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|Overcome illness with the Power of Faith.|
|07/28/02 at 09:37:49|
Overcome illness with the Power of Faith.
By Sahar Kassaimah
Although religion, since the beginning of mankind, has been seen as important resource that makes people feel happy and secure, a new study published this week says that some forms of religious anxiety may, infact, increase the risk of death among people who are ill.
Researchers found that patients who connect their illness with God's love for them and those who question their love for or satisfaction with God are more likely to worsen their already poor health. The patients whom the study surveyed were almost exclusively Christian, with the majority representing conservative or mainline Protestant
However, though it seems bizarre and though it did not mention anything about Islam, the study leads the reader to a very important reality: Islam is the only solution for all human problems.
The study, which surveyed 596 elderly hospitalized patients in 1996, found that those who questioned God's love for them were more likely to have died two years earlier than patients who did not endorse such statements. Harold G. Koeing, a professor of psychiatry and medicine at Duke University Medical Center and an author of the study, said, "It's normal to ask God, 'Why is this happening to me? Did I do something
wrong? Why aren't You responding to my prayers?"
"All these are normal feelings, but people work through them usually, and people who can't, who get stuck there, they are going to have worse health outcomes," added Koeing.
When asking Sheikh Nourel Deen Giayash of Oklahoma about the study, he said that by comparing it to what Islam says, we would find that being satisfied and content with the fate of Allah (SWT) is an essential part of iman (faith).
"No one could live without being tested by Allah (SWT)," said Giayash.
"A.L.M. Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, 'We believe',And that they will not be tested?" (Qur'an, Al-Ankabut: 1-2)
Giayash continued to say, "So, we should never connect sickness with Allah's love for us. The prophets are the people who were most tested in life. Prophet Job [Ayoub], peace be upon him, was tested by Allah by being deprived of health, children and money. He didn't question Allah'slove for him. Instead, he remained patient and satisfied with his
"The second point is that we have been taught not to wish to die even ifwe are suffering. Rather, we are to ask Allah to give us whatever is better for us. We need to authorize everything to Allah (SWT)," he relayed.
"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; Who will cause me to die, And then to live [again]" (Qur'an, Ash-Shu'araa: 78-81).
A Muslim should believe that death is not the end; there is a permanent life after death whether in Janah (heaven) or in Nar (hell). Therefore, he should always be content with his destiny and should always rememberwhat Allah (SWT) said, "..But it possible that ye dislike a thing which isgood for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth. And ye know not" (Qur'an, Al-Baquarah: 216 ).
When asking Howayda Refaat, a psychotherapist in Egypt, whether apatient could die because he cannot accept his destiny or because he makes a connection between his illness and God's love for him, she said, "Of course, yes. If the patient doesn't accept his destiny, he couldbe depressed to the point that he can refuse to live or to be treated.Subsequently, his body can also refuse the treatment."
"However, there is no comparison between a patient who refuses what happened to him and questioned God's love for him and another one who feels content with the destiny of Allah and who feels that all that has happened to him is from Allah, who always chooses the best forhim," added Refaat.
"Life is full of tests and sadness and if we learn the Islamic way to deal with and react to these tests, we will accept our destiny and then, we will suffer less."
Layla Ossyran of Los Angeles is a mother of two and suffers from cancer. When asked about this study, she said, "Without my iman (faith), my relation with Allah (SWT), I could've been dead a long timeago. I know many people whose du'a [supplications] and prayers helped to ease their own suffering and pain."
"I believe that every one has his moment to die and to meet Allah (SWT). Whether he is sick or not, he cannot change the moment Allah has chosen for him. I lived through lot of pain and nothing helped me to handle it other than my Iman and my relation with Allah (SWT)," she continued.
Another mother, who asked to remain anonymous, when asked whether her relation with God helps her to feel better said, " I am a mother of three kids. One of them is just two months old. Doctors told me that I may not live more than six more months."
"It's sad. Sometimes, I look at my newborn son and ask 'Who will take care of him and of his sisters after my death?' Sometimes I feel that I will miss them."
"These feelings could kill you if you do not have iman. Just my iman helps me to remember that this is my destiny and my children's destinies and to remember that Allah is the only one who can protect them, not me," she added.
"The only thing that gives me light and makes me feel happy is to remember that Allah wants the best for me. In the meantime, this not the end of it, I will see my children once again in Janah insha'Allah (God willing). Therefore, I have to be content with Allah's fate. I should also be patient to earn Janah."
"Of course, it's hard to live through these feelings, but only your Iman can help you to accept it and to be satisfied with it."
"Life is short anyway and every body will die. No matter how or when. So, we better think about the hereafter, work hard to earn Janah and leave our destiny in the hands of Allah (SWT)."
Jazak Allah Kahir
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