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Sunnats of Visiting the Sick - Part Two

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3. One should not cause discomfort to the sick person by prolonging one’s stay. Rather, one should leave after a short while.

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال: قال رسول الله صلَّى اللَّه عليه وسلم:العيادة فواق ناقة (شعب الايمان للبيهقي رقم 8786) 

Hadhrat Anas (radhiallahu 'anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) said: “Visiting the sick should be for the duration of the milking of a camel.”

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال من السنة تخفيف الجلوس وقلة الصخب (مرقاة-باب عيادة المريض)

It is reported that Hadhrat ibn 'Abbaas (radhiallahu 'anhuma) said: “It is from the Sunnah to shorten one’s visit (by the sick) and to avoid making noise.”

It is reported that a group of people once went to visit Hadhrat Sarri Saqti (rahimahullah) in his final illness and prolonged their stay by him. Hadhrat Sirri Saqti (rahimahullah) was at that time suffering from stomach pains. They then intended to leave and asked Hadhrat Sirri Saqti (rahimahullah) to make du'aa for them. Hadhrat Sirri Saqti (rahimahullah) made du'aa saying, “O Allah, teach them the etiquettes of visiting the sick.” (Mirqaat)

On one occasion, a person went to visit a sick patient and remained by him for a long time. The sick person then said, “We have been greatly inconvenienced by the large number of people coming to visit us.” The visitor asked, “Should I get up and close the door for you so that they do not enter?” The sick person replied, “Yes, but close it from outside. (you remain outside as well as you are also causing inconvenience). (Mirqaat)

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