Saturday, September 7, 2019

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What To Say In Arabic When Someone Is Sick?

These situations can be sensitive and tricky, even in your own language. There are different ways to show compassion. In this post, I will teach you some basic phrases to say in Arabic when someone is sick, but also what else to say if you feel that you wanted to say more.

Basic phrases in Arabic when someone is sick

  • Get well soon. The literal translation of this English phrase is not very natural in Arabic. The closest is (I wish you a speedy recovery) أتمنى لك الشفاء العاجل “atamanna lak alshefaa al3ajil”.
  • May God cure you, may Allah grant you shifa:  شفاك الله “shafaka Allah” [masculine] or “shafakillah” [feminine].
  • I pray to God that he cures you . ربنا يشفيك “rabena yeshfeek” – Egyptian Arabic.
  • ربنا يقومك بالسلامه “Rabena ye’awemak bel salamah” (literally:  I pray to God that you get up -from your illness bed- quickly). Egyptian.

You will notice that a lot of the things you could say to a person are in the form of small prayers. That is how religion is important in the Arab culture and tradition. Whether the person is Muslim or Christian, what you say will involve some form of mini prayer to God or a wish for recovery. In standard Arabic, Muslims may say to each other:  “tahoor insha’allah” طهور إن شاء الله. It more or less translate to a prayer to God that you recover with no sins. That is linked to Islamic belief that sickness or hardship purifies the soul and clears sins. Sickness is seen as either: a test, a blessing to purify the person, or a punishment/warning.

In Tunisia and some other countries, you might also hear the phrase “la baas 3alaik”  لا بأس عليك which is a prayer to remove harm from the sick person.

More things to say to a sick person in Egyptian/other dialects

  • سلامات “salamat” followed by “ya …[name/my friend/brother etc]. Means many wishes of wellness or blessings.
  • ألف سلامه “alf salamah”, means: a thousand blessings upon you.
  • In gulf countries, you could say “ma choof shar” ما تشوف شر, translation: may you see no harm.

Islamic Get Well Soon Duas

You could say this prayer: أسَألُ اللَّهَ العَظِيمَ، رَبَّ العَرْشِ العَظِيمِ، أنْ يَشْفِيَكَ
“Asa’alollaha al3azeem, rab al3arsh al3azeem, an yashfeyak”. The simple translation is (I ask Allah, the Great, the Lord of the magnificent throne that he cures yous). This is basically how to say get well soon in Islam. Another dua is to say:
لا بأس طهور إن شاء الله
“la baasa tahooron enshaallah”; the Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him said this to a sick person and it means may Allah make this a purification for the sick person (from sins).

I hope you find these helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions in comments section. I will be happy to help if you heard any other phrases and wanted to know the meaning or if you have any questions about learning the Arabic language in general.


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