Manners Of Visiting An Ill Person

Visitors to an ill person must not stay very long. Even if they are people loved by the ill person, they must leave early. If an ill person asks, they must stay a little longer and, asking for permission after a while, they must leave if he does not ask them to stay. It is not right not to let anyone enter a seriously ill person's room. Pious people must enter the room and stay there long enough to say the Sura Ikhlas [1] once, even if the ill person does not want them to. You should not deprive the ill person with the excuse that the doctor said that no one must see him or talk to him. Pious people must enter his room and recite the Sura Yasin-i sharif. It would be useful even to say it secretly.

People with an ill person must not say exciting things that may worsen his illness; they must not tell stories or start conversations on such topics as newspapers, property, trade, politics and governments.

The person on his deathbed must eat what is halal [2]. As far as possible, he must eat things prepared after saying the Basmala [3] and other prayers by vigilant-hearted people who have ablution.

People with an ill person must tell religious tales and quote the words of the Awliya [4], of savants, and of pious sages. They must elevate his love for these people. Talking about the Awliya-i-kiram 'rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alaihim ajma'in' causes Allah's compassion.

[1] suura(t): a Qur'anic chapter [a chapter of the Qur'an].
[2] halal: (act, thing) permitted in Islam.
[3] basmala: the phrase "Bismi'illahi 'r-rahmani 'r-rahim" (In the Name of Allahu ta'ala the Compassionate, the Merciful).
[4] awliya: (pl. of Wali) a person loved by Allahu ta'ala.