IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE GRACIOUS, THE MERCIFUL!
Kitabullah, the Book of Allah, is arguably the most reliable Source of Knowledge of Guidance. Its detailed explanations and plainness, as well as authenticity cannot be compared to even a much heralded literary work, let alone a rotten plank, a fact that greatly reflects its Divine Nature.
No doubt, the Qur’an is full of insightful explanations, pieces of advice, analysis, and logics that instill a sense of discipline in the Believer, especially the True Believer. They vividly explain their behavior, opinions, and decisions. In fact, the Dictates of the Qur-an are reflected in their religious, social, economic, or political life. The Qur–an is indeed a Book par excellence with Verses that are truly shown in its believing, not hypocritical, readers’ Prayer, Fasting, “Remembrance of Allah,” (Animal) Sacrifice, and Pilgrimage, as well as patience, justice, compassion, honesty, and decency, among others.
And so, it is incumbent on Believers to emulate the exemplary life of “Rassulul Amin,” the Trustworthy Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh). We really have to try to be like The Prophet (pbuh), “Al-Amin” (the Trustworthy) –-the very model of excellence. The very intellectual Base of the faithful connects: “Indeed, in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad–-pbuh) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” Q. 33:21
It is no wonder that The Prophet (pbuh) typifies the embodiment of Piety and Righteousness.
THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF THE QUR-AN
Islam is a holistic way of life, and problems are part of our day by day existence; therefore, we must seek their solutions in social, religious context.
People usually starve for nourishment because they lack or have no enough of what helps them live, grow, and stay healthy. Similarly, some, if not most, people starve for intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and material nourishment in that they do not discipline their minds, hearts, souls, and other essential parts of their bodies, particularly the senses.
This suffering is often caused by ignorance or arrogance. Inadequacy or even lack of religious knowledge and understanding, or a sheer refusal to submit to Guidance after knowing its Truth is partly, if not wholly, responsible for such human deficiencies.
Rationally, because we are vulnerable to temptations or the devils’ evil suggestions or promptings, hunger, poverty, etc., we should consciously rely on our Lord for Guidance on or remedial actions against such misfortunes or potential threats. The indispensable Source of healing, the Qur-an, substantiates: “…Say: ‘It is for those who believe, a guide and a healing. And as for those who disbelieve, there is heaviness (deafness) in their ears, and it (the Qur’an) is blindness for them…’” Q. 41:44
THE INTELLECTUAL HEALING PROPERTY OF THE QUR-AN
As a source of Knowledge of Guidance, the Divine Message has broadened its reader’s horizons, serving as the healing property on ignorance. By expanding the limits of their knowledge, the Qur-an has truly offered intellectual stimulation to the believing reader and moved them to action through logical explanations and analysis or reasonable arguments, thereby enhancing their religious understanding. Such improved religious understanding has, in turn, served as the healing property on religious misconceptions and intellectual arrogance.
To add force to our efforts towards acquiring religious Knowledge and enhancing our understanding, we must invoke Allah or supplicate to Him, using the following healing properties of the Qur-an on ignorance, fallacies of thinking, or misconceptions: “… and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.’” Q. 20:114 Moreover, “My Lord! Bestow Hukm (religious knowledge, right judgement of the affairs…) on me, and join me with the righteous.” Q. 26:83
THE SPIRITUAL HEALING PROPERTY OF THE QUR-AN
Allah’s Statements are spiritually nourishing. The Dictates of the Book of Allah make the Believer’s heart healthy and strong. Reciting, reading, or listening to the Verses of the Qur-an always softens their heart so that they can easily and unquestionably accept Guidance, thereby facilitating the healing process.
In effect, reciting, reading, or listening to the Dictates of the Final Message illuminates the heart of the believing reciter, reader, or listener, filling it with the Light of Faith. Ruhul-Quddus, the Holy Spirit, revealed: “Allah has sent down the Best Statement, a Book (…Qur’an)…The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah…” Q. 39:23
“Kitabullah” not only softens the Believer’s heart but also strengthens it. Going by its Dictates usually reinforces the healing process. It helps the heart develop the necessary spiritual capacities to resist any form of disbelief or the urge to accept envy, hypocrisy, covetousness, arrogance, and so on.
Indeed, the Qur-an prepares the heart of the faithful servant for a spiritual warfare against the Devil’s potential for arousing excessive desires in it, gradually making it evil-resistant.
For specific remedial actions, the following are some of the spiritual healing properties of the Qur-an on disbelief or spiritual deficiencies of the heart: (They say): “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.” Q. 3:8 (also see Q. 3:193-194, Q. 23:97-98, and Q. 2:255, as well as Chapters 112, 123 and 114 of the Qur-an)
THE MORAL HEALING PROPERTY OF THE QUR-AN
Both intellectual and spiritual healing properties are necessary for moral healing. With a mind dominated by clear conscience and a heart filled with Faith, the True Muslim finds it extremely easy to internalise Islamic moral values and then externalise them, making them not only as an important, natural part of their life, but also as expressed words and actions/deeds.
Of course, the combined effort of Faith and clear conscience will facilitate the moral healing process if and only the Believer acts according to prescriptions–-the Dictates of the Holy Qur-an.
The following supplications are some of the healing properties of the Book of Allah on moral wretchedness, wounds, illness, deficiencies, or decadence such as hatred, envy, illegal sexual intercourse, malicious gossip, and deceit: (They say): “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.” Q. 3:8 (also refer to Q. 3:192-194)
THE MATERIAL HEALING PROPERTY OF THE QUR-AN
Islam is a holistic way of life. As a well-regulated life-style, it encompasses not only the Believer’s intellectual, spiritual, or moral life, but also their material well-being. The True Faith of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad (peace be upon them) et al. places great importance on the Believer’s basic needs like health, education, occupation, food, clothing, marriage, and shelter, which need to be met daily or from time to time throughout life.
So in order to enjoy the best provisions of the two Worlds, we must strictly adhere to the following healing properties of the Qur-an on Monasticism, Materialism, miserliness, or extravagance: “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire.” Q. 2:201 (as opposed to Materialism–-Q 2:200 and to Monasticism–-Q 57:27)
Finally, it is encouraging to note that in utter darkness of ignorance of religious Principles, even those with eyes cannot see; so reasonably, with the Light of Guidance, we certainly don’t have to blindfold ourselves, do we?