Taking by The Means to Be Cured

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We live in an age of numerous illnesses. What stand should we Muslims take regarding the treatment of diseases? Should we treat or be patient upon them?

Zaynab El-Kateb:

We have this hadeeth:

وعن أسامة بن شريك رضي الله عنه قال : قَالَتْ الأَعْرَابُ : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ، أَلا نَتَدَاوَى ؟ قَالَ : ( نَعَمْ ، يَا عِبَادَ اللَّهِ تَدَاوَوْا ، فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمْ يَضَعْ دَاءً إِلا وَضَعَ لَهُ شِفَاءً ، إِلا دَاءً وَاحِدًا ، قَالُوا : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ، وَمَا هُوَ ؟ قَالَ : الْهَرَمُ ) . رواه الترمذي (2038) وصححه الألباني في صحيح الترمذي .

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
Seek medication slaves of Allah, as Allah did not put an illness (or disease) except that He made a cure for it, except senility (very old age).

The Scholars say that taking by the means is a pillar in reliance on Allah (at-tawakkul) while the heart is only attached to Allah.
We studied in Aqeeda and Tawheed books that not taking by the means opposes Allah’s wisdom as Allah made a reason and means to achieve and targets, and leaving medication is not from “tawakul”



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