In 1408, the newspaper Al-Muslimun (issue number 181, dated Dhul-Hijjah 8, 1408) related the following story: it is a real-life story whose hero is a Syrian doctor who was afflicted with cancer and who remedied it with charity. Dr Isa Marzuqi related that he was afflicted with cancer, a fact that is attested by the most eminent of doctors in Damascus; the amazing thing is that he was cured through charity. After many of his colleagues lost hope of his cure, the said Doctor returned to the hospital to assume his duties. The doctor’s fiancée had refused to break off their marriage because of the sickness, and instead decided to wait patiently until he died. But instead of that happening he was saved. He later provided authenticated certificates from many eminent doctors that he had cancer in his left armpit, they also attested to the fact that later on, no traces of that cancer remained. In fact, the first doctor who diagnosed him said that at first, he expected him to die after only a few days.
Dr. Isa Marzuqi later said that he applied the words of Allah’s Messenger ﷺ: “Remedy your sick ones with charity”. With that statement he still had hope, and so when he found out about a house whose breadwinner had died many years before, he decided to give them all the wealth he had, even though it was only a small amount. He sent the money to the poor family through a friend of his, asking him to tell them that the money was from a man afflicted with a death threatening sickness and that he was seeking a cure by giving charity, hoping for help from Allah Ta’aala. The story ended with his cure, which perplexed many of the most skilled doctors in Syria. He later said that he chose that cure because he wanted to follow the way of Allah’s Messenger ﷺ. He also said, however, that he did not leave off treatment through normal medical methods; he believed in the Divine Preordainment, but that belief does not mean that one should turn away from doctors, nor does it mean that one should not take the appropriate, tangible steps that are needed to achieve the desired goal.
Abu Umamah –Radiyallaahu anhu– narrated: the Messenger of Allaah -Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam- said:
‘Treat your sick by giving Sadaqah (charity).’