prevention is better than cure

Prevention Is Better than Cure

AIDS is a disease that doesn’t have an actual treatment, only palliative to relieve symptoms. Prevention is better than

AIDS is a disease that doesn’t have an actual treatment, only palliative to relieve symptoms but it won’t cure the disease. 

To help prevent this virus from happening, we need to understand how AIDS (HIV virus) strikes.

Aids strikes firstly by sexual route, secondly by blood route, and thirdly through mother to child route.

How Does AIDS Strike?

For the first route, it has been found that people with multiple sexual partners are most likely to be HIV positive, and the risk is significantly higher than those who had one sex partner.

Also, Anal sex is the riskiest type of sex for getting or transmitting HIV. The mother that has HIV can transmit it to her child (perinatal transmission or mother-to-child transmission) as well.

How Does Islam Prevent AIDS?

We agreed that prevention is better than cure, so let’s see how Islam did prevent the preliminaries of AIDS, like: 

1) Making sexual relationships out of marriage is forbidden. And has a great punishment.

Quran mentioned in chapter 24, surah An-Noor:

The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion of Allah, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment – The fornicator does not marry except a [female] fornicator or polytheist, and none marries her except a fornicator or a polytheist, and that has been made unlawful to the believers.” [Qur’an, 24: 2-3] (1) 


2) Making anal sex is forbidden too, even for married couples!

As prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

do not go into your women in their behinds for indeed Allah is not shy of the truth.” [Hasan Hadith] (2)

Prevention Is Better than Cure in Islam: How?

But even before this, Islam stated clear rules to minimize the possibilities of any sexual relationship outside marriage, but how? 

1) Islam encourages marriage 

  • As Quran mentioned in chapter 24, surah An-Noor:

 And marry the unmarried among you and the righteous among your male slaves and female slaves. If they should be poor, Allah will enrich them from His bounty, and Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [Qur’an, 24: 32] (3)


  • And prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

Whoever among you can afford it, let him get married, for it is more effective in lowering the gaze and guarding chastity. And whoever cannot afford it, then let him fast, for it will be a restraint for him.” [Hadith Narrated by Bukhari & Muslim] (4)

2) Islam puts rules in treating between men and women in general as:

  • No handshaking between foreigners!

Prophet Muhammad said,

For one of you to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle is better for him than that he should touch a woman who is not permissible for him.”  [Sahih Hadith] (5)


  • No seclusion between unmarried couples, or non-family!

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: 

… A man is not alone with a woman but the third of them is Ash-Shaitan.” [Sahih Hadith] (6)


  • Guard your heart!

Both Men and Women are ordered not to gaze and guard their vision as Quran mentioned in Chapter 24, surah An-Noor: 

Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do-And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests…” [Qur’an, 24: 30-31] (7)

 What about AIDS Patients in Islam? 

But even after what we’ve mentioned, we can’t mistreat or underestimate AIDS patients who are being treated, as our prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said

O you who accepted Islam with his tongue, while faith has not reached his heart! Do not harm the Muslims, nor revile them, nor spy on them to expose their secrets. For indeed whoever tries to expose his Muslim brother’s secrets, Allah exposes his secrets wide open, even if he were in the depth of his house.” [Hasan Hadith] (8)

How Does Islam Deal with Patients?

And In Islam there are decencies in how to deal with the patients some of them are :

1) to visit them and ask about them. 

2) be careful with their feelings and choose your words.

3) ask them to be patient and to ask Allah for rewards.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,

Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience” [Sahih Hadith] (9)


To conclude, Islam has stated the healthiest lifestyle ever. In Islam protection is better than cure. We’re thankful for our God who sat rules 1400 years ago for our protection! Decide your way now.


(1) Verses [24: 2-3 ] of Qur’an (English Interpretation of Meaning)

(2) Prophet’s Saying (Hadith) 

(3) Verse [24: 32] of Qur’an (English Interpretation of Meaning)

(4) Prophet’s Saying (Hadith)

(5) Prophet’s Saying (Hadith)

(6) Prophet’s Saying (Hadith)

(7) Verses [24: 30-31 ] of Qur’an (English Interpretation of Meaning)

(8) Prophet’s Saying (Hadith)

(9) Prophet’s Saying (Hadith)

(10) Associated Risk Factors of STIs and Multiple Sexual Relationships among Youths in Malawi

(11) How is HIV passed from one person to another?