Is My Disease a Punishment?

NARRATED BY ABU HURAYRAH (RADIALLAAHU ANHU)

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: 

"‏ مَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ دَاءً إِلاَّ أَنْزَلَ لَهُ شِفَاءً ‏"

"THERE IS NO DISEASE THAT ALLAH HAS CREATED, EXCEPT THAT HE ALSO HAS CREATED ITS CURE." [BUKHAARI]

There are many natural remedies, medicines, and food that have tremendous benefits for our overall health. Unfortunately, we are too consumed and sucked into the realm of pharmaceutical branding that we forget how to treat our aliments naturally and instead heavily rely on synthetically masking our symptoms.

Although taking pharmaceutical medications may be compulsory for certain medical diseases and illnesses, we should also try our utmost best to follow natural regiments alongside these treatments for better and overall healthier results.

To start, it is important to have a clear and positive outlook on health and your body's natural ability to heal. If your outlook on finding a cure is negative, then the outcome will also be negative.

Begin by understanding the above hadeeth. Allaah has Created diseases/illnesses not because He is a vengeful God or likes to inflict pain on His Creation.

It is because He, in His Utmost Wisdom, has sent down these diseases/ illnesses for the advancement of humankind in faith and in discovery. Without these diseases/illnesses - we would not have the wide array of scientific "discoveries" on how to treat and cure these illnesses. Nor will we, as Servants of the Most Merciful, be able to take advantage of the countless blessings He Bestows upon a humble and accepting servant of His Decree. This concludes the second part of the hadeeth - "except that He also has Created its cure."

Sickness is from Allaah, and the cure to that sickness is only from Him. Understanding and accepting this is the first step towards leading a better and healthier life.

What are some initial steps you have taken towards a more holistic natural approach to healing? Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments section below!


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