Saturday, 14 May 2011

Paying Attention to the Religious Regulations Regarding Treatment

An Outstanding Islamic Method to Study Medicine

Paying Attention to the Religious Regulations Regarding Treatment


This is the third special characteristic that characterized the Islamic method in studying medicine.  All the methods on Earth in different scientific fields promote thinking, creating and applying without any religious regulations or divine evidence on the correctness or the nullity of their actions, but Islamic medicine always referred to Qur'an and Sunnah (the Prophet's tradition) and thus it was completely distinguished from other methods.


This does not mean that the Qur'an and Sunnah mention the details of treating diseases.  We do not treat a disease unless there is evidence.  This means that there are general outlines and special regulations that Islam has put as a guide to Muslim physicians, scientists and the general population towards the truth and welfare in all fields of life.  Therefore, we can understand what Allah (SWT[3]) says, "In no way have We neglected anything whatever in the Book" (TMQ[4],6: 38).   


·        For example, the Muslim physicians used to respect the fundamental religious ruling that was narrated by Abu-Dawud after Abul Darda' (RA[5]) that the Prophet (SAWS) said that Allah has sent down upon us disease and its treatment, and made a cure for each disease, and he advised us to get treated, and prohibited us from getting cured with that which is unlawful.  Thus they never accepted treating a disease with either wine, filth or any other unlawful substance.  This hadith (prophetic tradition) has blocked all doors to harm because Allah (SWT) knows what is best for his servants.

·        Another example of this, is that the Muslim physicians did not follow the charalatanism and witchcraft that was prevalent in their age, but rather used the scientific methods of treatment, and in this way discovered many psychiatric diseases and methods of treating them.

·        Another example is that they did not use external cautery in treatment of medical illnesses, because the Prophet (SAWS) prohibited it.  It was mentioned in Sahih al-Bukhary, that Ibn-Abbas narrated that the Prophet (SAWS) said that he prohibits his nation from cautery.  Thus Muslim physicians refused this kind of remedy which was later proved by modern medicine to be a temporary analgesic with no real benefit.

·        They did not use magic in treatment, although Muslim scientists knew that it was a science with basis, but it is a science that is prohibited in Islam. It is actually one of the grave sins; and according to the hadith that was narrated by Muslim and al-Bukhary after Abu-Hurairah, the Prophet (SAWS) ordered us to avoid the seven obscenities and he mentioned magic as one of them.


The Qur'an and Sunnah guided the Muslim scientists to many remedies that were proven efficient and miraculous by modern medicine.  Some examples of such remedies are honey, nutmeg, cupping and many other types of treatments that were found in the prophetic tradition.


These great distinct characteristics distinguished the Islamic method in studying medicine from other methods and enabled it to put a solid basis to this great science, and thus enabled them to lead the world in science and medicine for centuries.


[1] A.H = after hijrah of the Prophet from Makkah to Madinah in 622 A.D.


[2] The word Allah is the Arabic term for God. Although the use of the word "Allah" is most often associated with Islam, it is not used exclusively by Muslims; Arab Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also use it to refer to the One God. The Arabic word expresses the unique characteristics of the One God more precisely than the English term. Whereas the word "Allah" has no plural form in Arabic, the English form does. Allah is the God worshipped by all Prophets, from Adam to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.

[3] SWT = Suhanahu wa Ta'ala  [Glorified and Exalted Be He]

[4] TMQ=Translation of the Meaning of the Qur'an.  This translation is for the realized meaning, so far, of the stated (Surah:Ayah) of the Qur'an.  Reading the translated meaning of the Qur'an can never replace reading it in Arabic, the language in which it was revealed.


[5] May Allah be pleased with him/her

Now days we as Muslims have to spread the voice to learn quran online and so we could gain the true knowledge and the quran teaching that is give to us by our beloved prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and do quran reading. Do we as Muslim ask our self that why we are at the peak of destruction? The answer will be simple that we have left our roots the holy quran we should guide promote Islam from in our homes first and let learn our kids quran  and encourage them in doing quran memorization this should be our first goal for it we can do different stuff like let then participate in different online quran recitation competition to let them read quran from different online quran reciters and along with it we elders should learn quran also and improve our knowledge of quran and Islam and learn holy quran tafseer because to understand and learn quran Arabic and for this now a days there are many online quran tutor available who teach tajweed quran and its translation and tafseer so let us join our hands to be the voice of Islam and let improve the image of it as well and full fill our duty


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