Health – Healing verses in the Quran

There are 6 well known healing verses in the following quran surahs:

  • 9:14
  • 10:57
  • 16:69
  • 17:82
  • 26:80
  • 41:44

Why do we get ill and how can the Quran help?

It’s easy to love God and thank Him when we have blessings such as enjoying good health.  But part of this life and the test that He has put for us in it is to see whether we would thank Allah in sickness and poor health. 

How would we react when things aren’t going our way?  In that situation, a Muslim is taught to have patience with Allah and ask Him to remove the distress and the ill health and in its place give good health, prosperity, and happiness.

What does the Quran say about healing?

The Quran describes God’s power over all things, that our accomplishment in healing and medicine, as well as everything else has been achieved only with His permission and help.  Our knowledge is limited to what He has revealed to us up to now and whatever we will accomplish in the future. 

Is there a cure for every illness?

Some narrations of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) state that there is a cure for every disease except old age and death.  This shows that there is definitely a cure for every disease and encourages people to search for it.  As old age and death occur as a result of a kind of illness, it is possible to analyze the thing that causes old age and make scientific discoveries and explanations.

They say sickness is a blessing, is this true?

This is often mentioned as a means to comfort the ill person or their family, but is there any truth in it?

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It can be a blessing in a number of ways:

  1. Because this life is a test, if we pass it you rise up higher as with any test.  If you pass it, you go to the next level.
  2. The sickness itself could be a way of removing some of our sins as every action has a consequence, whether in this life or the next.  As a Muslim, if there is to be a consequence of the sin, it is better to endure it in this world rather than the Hereafter, where it would be heavier and longer.
  3. A person is rewarded in the Hereafter for undergoing the suffering in this life through no fault of their own. They may even be rewarded in this world too.
  4. If we have health and prosperity all the time, we forget God.  It’s usually only when sickness affects us or disaster strikes that we tend to remember God and in that respect, it’s not entirely bad that we get sick if we remember Him and work towards something good.

How can the Quran help when we are ill?

Allah has told us that the Quran is a shifa (cure and healing) for all types of spiritual and physical ailments and so when used with a real conviction in the heart of its truthfulness, this form of treatment can bring immense help.

As listed in a related article, there are other chapters in the Quran which serve as a means of therapy for certain ailments, physical as well as spiritual. 

Healing verses in the Quran

Below are mentioned the 6 Quranic verses of healing referred to as Ayaat Ash-Shifa because the healing power of the Quran is mentioned in them.

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They are to be found in different verses of the Quran.  Insha Allah, we hope you find relief with them from whatever suffering or ailments you are experiencing.  And these are to be recited along with seeking professional medical help.

‘….and satisfy the breasts of a believing people.’  Quran 9:14

‘…and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers.’  Quran 10:57

‘…There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colours, in which there is healing for people.’  Quran 16:69

‘And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers…’  Quran 17:82

‘And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.’  Quran 26:80

 ‘…Say, “It is, for those who believe, a guidance and cure…’  Quran 41:44

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