Will you explain the hadith "Allah created the cure for every illness"? How should we understand the hadith, "O people! Be treated. For, there is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment"?

The Details of the Question
The Prophet (pbuh) states the following in a hadith: "O people! Be treated. For, there is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment." However, there are diseases whose treatment does not exist today. Will you give information regarding the issue?
The Answer

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Abud Darda (radiyallahu anh) narrates: "The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

‘Allah has sent down both the disease and the cure, and He has appointed a cure for every disease, so treat yourselves medically, but use nothing unlawful." [Abu Dawud, Tibb 11, (3874)]


The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) emphasizes that there is a legitimate and halal cure for every disease. We should not say, "There is no cure for this or that disease." It is possible that humanity has not developed a method of treatment or has not found a cure for certain diseases yet. However, according to Islamic belief, it is not an unchanging destiny.  It is essential to look for treatment; a cure for every disease will definitely be found.

In that case, that some people say, "A cure will not be found" for AIDS, which is a disease of this age, originates from ignorance. We can definitely say that its cure is present in the treasure of cure of Allah Almighty acting upon the hadith of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) above and similar ones.

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) states the following in a narration by Abu Hurayra included in Bukhari:

"There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment." [The following addition exists in Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi: "There is no cure for only one illness." He was asked, "What disease is it?" he answered: "Old age." [Bukhari, Tibb 1, Abu Dawud, Tibb 1, (3855); Tirmidhi, Tibb 2, (2039); Ibn Majah, Tibb 1, (3436)]

Hz. Jabir narrates: "The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"There is a cure for every disease. If the cure for a disease is met, the person will be saved from that disease with the permission of Allah."


1. The first hadith included in Bukhari aims to persuade believers that there is definitely a cure, treatment for every illness. There are various versions of the hadith:

"O people! Be treated! There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its treatment. Then, seek treatment."

"O slaves of Allah! Be treated! Allah has not created a disease without treatment except one: old age – in another narration – death."

The following is stated in a narration of Abu Hudhama from his father: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Is it permissible if I have ruqya and use medicine? Can anything from Allah’s qadar be change with them?’ He said, ‘They are also Allah's qadar.’"

Hz. Jabir’s hadith is remarkable. Accordingly, treatment is not based on the right medicine only; the permission of Allah is also necessary. In that case, a believer needs to seek ways of treatment but he needs to know that cure is based on the permission of Allah. Thus, a believer who is cured will attribute it to Allah, not to the medicine, and increase his gratitude to Allah.

This brings the following issue to mind: It is essential for the medication to cure but the traits of the person who uses it, the dosage, amount and way of using of the medication may lead to different results in different patients. Some will give full treatment while others will give partial treatment; some may deteriorate the disease and even trigger another disease with its side effects. A believer who knows this needs to take refuge in his Lord when he uses medication in order to be cured with the permission of Allah. It seems that the hadiths also aim to teach this principle to believers.

2. Those hadiths tell us to believe in the effects of medication. On the other hand, it is a good manner originating from belief that a believer needs to attribute everything to Allah and to trust Him. A contrast appears between those two principles. Explainers of the hadith state the following regarding the issue: "All of those hadiths determine the place of causes in treatment. However, according to the hadiths, it is not contrary to tawakkul (trust in Allah) for a person who believes that the cure will come not from the medication itself but from the properties Allah has placed in it and with the permission of Allah and that medication can even cause an illness with the will and predestination of Allah." Besides, they compare it to getting rid of hunger and thirst by eating and drinking and avoiding things that will lead man to destruction, and say, "they are not contrary to tawakkul, neither is this."

3. Some narrations state that there is a cure for every disease except "old age" and "death". This emphasizes that there is definitely a cure for every disease and encourages people to search, presenting a hope and source of consolation to those who suffer from a disease that is thought to be incurable. Attention is drawn to the fact that "old age" and "death" occur as a result of a kind of illness. This prophetic guidance suggests that it is possible to analyze the thing that causes old age more closely and make scientific explanations.

The following statement of Badiuzzaman Said Nursi opens the door slightly to doctors who are believers for serious research that promises original results and encourages them:

"The bodies of living creatures are doomed to annihilation and death in this world because of an imbalance between what is taken in and what is expended. From childhood until maturity much taken in, and after that what is expended increases; the balance is spoilt, and the body dies. In the world of eternity, however, the particles of the body remain constant and are not subject to composition and dissolution, or else the balance remains constant." (Sözler (Words), Yirmi Sekizinci Söz (Twenty-Eighth Word))

He mentions this issue while explaining the immortality in Paradise and the permanence of youth.

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