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10 Powerful Duas for Sickness, Pain and Relief

by | Sep 15, 2023

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When illness strikes, it can feel like our world is falling apart. In these trying times, turning to our faith can bring immense comfort and healing. The Quran and Hadith, offer us a treasure trove of duas for sickness that can soothe our souls and help us find strength in the face of sickness. In this article, we’ll explore ten such powerful duas for sickness, accompanied by their English translations drawn directly from the Quran and Hadith.

1. A Healing Dua (Surah Al-Isra, 17:82)

The Quran reminds us that Allah is the ultimate source of healing. These duas for sickness asks for Allah’s blessings in hard times:

“وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۙ وَلَا يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا خَسَارًا”

Transliteration: “Wa nunazzilu mina al-Qur’ani ma huwa shifa’un wa rahmatun lil-mu’minīn, wa lā yazīdu aẓ-ẓālimīna illā khasāra.”

Translation: “And We send down of the Quran such that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.” (Quran, Surah Al-Isra, 17:82)

2. Seeking Well-being (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:286)

When we’re unwell, we yearn for protection and well-being. This dua implores Allah for His divine care:

“رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا ۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ ۖ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا ۚ أَنتَ مَوْلَانَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ”

Transliteration: “Rabbana la tu’akhidhna in naseena aw akhta’na. Rabbana wa la tahmil ‘alayna isran kama hamaltahu ‘ala alladhina min qablina. Rabbana wa la tuhammilna ma la taqata lana bihi. Wa’fu ‘anna waghfir lana warhamna. Anta mawlana fansurna ‘ala al-qawmi al-kafirin.”

Translation: “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:286)

3. A Prophet’s Dua for Healing (Hadith – Sahih al-Bukhari)

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us this dua for healing. This one of best dus for sickness:

“اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّ النَّاسِ، أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ، اشْفِهِ، أَنْتَ الشَّافِي، لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ، شِفَاءً لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمًا”

Transliteration: “Allahumma rabb an-nas, adhhibil ba’sa, ishfihu, Anta ash-shafi, la shifa’a illa shifa’uka, shifa’an la yughadiru saqaman.”

Translation: “O Allah, Lord of mankind, remove this disease and cure him. You are the only healer, and there is no cure except through You, a cure which leaves no disease behind.”

Just look at the beauty of these duas for sickness that we are provided with.

4. Finding Patience (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:155-157)

Illness can test our patience. This dua seeks strength and resilience in the face of adversity:

“وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ أُولَٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ”

Transliteration: “Wa lanabluwanakum bishay’in mina al-khawfi wal-joo’i wa naqsin mina al-amwali wal-anfusi wal-thamarat. Wa bashshir is-sabireen, alladhina idha asaabat-hum musibatun qaloo inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon. Ola’ika ‘alayhim salawatun min rabbihim wa rahmatun, wa ola’ika humul-muhtadoon.”

Translation: “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.’ Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.” (Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:155-157)

5. Healing Emotional Pain (Hadith – Sahih al-Bukhari)

Physical illness often brings emotional suffering. This dua asks for solace:

“اللهم يا مقلب القلوب، ثبت قلوبنا على دينك.”

Transliteration: “Allahumma ya muqallib al-qulub, thabbit qulubna ‘ala deenik.”

Translation: “O Allah, the Turner of hearts, keep our hearts firm in Your obedience.”

6. Seeking Protection (Surah Al-Mu’minun, 23:97-98)

When we’re sick, we can feel vulnerable and evil thoughts can prevail us.This dua for sickness requests protection:

“رَبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَن يَحْضُرُونِ”

Transliteration: “Rabbi a’udhu bika min hamazati ash-shayatin, wa a’udhu bika rabbi an yahdurun.”

Translation: “My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the incitements of the devils, and I seek refuge in You, my Lord, lest they be present with me.”

7. Dua for Strength (Hadith – Sahih al-Bukhari)

This dua seeks strength and vitality during illness:

“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْهَرَمِ وَالْقَسْوَةِ وَالْغَلَبَةِ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ وَقَهْرِ الرِّجَالِ”

Transliteration: “Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-ajzi wal-kasali wal-bukhli wal-harami wal-qaswati wal-ghalabati min ghalabatid-daini waqahri rijal.”

Translation: “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from incapacity, laziness, miserliness, cowardice, the burden of debts, and from being overpowered by men.”

8. Dua for Relief from Pain (Hadith – Sahih al-Bukhari)

In moments of physical agony, this is one of effective duas for sickness and relief:

“اللَّهُمَّ أَنتَ عَبْدِي وَابْنُ عَبْدِي وَابْنُ أَمَتِكَ، نَاصِيَتِي بِيَدِكَ، مَاضٍ فِيَّ حُكْمُكَ، عَدْلٌ فِيَّ قَضَاؤُكَ.”

Transliteration: “Allahumma anta ‘abdi wa ibnu ‘abdi wa ibnu amatik, nasīyatī bi-yadik, mādin fiyya ḥukmuk, ‘adlun fiyya qadā’uk.”

Translation: “O Allah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of Your maidservant. My forelock is in Your hand; Your command concerning me prevails, and Your decision concerning me is just.”

9. A Dua for Mercy and Healing (Surah Al-Anbiya, 21:83-84)

This is one of duas of sickness seeks Allah’s mercy and His healing grace:

“وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ * فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ فَكَشَفْنَا مَا بِهِ مِن ضُرٍّ ۖ وَآتَيْنَاهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُم مَّعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَذِكْرَىٰ لِلْعَابِدِينَ”

Transliteration: “Wa Ayyuba idh nada rabbahu annee massaniya a l ddurru waanta ar h amu a l rra h imeen * fa i stajabna lahu fakashafna ma bihi min ddurrin waatayn a hu ahlahu wamithlahum ma’ahum ra h matan min ‘indin a wa th ikran lilAA a bideen.”

Translation: “And [mention] Job, when he called to his Lord, ‘Indeed, adversity has touched me, and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful.’ So We responded to him and removed what afflicted him of adversity. And We gave him [back] his family, twice as much, mercy from Us, and a lesson for people of reason.” (Quran, Surah Sad, 38:41-43)

 10. A Comprehensive Healing Dua (Hadith – Sahih al-Bukhari)

This dua seeks complete healing from all afflictions:

“أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ وَقُدْرَتِهِ مِنَ الشَّرِّ مَا أَجِدُ وَأُحَاذِرُ.”

Transliteration: “A’udhu billahi wa qudratihi min ash-sharri ma ajidu wa uhaaziru.”

Translation: “I seek refuge with Allah and His Power from the evil I find and fear.”

Another dus is

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيْث

Transliteration: ya hayyu ya qayyum birahmatika astaghees

Translation: ‘O Living, O Self-Sustaining Sustainer! In Your Mercy do I seek relief.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1. Can these duas for sickness replace medical treatment?

No, these duas complement medical treatment but are not a substitute for it. It’s crucial to consult with healthcare professionals for proper medical care during illness.

2. Can I recite these duas for sickness in a language other than Arabic?

Yes, you can recite these duas in your preferred language if you don’t know

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