On supplication for the person who is ill

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

145. Chapter: On supplication for the person who is ill

901. 'A'isha said that when a person complained to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, of some illness or had a wound or an injury, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, would say, doing this with his forefinger, (and Sufyan ibn 'Uyayna the transmitter would place his finger on the earth and then raise it and say), 'In the name of Allah, the dust of our earth combined with the saliva of some of us by which our sick are healed by the permission of our Lord.'" [Agreed upon]

902. 'A'isha said that when the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to visit one of his family who was ill, he would wipe them with his right hand and say, 'O Allah, Lord of mankind, remove harm and heal. You are the Healer and there is no healing but Your healing, a healing which does not leave behind any illness at all.'" [Agreed upon]

903. Anas reported that he said to Thabit, "May Allah have mercy on you, shall I give you the talisman of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace?" He said, "Yes." He said, "O Allah, Lord of people, remover of hardship, heal - for you are the Healer other than whom there is no healer - with a healing that does not leave illness behind." [al-Bukhari]

904. Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, visited me when I was ill and said, 'O Allah, heal Sa'd! O Allah, heal Sa'd! O Allah, heal Sa'd!'" [Muslim]

905. Abu 'Abdullah 'Uthman ibn Abi Abi'l-'As reported that he complained to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, of a pain he felt in his body. The Messenger of Allah said to him, "Place your hand on the part of your body which is hurting you and say, 'In the name of Allah' three times and say seven times, 'I seek refuge with the might of Allah and His power from the evil of what I find and that I might be on my guard.'" [Muslim]

906. Ibn 'Abbas reported that Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who visits a sick person whose time has not yet come and says seven times in his presence, 'I ask Allah the Immense, the Lord of the Immense Throne, to heal you,' Allah will heal him of that illness." [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

907. Ibn 'Abbas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, went to visit a bedouin. When he visited him, he said, "No harm. It is purification if Allah wills." [al-Bukhari]

908. Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported that Jibril came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, "Muhammad, are you in pain?" He said, "Yes." He said, "In the name of Allah, I remove from you everything that might harm you, the evil of every envious self or eye. May Allah heal you. In the name of Allah, I remove it from you." [Muslim]

909. Abu Sa'id al-Khudri and Abu Hurayra testified that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who says, 'There is no god but Allah and Allah is greater,' his Lord confirms it and says, 'There is no god but Me and I am greater.' When he says, 'There is no god but Allah alone with no partner,' He says, 'There is no god but Me alone and I have no partner.' When he says, 'There is no god but Allah. To Him belongs the kingdom and to Him belongs the praise,' He says, 'There is no god but Me. To Me belongs the kingdom and to Me belongs the praise.' When he says, There is no god but Allah. There is no strength and no power except by Allah,' He says, 'There is no god but Me. There is no strength and no power except by Me.' He used to say, 'Anyone who says it when he is ill and then dies, the Fire will not consume him.'" [at-Tirmidhi]