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What can we say to someone who is mortally ill?
Chapter 12

وَيَسْتَعْجِلُونَكَ بِالْعَذَابِ وَلَن يُخْلِفَ اللَّهُ وَعْدَهُ وَإِنَّ يَوْماً عِندَ رَبِّكَ كَأَلْفِ سَنَةٍ مِّمَّا تَعُدُّونَ (سورة الحج, آية 47)

Yet they ask thee to hasten on the Punishment! But Allah will not fail in His Promise. Verily a Day in the sight of thy Lord is like a thousand years of your reckoning. (Surah 22, Verse 47)

Nura is the mother of seven-year-old twins. Two years ago she fell sick with leukemia and since then her life has been filled with pain, sadness, medication and chemotherapy. Her strength has drained away and she is weary of suffering. She even contemplated suicide but lacked the courage. It is hard for her to be unable to raise her children and she knows that she will not live to see them graduate from high school or to see grandchildren.

At night Nura sits alone on the porch and weeps. One day her husband heard her crying and went over to her. He held her hand and tried to encourage her and tell her that God would ease her suffering. He reminded her about Job, who had suffered so greatly and in the end had been rewarded by God. When she said that she could wait no longer and asked why God had not yet rewarded her. He told her not to forget the verse: "Verily a Day in the sight of thy Lord is like a thousand years of your reckoning". She must be patient, he said.

Explanation: hope is what we all want and need in life. We all struggle with difficulties and suffer and yearn for Allah to help us and for a better future. But often this future seems far distant. This is doubly true for Nura who is severely ill and feels that God is not helping her. Her husband did well to quote the Quran and explain that God's time span differs from hers and that her reward will come some day. He is giving her hope, which is so important for all of us, and in particular for the sick.