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18 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I March 2009
Supplication is a cure
Supplication is from the most of Aa`ishah (RA) that the Messenger (Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh)
beneficial types of healing, it is of Allaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam
the enemy of illness and affliction said, “Caution is of no avail against Being earnest and persistent in
- repressing it and treating it, the decree but supplication benefits supplication
preventing its occurrence, removing those things that have occurred and
it or at least alleviating it. It is the have not yet occurred. For indeed From the most beneficial of treatments
weapon of the believer as is reported while the tribulation is descending the is to be earnest and persistent in
by al-Haakim in his ‘Mustadrak’ from supplication meets it and they remain supplication. Ibn Maajah reports in his
the hadeeth of Alee bin Abee Taalib struggling with one another until the Sunan the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah
(RA) from the Messenger of Allaah Day of Judgement.” (Haakim, at- from the Messenger of Allaah
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam that he Tabaraanee) sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam that he
said, “Supplication is the weapon of He also reports the hadeeth of said, “Allaah is Angry at whosoever
the believer, the pillar of the religion, ibn Umar from the Messenger of does not ask of Him.” (Mishkaat al-
and the light of the heaven and earth.” Allaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam Masaabeeh)
(Abu Ya`laa) that he said, “Supplication brings Al-Awzaa`ee mentions from az-
about benefit to those things that Zuhree from Urwa from Aa`ishah
Supplication takes one of three have occurred and those things that (RA) that the Messenger of Allaah
positions against illness: have not yet occurred. So devote sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
It is stronger than the illness and yourselves to supplication O servants “Allaah Loves those who are earnest
therefore represses it. of Allaah!” (Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh) and persistent in their supplications.”
It is weaker than the illness and He also reports the hadeeth (Uqailee)
therefore the illness overcomes it and of Thawbaan from the Prophet Imaam Ahmad reports in his
afflicts the servant, however it is still sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam that ‘Kitaab az-Zuhd’ from Qataadah
possible that it alleviate the illness. he said, “Nothing but supplication from Muwarraq that he said, “I have
That they be of equal strength and averts the decree and nothing but not found a deserving similitude
prevent each other from happening in righteousness increases the life- for the believer except in the case
the servant. span. Indeed a person is deprived of a person on the sea floating on
Al-Haakim reports from the hadeeth of provision due to performing sins.” a raft supplicating to his Lord, ‘my
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