Ayat Shifa : The Verses of Healing in the Quran

Shah Muhammad Suhail

Ayat Shifa

In Islam, every teaching and command holds a unique kind of healing power. The Holy Quran, the word of Allah, is not only a spiritual guide but also a source of physical and emotional healing. Among its many verses, there are specific ones known as Ayat-e-Shifa, or verses of healing. These verses are recited by Muslims seeking relief from various ailments and afflictions, believing in the divine power of Allah to cure and protect. This blog post will explore what this Ayats are, which verses in the Quran are considered this Ayats, their virtues, the appropriate times to recite them, related Hadiths, scholarly opinions, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Ayat-e-Shifa.

What is Ayat Shifa?

Ayat Shifa refers to specific verses in the Quran that are believed to have healing properties. The term “Shifa” means “healing” in Arabic, and these verses are recited by Muslims seeking physical, emotional, or spiritual healing.

Ayat Shifa in the Quran?

The Quran contains six verses that are commonly referred to as Ayatus Shifa:

Surah At-Tawbah, Ayah 14:


وَيَشْفِ صُدُورَ قَوْمٍ مُّؤْمِنِينَ

Transliteration: Wa yashfi sudūra qawmin mu’minīn.

Translation: And [Allah] heals the breasts of a believing people.

Ayat Shifa
Ayat Shifa

Surah Yunus, Ayah 57:


وَشِفَاءٌ لِمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Transliteration: Wa shifā’un limā fī ṣ-ṣudūri wa hudā wa raḥmatun lil-mu’minīn.

Translation: A healing for what is in the breasts and a guidance and mercy for the believers.

Surah An-Nahl, Ayah 69:


يَخْرُجُ مِنْ بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاءٌ لِلنَّاسِ

Transliteration: Yakhruju min buṭūnihā sharābun mukhtalifun alwānuhu fīhi shifā’un lin-nās.

Translation: From their bellies comes a drink of varying colors, in which there is healing for people.

Surah Al-Isra, Ayah 82:


وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Transliteration: Wa nunazzilu mina l-qur’āni mā huwa shifā’un wa raḥmatun lil-mu’minīn.

Translation: And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers.

Surah Ash-Shu’ara, Ayah 80:


وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ

Transliteration: Wa idhā maridtu fahuwa yashfīn.

Translation: And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.

Surah Fussilat, Ayah 44:


قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ

Transliteration: Qul huwa lilladhīna āmanū hudan wa shifā’un.

Translation: Say, “It is, for those who believe, a guidance and cure.”

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The Virtues of this Ayats

Reciting this Ayats is believed to bring numerous benefits, including:

  • Physical Healing: Relief from illnesses and ailments.
  • Spiritual Healing: Strengthening of faith and tranquility of the heart.
  • Emotional Healing: Comfort and solace during times of distress and anxiety.

When to Recite Ayat Shifa?

Ayat Shifa can be recited at any time, but they are often recited during:

  • Times of illness or physical pain.
  • Moments of emotional or psychological distress.
  • Regular prayers and supplications as a preventive measure for health and well-being.

Hadiths Related to Ayat Shifa

While there are no specific hadiths that mention the term “Ayat-e-Shifa,” several hadiths emphasize the healing power of the Quran and supplications. For example:

  • Narrated Aisha (RA): Whenever Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) became sick, he would recite Mu’awwidhat (Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas) and then blow his breath over his body. (Sahih Bukhari)

Scholars’ Opinions on Ayat Shifa

Islamic scholars have varying opinions on Ayat Shifa, but they generally agree on the importance of these verses for healing. They emphasize the need to recite them with sincere faith and reliance on Allah’s power.

  • Imam Al-Ghazali: He highlighted the significance of reciting Quranic verses, including Athis Ayats, with full conviction in their healing properties.
  • Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya: He stressed that the Quran is a source of healing for all ailments, both physical and spiritual.


Ayat Shifa are powerful verses in the Quran that offer healing for physical, emotional, and spiritual ailments. Muslims believe in the immense benefits of reciting these verses with faith and conviction. These verses serve as a reminder of Allah’s mercy and the healing power of His words.


Q: Can Ayat Shifa be recited for someone else?
A: Yes, you can recite Ayat Shifa for the healing of others, including family members and friends.

Q: Is it necessary to recite all six Ayats together?
A: While it is beneficial, it is not mandatory to recite all six together. Any of the this Ayats can be recited individually as well.

Q: Can Ayat Shifa be recited during non-prayer times?
A: Yes, Ayat Shifa can be recited at any time, whether during prayers, after prayers, or any other time of the day.

Q: Do I need to perform Wudu before reciting this Ayats?
A: It is recommended to be in a state of Wudu (ablution) when reciting any part of the Quran, including this Ayats, for added spiritual purity.

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