أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers. Quran: Surah Yunus (10), Ayat-57

The word shifaa means the removal of disease and suduur is the plural form of sadr which means the chest, and it signfies the chest. The sense is that the Holy Qur’an is a successful remedy of the diseases of the heart. It corrects and cures it as a prescription of legendary elixir would.

The famous Hasan al-Basri said, ‘from this attribute of the Qur’an, we learn that it is a cure for the diseases of the heart specifically, and not that of physical diseases.(Rih al-Ma’ani) But, other scholars have said that the Holy Qur’an is a cure for every disease, whether spiritual or physical. However, spiritual diseases are far more harmful for men and women than physical diseases. Then, the treatment of such diseases too is not in everyone’s control. Therefore, at this place, only spiritual diseases that relate to the heart have been mentioned. From this it does not necessarily follow that it is not a cure for physical diseases. 

Hadith reports and countless experiments of the religious scholars of the Muslim community are witnesses to the fact that the way the Holy Qur’an is a great elixir for diseases of the heart, very similarly, it is the best of treatments for physical diseases also. 

As narrated by Sayyidna Abu Sa’id al-Khudri RA, someone came to Holy Prophet SAW and complained that he felt he had a chest problem. He said, ‘recite the Qur’an, for Allah Ta’ala says: ‘the Qur’an is a cure for all such diseases as are found insides chests.’ (Rih al-Ma’anI from Ibn Mardiwayh) 

Similarly, according to the narration of Sayyidna Withilah ibn Asqa RA, someone came to the Holy Prophet SAW and said that he had a throat problem. He told him the same thing ‘recite the Qur’an’. 

Scholars of the Muslim community have compiled the properties and efficacies of the Qur’anic verses in regular books by extracting these partly from narratives of Hadith and the sayings of the Sahabah, and partly from their own experiments and experience. Imam al-Ghazali’s work on ‘Qur’anic Properties’ is well known in this area. 

Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanavi’s “A’mal-i-Qur’ani, an abridgement of this work, has been popular among readers of Urdu for over fifty years. Then, there are so many observations and experiments in this field which prove that different verses of the Holy Qur’an have been a total cure for physical diseases as well. Denying all of them is not possible. However, this much can be conceded that the real purpose of the revelation of the Holy Qur’an is to remove the diseases of the heart and soul while, as a corollary, it is also the most effective treatment of even physical diseases. 

This also tells us that those who recite the Holy Qur’an only to treat physical diseases or to seek nothing but the fulfillment of worldly needs are low in sense and high in waywardness. Such people never bother to correct spiritual diseases, nor do they pay any heed to the need of doing things in accordance with the instructions given by the Qur’an. For such people, Iqbal said  ‘Your gain from Ya’Sin is but that: By reciting it, death becomes easy’. 

Though, he is suggesting, had you pondered over its meaning and message, realities and insights, you would have gained much more of its benefits and blessings. 

Some research-oriented commentators who have gone deeper into the meanings of the Qur’in have said that the first attribute of the Qur’an, that is, maw’izah; advice, good counsel relates to man’s obvious, outward or physically-accomplished deeds known as the Shari’ah. The Holy Qur’an is the best source of the correction and better-ment of such deeds. Then, the second attribute: a cure forwhat is in your hearts) relates to man’s hidden, inward or heart oriented deeds known as Tariqah and Tasawwuf. 

-Maariful Quran, Surah Yunus: 10, ayat 57, Volume 4, page 551-553

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