Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Verse 82, “We sent down in the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss). This hadith throws light on the fact that the Holy Quran can heal us in a spiritual way.
Apart from the spiritual healing the importance of medical treatment has also been stressed upon in Islam.
Prophet Mohammad (saw) has encouraged people to seek medical treatment for ailments and he has taught many cures himself. He used to encourage the womenfolk of his household to gain knowledge of medicine from those who knew it. Prophet Mohammad (saw) had pitched a tent in the yard of his mosque, in Madina. A lady named Rufaidah was appointed by him to run it as a field hospital where the wounded could be nursed. (Tarikh at-Tabari)
In an authentic hadith, Prophet Mohammad (saw) says: "Yes, servants of God! Seek medical treatment". He also urged the doctors to make an attempt to identify cures and to pursue the essential scientific research for this purpose. In another authentic hadith the Prophet (saw) says: "Allah has not created a disease without creating a cure for it, which may be known to some and unknown to others".
Prophet Mohammad (saw) was once asked: "Do our supplication, medication and methods of prevention prevent anything that Allah (swt) has willed?" He replied: "These are also part of Allah’s will". This makes it amply clear that one aspect of Allah’s can be prevented by another. Although disease occurs by God’s will, every Muslim is commanded to try to protect himself against it utilizing methods of prevention which also work by God’s will.
The above mentioned ahadith clearly show us that spiritual/Quranic and medical treatment do not contradict each other but complement each other. Therefore, the Muslims should try to balance the use of modern medicine with Quranic prayers or ruqyah, which is a practice endorsed by our beloved Prophet Mohammad (saw).
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