“Health is wealth,” we all hear this phrase multiple times in our life. However, the real value of health is realized only during illness. As Muslims, we must make healthy choices and duas for health in light of sunnah and Quran to have a healthy mind and body. Islam is the code of life and teaches us every phase of life; for example, Islam instructs us about eating reasonably and cleanliness. Both of these habits are essential to good health. Along with these health routines, if anyone falls into illness or for the daily basis for the healthy life, there are some duas for health.
Quranic Duas for Health
Prophet Ibrahim (AS) used to pray this Dua when he got sick and said that whenever I fall sick, no one can heal me but Him, who heals me with the means that may lead to recovery.
وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ
And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.
Surah Al Nas and Al Falaq are the most well-known and influential chapters of the Quran. Hazrat Aisha (RA) narrated that whenever Allah’s Prophet (SAWS) became sick, he would recite Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas and then blow his breath over his body. When he became seriously ill, I used to recite (these two Surahs) and rub his hands over his body for its blessings.
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ ٱلْفَلَقِ
Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of daybreak
مِن شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ
From the evil of that which He created
وَمِن شَرِّ غَاسِقٍ إِذَا وَقَبَ
And from the evil of darkness when it settles
وَمِن شَرِّ ٱلنَّفَّٰثَٰتِ فِى ٱلْعُقَدِ
And from the evil of the blowers in knots
وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ
And from the evil of an envier when he envies.”
(Al Quran 113:1-5)
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ ٱلنَّاسِ
Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of humanity,
The Sovereign of humanity.
The God of humanity,
مِن شَرِّ ٱلْوَسْوَاسِ ٱلْخَنَّاسِ
From the evil of the retreating whisperer –
ٱلَّذِى يُوَسْوِسُ فِى صُدُورِ ٱلنَّاسِ
Who whispers [evil] into the breasts of humanity –
مِنَ ٱلْجِنَّةِ وَٱلنَّاسِ
From among the jinn and humanity.”
Prophetic Duas for Health:
The most general-purpose duas for health is by Hazrat Ayesha (RA). Syeda Ayesha (RA) said that when anyone among them had an illness, Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) used to rub the area of the pain and recite the following dua:
أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءٌ لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمَاً
“O Lord of the people, remove this pain and cure it, You are the one who cures, and there is no one besides You who can cure; grant such a cure that no illness remains”.
Another short and easy dua for health mentioned in Sunan Abu-Daawood ( #5090) is as follows.
اَللّٰھُمَّ عَافِنِیْ فِیْ بَدَنِیْ اَللّٰھُمَّ عَافِنِیْ فِیْ سَمْعِیْ اَللّٰھُمَ عَافِنِیْ فِیْ بَصَرِیْ لَآ اِلَہَ اِلَّااَنْتَ
Allahumma ‘afini fi badani. Allaahuma ‘afini fi sam’i. Allahumma ‘afini fi bashari. Allahumma inni a’udzu bika minal kufri wal faqri. Allahumma inni a’udzubika min ‘adzabil qabri laa ilaaha illa anta.
“O Allah, grant health in my body, O Allah, grant health in my hearing, O Allah, grant health in my sight. There is no god worthy of being worshipped except You.”
Abdur Rahman ibn Abu Bakrah said he told his father: O my father! I hear you supplicating every morning,
“O ALLAH! Grant me health in my body. O ALLAH! Grant me good hearing. O ALLAH! Grant me good eyesight. There is no god but Thou.” You repeat them three times in the morning and three times in the evening.
He said: I heard the Messenger of ALLAH ﷺ using these words as a supplication, and I like to follow his practice.
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَذْهَبَ عَنِّي الأَذَى وَعَافَانِ
Al’hamdulillahillazee Azhaba ‘Anni Azaa Wa ‘Aafaani
Praise be to God who has removed harm from me and kept me in health.
Anas bin Malik RA narrated that.
“Whenever the Prophet exited the toilet, he would say:
‘Al-hamdu lillahilladhi adhhaba ‘annial-adha wa ‘afani
Praise is to Allah Who has relieved me of impurity and given me good health.’
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ زَوَالِ نِعْمَتِكَ وَتَحَوُّلِ عَافِيَتِكَ وَفُجَاءَةِ نِقْمَتِكَ وَجَمِيعِ سَخَطِكَ
“O ALLAH! I seek refuge in you from withholding your favour, the decline of the good health you have given, the suddenness of your vengeance and all forms of your wrath.”
So, another Duas for health is in Musnad Ahmad Bin Hambal.
O Allah, grant health in my body, O Allah, grant health in my hearing, O Allah, grant health in my sight. There is no god worthy of being worshipped except Allah.
Hazrat Ali passed these instructions in the will to his son:
“Do not sit to eat unless you are hungry; stand up from the table while you still desire food. Chew properly. Go to the lavatory before you go to bed. If you put these into practice, you will not need medicine.” (Khisal P229 No 67)
Dear Muslim brothers and sisters! It is essential to consider that Islam has more stress on a healthy lifestyle. As it says, prevention is better than cure. So, Dua mentioned here is not for sure of any specific disease. But these duas for health are for general well-being. So, recite these duas for health habitually day and night.