Syafakillah or syafakallah are two expressions in Arabic which are used to ask about a relative, a friend who is sick. These two utterances have the same meaning, the only difference is their usage.
The meaning of the expression syafakillah is “may Allah heal you”, as well as the expression syafakallah. The difference between the two lies in their use.
Meaning Syafakillah, Syafakallah
Syafakallah is used for men (using khitab mukhatab or male singular second pronoun). Meanwhile, the saying syafakillah is used for women (using khitab mukhatabah or the second person is a woman). If you want to say it to a man whose number is more than one or plural ‘then the sentence “syafakumullah” is used.
The phrases and sayings of syafakillah and syafakallah are two utterances that are usually used to pray for a relative or friend who is sick in Arabic. If any of your friends say that you can reply with the words “zajakallahu khairan” which means “may Allah reward your ascension.”
However, we have not found any hadiths or history that use this sentence to appeal to the sick. Rasulullah SAW. only teach the ummat prayers for the sick. So, when we visit or pray for a sick person, we are sunkised to recite prayers for his recovery and hopefully his sins will be forgiven.
Prayers to Visit the Sick
Here are some prayers taught by Rasulullah SAW. when visiting the sick so that healing is immediately given to him.
إِذَا دَخَلَ عَلَى مَنْ يَعُوْدُ قَالَ: لاَ بَأْسَ طَهُوْرٌ إِنْ شَاءَ اللهُ.
If Rasulullah SAW. visiting the place of the sick, he said: Laa ba’-sa thahuurun
God willing. Meaning: It’s okay, may your illness make your sins clean.
Apart from the prayers above, there are also other prayers taught by the Prophet Muhammad. when visiting the sick. The following is the sound of the prayer.
للَّهُمَّ رَبَّ النَّاسِ أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِيْ لاَ شِفَاءَ إِلاَّ شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءً لاَ يُغَادِرُ سَقَماً.
Meaning: O Allah, Lord of all human beings, get rid of all diseases, heal them, You are the great healer, there is no healing except Your healing, provide healing that does not end with disease.
That includes prayers to visit the sick as taught by the Prophet Muhammad. Hopefully we memorize it and we can practice it.
Etiquette when Visiting the Sick
Visiting the sick is important in addition to comforting the sick and praying for them, it is also an extraordinary act of merit. This also includes putting joy in the heart of the believer and this is sadaqah. However, when visiting or praying for a sick person there is a courtesy that needs to be considered.
The following is etiquette for visiting places of sick people:
- Visiting sick people must be solely because they want to please Allah and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad.
- Give advice to be patient and courageous in dealing with the disease
- Say a kind word
- Gently rubbing and holding her hand unless it’s not a mahram
- Speak words that comfort and please the sick
- Asking needs and things about their needs.
- Praying for the sick so that they can be immediately cured
Things to avoid when visiting a sick person:
- Entered the house impolitely
- Linger in the sick
- Talking vain words
- Swearing or talking about other people’s badness
- Visits during recess or late at night
- Taking something without the sick person’s permission.
The Virtue of Visiting the Sick
Apart from the manners of visiting the sick, there is also the virtue of visiting the sick’s hospital. Anyone who is sick among us, whether brothers of the same faith or fellow countrymen, has an obligation to visit him and offer prayers for his recovery.
Also read: The Best Dua After Salah
Visiting sick people gets many virtues and advantages based on the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad, including the following:
Hadith 1 about visiting the sick
إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمَ إِذَا عَادَ أَخَاهُ الْمُسْلِمَ لَمْ يَزَلْ فِي خُرْفَةِ الْجَنَّةِ حَتَّى يَرْجِعَ
“Indeed, when a Muslim visits his Muslim brother, he will always be in the pleasures of heaven until he returns” (HR. Muslim no. 6498).
The second hadith about visiting the sick
مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يَعُوْدُ مُسْلِمًا غُدْوَةً إِلاَّ صَلَّى عَلَيْهِ سَبْعُوْنَ أَلْفَ مَلَكٍ حَتَّى يُمْسِيَ، وَإِنْ عَادَهُ عَشِيَّةً إِلاَّ صَلَّى عَلَيْهِ سَبْعُوْنَ أَلْفَ مَلَكٍ حَتَّى يُصْبِحَ، وَكَانَ لَهُ خَرِيْفٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ
It is not a Muslim who visits other Muslims in the morning but instead performs prayers by the 70,000 angels over him until the afternoon. And if he visits him in the evening, then 70,000 angels pray on him until he enters the morning. And the fruits of heaven (enjoyment of heaven) are provided for him (Narrated by At-Tirmidzi no. 969).
Visiting the place of a sick person to see their condition is important and can even be mandatory if a Muslim has no relatives or lives alone.
Also see: How to Pray Janazah: Du’a, Intention
Visiting or i’adah of sick people is even one of the rights of believers over other believers, as the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad.
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ “حَقُّ الْمُسْلِمِ عَلَى الْمُسْلِمِ سِتٌّ: إذَا لَقِيْتــَهُ فَسَلِّمْ عَلَيْهِ، وَإِذَا دَعَاك
فَأَجِبْهُ، وَإِذَا اسْتَنْصَحَك فَانْصَحْهُ، وَإِذَا عَطَسَ فَحَمِدَ اللَّهَ فَسَمِّتْهُ، وَ إِذاَ مَرِضَ فَعُدْهُ، وَإِذاَ ماَتَ
فاتـْبَعْهُ”. (رَواهُ مُسلمٌ، بَابُ مِنْ حَقِّ الْمُسْلِمِ لِلْمُسْلِمِ رَدُّ السَّلَامِ برقم 2162)
Meaning: From Abi Hurairah RA. said: Bersabdalah Rasulullah SAW. The rights of Muslims over other Muslims are 6 matters.
- When you meet, say hello
- If he invites you then fulfill his invitation
- If he asks for advice from you then give advice (advice)
- If he sneezes and he says Alhamdulillah, then reply with yarhamukallah.
- If he’s sick then come visit, and
- If he dies, accompany the body
The relationship between fellow Muslims is very beautiful. For this reason, tie tightly the bonds of brotherhood and eliminate all forms of enmity with fellow Muslims, family or relatives.
Read more: Miracles of Prophet Muhammad PBUH
Arabic words other than Syafakillah and Syafakallah
There are many words in Arabic that can be said to a kind relative when he is sick, having pleasure, being surprised and under various conditions.
- Thank you – Thank you
- Ana – I am
- Anta – You (boy)
- Fulan – Someone whose name is not known
- Fulanah – Someone who does not know his name (female)
- Jazaakumullah Khairan – May Allah reward you with kindness.
- Barakallahu fiik – May Allah bestow blessings on you.
- Ilalliqa ‘- Until we meet again, said the person who left / said goodbye.
- Ma’as Salaamah – Hope in safety
- Saheeh – Right.
- Barakallah fii umrik – May Allah bestow blessings on your age
- Fii amaanillah – May it be protected by Allah
- Tafadhdhal – Please,
- Syafakillah – May Allah heal you (woman)
- Tafadhdhalii – Please, Used for women (singular).
- Mumtaaz – Cool, Great – Very good, To show praise).
- Syafakallah – May Allah heal you (male)
- Na’am – Yes / Yes
- Laa – No.
- Ahlan wa Sahlan – Welcome.
- Kayfa Halukh – How are you?
- Ikhwan – Brother (Plural / many).
- Akhi – My brother (male, single).
- Ukhti – My sister (female, single).
- Akhwat – My sister (Plural / many).
Also see: Fii Amanillah Meaning
Other Sayings of Praise in Arabic
- Alhamdulillah: All praise belongs to Allah
- Subhanallah: Glory to Allah
- AllahuAkbar: Allah is great
- Masya Allah: happened by the will of Allah
- God willing: If Allah wills
- Allah knows best. A’lam Bishawab: It is Allah who knows the truth