Etiquette of visiting the sick
Fatwa No: 97261

  • Fatwa Date:25-6-2007 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 10, 1428
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Question

Assalaam Aleikum. I would like to know in some detail the proper etiquette for visiting sick people. Thank you.

Answer

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

 

First of all, it should be noted that visiting the sick is something religiously encouraged and it is one of the rights of a Muslim on his Muslim brother. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Whosoever visits an ailing person or a brother in Faith seeking the Pleasure of Allaah, an announcer (angel) calls out: `May you be happy, may your walking be blessed, and may you be awarded a dignified position in Paradise". [At-Tirmithi and Ibn Maajah]. Furthermore, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "The rights of a Muslim on his Muslim brother are six, (and he mentioned) … if he gets sick, you should visit him." [Muslim].

The scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them stated some etiquettes of visiting the sick, among which are the following:

1-    Choosing a suitable time for the visit.

2-    Not sitting for a long time with the sick person.

3-    Lowering one's gaze (whilst in his house).

4-    Not asking the sick person too many questions.

5-    Showing one's concern about the sick person.

6-    Sincerely supplicating for the cure of the sick person. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: The one who visits a sick person who is not on the point of death and supplicates seven times: As'alu Allaah Al-'Atheem Rabbul 'Arsh Al-'Atheem an yashfiyaka (I beseech Allaah The Great, The Lord of the Great Throne, to heal you), except that Allaah will heal him from that sickness.”  [Abu Daawood and At-Tirmithi]. 

7-    To boast his morale by speaking good words to him, as it is reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said to a sick person: "It (your sickness) will be a purification from your sins, Allaah willing]. [Al-Bukhari]

8-    Encouraging him to be patient as there is a great reward in being patient.

9-  Warning him against being anxious and discontent, as one is sinful if he feels as such.

Allaah Knows best.

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