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What does the Quran say about healing our suffering?

Healing surahs in Quran 

Sura Ad Doha, “The Morning”

It’s said that this was the second Surah revealed.

It gives one hope ..

Six Quran-based Practices for Healing

Do you want to find hope in the midst of Your Sufferings ? Follow the Divine prescription in Surat al Doha. 

1. Know that Light and Darkness Are Inseparable 

وَالضُّحٰی ۙ

وَالَّیۡلِ اِذَا سَجٰی ۙ

‘I swear by the morning brightness, 

And the night when it grows still.’ (93:1-2) 

Just as the sun rises so it must set, both offering benefits but in different ways. As God tells us “with a hardship comes ease”(94:5-6). One cannot exist without the other. Life is not peaks and valleys, but a tapestry, threads of joy woven with threads of sorrow to create a beautiful pattern. Darkness can bring quiet rest just as the soft morning light can bring renewed energy. Don’t curse the darkness. Ask the darkness what lessons it brings?

2. Assume God’s Goodness

مَا وَدَّعَکَ رَبُّکَ وَمَا قَلٰی ؕ

‘Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor is He angry,’ (93:3)

God is as you think Him to be. Your current struggle is not a sign that He is angry or has abandoned you.  Ask how is God loving me into my better self through this moment of difficulty?

3. Know that Your Best Days are Ahead of You

وَلَلۡاٰخِرَۃُ خَیۡرٌ لَّکَ مِنَ الۡاُوۡلٰی ؕ

وَلَسَوۡفَ یُعۡطِیۡکَ رَبُّکَ فَتَرۡضٰی ؕ

‘And surely what comes later is better for you than what came before.  

And soon your Lord will give you so that you are pleased.’ (93:4-5)

Even when things seem dark, know that better things await the believer, if not in this life, then in the next. Let that certain knowledge give you strength and optimism. As all consuming as it feels, you are more than this moment, your life is wider than this instant. There will be a Doha tomorrow.  Ask what beauty awaits me in this life and in the next? 

4. Reflect on God’s Past Rescues 

اَلَمۡ یَجِدۡکَ یَتِیۡمًا فَاٰوٰی ۪

وَوَجَدَکَ ضَآلًّا فَہَدٰی ۪

وَوَجَدَکَ عَآئِلًا فَاَغۡنٰی ؕ

‘Did He not find you an orphan and shelter you?  

Did He not find you lost and guide you?  

Did He not find you in need and make free from want?’  (93:6-8)

Make meaning of what you’ve been through the lens of a survivor, not a victim. You’re still here because God carried you through, saved you.  Ask how have my life difficulties purified me, protected me, and prepared me for my purpose? 

5.  Be a Means of His Mercy For Others 

فَاَمَّا الۡیَتِیۡمَ فَلَا تَقۡہَرۡ ؕ

وَاَمَّا السَّآئِلَ فَلَا تَنۡہَرۡ ؕ

Therefore, do not be harsh with the orphan.  

And do not repel the one who asks for help.’ (93:9-10)

You have been prepared to pull up those who are now in your pervious place. Use your blessings to bring them comfort and help. Mountains of research shows that helping others uplifts us before anyone else. 

Ask how can I be of service?

6. Practice Gratitude

وَاَمَّا بِنِعۡمَۃِ رَبِّکَ فَحَدِّثۡ 

And declare the favor of your Lord.’ (93:11)

God tells us in the Quran “if you give thanks, We will indeed surely (double emphasis) increase you.” (14:7) This can mean an increase in what you have of blessings for which you give thanks (wealth, health, etc) and it can also mean an increase in contentment and happiness through the act of giving thanks. Practicing gratitude is one of the most well documented practices which lead to more happiness. Ask what is going right?

“And of those who led the way – the first of the Emigrants (Muhajirun) and the Helpers (Ansar), and those who followed them in the best possible manner – Allah is well-pleased with them and they are well-pleased with Allah. He has prepared for them Gardens beneath which rivers flow; therein they will abide forever. That is the supreme triumph” (Quran 9:100)

Healing ayat from the Quran 

  1. “Allah is with the patient.” (2:153)
  2. “Verily, with hardship, there is ease.” (94:5-6)
  3. “And seek help in patience and prayer.” (2:45)
  4. “And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” (21:107)
  5. “And whoever saves one life – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.” (5:32)
  6. “And Allah is the best of planners.” (8:30)
  7. “Say, ‘He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, nor is there to Him any equivalent.'” (112:1-4)
  8. “And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?” (54:17)
  9. “And do not give up hope of Allah’s mercy; truly none despair of Allah’s mercy except those who have no faith.” (12:87)
  10. “And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out and will provide for him from where he does not expect.” (65:2-3)
  11. “And when I am ill, it is He who cures me” (26:80)
  12. “Say, [O Muhammad], ‘It is for those who believe, a guidance and a cure'” (41:44)
  13. “And [God] will heal the breasts of the believers” ( 9:14)

The words of healing are endless in the Glorious Quran, it is a source of comfort and solace for refugees and asylum seekers from all around the world who have suffered tremendously.  Alhumdollillah.