Visiting the sick is among the rights of a Muslim owes to his Muslim brother. Great virtues and rewards have been recorded in the Ahaadith for visiting the sick. Through visiting the sick, one receives the pleasure of Allah Ta’laa. Seventy thousand angels invoke the mercy of Allah Ta’laa for the person who visits the sick and he will receive a garden in Paradise.
When a believer sets out to visit his sick brother, an angel calls out from the sky, ” May you remain in ease and comfort. How excellent is your walking to meet your brother and through this action you have built a palace for yourself in Jannah.
Below are some etiquette to consider when visiting the sick:
- One should not prolong one’s stay by the sick., thereby causing him discomfort. Rather, one should leave after a short while.
- Console the sick and give him encouragement and hope of recovery.
- It is incorrect for the doctor to inform the patient that there is no hope left for him in any given situation.
- Whenever the opportunity arises to visit a Muslim who has fallen ill, one should do so, even though the sick may not be from ones family or friends.
- When visiting the sick, one should recite the following dua:
One may also recite the following seven times:
أَسْأَلُ اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ رَبَّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ، أَنْ يُعَافِيَكَ وَيَشْفِيَكَ
Transliteration: As-a’lullawhal- A’theem Rabbal Arshil- A’theem ay yua’feeka wa yashfeeka
Translation: “I beseech Allah Ta’laa, the Almighty, the Rabb of the great throne, to cure you“
6. If it will not cause any inconvenience, then one may ask the sick person to make dua to Allah Ta’laa on his behalf.
7. It is sunnah for one to make wudhu before visiting the sick
Extracted from The Laws Of Janaazah