by Muhammed Nafih Wafy – courtesy The Muslim Vibe
Hardly do we bother about doing a regular checkup to keep abreast of
Healthcare is a multitrillion-dollar industry and one of the fastest our soul’s of human knowledge powered by innovative researchers, spiritually relaxed know-how, highly sophisticated infrastructure, and
The number of fast-multiplying specialties and sub-specialties in modern medicine indicate our efforts to safeguard
But all this fuss is about protecting and treating the human body, which is transient and is destined to perish after a few years, while we maintain a wanton disregard for the health and safety features of the soul, which is, instead, guaranteed an eternal existence.
The naysayer in me protests: “No, the medicine is all about making the God-given human life more enjoyable and life-worthy in this world, while at the same time, making the human body more equipped and powerful to work for the hereafter. Medicine is all about making the God-given mechanism more efficient to make it work for God. At the end of the day, like any other branch of knowledge, medicine is a blessed mission to invent God’s solutions to our physical and mental problems. So, dear mystic, do away with your misplaced antagonism towards medicine.”
“Don’t be so emotional,” is what a layman or an uneducated mystic told me, and as I interrupted.
“Don’t take it for a sweeping scathing about modern medicine. But I was hinting at how we are getting the priorities wrong. We lack seriousness when it comes to the diseases of the soul which requires urgent treatment.”
Hardly do we bother about doing a regular checkup to keep abreast of our soul’s health. Have too much intake of entertainment and spiritually relaxed sedentary lifestyle pushed our sugar level up? Has a less disciplined life, with too many unnecessary talks (lying, slandering, backbiting etc.) and less consumption of Touba (confession) of high nutritional value caused our soul’s cholesterol level skyrocket, risking an impending cardiac arrest? Need we urgently undergo a spiritual angioplasty? Are we suffering from acute syndromes of obesity because we don’t exercise our compulsory charity regularly nor we pay our voluntary charity? Does the acute shortage of compassion, love, generosity, and tolerance cause the growth of cancerous cells in our soul?
There is no dearth of specialization in the department of the soul’s medicine. And these are not lesser diseases when it comes to the overall health and well-being of an individual and society as a whole. We are in dire need of potential therapeutic expertise, technical prowess, and innovative infrastructure. The naysayer nodes in affirmative, though he is noticeably discomfited!
We need to take care of the health and beauty of our heart because it is with that extra sensory organ that we communicate with Allah. And that is the organ which we should keep illuminated with the Divine Light. As the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
Allah does not look at our outward appearances, but He looks at our hearts and deeds.
Let us impress our Lord with a sincere, pure and beautifully illuminating heart.
by Mohamedarif Suleman – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
One of the things that we all seem to have forgotten about, nay, taken for granted, is that we have a debt. Now before you jump to conclusions, and start justifying how debt-free you are, take a second glance at the article title – it pretty much gives away the mystery out of this statement.
I have been fortunate to live though multiple phases in my life, whether economic, social or personal turbulence, I have been there, and this in itself has provided me with the unique opportunity to understand that variance in life and the correlations that life produces, are not just natural phenomena, but at times, also essential for our own self reformation. In making this statement, I am essentially expressing gratitude, am I not? For the lessons that life teaches us, are immense, but few of us take time to appreciate events that we regard as unfavourable, as having been those precise turn around moments in our lives, that took us toward one form of betterment or another.
The debt we owe our creator is nothing short of that – to be able to see the good in things and then be grateful for them – an extremely difficult thing to do, but one that remains a debt, regardless. And whereas I had always though I will postpone this thought for the twilight of my life, I am having second thoughts knowing well that one cannot be too sure after all about the span he has been granted, to be grateful for.
As the world economy nose dives by leaps and bounds, and as analysts and pundits forecast gloom, it is no longer extraordinary to see our friends and acquaintances engage in toxic discourses of Armageddon. Well, that would be a bit extreme, but the most common feature is the idea of migration. And whereas moving from one place to another is certainly a good thing, most of the times, it becomes very difficult to understand when very well settled individuals, with alpha lifestyles grumble thus. And as the poem becomes a lyric, then a rhyme and a song, you can probably see this as a predominant feature much like the weather stories of the United Kingdom.
‘Gratitude is a sign of the noble’, goes a proverb, and simply means that people who are grateful, or people who show gratitude by saying things like thank you, are good people that we can all admire. In other words, people who are happy with and are thankful for what they have, have good qualities; such as generosity, honesty, and others. And so it seems, that this admirable trait leads back to us and then goodness around us is sure to radiate. This is probably something we have all read in those monthly psychology
Madhuleena Roy Chowdhury, in her article ‘The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief’, she remarks “We all want a happy life. A cushy job, a perfect family, financial stability, and a great social life! And in this indefinite pursuit of happiness that is
Jeffrey Tucker in his write up ‘Gratitude Is Essential for a Free Life’, makes this incredible point: “A friend of mine described what it was like for her to discover the meaning and implications of economic liberty in the world. Before, most of her formal education put down enterprise, business, corporations, and wealth creation, talking only about their downsides. The world was dark, with the monsters of exploitation, pollution, and inequality lurking around every corner. But learning economics changed all that. Suddenly she saw that the consumer products all around her are not given by nature; they were created through a process that involved an amazing human drama of risk and reward. Within the commercial sector we find an orderliness that no one designed but is inclusive of everyone who wants to participate. Commerce is expansive, exciting, creative, and benevolent, always working to uplift the human spirit. Business is glorious. It serves humanity. This is a huge difference in perspective, and discovering it can rock your world. What is the key change in perspective? It has something to do with how you see the world around you. All the blessings that surround us can be seen as either a given fact of reality that deserve a severe criticism, or as blessings that do not have to exist but nonetheless are available to us as gifts of the heroic exercise of the human spirit. To me, the key to the shift is gratitude, which comes from an awareness that all the awesomeness around us does not have to be. It comes to us for a particular reason: because people created, invented, invested, and made it happen for you and me. And let’s go one layer deeper. What kinds of institutions incentivize and coordinate all this activity? It’s not government, which has no resources of its own and creates nothing truly new. It comes from the institutions of the market economy: private property, and signaling systems like prices and interest rates.
Now let us ask