1. Healing with Prayers: Prophet Mohammed’s Advice
We physicians now accept that healing is from God, and we’re just an instrument of the Healer. We give the same medication to two different patients with the same type of medical problem or perform similar operations on two patients otherwise at the same risk and one will survive and the other one doesn’t. In reality, it’s more than simple luck.
As Socrates put it, “I dress the wound and God heals it.” This was also acknowledged by Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him): “And when I am ill, it is He who cures me” (Surat Ash-Shu`araa: 26:80). God himself attests to it by saying “If God touches thee with an affliction, no one can remove it but He” (Surat Al-‘An`am: 6:17).
Healing from Qur’an
The Qur’an isn’t a textbook of medicine, rather it contains rules of guidance that if followed will promote good health and healing. This is why the Qur’an calls itself a book of healing.
“O mankind, there has come unto you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the heart and for those who believe in guidance and mercy” (Surat Yunus: 10:57).
“We have sent down in the Qur’an that which is healing and a mercy to those who believe” (Surat Al-Israa: 17:82).
Additionally, healing from the Qur’an is of three types:
a. Legislative effect: This includes faith (iman) in God as not only the Creator but the Sustainer and the Protector. This also includes the medical benefits of obligatory prayers, fasting, charity and pilgrimage.
b. Health Guidelines: Health-promoting items from the Qur’an and sunnah. This includes the use of honey, olives, fruit, and lean meat. It also involves avoiding excessive eating, and the prohibition of alcohol, pork, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity and sex during menstruation.
c. The direct healing effect of the Qur’an: Recitation of Qur’an for the ill (ruqya) has direct healing effect. This most likely uses the medical benefits of echo.
Echo of sound is such a powerful force that blasts off mountains. Now we use the miniaturized version of echo in medicine to break kidney stones (lithotripsy), gallstones, and even vegetations in the subendothelial bacterial endocarditis (SBE).
Listening to the recitation of the Qur’an has been shown in a study conducted by Dr. Ahmed E. Kadi and his associates to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and to cause smooth muscle relaxation in Muslim Arabs, non-Arab Muslims and even in non-Muslims.
It’s postulated that the echo target of “Alif Lam Meem” (the first three words of Surat Al-Baqarah) is in the heart and that of Ya-seen (chapter 36) is in the pituitary gland of the brain.
Thus, the Prophet Mohammad always stressed on Qur’an recitation loudly and not silently by saying, “The comparison between a silent reader and a recitor is like a bottle of perfume when it is closed and when it is opened.”