After the month of Ramadan is over, many people disconnect from the Quran in forms of worship like reciting it daily or weekly or even attending Masjed prayers to hear the Quran recited during Salat.

Indeed, the month of Ramadan is the month of the Quran, as it was revealed in that blessed month, and people should connect more with the Quran during this holy month. But under no circumstances should people abandon connecting with the Quran after the month is over! Next to the honor and rewards in reading it, the Quran is also a form of healing for the body and soul, as Allah (SW) said: {And We send down of the Quran that which is cure and mercy to believers.} 17:82.

Words are powerful. The prophet (SAAW) said: “Indeed, some eloquent literature is [a form of] sorcery.[1] That means the effect of words on people in positive or negative ways is so powerful it’s almost magical. Throughout history, speeches, novels, and poetry played an important role in shaping the lives of people for it demonstrates who we are and the ideas we believe in or care about. The greatest miracle to prove the prophecy of prophet Mohammad (SAAW) was the holy Quran, the Words revealed by God.

Muslims believe that the Words of God revealed in His last revelation to Prophet Mohammad (SAAW) have the utmost level of effect in bringing comfort, tranquility, and healing especially in moments of illness or grief. The point is, if human beings can deliver such magical effects on others using their own words, imagine what the effects of God’s words can have on humans!

It was said that if you want to talk to God make Du’a and if you want God to talk to you, read the Holy Quran. In moments of illness and grief, Muslims seek comfort by reading or listening to the verses of the Holy Quran recited, for it brings hope in moments of vulnerability and desperation. Demonstrating what the term Islam means as submission and surrender, reading the Words of God invite such concepts of submission and accepting illness and helps initiate supplications for the mighty God to bring healing or comfort to the soul and body. {And We send down of the Quran that which is cure and mercy to believers.} 17:82.

The term Ruqya, which means invoking healing by the words of God, is something open to all with no need of clergy. It is the words of God alone invoked in sincerity that brings the healing, not the type of person invoking it. A’uf Ibn Malik al-Ashja‘i said: In the pre-Islamic period we used to apply spells, and we asked God’s messenger how he looked upon that. He (SAAW) replied: “Submit your ruqya to me. There is no harm in ruqya so long as they involve no polytheism.”[2]

It is important to mention that the concept of healing in Islam is a combination between seeking cure in medications and invoking prayers like reading verses from the holy Quran. Omar (RAA) passed by a group of people trying to heal some rash in their camels and asked: What would you do to deal with this matter? They said: we bring a blessed woman to read some Quran. He said: this is good but mix with such recitation the use of tar. (Meaning to use medicine in combination with supplications)

This is all based on the concept that sickness and wellness are in the hands of God the Creator of all that exists. The words spoken by prophet Ibrahim (AS) demonstrate such concepts in the Quran. {And if I get sick, God is the one who heals me.}. 26:80.

The most important verses of the Holy Quran are chapter one Al-Fateha, chapter two verse 254 called the throne (Ayat Al-Kursi) and the last three chapters 112, 113 and 114. There are many supplications also mentioned by the prophet (SAAW) that people can say. The most famous ones are:

I ask Almighty Allah, Lord of the Magnificent Throne, to make you well.” “أَسْـأَلُ اللهَ العَـظيـم، رَبَّ العَـرْشِ العَـظيـم أَنْ يَشْفـيك”.  (Repeating seven times next to an ill person)

“O Allah! the Rubb of mankind! Remove this disease and cure (him or her)! You are the Great Curer. There is no cure but through You, which leaves behind no disease.” “”‏اللهم رب الناس، أذهب البأس، واشف، أنت الشافي لا شفاء إلا شفاؤك، شفاءً لا يغادر سقما

I ask Allah (SW) to bring healing to us and all our families and loved ones, Ameen.

By Sh Kifah Mustapha

[1] Bukhari

[2] Meshkat Al-Masabeeh