Here’s What Quran Says About Sickness

Sickness in the Quran comes in many forms and many reasons; in this article, we will know everything about illness and sickness in the Quran.

What does the Quran say about Sickness? Sickness in Quran is a sign for healing the body and soul, and a way that Allah uses to test humans and erase their sins. It’s also a way to show us that we are weak and in deep need of Allah. It has many benefits for the body and soul.

In this article we will discuss all the forms that sickness and illness were discussed in the Quran.

Does sickness in the Quran Refer to something good or bad?

Good or bad it all a sign from Allah to deliver a message to us, Allah says the following in the Quran:

وَإِن تُصِبْهُمْ حَسَنَةٌ يَقُولُوا۟ هَـٰذِهِۦ مِنْ عِندِ ٱللَّـهِ ۖ وَإِن تُصِبْهُمْ سَيِّئَةٌ يَقُولُوا۟ هَـٰذِهِۦ مِنْ عِندِكَ ۚ قُلْ كُلٌّ مِّنْ عِندِ ٱللَّـهِ فَمَالِ هَـٰٓؤُلَآءِ ٱلْقَوْمِ لَا يَكَادُونَ يَفْقَهُونَ حَدِيثًا ﴿78﴾


And if good things happen to them, they say, “It is from God,” but if evil things happen to them, they say, “It comes from you.” Say [to all of them], “Everything comes from God.” What is wrong with these people that they do not understand words [of God]?

Whether good or bad it all comes from Allah, however, it is a consequence of something we have done. Life is a big circle, whatever you do to people; sooner or later it will come back to you.

Now you will ask, does that mean that sickness is a bad thing? No, sometimes it’s a way to remind you to thank Allah for everything that you have got. One thing is health that most of us take for granted.

In other forms, sickness comes to erase what we do bad or a sin we have committed. Allah is known for mercy and forgiveness, and sickness is a sign for many things, such as:

  • Someone has made a sin and Allah wants to forgive him for it, so illness comes to erase our sins and grant us with Allah forgiveness.
  • Allah wants to test us, illness is a way to make us closer to Allah and thank him for everything that we have.
  • Or maybe it is a sign for us to humble ourselves.

Now let’s discuss each one of those reasons.

Sickness in Quran for erasing sins:

Allah prophet, Muhammad peace be upon him said:

السقم یمحوا الذنوب

Meaning: Illness effaces sins.

However, if someone becomes ill but doesn’t stop committing his sins, do you think that sickness will erase it? Of course not.

Sickness cures us from our sins. If we stop committing sins and turn to Allah for forgiveness, we should thank Allah and be patient.

Not all illness comes to the body, some illnesses are psychological, like depression, anxiety, and sadness. Those are also a form of thickness that heal our souls from the sins we made.

There is a hadith from Abu Abdullah Jafar ibn Muhammad that says:

Whenever the sins of Allah’s servant become too many and he does not do anything to compensate for them, Allah afflicts him with sorrow and depression so that his sins are forgiven.

That doesn’t mean that you should make yourself ill so that Allah forgives you, Allah will judge us for what we do to our health. We should try our best to stay healthy.

If you want Allah to forgive you, ask for forgiveness and mercy, and Allah will forgive you.

Sickness in Quran for testing us:

Allah says in the Quran:

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَىْءٍ مِّنَ ٱلْخَوْفِ وَٱلْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ ٱلْأَمْوَٰلِ وَٱلْأَنفُسِ وَٱلثَّمَرَٰتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ ﴿155﴾


And we will certainly test you with fear, hunger, and damages in wealth, lives and fruits, and give good news to the patient.

All those are a way to test the believers in Allah, if you are truly a believer you will be patient and won’t stop thanking Allah instead of complaining.

Nevertheless, God will erase our sins, and whatever we are going through now we know that it is just a test that one day will end.

Good and bad are all a test for us, Allah says in the Quran:

وَنَبْلُوكُم بِٱلشَّرِّ وَٱلْخَيْرِ فِتْنَةً ۖ وَإِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ ﴿35﴾

Meaning: And we test you through goodness and evil [events], and you will [finally] return to Us.

God wants no harm for us, but life is a big test that we shouldn’t fail in, no matter what we go through we should always thank god and wait until the hardships that we are going through now to end.

Sickness as a sign for us to humble ourselves:

Allah says in the Quran:

وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَآ إِلَىٰٓ أُمَمٍ مِّن قَبْلِكَ فَأَخَذْنَـٰهُم بِٱلْبَأْسَآءِ وَٱلضَّرَّآءِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَضَرَّعُونَ ﴿42﴾

Meaning: And indeed, we sent [many messengers] to the people before you, and we made poverty and sickness strike them so that they may be humble [to God and repent].

Allah wants us to become close to him, to always hear our voice praying asking for his help and forgiveness. Without Allah we are just weak humans, and in the end we will always turn to God for help.

Sometimes we lose our way and walk in the wrong path, and Allah wants to return us to him, to show us the right path, that’s why Allah makes us ill.

Sickness makes us return to Allah and remind us that we are weak and that we are always in need of God’s help. When we get sick we ask God to cure us.

No matter what a person would do to stay healthy, starting from eating healthy food, doing exercises, following a healthy diet, if Allah wants him to become ill he will, so that he goes back to Allah and asks for help and forgiveness.

Allah wants us to thank him for always communicating with him and that’s what we should do, always ask Allah for guidance and help, talk to Allah and thank him for being healthy or even sick.

Ask God to always stay on the right path and never stray.

People who were mentioned in the Quran suffering from great sickness:

When thinking of the names that Allah told us about in the Quran who suffered from a sickness that nothing could cure, the one name that will pop up in our minds is prophet Ayyub.

Even though he went through so much pain and there was no cure for his sickness, he never lost his faith in Allah.

He was patient, trusted Allah and didn’t complain, and always thanked allah. No matter what the Prophet Ayuub went though he didn’t stop believing in Allah.

Prophet Ayuub kept asking for Allah’s help, he knew that no one could help him but allah. In the Quran Allah said:

وَٱذْكُرْ عَبْدَنَآ أَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَىٰ رَبَّهُۥٓ أَنِّى مَسَّنِىَ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنُ بِنُصْبٍ وَعَذَابٍ ﴿41﴾

Meaning: And mention our servant Job, when he prayed to his Lord, “O my Lord! Satan afflicted me with distress and torment.”

And Allah answered his call, and said:

ٱرْكُضْ بِرِجْلِكَ ۖ هَـٰذَا مُغْتَسَلٌۢ بَارِدٌ وَشَرَابٌ ﴿42﴾

Meaning: “Strike with your foot [, then a spring will gush out of the earth]. This is a cool bath and a drink.”

Allah cured Ayuub and rewarded him for his patience and faith, and for always thanking Allah and returning to God no matter what happens to him.

Which Quran verses refer to curing the sickness?

The Quran is the Cure for any disease and illness, it gives us the guidance we need and rewards us with Allah mercy and forgiveness.

If you want to ask Allah to cure your sickness, you should turn to the Quran. There are specific surahs and verses to cure any illness in the holy Quran.

 The first surah that cures illness is surah al Fatiha, reciting it is said to heal and cure people. You can read surah al Fatiha once, seven or even seventy times to cure your illness.

According to narrative here are the verse that you should also read:

وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ ٱلْقُرْءَانِ مَا هُوَ شِفَآءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۙ وَلَا يَزِيدُ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ إِلَّا خَسَارًا ﴿82﴾

Meaning: And We send down out of the Qur’ān that which is a cure and mercy for the believers, and it only increases loss for the wrongdoers.

As we understand from this verse, the Quran cures the ones who believe in Allah, and also reciting this verse a number of times it will cure you.

Another verse that you should recite to be healed is:

أَمَّن يُجِيبُ ٱلْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ ٱلسُّوٓءَ

Meaning:  [Is a partner better] or who answers the one in distress when he prays to Him [for His help] and who removes the evil?

Narration says that reading this verse five times will cure illness and any suffering that you are going through.

Is there surahs in the Quran that protect us from sickness? Yes actually there are many including: surahs Kafirun, Ikhlas, Falaq, and Nas. Reciting these surahs will protect you from any harm. Not just that but will also protect you from evil.

In order to protect yourself from the evil eye you should always recite the last two verses of surah Qalam.

وَإِن يَكَادُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَـٰرِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا۟ ٱلذِّكْرَ وَيَقُولُونَ إِنَّهُۥ لَمَجْنُونٌ ﴿51﴾

وَمَا هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكْرٌ لِّلْعَـٰلَمِينَ ﴿52﴾

Meaning: The disbelievers were about to destroy you with their glances when they heard the reminder saying, “Indeed he is mad.” Indeed, it is only a reminder for the people.

It is also said that reciting verses number 25 to 28 from surah Taha heals the body and the soul. For example, if you are going through anxiety or stress from something, reciting those two verses will help you overcome this feeling.

قَالَ رَبِّ ٱشْرَحْ لِى صَدْرِى ﴿25﴾

وَيَسِّرْ لِىٓ أَمْرِى ﴿26﴾

وَٱحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِى ﴿27﴾

يَفْقَهُوا۟ قَوْلِى ﴿28﴾

Meaning: He said, “O my Lord! Expand my heart. And make my task easy for me. And make my words plain [and expressive]. That they may understand my words.


Illness is a feeling that no one wants to go through, however it has many benefits to us, whether for our souls or body.

For believers, sickness is a matter of healing against sins and the wrong things that we commit in our lives.

To get rewarded you should be patient, have faith in Allah and always return to god.

Healing sins is not the only reason we get sick. There are many reasons including:

  • Someone has made a sin and Allah wants to forgive him for it, so illness comes to erase our sins and grant us with Allah forgiveness.
  • Allah wants to test us, illness is a way to make us closer to Allah and thank him for everything that we have.
  • Or maybe it is a sign for us to humble ourselves.

And in the article we have discussed each one of them. So, remember, to get cured and to erase all you sins you should always be patient and ask for Allah’s help.


  • Abdul Wahab
    Posted May 18, 2023 4:55 am

    Please I will like to know what’s chapter’s of the quran was all that gotten from.
    Thank you

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