Islam has laid great stress on the rights of the fellow human beings. Parents, siblings, immediate and distant family, friends, neighbors and even strangers have their own rights towards us. It is our duty to fulfill them with utmost care.
When any Muslim brother falls ill, it is our moral duty to visit him and inquire after his health. Some hadiths showing the importance of visiting the sick are as follows:
1. Abu Huraira narrated that our beloved Prophet (SAW) said:
“The rights of one Muslim over another Muslim are six.” Someone asked, “What are they?” The Holy Prophet (SAW) replied, “When you meet him, you greet him with salaam(peace), when he invites you, you accept his invitation, when he consults you in a matter, you give him sincere advice. When he sneezes and praises Allah, you ask Allah to have mercy on him. When he is sick, you visit him and when he passes away you accompany him i.e. you join in his janaza (funeral).”
2. Our Prophet (saw) said:” “[If a man calls on his sick Muslim brother, it is as if he walks reaping the fruits of Paradise until he sits, and when he sits he is showered in mercy, and if this was in the morning, seventy thousand angles send prayers upon him until the evening, and if this was in the evening, seventy thousand angles send prayers upon him until the morning.”
(Tirmazi, Ibn Maja)
Following should be taken care of when visiting the sick:
1. We should stay for a short time. The sick needs rest as well; unless of course if he wishes our company.
2. We should recite the following dua:
لا بأْسَ طَهـورٌ إِنْ شـاءَ الله
“Never mind, may it (the sickness) be a purification, if Allah wills.”
3. Our Prophet (SAW) has said that if the time of death has not come for the sick yet then reciting the following dua seven times for the sick, cures him.
أَسْـأَلُ اللهَ العَـظيـم، رَبَّ العَـرْشِ العَـظيـم أَنْ يَشْفـيك
“I ask Allah The Supreme, Lord of the magnificent throne to cure you.”
(Tirmazi, Abu Dawood)