Asking Allah to remove fever without cursing it
Fatwa No: 334567

  • Fatwa Date:13-12-2016 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 14, 1438
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Question

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu, Shaykh. It is true, one must not curse fever, as that is forbidden. I want to know whether it would also be wrong for me to say, “Oh Allaah, I seek refuge with You from this fever or fever in general.” And what if I were to say, “Oh Allaah, take this fever away from me; heal me completely”? Please advise, Shaykh. May Allaah reward you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger. 

It was reported from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) that it is forbidden to curse fever. Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that fever was mentioned in the presence of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and one man cursed it, so the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said, “Do not curse fever. Verily, it removes the sins just as fire removes impurities from iron.” [Ahmad and Ibn Maajah]

The meaning of cursing the fever is to give it a bad description or the like of what is known from the meaning of cursing or insulting in general. As regards asking Allah to take it away or seeking refuge with Him from it, then this does not come under the meaning of cursing, so there is nothing wrong in it.

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “Fever is useful for the body and the heart, and since this is the case, insulting it is injustice and transgression.” [Zaad Al-Ma'aad]

Allah knows best.

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