My highly respected Ustad Mufti Azam Pakistan Mufti Rafi Usmani Sahib (died Nov-18-2022) (May Allah have mercy on him) often used to tell us a Dua from the Hadith for pain relief. He used to say, “whenever I feel pain in my knees or anywhere in my body, I recite this Dua”. In the final year of my Islamic scholar degree, I began reading hadith books and found this particular Hadith that my Ustad had mentioned. Now, wherever I have pain in the body, whether it is tooth pain, ear pain, eye pain, back pain, stomach pain, or leg pain, I recite this dua. This is the best Dua for pain relief that the Holy Prophet ﷺ has taught his ummah. So whenever you are in pain, make this dua with faith and trust in Allah. Allah will heal you, InshaAllah!
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ, was very keen on His Ummah in matters that involved their health and welfare in religion and in this world.
It is a narration of Sahih Muslim that once a companion;
Uthman bin Abi al-As Thaqfi (RA) came to the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and made a complaint of pain to Allah’s Messenger that he felt in his body at the time he had become Muslim. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger said: Place your hand at the place where you feel pain in your body and say Bismillah (in the name of Allah) three times and seven times “A’udhu billahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa uhadhiru” (I seek refuge with Allah and with His Power from the evil that I find and that I fear). (Muslim:2202)
This Dua can help greatly in healing. When a person feels pain, he should put his hand on the painful area and say: “Bismillah, Bismillah, Bismillah, (3 times) Auoodhu Billahi Wa-Qudratihi Min Sharri Ma Ajidu Wa-Uhaziru (7 times)” (In the name of God (3 times), I seek refuge in God’s glory and power from the evil of what I find and warn (7 times). InshaAllah, Reciting this will relieve pain with the permission of God Almighty. This dua is more eloquent than actual medicines such as tablets, syrups and injections because you are seeking refuge in Allah, whose hand is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. The one who sent down this disease is the one who will protect you from it. However, this does not mean you should stop taking tangible medicines, as taking medicine and receiving treatment are also Shariah orders.
Few more important Duas
Conclusions from this Hadith
- A person can do Ruqyah for himself.
- We should adopt the means of healing, such as medicine and treatment.
- One who is able to benefit his brother should benefit and guide him.
- Complaining – without being objectifying – is not antithetical to trust and patience.
- Stick to the numbers. Do not exceed them.
Does Allah know your pain?
Allah subhanahu wa’Ta’ala said:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَخْفَىٰ عَلَيْهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ
Surely nothing on earth or in the heavens is hidden from Allah.
There will be no one who knows exactly what you are experiencing, nor the depths of your pain and your situation. There is no one who can possibly know or understand all that except the Almighty himself. He knows your pain. He is always there, reaching out to pull you out of the pit of despair. So reach out to Him!