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Regarding the Prophet's (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam)
 Guidance in Visiting the Sick

 by Ibnul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah)

He (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) used to visit those of his companions (radiallaahu 'anhum) who were sick; and he visited a boy who used to serve him from among the People of the Scripture[1], and he visited his uncle who was a polytheist[2], and he invited them both to Islam, and the Jew accepted Islam.

He (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) would come close to the sick person, and sit at his head, and ask him how he was; and he would stroke the sick person with his right hand and say:

Allaahumma Rabban-Nas! Adhhibil-Basa Washfi; Antash-Shafi, La Shifa' Illa Shifa'uka, Shifa'un La Yughadiru Saqman {which means "Oh Allaah, Lord of the people, take away the disease and cure him; You are the One Who cures and there is no cure except Your Cure - a cure that leaves no disease."}[3]

And he (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) used to supplicate for the sick person three times, as when he said (which means): "Oh Allaah! Cure Sa'd" three times." [4]

And when he (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) visited a sick person, he would say:

La Ba'sa Tahurun, In sha` Allaah {which means "Don't worry, you will be purified [of your sins] if Allaah wills." [5]

And sometimes, he might say:

Kaffaratun Wa Tahur {which means, "Expiation and purification."}

And he (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) used to make incantations (Ruqyah) if someone was afflicted by ulcer, injury or some other complaint. He would place his forefinger on the ground and then he would say:

Bismillaahi, Turbatu Ardina Bireeqati Ba'dina, Yushfa Saqeemuna Bi Idhni Rabbina {which means, "In the name of Allaah, the dust of our earth, and the saliva of some of us cure our patient with the permission of our Lord."}
(This is in the 'Saheehayn' and it negates the wording of the Hadeeth regarding the seventy thousand, in which it is said: "They do not perform Ruqyah" - for this is a mistake on the behalf of the narrator.

And it was not a part of his guidance to reserve a special day for visiting the sick or any special time. Indeed, he (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) legislated visiting the sick for his people day and night. He would visit persons suffering from eye disease and other complaints and, sometimes, he would place his hand on the sick person's forehead, then he would wipe over his chest and his stomach and say:

Allaahumma ashfih {which means, "Oh Allaah! Cure him"}, and he would wipe over his face as well.

If he felt that the disease was terminal, he would say:

Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Raji'un {which means, "Verily, we belong to Allaah and to Allaah we shall return."}

[1] Narrated by Al-Bukhari, on the authority of Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu 'anhu)

[2] Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim

[3] Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim

[4] Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim

[5] Narrated by Al-Bukhari, on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas (radiallaahu 'anhumma)

Source: Mukhtasar Zad Al-Ma'ad; Chapter Regarding His (salallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) Guidance in Visiting the Sick

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