Peace, Love and Healing

by Dr. Mohamed Ali Aziz (Abdul Aziz Trust)

وَ نُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الۡقُرۡاٰنِ مَا ہُوَ شِفَآءٌ وَّ رَحۡمَۃٌ لِّلۡمُؤۡمِنِیۡنَ ۙ وَ لَا یَزِیۡدُ الظّٰلِمِیۡنَ اِلَّا خَسَارًا ﴿۸۲﴾

“And the Quran that We reveal is a healing and a mercy to the believers, and it only increases the wrongdoers in loss” (The Holy Quran, 17:82).

Love of Allah and peace of mind do protect us in a holistic way. They teach us to survive, to live each day with the courage and faith in the glory of Allah.

The effect of peace of mind (clear conscience) through daily salah (prayer) and meditation (zikr) can also be measured, as during the period of fasting in Ramadan. MRI with gadolinium studies show low brain activities. The healing mechanisms are more or less the same for diseases.

We must all confront the fact that no one lives forever and that life must be lived in conformity with the laws of Allah.

Allah (swt), our Creator, Nourisher and Sustainer, has endowed us with special senses to help us survive the threats of the world around us, as well as a unique sense or dimension of our healing system to deal with the internal attacks (immune system).

What we may term as “miraculous cure” is a result of not only medical intervention but in most cases the accumulative effects of love, faith, hope, charity, forgiveness and accepting the decree of Allah (swt).

The inner peace acquired by these patients on the psycho-spiritual level leads to healing and repair.

The majority of doctors are not sensitive to this dimension of care. We should reform our medical syllabus in the study of medicine and the healing process, and turn our attention from diseases and death to health and life.

Let us study the “wonder drug” that exists within us, an existing form of our own genetic replication.

Allah has said to the Holy Prophet [Muhammad (pbuh)] that for every disease there is a cure.

The professional skills and experience of the specialists and the healing potentials of the patients can work towards achieving this healing.

Self-induced Healing:

This is termed in the medical field as “spontaneous remission” or, as some sceptics call it, “error in diagnosis” or “well-behaved disease.”

Researchers at Harvard, UCLA, NIH and Cambridge, UK, are clarifying the physiology of mind-body healing from the aspect of psycho-oncology and psycho-neuro-immunology.

Faith and hope have shown to have a placebo effect in relieving symptoms through a psycho-spiritual axis. Complete acceptance and submission to Allah’s Divine power bring about these changes through neurotransmitters.

Anything that offers hope has the potential to heal, including especially faith, pleasant thoughts and even placebos.

On the other hand, stress is found to be immuno-suppressive, as studies have shown that the mind, the body, the brain and the immune system are bound together.

The relaxation response from salah, zikr, and Tahajjud [voluntary night prayers] has recorded reduced heart rate, low metabolism and low oxygen consumption, slow respiration rate, reduced blood pressure level, and low brain activity in its alpha waves.

These changes help in the healing process in cardiac cases, in their programme of overall lifestyle changes. This is evidence base through angiographic control studies.

I do realise that as doctors we cannot cure every disease or symptom, but we can care for everyone, and in that caring, true healing can occur — the healing of the spirit and of lives.