Sunnats and Aadaab of Visiting the Sick – Part 3

Roses 41. Console the sick and give him encouragement and hope of his recovery.

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما  أن النَبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ دَخَلَ عَلَى أعْرَابِيٍّ يَعُودُه ، وَكَانَ إذَا دَخَلَ عَلَى مَن يَعُودُهُ ، قَالَ لاَ بَأسَ طَهُورٌ إنْ شَاءَ اللهُ   (البخاري 2/845)

Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that once Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) visited a sick villager, and whenever he would visit the sick he used to recite the following duaa:

لاَ بَأسَ طَهُورٌ إنْ شَاءَ اللهُ

Do not grieve (do not worry), Insha Allah through this sickness you will obtain purity (from your sins)

2. It is incorrect for the doctor to inform the patient that there is no hope left for him in any given situation.

عَن أَبِي سَعِيدٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلىَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذَا دَخَلْتُم عَلَى الْمَرِيضِ فَنَفِّسُوا لَهُ فِي أَجَلِهِ فَإِنَّ ذَلِكَ لَا يَرُدُّ شَيئًا وَيَطِيبُ بِنَفْسِهِ . (ابن ماجه 104 ص)

Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (Radhiallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When you visit a sick person, then give him encouragement and hope of life, for indeed giving him hope (and lifting his spirits) will not change taqdeer. However, it will be a means of bringing happiness and comfort to him. 

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