It is very sad to say but it needs to be said. People visit the sick as if its a party. They overstay at the sick persons house not taking into consideration the pain that the sick person is experiencing. They expect tea and biscuits to arrive. They enjoy themselves whilst the sick person is going through discomfort. How inconsiderate?! Does Islam teach such etiquettes?? Infact, Islam in its pristine purity has taught us such etiquettes and its only rightful of us to adhere to the beautiful principles Islam has layed out for us.
Amongst the rights of your brother is that you visit him when he is ill. In doing so, you support and water the tree of brotherhood and the bonds of Islam. It earns an immense reward which one desirous of increasing his good cannot overlook.
Our Master, Rasulullah ﷺ said:
ﺇﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺴـﻠﻢ ﺇﺫﺍ ﻋﺎﺩ ﺃﺧﺎﻩ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﻠﻢ ﻟﻢ ﻳﺰﻝ ﻓﻲ ﺧﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺠﻨﺔ , ﺣﺘﻰ ﻳﺮﺟﻊ (( , ﻗﻴﻞ : ﻳﺎ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ! ﻭ ﻣﺎ ﺧﺮﻓﺔ ﺍﻟﺠﻨّﺔ ؟ ﻗﺎﻝ : )) ﺟﻨﺎﻫﺎ (( . ﺭﻭﺍﻩ ﻣﺴﻠـــــﻢ ))
When a Muslim visits his ill Muslim brother, he remains in the delight of Paradise until he returns. It was asked: O RasulAllah ﷺ, what is the delight of Paradise?
He ﷺ replied: Its fruit. [Muslim]
Nabi ﷺ also said:
“He who visits a sick person continues to dive into mercy until he sits. When he sits, he immerses himself in it. [Ahmed, Ibn Hibban]
Do not forget that when you visit the sick that there are etiquettes expected from the visitor, so that the visit lifts the sick person’s spirits and takes him away from his anxiety. This will aid in lightening his pain, without negating the reward he recieves for being patient.
It is appropriate that the visitor does not extend his visit to the sick for a long duration. The conditions which the sick undergoes do not allow for lengthy visits to him. Visiting the sick should be like the sitting of the lecturer. In other words, as short as the time the Imam sits between the two sermons of Friday. A poem in this regard states:
“The etiquette of visiting the sick to be one saying the salaam. After the Salaam be the one departing.”