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See also: سفی, سقي, سقى, and شفي



شَفَى (šafā) I, non-past يَشْفِي‎ (yašfī)

  1. to heal, to cure
    • Koran 26:75-80, translation by Yusuf Ali
      قَالَ أَفَرَأَيْتُم مَا كُنْتُمْ تَعْبُدُونَ أَنْتُمْ وَآبَاؤُكُمُ الْأَقْدَمُونَ فَإِنَّهُمْ عَدُوٌّ لِي إِلَّا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ ٱلَّذِي خَلَقَنِي فَهُوَ يَهْدِينِ وَٱلَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ
      qāla ʾafaraʾaytum mā kuntum taʿbudūna ʾantum waʾābāʾukumu l-ʾaqdamūna faʾinnahum ʿaduwwun lī ʾillā rabba l-ʿālamīna llaḏī ḵalaqanī fahuwa yahdīni wallaḏī huwa yuṭʿimunī wayasqīni waʾiḏā mariḍtu fahuwa yašfīni
      He said: "Do ye then see whom ye have been worshipping - Ye and your fathers before you? - For they are enemies to me; not so the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds; Who created me, and it is He Who guides me; Who gives me food and drink, and when I am ill, it is He Who cures me."
  2. (in the passive) to heal, to recover, to be cured, to get better (see شُفِيَ (šufiya))


Usage notes

The only agent generally used with the active voice of شَفَى (šafā) is God; this verb is not applied to medical professionals, treatments, medications, etc. The verb is most often encountered in the passive voice, in which it need not be particularly religious.