Found a very interesting hadith today and thought I’d share, especially in light of the fact that some people believe they do not need medicine or doctors as long as their faith is strong enough. Others who take medicine are sometimes viewed as lacking in faith (particularly those who seek help for mental health issues). Yet, Islam reminds us that all healing comes from God, whether directly or ‘indirectly’; through both miracles and medical advancements.
Imam al-Sadiq said, ‘A prophet from among the prophets fell sick and said, ‘I will not treat myself [with medicine] until the One who made me sick heals me’. Then Allah revealed to him saying, ‘I will not heal you until you treat yourself [with medicine] for verily the healing is from Me.’
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 62, p. 66, no. 15
This serves to remind us that God has given humankind the intellect and curiosity to explore and research the universe in order to find cures for the diseases that afflict us. Refusing the results of this blessing is not faith, but is ignorance.
With that being said, it also doesn’t mean to rush out and take medicine for any ailment your doctor or the commercials on TV say you have (the US is far too over-medicated as it is). It is best to do your own research in order to have a thorough understanding of your condition, along with the various options for treatment, their outcomes, and side effects. Understanding side effects is very crucial as sometimes the side effects are worse than the original condition!