وَلَمْ أَكُنْ بِدُعَائِكَ رَبِّ شَقِيًّا
And never yet, O my Lord, has my prayer to You remained unanswered.
Quran 19:4 – Surat Maryam
I’ve received many E-mails on supplications to Heal Eating Disorder. I don’t have the authority or the knowledge to tell you what to recite and what supplications to use, only an Imam and learned scholars can do that. I did some research and came across certain sources on Islamic healing from reputable sources. Also I’ve uploaded some books from Islamhouse.com. please do read them. They are very helpful. Please do bear in mind, Eating Disorders are lethal mental illnesses. If the eating disorders progress in severity the risk of premature death from starvation or suicide rises dramatically. The biggest risk of this menacing illness is how it severely impacts the quality of life. The longer one has an Eating Disorder, the more increased the risk various diseases and relapse; and in time a rise in psychological inertia resulting an acceptance of the presence of the eating disorder and a giving up on recovery. Thus, there is an urgency to facilitate a recovery that is full, rather than partial.
According to Prophet Muhammad (s) Du`a is the weapon of the believer, and the pillar of faith, and the light of the heavens and the earth. Dua/prayer is a simple act of asking Allah for whatever problem we have, whatever difficulty we find ourselves in. It is the most powerful weapon to ward off the pain that plagues us.
And when my servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the supplicant when he calls upon Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me, that they may walk the right way. (2:186)
It is the very fundamental of Islamic teaching that there is a cure for every illness except death. Allah cures His servants by either clear, apparent reasons such as medication or by other not so apparent reasons that even the human intellect cannot comprehend.
And When Allah wills that you are inflicted with harm there is no one to remove it but Him. (Surah al-An’aam:17)
Prophet Muhammad (saaw) said: “Allah did not send down any ailment sending sent down with it its cure.” (Bukharee).
At times we are powerless to deal with trials and tribulations of life. Eating Disorders are a mental illness and some disorders such as anorexia and bulimia cannot be cured with a simple pill . Indeed it is up to us to find the cure and all we have to do is ask Allah and Inshallah soon our prayers will be answered because God loves nothing better than that His servants ask from Him. Imam al-Baqir (a)
Supplicate, for there is nothing like Dua to get you closer to Allah, and do not leave out your minor needs, for the One who is the Master of the major needs is also the Master of the minor ones. Imam as-Sadiq (a)
Indeed Allah is the Cure
“And WE send down in the Qur’an that which is a cure for the Muslims, and a mercy – and it increases only ruin for the unjust.”
[Surah Bani Israel 17:82]
For the Cure Of Any Illness
Ayesha (R.A.) stated that when anyone among them had an illness, Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) used to rub the area of the pain reciting the following dua:
أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءٌ لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمَاً
“O Lord of the people, remove this pain and cure it, You are the one who cures and there is no one besides You who can cure, grant such a cure that no illness remains”.
“Ayesha (R.A.) stated that when Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) was ill, he used to recite the four Quls, blow on his hands and pass them over on the back and front.
To heal your illness, follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (saaw). Recite these Four Quls everyday .
He also recited these surahs, blew on his hands and passed them over his body during his fatal illness”.
This Tasbeeh recitation of name of Allah was specifically prescribed to me by Sheikh Hamid Hassan to beat Anorexia Nervosa.