[Commentary by Dheeraj Raina: This was a Facebook post of Uzma’s. Read this to understand my approach to turning some of Uzma’s Facebook posts into blog posts. I have edited this post’s formatting. Words I have added are in italics. Enjoy!]
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This is what I hear over and over again.
I believe in prayers and miracles but these thoughts seem to have a pattern and classic content.
I hope for remission, I pray for recovery. But people do get better and some don’t.
Muslim platitudes for Illness:
1. When first sick
May Allah heal you, I will pray for you.
2. Illness prolonged
It’s not an illness , it’s a test. I will pray for you.
3. Still sick
Duas (prayers) change things. Keep praying.
4. Still quite sick
Shifa (healing) is in hands of Allah, keep asking.here are these things you should recite every day.
5.Still sick and worse.
Miracles happen all the time. I am praying for a miracle. Keep reciting what I sent you.
6. Patient suddenly better for one day
I told you never give up Hope , see how things change when you pray.
7. After 24 hours – Still sick, worse and may be terminal.
Death is inevitable. Whoever lives, will taste death.There is time to repent. Stay strong, keep faith .
8. Deathly ill
Now who can really interfere with Allah’s plans. He decides what is best. There is always a reason why prayers aren’t accepted. They wash away sins.
We came from Him and shall return to Him. I will pray for the departed soul.
10. Someone else gets sick.
Rinse and repeat.