Sunnats and Aadaab of Visiting the Sick – Part 1

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flowers 11.      Great virtues and rewards have been recorded in the Ahadith for visiting the sick.

عَن عَلِي رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ قال سَمِعتُ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلىَّ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ سَلَّمَ يَقُولُ مَا مِن مُسْلِمٍ يَعُودُ مُسْلِمًا غَدْوَةً إلاَّ صَلَّى عَلَيهِ سَبْعُونَ أَلْفَ مَلَكٍ حَتَّى يُمْسِىَ وَإِنْ عَادَهُ عَشِيَّةً إِلَّا صَلَّى عَلَيهِ سَبْعُونَ أَلْفَ مَلَكٍ حَتَى يُصْبِحَ وَكَانَ لَهُ خَرِيفٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ ( الترمذي  1/116 )

Hadhrat Ali (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who visits a sick person in the morning, seventy thousand angels invoke Allah Ta’ala’s mercy for him until the evening, and the one who visits a sick person in the evening, seventy thousand angels invoke Allah Ta’ala’s mercy for him until the morning, and he will receive a garden in Paradise.

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ  مَنْ عَادَ مَرِيضًا نَادَى مُنَادٍ فِي السَّمَاءِ طِبْتَ وَطَابَ مَمْشَاكَ وَتَبَوَّأْتَ مِنَ الْجَنَّةِ مَنْزِلاً . (ابن ماجه ص104)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: Whosoever visits a sick person, an angel calls out from the sky: “May you remain in ease and comfort. How excellent is your walking (to meet your brother and show concern for him) and (through this action) you have built (for yourself) a palace in Jannah.”

2.      Through visiting the sick one receives the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.

عَن أبي هُرَيرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَليهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِنَّ اللهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَقُولُ يَومَ القِيَامَةِ  يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ مَرِضْتُ فَلَمْ تَعُدْنِي قَال  يَا رَبِّ كَيفَ أَعُودُكَ وَأَنْتَ رَبُّ العَالَمِينَ قَالَ  أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّ عَبْدِي فُلاَنًا مَرِضَ فَلَم تَعُدْهُ أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّكَ لَو عُدتَّهُ لَوَجَدتَّنِي عِنْدَهُ.  (مسلم 2/318)

Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “On the day of Qiyaamah, Allah Ta’ala will say, ‘O son of Aadam (Alaihis Salaam), I fell ill but you did not visit Me.’ The person will reply, ‘O Allah, how is it possible for me to visit You when You fall ill whereas You are the lord of the worlds.’ (i.e. You are not like human beings who fall ill). Allah Ta’ala will reply, ‘Don’t you know that My so and so slave had fallen ill and you did not visit him? Don’t you know that had you visited him you would have surely found Me present?’

Sunnats and Aadaab of Visiting the Sick – Part 2

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flower1. One should not prolong one’s stay by the sick, thereby causing him discomfort. Rather, after a short while, one should leave.

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:الْعِيَادَةُ فُوَاقُ نَاقَةٍ (شعب الايمان للبيهقي رقم 8786)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Visiting the sick should be for the duration of the milking of a camel.”

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال من السنة تخفيف الجلوس وقلة الصخب  (مرقاة-باب عيادة المريض)

It is reported that Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhu) said: “It is from the Sunnah to shorten one’s visit (by the sick) and to avoid making noise.

It is reported that once a group of people went to visit Hadhrat Sarri Saqti (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) in his final illness. They prolonged their stay by him. Hadhrat Sarri Saqti (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was at that time suffering from stomach pains. They then intended to leave and asked Hadhrat Sarri Saqti (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) to make duaa for them. Hadhrat Sarri Saqti (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) made duaa: “O Allah, teach them the etiquettes of visiting the sick. (Mirqaat)

On one occasion, a person went to visit a sick patient and remained by him for a long time. The sick person then said: “We have been greatly inconvenienced by the large number of people coming to visit us.” The visitor asked: “Should I get up and close the door for you so that they don’t come in?” The sick person replied: “Yes, but close it from outside. (I.e. you also remain outside as you are also causing inconvenience).   (Mirqaat)

Sunnats and Aadaab of Visiting the Sick – Part 3

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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. 

Sunnats and Aadaab of Visiting the Sick – Part 4

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Roses1. Whenever the opportunity arises to visit a Muslim who has fallen ill, do so even though the sick may not be from among one’s family or friends.

عَن أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ  رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَنْ تَوَضَّأَ فَأَحْسَنَ الْوُضُوءَ وَعَادَ أَخَاهُ الْمُسْلِمَ مُحْتَسِبًا بُوْعِدَ مِنْ جَهَنَّمَ مَسِيرَةَ سَبْعِينَ خَرِيفًا. (أبو داود ص441)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who makes a perfect wudhu (i.e. through fulfilling all the sunan and mustahabbaat of wudhu) and sets out to visit his sick Muslim brother with the hope of receiving the rewards for visiting the sick, such a person will be saved from Jahannum the distance of seventy years.

2. When visiting the sick one should recite the following duaa:

لاَ بَأسَ طَهُورٌ إنْ شَاءَ اللهُ

There is no need to worry, Insha Allah through this sickness you will be cleansed and purified. (i.e. There is absolutely no need for you to worry or fear. You are just going through a cleansing process. Spiritually you are been cleansed from your sins and physically your body is being rid of the toxins and the harmful effects. Hence, when this sickness has come to you as a mercy in disguise from the side of Allah Ta’ala, there is no need for you to worry and grieve).

     One may also recite the following duaa seven times:

أَسْألُ اللهَ الْعَظِيمَ ، رَبَّ العَرشِ العَظِيمِ ، أَن يَّشْفِيَكَ

I beseech Allah Ta’ala, the Almighty, the Lord of the great throne, to cure you.

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)

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: مَن عَادَ مَرِيضًا لَم يَحْضُرْهُ أَجَلُه ، فَقَال عِنْدَه سَبْعَ مِرَارٍ أَسْألُ اللهَ الْعَظِيمَ ، رَبَّ العَرشِ العَظِيمِ ، أَن يَّشْفِيَكَ، إلَّا عَافَاه اللهُ مِن ذَلِكَ الْمَرَضِ.  (أبو داود ص442)

Hadhrat Ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Whoever recites the following duaa seven times upon a sick person -who is not destined to die in that sickness-, Allah Ta’ala will cure him from that sickness:

أَسْألُ اللهَ الْعَظِيمَ ، رَبَّ العَرشِ العَظِيمِ ، أَن يَّشْفِيَكَ

I beseech Allah Ta’ala, the Almighty, the Lord of the great throne, to cure you.

Sunnats and Aadaab of Visiting the Sick – Part 5

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Flowers 21. If it will not be causing any inconvenience, then one may ask the sick person to make Duaa to Allah Ta’ala on his behalf

عَن عُمَرَ بنِ الخَطَّاب رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا دَخَلتَ عَلَى مَرِيضٍ فَمُرْهُ يَدْعَو لَكَ فَإِنَّ دُعَاءَهُ كَدُعَاءِ الْمَلَائِكَةِ . (ابن ماجه ص104)

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When visiting the sick person, (if it is possible for you to ask him to make duaa on your behalf) then ask him to make duaa for you, for indeed his duaa is similar to the duaa of the angels (due to him being cleansed of his sins).

2. It is Sunnah for one to make wudhu before visiting the sick.

عَن أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ  رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَنْ تَوَضَّأَ فَأَحْسَنَ الْوُضُوءَ وَعَادَ أَخَاهُ الْمُسْلِمَ مُحْتَسِبًا بُوْعِدَ مِنْ جَهَنَّمَ مَسِيرَةَ سَبْعِينَ خَرِيفًا. (أبو داود ص441)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The one who makes a perfect wudhu (i.e. through fulfilling all the sunan and mustahabbaat of wudhu) and sets out to visit his sick Muslim brother with the hope of receiving the rewards for visiting the sick, such a person will be kept away from Jahannum the distance of seventy years.