يَرُدُّ شيئاً، وَهُوَ يُطَيِّبُ نَفْسَ المريضِ”.

Ibn Majah narrated that Abu Said A1-Khudri said, The Messenger of Allah said:

“When you visit a sick person, say good words to him, for the sake of Allah for although that does not prevent any harm, it still brings relief to the patient’s heart”. Tirmizi also narrated this Hadith.

This Hadith contains one of the most honorable remedies, that is, relieving the anxiety of the sick with good words that will enhance his resolve and strength. In this case, the inner energy would be elevated and would help the body against the disease, which is the best the doctor could wish for.

Relieving the anxiety of the sick person and bringing relief to his heart has a surprisingly good effect in curing the body and lessening the effects of an ailment. It will bring strength to the heart and the soul of the sick person, further encouraging the body to fight the disease. People have witnessed that the sick feel refreshed and energized in the company of those they like and respect when they visit them. This is one of the benefits gained from visiting the sick, which carries four types of benefits; for the sick person, the visitor, the sick person’s family and the general public.

We mentioned before that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam used to ask the sick about what they complain from and how they felt. He would ask them about what they had a taste for and would place his hand on the forehead, or even on the chest, asking Allah to bring about whatever benefits them in their condition. Sometimes, our beloved Prophet would perform (Wazoo) ablution and then pour the water he used on the sick person. Sometimes, Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam would say to the sick person:

لا بَأْس، طَهُورٌ إنْ شَاءَ الله

“It is alight. You will be purified (cured). Allah Willing”.

This, indeed, is the kindest way to treat the sick when visiting them.