May
24
2018

Ash-Shafi’ (The One Who cures)

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

The Beautiful Name of Allah ‘ Ash-Shafi’ (The Healer)

The manifestations of the Beautiful Name of Allah ‘ Ash-Shafi’ in the month of Ramadan:
Allah the Almighty created man. He created lusts and desires inside him, gave him the free will to make choices, and the power of thinking clearly to keep control over his everyday activities. He sent for him the Islamic Law (Shari’ah) (so that he can differentiate between what is Halal (permissible) and what is Haram (forbidden) in Islam). He sent his Messengers and Prophets and revealed to them His Divine Books. Nevertheless man turned away driven by his lusts and whims without knowledge or guidance, or a Book that enlightens his way, so he went far astray.
Since it is possible for man to stray far away (from the Straight Path), Allah the Almighty sent to him two kinds of healing; a healing for his soul and a healing for his body. In other words, the Qur’an is the nourishment and healing of human soul. As for the healing of human body, Allah the Almighty granted doctors the skill of treating patients through prescribing medicines or recommending other treatments (while it is Allah the Almighty Who heals them).

The reality of illness and diseases:

In fact, the real cause of human diseases is straying far away from the Straight Path of Allah Allah the Almighty. In other words, all spiritual diseases of the heart such as rancor, hatred, arrogance, selfishness, ungratefulness, unfairness, etc. are the symptoms of one serious disease (i.e. one big problem) which is turning away from Allah the Almighty.
Moreover, many diseases affect human body when one violates the Divine Method of Allah the Almighty represented in the instructions of the Prophet, may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, (such as washing hands before and after eating, refraining from eating while one does not feel hungry, stopping overeating, etc.)
It was narrated that the Prophet, may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, said:

Allah did not send down any disease but that He also sent its cure

In fact, the spiritual diseases of the heart are more serious than physical diseases since no matter how serious physical diseases are, they end when the affected person dies. In other words, all matters related to this worldly life, such as illness or good health, strength or weakness, wealth or poverty, prettiness or ugliness, and intelligence or stupidity, end at death. On the other hand, the serious consequences of the spiritual diseases of the heart start after death ( since on the Day of Resurrection, one will be held accountable for ignoring the fact that he should purify his heart from these spiritual diseases in order to come to Allah with a sound heart). Allah the Almighty says:

(The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifaq (hypocrisy)])

[Ash-Shu'ara: 88-89]

One of the Noble Ahadith which are regarded as fundamental principles of healing is the following one narrated by Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, in which the Prophet, Peace be upon him, said

There is a remedy for every malady, and when the remedy is applied to the disease it is cured with the permission of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious

[Muslim]

So, when a physician, who has failed to diagnose a disease, hears this hadith, he should accuse himself of negligence. In other words, according to this Noble Hadith, physicians and scientists should make every effort to diagnose (mysterious) diseases and to find a cure for them. On the other hand, when a depressed patient hears this Hadith, his heart will be filled with hope of healing; that Allah the Almighty will cure him because there is no disease that Allah the Almighty has created, except that He also has created its treatment.
So, when Allah the Almighty grants a doctor success in his profession so he diagnoses the illness correctly and treats it successfully, this disease will properly be cured by the Will of Allah the Almighty.

Some Noble Ayaat on healing:

There are many Ayaat in the Noble Qur’an on healing. One of these Ayaat is the noble Ayah below in which Allah the Almighty says:

(Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people)

[Al-Tawbah: 14]

This means when the truth triumphs over falsehood, the true believer will feel a great sense of inner happiness and peace according to his sound Fitrah (pure innate nature).
Furthermore, Allah the Almighty has made the Noble Qur’an a healing for the spiritual disease of the heat. He says:

(O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Quran, ordering all that is good and forbidding all that is evil), and a healing for that (disease of ignorance, doubt, hypocrisy and differences, etc.) in your breasts, – a guidance and a mercy (explaining lawful and unlawful things, etc.) for the believers)

[Yunus, 57]

Also, In Surat Al-Nahl, Allah the Almighty says:

(And your Lord inspired the bee, saying: “Take you habitations in the mountains and in the trees and in what they erect. * “Then, eat of all fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you).” There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think)

[An-Nahl, 68-69]

The two kinds of healing:

The scholars say that there are two kinds of healing: first, the Noble Quran, which is a cure for the spiritual diseases of the heart, and secondly honey which is a remedy for most physical illnesses.
Thus, Allah the Almighty is the Healer and The One Who cures sickness.
When one does not take care of his health, he may get sick. In addition, out of Allah’s Mercy, when one turns away from Him, Allah the Almighty afflicts him with some trials and calamities in order to heal his heart (from spiritual diseases). As a result, he will turn to Him in repentance. Thus, it is Allah the Almighty who cures spiritual and physical sickness. Allah the Almighty says:

(And when I am ill, it is He who cures me)

[Ash-Shu'ara, 80]

Finally, the sacred month of Ramadan is a time to purify the soul when one does his best to improve his relationship with Allah the Almighty (through fasting, offering the night prayers, etc.). That is why it can be likened to a spiritual intensive course. Furthermore, it is a time to heal your body, since fasting during Ramadan has incredible health benefits to such an extent that it can be likened to a preventive therapeutic course as it has been confirmed by modern medicine

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds

Translation : Rana Saraqbi
Auditing : Maha Sulieman

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