Allaamah Abdul Wahhaab Sha’raani (Rahmatullah alayh) of the 9th Islamic century, said that we are bound by a Pledge given to Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). This specific Pledge dictates that we should abstain from medical treatment as far as possible. Sicknesses should be treated with Qur’aanic aayaat and Dua taught by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), not initially with medicine.
The venerable Allaamah explained that due to lack of yaqeen, we do not derive the benefits of the Qur’aanic prescriptions whereas the Sahaabah and Taabieen would acquire instantaneous cure from these prescriptions.
There was a lady who was suffering from a type of fits. When she would be seized by fits she would denude herself. This lady came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and asked that he should make dua for her cure. Although our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that he would make dua, he advised her that the better option was not to ask for cure, and to have Sabr because the rewards for Sabr are immense in the Aakhirah.
The lady said that she accepts the advice and will have Sabr and not supplicate for cure. However, she asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to make dua that when she is seized by the fits, she should not undress and denude herself. Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) made dua for only this request, not for her cure. Henceforth she would not denude herself.
MEDICAL TREATMENT – WHAT IS PRIOR?
The norm of the Salafus Saaliheen (Sahaabah, Taabieen and Tabe Taabieen) was abstention from medical treatment on the basis of Tawakkul and Ridha. Due to Imaani deficiency, medical treatment has become the prior option for us. While medical treatment is permissible, that is, treatment with halaal medicine, not haraam filth and poison, it was of secondary importance to the Sahaabah, and in fact, of no importance to the senior Sahaabah.
We are far, very far from the Age of Nubuwwat, hence we suffer from the malady of Imaani deficiency. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with resorting to medical treatment since this is allowed by the Shariah. The Ahaadith which present medical prescriptions are intended for people of our kind – people of weak Imaan – people who have no valid understanding of the meaning of Tawakkul due to being bereft of Taqwa.
The mushrikeen would frown and become extremely agitated when Tauheed was proclaimed. Today we are in an era in which even the Ulama become agitated when Tawakkul and Taqwa are mentioned. Their frowns and ludicrous interpretations imply that Tawakkul is of Asaatirul Awwaaleen (fairy tales – stupidities of the people of bygone times) just as the mushrikeen would say that Tauheed – worshipping only One Deity was of Asaatirul Awwaaleen.
While the emphasis today on medicine is understood in view of the gross deficiency of our Imaan and total lack of Tawakkul, the insane emphasis on submitting to haraam medical treatment is unacceptable and haraam. When Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) even advised that the better option was to abstain from even dua for cure, and when we are apprized of the attitude of abstention from medicine of the Salafus Saaliheen, then what should our Aql and our Imaan dictate regarding haraam medicine – regarding the filth and poison prescribed by atheists? Consult your conscience and examine your Imaan.
KUFR AND THE DOCTOR
When Hadhrat Abu Bakr Ayyaash (Rahmatullah alayh) was ill, a Christian doctor was brought to tend to him. Hadhrat Ayyaash resolutely prohibited the doctor from touching him. As the doctor departed, Hadhrat Ayyaash supplicated: “O Allah! Just as you have saved me from the calamity of kufr, so too keep me contented with your decree.”
‘AN ENEMY OF ALLAH’
When Hadhrat Waheeb Bin Dard (Rahmatullah alayh) was in his Maradhul Maut, the Ameer of Makkah went to visit him together with a Christian doctor. The doctor asked: “How are you?” Hadhrat Waheeb replied: “I seek refuge with Allah! Never shall I explain my condition to you.”
Those present said: ‘Inform us. We shall explain to the doctor.” Hadhrat Waheeb said:
“Subhaanallaah! What type of brains do these people have? They advise me to complain to the enemy of Allah about Allah Ta’ala. All of you get out from here!”