As Muslims, we are taught to understand that human beings are fragile, frail and prone to sickness. At one time or another, we all get sick, more seriously than others. Although medicine has come a long way in preventing and curing these illnesses, a lot of people find comfort in prayer, as well.

Being a true Muslim, we must believe in Allah’s complete command over any matter concerning life and death. One is ought to remain steadfast and stay calm in any kind of misery, be it physical or mental.

At times of trouble, we are constantly looking for a prayer to read to heal ourselves for our loved ones. What du’a can one say for a person who is sick? For example, a parent for a sick child? Or for any family member or friend who is ill? Or even a dua’ for a sick person to say for himself?

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has taught us things in such cases in which there is healing and a lessening of sickness, as well as reward. That is part of Allah’s mercy towards this blessed ummah and the Prophet’s care for it. He is the one whom Allah described as (interpretation of the meaning):

(وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ (٨٠

And when I am ill, it is He who cures me (Ash-Shu’ara 26:80)

This verse simply directs every true believer of the religion to have a clear conscience about Allah’s ability to make every matter and heal all sorts of diseases. According to Bukhari, it is reported that the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) have said:

“There is no disease that God Almighty has created, except that He also has created its treatment” (Bukhari)

Verily, there has come unto you a Messenger (Muhammad SAW) from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He is anxious over you; for the believers (he is) full of pity, kind, and merciful. (At-Taubah 9:128)

Among the things that we are taught is to recite Surah Al-Fatihah, also known as Ar-Ruqyah, the Spiritual Cure. Abu Sa’id reported that after he had recited to cure a person who had been bitten by a scorpion, the Apostle ﷺ of God asked him, Reciting Al-Fatihah

“…And what made you to know that it was a ruqya.” (Bukhari)

In the event of fear and anxiety one should seek the help of Allah and frequently recite this ayat of the glorious Qur’an

حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ

“Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).” (3:173).

When I was facing through a rough time a few years ago, an old friend reached out and gave me this ayat, which I remember until this very day.

1. Du’a for when seeing someone afflicted by misfortune:

الحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي عَافَانِي مِمَّا ابْتَلَاكَ بِهِ، وَفَضَّلَنِي عَلَى كَثِيرٍ مِمَّنْ خَلَقَ تَفْضِيلًا

Praise is to Allah Who has spared me what He has afflicted you with, and preferred me greatly above much of what He has created. (Ibn Majah, At-Tirmidhi)

2. Du’a for the one in distress:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ الْعَظِيمُ الْحَلِيمُ ، لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ ، لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ رَبُّ السَّمَوَاتِ وَرَبُّ الأَرْضِ ورَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْكَرِيمِ

None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, The Magnificent, The Most Clement. None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, Lord of the magnificent throne. None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the Earth and Lord of the noble throne.

3. Du’a for the sick person who is close to death:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ ، إِنَّ لِلْمَوْتِ سَكَرَاتٍ

AAaishah (RA) related that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) (during his illness in which he passed away), would dip his hands in water and then he would wipe his face and say:

“None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, death does indeed contain agony.” (Bukhari)

4. Dua and instruction for the one nearing death:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ

The people around a sick person (whose death is imminent) should instruct and encourage him/her to say the Shahada. (Sahih Muslim)