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The Infallible Remedy

Once I saw the Most High Allah in a dream. He asked me, “Bayazid, what do you want?”

I replied, “I want what You want.” The Most High Allah was pleased and said, “I am yours and you are Mine.”
Shaykh Bayazid Bistami (r.a.)


The Holy Prophet of Allah the Almighty (s.a.w.s.), whose virtues are the most excellent, was the most trustworthy person of all creation. Even prior to his mission as Prophet, he was called Amin, the trustworthy, and was never known to have spoken anything except the truth.

The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said: “In Surat al-Fatihah there is a balm for all ailments.” He went on to provide the specific instructions for utilizing this most treasured remedy.

The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) also said: “I tell you of a surah that is the greatest, the most virtuous, in the Holy Qur’an. It is Surat al-Hamd [the opening surah, al-Fatihah], which has seven verses. These are the sab’ah mathani [the Oft-Repeated Seven] and represent the Grand Qur’an.”

In another Hadith, the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) is reported to have said: “By Him Who is in possession of my life, a surah like this one has been revealed neither in the Torah nor in the Bible, nor even in the rest of the Qur’an.”

The accumulated experience of the Sufis confirms that the reading and reciting of Surat al-Fatihah with true faith and sincere conviction, cures all maladies, whether spiritual or worldly, external or internal. The Surat al-Fatihah enters into the writing of almost all ta’widh; it is also written in ink made of saffron and rose water, and consumed. All six books of authentic (sahih) Hadith report that the Companions (r.a.a.) used to read it for treatment of diseases, both physical and mental.

The satan lamented, wept, and tore his hair out on four occasions: when he was cursed, when he was thrown out of Heaven, when Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) was given Prophethood, and when Surat al-Fatihah was revealed.

Hazrat Khwaja Mucinuddin Chishti (r.a.) has said, “The incessant recitation of Surat al-Fatihah is the infallible remedy for one’s needs.”

The recitation of Surat al-Fatihah is among the most frequent of the practices of the shaykhs of the path. The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) suggested the following mode of recitation and said that this practice will succeed in curing any disease.

Read Surat al-Fatihah forty-one times for forty consecutive days, during the interval between the sunnah (optional) and fard (obligatory) ra’kats of the fair (early-morning) prayer. In this recitation, it is necessary to omit the breath pause usually taken between the first two verses. In other words, the ‘mim’ of ir-Rahim is joined with the ‘lam’ of al-hamdu li-Llahi, which then becomes mil-hamdu li-Llahi. The rest of the surah may be done following the usual breath pauses.

If the person is possessed of madness, or for other reasons cannot perform the recitation, the words should be recited and blown on water, and given to the patient to drink.

We reproduce again Surat al-Fatihah below, for anyone who may wish to make use of its miraculous healing effects.

Bismi Llah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim
Il-hamdu li-Llahi rabb il-calamin
Ar-rahman ir-Rahim
Maliki yawm id-din.
Iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nasta’in.
Ihdinas-sirat al-mustaqim
Sirat alladhina an’amta ‘alayhim
Ghayril-maghdubi ‘alayhim wa lad-dalin.

1. In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
2. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds;
3. The Beneficent, the Merciful;
4. Master of the Day of Judgment!
5. Thee only do we worship;
Thee alone we ask for help.
6. Guide us on the straight path;
7. The path of those whom You love;
Not the path of those who earn Thine anger,
nor of those who go astray.

For some, even this recitation may prove to be difficult, or impossible for some reason or another. The mercy of Allah is infinite! If, after trying with absolute sincerity to learn and apply any technique mentioned, one fails to do so, the following will cure any disease. Simply recite eleven times: Bismi Llah ir-Rahman, ir-Rahim. This verse is the Greatest Attribute of Allah the Almighty, and whatever endeavors to intrude upon the absolute sanctity of His grace is burnt to ashes.

Once Hazrat Abu Bakr (r.a.) was ill. The people came to visit him and seeing his obvious distress, asked him, “Why don’t you call the doctor?” Abu Bakr answered, “I already called the doctor.” His friend asked, “What did the doctor say?” Abu Bakr replied, “He said, ‘I am Mighty in what I intend.'”

There is nothing that can defeat the love of Allah the Almighty for His beloved friends.

And after this, there remains nothing further that can, or should, be said.

Allahu alim!

As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatu Llahi wa barakatuhu!

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you.

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