Sunday September 6, 2009
Art of Healing
By Dr Amir Farid Isahak
In Quranic healing, certain verses are used for specific illnesses or spiritual maladies.
I HAVE received many requests for referral to the two healers I wrote about in the last article (Extreme healers, fit4life, Aug 30). Many believe they are victims of black magic or voodoo, while others are looking for alternative treatments because Western medicine has failed to cure them of their physical ailments.
As this holy month of Ramadhan ( fasting month) is also the month that the Quran was first revealed (in the year 609 CE, or 13 years before the Hijrah calendar started), it is appropriate that I write about using Quranic verses for healing.
The Quran was revealed in stages over 23 years (609-632CE), often befitting the events surrounding Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions, but carrying eternal lessons and instructions.
The final arrangement we see now is not in chronological or thematic order, but in the order commanded by God through the Angel Gabriel. This is also one of the miracles in safeguarding the integrity and authenticity of the Quran against any errors and corruption.
In Ramadhan, among other acts of piety, Muslims do additional prayers, supplications, and take the opportunity to revise their Quranic recitations to perfection.
The opening chapter (Al-Faatihah)
The first recorded use of the Quranic verses for healing is a story familiar to all Muslims, whereby several companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recited the Al-Faatihah ( the opening chapter of only seven verses) and cured a traveler from a scorpion sting.
This short chapter is a must for all forms of Islamic healing, and it is also a good supplication to begin any event or any task. In it is contained the gist of the entire teachings of the Quran, and therefore, of Islam. It is a panacea for all problems and all ailments. It is the only chapter that is compulsory in our ritual prayers.
Anyone wanting to be a good Quranic healer should recite this chapter thousands of times as a prerequisite, and again hundreds of times everyday, if possible. Twenty years ago, I was made to recite it 70,000 times, until it became my “flesh and blood”. Fortunately, the urge to read was spontaneous, and I recited it from morning till night, and was even woken up from sleep by this urge to recite the verses.
It was the prelude to my entering the spiritual path. When that task was completed, many miraculous things happened, but I cannot say it here less some of you may think I am schizophrenic, mad, or or just plain lying.
Those of you who are curious may want to read what the great Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and Sufi saint, Imam al-Ghazali (died 505H/1111CE), said in describing his own investigation of the Sufis. Since he was such a towering figure in the Muslim world (even now, among the sunni Muslims, he is the only one called Hujjatul Islam, The Proof of Islam), his words carry immense authority: “With this stage of the “way” (Sufi path), there begin the revelations and visions. The mystics (Sufis) in their waking stage now behold the angels and the spirits of the prophets; they hear them speaking to them and are instructed by them...” (Imam al-Ghazali in his semi-autobiographical Al-munqidh min al-dholal/Deliverance from Error). This book is now published here.
The four ‘Quls’
These are the short chapters (109, 112, 113, and 114) which are recited against unbelief, as well as a shield against Satan, devils, and jinns, and therefore as a remedy against black magic and spiritual ailments. It was reported that even Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) himself became a victim of black magic before the revelation of the last two chapters (113 and 114) of the Quran. Now we have all the weapons we require to defeat the black magicians and their devils.
This is a long verse (chapter 2, verse 255) that decribes God’s power over all things; that our intercession in healing (and other situations) is only with his permission; and our knowledge in health and healing (and everything else is limited to what he has revealed to us so far:
“Allah! There is no god but he. The Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber or sleep can seize him. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who can intercede in his presence unless he permits? He knows everything (about his creatures), nor shall they have any of his knowledge except what he wills. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and he feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them, for he is the Most High, the Supreme”.
Surah Yaasiin (Chapter 36)
This chapter of 83 verses is one the most oft-recited long chapters. It is called “the heart of the Quran” and is recited at most solemn occasions – especially when in dire straits, near death, at funerals, when visiting the grave, when remembering the dead, and whenever major help is required from God.
In our community, it is the practice of most mosque and surau congregations to recite this chapter together every Thursday night.
As a healing remedy (spiritual and physical), it has immense power.
Three years ago, while I was away in China, my house was burgled. Fortunately, my wife and children were not home. She lost her jewellery, including those articles most dear to her.
Upon my return, I reported the burglary to my Sufi shaykh. He told us that, God willing, the jewellery will be returned. He told my wife to recite Yaasiin 40 times over seven days. Within a few days after that, all the important pieces were back where they were! Only a few insignificant pieces did not return. My wife was also given a vision of who the culprit was.
The healing verses
These are verses referred to as Ayatul Syifa’ (the healing verses) which are commonly used for healing, because the healing power of the Quran is mentioned in them. These include:
“O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Quran), and a healing for that (disease) which is in your hearts.” (Quran 10:57)
“And We send down the Quran which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe...” (Quran 17:82)
“Say ‘It is, for those who believe, a guide and a healing.’” ( Quran 41:44)
There are specific verses used for specific illnesses or spiritual maladies, and each healer may have his own favourite verses. Some of these verses do not indicate any healing purpose from their external meaning, but the healer and those on the spiritual path know that each verse carries at least seven levels of meaning and understanding. What can be gained from each verse also varies according to what the reciter understands.
There are many Quranic healers right here in Malaysia, and I will write about some of them in the future.
Today I will share about the experience of a famous Quranic healer in Saudi Arabia – Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Al-Ayed: “It happened that I memorised a number of Quranic verses that can legitimately be used to treat certain illnesses. One day when I was visiting a sick relative, I read some of the verses and he recovered. The word spread and I decided to do the same for other relatives and friends. In a short time, I found that I had become a healer using the Holy Quran.
“An American, who had been diagnosed with cancer, came to me to be healed and while unable to understand the words of the Quran, he responded to the reading and was healed. This is evidence that the Quran can heal Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I would like to emphasise that healing through the Quran is not an alternative to modern medicine.
“It is God’s mercy and blessing that he has made available a treatment for every illness; one of the greatest of the blessings is the Quran. While modern medicine does treat obvious illnesses, it does not – and often cannot – treat certain hidden illnesses that affect a person’s psyche such as envy (the evil eye), sorcery, and harm from the devil. There is no contradiction between Islamic medicine and modern medicine; they both heal.”
Over the past seven years, he has treated thousands of people who claim to have fallen ill because of black magic, diseases, and cancer.
Here in Malaysia, many thousands have been helped by Quranic healing. I hope many will also learn to become Quranic healers.
Dr Amir Farid Isahak is a medical specialist who practises holistic, aesthetic and anti-ageing medicine. He is a qigong master and founder of SuperQigong. For further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed are those of the writer and readers are advised to always consult expert advice before undertaking any changes to their lifestyles. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.