”And We send down from the Qur’aan that which is a healing..”

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانِ مَا هُوَ شِفَآءٌ۬ وَرَحۡمَةٌ۬ لِّلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ‌ۙ

”And We send down from the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism and act on it).” [Soorah Al-Israa: Ayah 82]

Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah) said:

There are three statements (of the scholars) regarding the Qur’aan being a healing: [a] It is a healing for misguidance due to what it contains of guidance; [b] It is healing for illnesses due to what it contains of blessings; [c] It is healing due to its explanation and clarification of the obligatory duties and rulings of the religion. [1]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

The Qur’aan is a healing for the hearts for the diseases of ignorance, doubt and scepticism.  Allaah (The Most High) has never revealed a cure that is neither more comprehensive and beneficial; nor greater and quicker in removing diseases than the Qur’aan.’’ [2]

Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah) said:

The healing that the Qur’aan contains encompasses all the (diseases) of the hearts, such the disease of Shubhah (i.e. an affair that is made to resemble truth but is falsehood in reality), ignorance, corrupt views, perversion and evil aims; for indeed the Qur’aan is gathered upon ‘Al-Ilm Al-Yaqeenee—i.e. Knowledge of Absolute Certainty’ by way of which every shubhah and affair of ignorance is removed, and it contains an admonition and a reminder by way of which every desire that is in opposition to the command of Allaah is removed. And it is a healing for the bodies from what is harmful to them and its illnesses.  As for it being a Mercy, it is due to the Asbaab (i.e. means) and Wasaa-il (i.e. paths, ways) it guides to, which if the slave (i.e. person) acts upon them, he (or she) will be successful (in receiving Allaah’s) Mercy and an everlasting happiness; reward in this worldly life and everlasting reward in the Hereafter.  [3]

Imaam Shanqeeti (rahimahullaah) said:

It (i.e. the Qur’aan) combines healing for the diseases of the heart, such as doubt, hypocrisy and other than that. It is a healing for the bodies when utilised for ruqya, such as what took place in the story of the man who performed ruqya with Soorah Faatihah on a man who was stung and it is an authentic and famous story…. [4]


[1] Source: Zaadul Maseer Fee Ilm At-Tafseer of Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah)—Tafseer Soorah al-Israa]

[2] Source: Al-Jawaab Al-Kaafee page 4

[3] Abridged and slightly paraphrased. [Source: For further details see Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan]

[4][Abridged and slightly paraphrased: Source: See ‘Adwaa Al-Bayaan–Tafseer Soorah Al-Israa: Ayah 82]


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