Health and Healing in The Qur’an
In the name of The God The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.
“O you people, eat from what is lawful and clean on the land and do not follow the path of Satan. Surely he is your most ardent enemy. Indeed, he only commands you to commit evil and abomination and to say about God what you do not know.” – 2:168-169
“O you who have attained faith, eat from the good things We have provided for you and be thankful to God, if you worship Him alone. Indeed, nothing is prohibited for you except, the dead, the blood, the meat of the pig and what has been dedicated to other than God. However, if any one is faced with no option while having no malice and no intention of transgression, then he commits no sin. Surely, God is All Forgiving, All Merciful. Surely those who conceal what God has revealed of the scripture and earn a cheap material gain, they will not eat anything except a belly-full of fire and God will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, and will not cleanse them and awaiting them is a painful suffering. These are the ones who have traded guidance for straying and forgiveness for suffering. Then how are they going to endure the Fire? This is because God has surely revealed the scripture truthfully. And indeed those who dispute the scripture have surely separated themselves to the farthest point.” – 2:172-176
“O you faithful, you shall abide by the covenants. It is lawful for you all quadruped livestock, except what is recited to you; it is also unlawful to hunt during the period of time decreed as prohibition for you. Indeed God commands whatever He wills.”- 5:1
“Prohibited for you are the dead, the blood, the meat of the pig and what is dedicated to other than God as well as animals that die by strangulation, or by being struck by an object or illness, or fallen from a height, gored, or being eaten by a wild animal unless it is alive and you can slaughter it, as well as animals slaughtered in front of the idols and you shall not divide through a shooting match. All of these are abominations on your part. Today, the unfaithful have rejected your faith, therefore, do not fear them and fear Me. Today, I have completed your faith for you and have perfected my blessings upon you and have approved Islam as your faith. Therefore, if one is forced by starvation without deliberate malice, then God is All Forgiving, All Merciful. They ask you what is lawful for them. Say, the clean things have been decreed lawful for you, and what your trained hunting dogs secure for you. You train them according to what God has taught you. Therefore, eat from what they catch for you and mention God‘s name upon it. Furthermore, you shall fear God, for indeed God is quick in reckoning. Today all clean things are lawful for you, and the food of the people of the scripture is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them, as well as the chaste believing women and the chaste women of the people of the previous scripture as long as you give them their wages, provided they maintain chastity, do not commit unlawful acts, and do not take boyfriends. Furthermore, whoever disbelieves in faith, he has then nullified his work and he will end up among the losers in the Hereafter.” – 5:3-5
“O you who have attained faith, do not prohibit the clean things that God has made lawful for you and do not transgress. Indeed, God does not love transgressors. And eat from what God has provided for you, lawful and clean. And fear God, the one you are faithful to.” – 5:87-88
“There is no blame on those who have attained faith and lead a righteous life to eat any food, so long as they maintain reverence, faith, and lead a righteous life then they continue reverence and faith, then go on with revering and doing good. And God loves the do-gooders.” – 5:93
“And God cites the example of the town that was perfectly secure, its provisions were coming from every direction, then they became unappreciative of God’s blessings, therefore, God gave them a taste of hunger and fear because of what they fabricated. And there indeed came a messenger from amongst them, but they rejected him, then the suffering overwhelmed them and they were unjust. Therefore, you shall eat from God’s provision that is lawful and clean and be appreciative of God’s blessings, if you worship Him alone. Indeed He has only prohibited for you the dead, the blood, the meat of the pig and whatever dedicated to other than God. However, if someone is forced, without malice or deliberation, then God is All Forgiving, All Merciful. And do not utter with your own tongue, deceptively describing, this is lawful and this is unlawful, in order to attribute a lie to God. Indeed those who attribute lies to God never succeed.” – 16:112-116
“This shall be done and whoever honors God’s prohibitions it is better for him at his Lord. And permitted for you are livestock except what is recited to all of you, therefore, avoid the abomination of the idols and you shall avoid deceitful utterance.” – 22:30
We are not supposed to eat bad foods. This is why The Qur’an says to eat what is lawful and good; when you eat what is bad, you are following the steps of Satan because you are doing something that violates The Balance and that corrupts your body. It is Satan’s way to corrupt the world, and cause people and jinns alike to transgress against The Balance. Thus, you shall not consume what is neither lawful nor good because if you do, you are defying Allah, corrupting your body, transgressing and violating The Balance, and following Satan’s path, (I have a post that is all about The Balance. It is called, “The Balance”). As for healing, The Qur’an says that in The Qur’an there is healing and mercy:
“And what is revealed from the Quran is a healing and mercy for the faithful and does not increase anything for those who commit injustice, except loss.”
Clearly, part of the healing and mercy in The Qur’an is the wisdom it gives about diet. One must realize, that some foods which are really good for some people, are deadly and bad for others, such as certain kinds of nuts. So you must, by the teachings of The Qur’an, pay attention to how the foods you eat and the things you drink influence your body. Additionally, there is something mentioned in The Qur’an as medicinal, which is honey:
“And your Lord inspired the bee to make homes in the mountains and in the trees and in what they built. Then eat from all kinds of fruits, following the path of your Lord with humility. From their bellies comes out a drink of various colors, wherein there is healing for the people. Indeed in this, there is a proof for the people who think,” – 16:68 – 69.
The Qur’an it’s self has been used successfully as a healing tool; diseases of several kinds have been cured by reading, reciting, and listening to The Qur’an. For example, according to the following site, The Qur’an was very successful in healing a patient with kidney disease:
Healing from listening to The Qur’an:
According to the book called, “The Genie in Your Genes” by Dawson Church, consciousness has the most significant influence on health and the functioning of the body, for humans and for animals. In fact, even plants are effected biologically by the consciousnesses of the animals and humans they encounter. That is because consciousness operates in this universe through the medium of electromagnetic energy, and both living and nonliving things are all surrounded and fully interpenetrated and permeated by fields of electromagnetic energy, (light is a form of electromagnetic energy, in case you did not know). Electromagnetic energy fills our entire universe. It is the electromagnetic energy that surrounds and fully interpenetrates any living organism, which enables it to live and function. Even much of the information necessary for any living organism to function, such as information being transmitted from the sensory organs to the brain and then from the brain into the nerves and beyond, requires electromagnetic fields to be fully and efficiently processed and transmitted. Without the electromagnetic fields of your body, your organs cannot even function. And while humans, for instance, do not actually possess even half of the genes necessary to even develop even a single, complete and fully functioning organ, it is amazing that the rest of the information necessary for the development and creation of a complete and fully functioning human body is actually contained not in genes but in the fields of electromagnetic energy. And it is consciousness which operates through electromagnetic energy, as I said before. It has been scientifically proven that the mind has more power over health and healing in the body than anything else. One of the mind’s greatest tools of healing in the body is belief; what you believe has a tremendous influence on your health and the functioning of your body. This includes your spiritual beliefs, especially. And this is where The Qur’an comes in as a tremendous source of healing; all the healthiest spiritual beliefs are contained in The Qur’an, such as the reassurance that the righteous will go to an Eternal Heaven in the Hereafter. Positive beliefs about God have been shown in scientific studies to have extraordinarily beneficial effects on the human immune system, as opposed to having negative beliefs about God, although negative beliefs in general are known to be detrimental to one’s health, (need quotes from “Genie in your Genes”). And since it is by belief in a Most Merciful God – which is a profoundly good example of a positive belief about God – that people have improved their health, (studies have shown that it is tremendously beneficial to the immune system for one to believe that God will forgive you for your sins), please note that The Qur’an says that the healing in The Qur’an is for those who have faith, as in those who believe, (17:82).
Those who have faith in Allah that He will have mercy on them and shower them with His graces, and who believe that Allah will give them healing for whatever ails them, will find that Allah will heal them in every way. But what must be tested, then, is their faith and belief. How strong and deep is your faith and belief in Allah? For one to be truly successful, one must have truly resolute belief; one must have complete resolve. Let’s talk about resolve in another area, just for a wider perspective: In the Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi, the ancient Sword Saint of Japan who mastered the Way of the warrior without being trained by any teacher, says that it is absolutely necessary for a warrior’s survival in combat that the warrior fights with complete and thorough, deep and strong resolve. Otherwise, the enemy will surely slay him. The reason is because belief affects the spirit, and the spirit affects reality. Your spirit, according to Musashi, must be bigger than that of your enemy. I believe this very same concept applies to healing; any human body, with any beliefs and disbelief will naturally heal from ordinary injuries. But those who have complete and thorough, strong and deep resolve in the belief that they will heal, or that Allah or whatever their idea of God is will heal them, always heal far better and more efficiently than those who lack such resolve. According to “The Genie in your Genes,” this has in fact been verified by scientific studies and experiments, repeatedly. So when The Qur’an says that it contains healing and mercy for those who believe, I believe that The Qur’an is talking specifically about the scientifically proven fact that belief majorly impacts the health and healing of any living organism, for the best.
In one verse, The Qur’an even says that if you put all of your dependence on Allah alone, and you sever your dependence on anything else besides Allah and rely totally on Allah for everything, that you will be completely relieved of any of your troubles in this life and also in the Hereafter:
22:15, several translations:
“Any one who thinks that God does not help him in this world as well as the Hereafter, he then
should get help through a means to the sky and then completely sever all ties and then he will
observe how his plan removes the very thing that has been bothering him,” – ‘Ali Fazeli.
“If anyone thinks that GOD cannot support him in this life and in the Hereafter, let him turn completely to (his Creator in) heaven, and sever (his dependence on anyone else). He will then see that this plan eliminates anything that bothers him,” – Rashad Khalifa.
“Whoso is wont to think (through envy) that Allah will not give him (Muhammad) victory in the world and the Hereafter (and is enraged at the thought of his victory), let him stretch a rope up to the roof (of his dwelling), and let him hang himself. Then let him see whether his strategy dispelleth that whereat he rageth!” – Pickthall.
“If any think that Allah will not help him (His Messenger) in this world and the Hereafter, let him stretch out a rope to the ceiling and cut (himself) off: then let him see whether his plan will remove that which enrages (him)!” – Yusuf Ali.
“Whoever thinks that Allah will not assist him in this life and the hereafter, let him stretch a rope to the ceiling, then let him cut (it) off, then let him see if his struggle will take away that at which he is enraged,” – Shakir.
“Whoever has (ever) surmised that Allah will never give him victory in the present (life) and the Hereafter, then let him extend forth a means to the heaven, thereafter let him cut it off. Then let him look (for himself): does his plotting definitely put away what enrages him?” – Dr. Ghali.
I believe that this verse of The Qur’an means that if you really, truly come to rely solely upon Allah for everything in life, that all of your problems in life including health problems will be eliminated. And I also believe that this same teaching was made clear in the previous scriptures:
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.“
Clearly, it was the centurion’s faith, his belief that Jesus could simply say the word and the servant would be healed, which earned his servant’s healing. In fact, this story displays how our beliefs can even effect others; the centurion’s faith that his servant could be healed, by God through the agency of God’s prophet Jesus, got his servant’s life saved. Ultimately I believe that: if you believe that God exists, God will show Himself to you; if you believe God does not exist, God will conceal Himself from you; if you believe that God possesses a certain quality or characteristic, God will show Himself to be that way; if you believe that God is The Healer, God will heal you. God thus heals the faithful.
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