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The Role of a Muslim Doctor

The Role of a Muslim Doctor

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The Role Of A Muslim DoctorProf. Mahmoud Abu - SaudDisease and Cure"Perfect health" is a wish that humans cravefor. They know that they can never attain thisstate of perfection, if only because they cannotconceive what is "perfect". Accordingly, theysatisfy themselves with a relative "goodhealth", where the individual wouldbe living without imminent suffering or pain.As living organisms, humans are subject togenetic and environmental influences thataffect the functioning of their organs. Anynegative effect would causea disease.The force of life inexorably urges livingorganisms to resist disease which constitutesby definition an obstruction to the fulfillmentof the ultimate objective of the ailingorganism. Not only humans who livefor some purpose in life but one dare say everyparticle has a role and is commissioned toundertake it to the best of its ability. Thisinnate tenacity in all organisms to function inaccordance with their respective eternal lawsministering their roles and missions is a partof what the Qur'an terms as "Tasbeeh"."The seven heavens and the earth, and allbeingstherein, declare His Glory: There is not a thingbut
 
celebrates His praise, and yet you understandnothow they declare His glory. Verily He isoftforbearingmost forgiving."(XVII-44)Both words "glorifying" and "praising" in theabove verse have been used by translators toimply "Tasbeeh", but they should be construedto mean the conformity with the laws enactedby Allah to administerthe ideal relationships among all beings incourse of their functioning and performance.When there is any disturbance to our deviationfrom the inherent discipline of Tasbeeh, thenthere is a disease. In humans, such a diseasecan be pure moral (psychological), purepathological, or moral-cum-pathological. Whena person goes astray in his behavioral conduct,or when he contracts a virus infection, orwhere the cholesterol in his blood increases tothe extent that affectshis meditative faculties and behavior, thisperson is accordingly considered sick. To curehim, an appropriate course of treatment mustbe followed. The person who is qualified to judge whether aperson is suffering from a "disease" as such,and who assumes the functions of healing iscalled a medical "doctor".To help understand the role of the Muslimdoctor, let us have a general idea about the
 
texts in the Qur'an and Hadith relating to thesubject. God talks in the Qur'an about moraldisease and cure in several suras (chapters).He says:"O mankind! There hath come to you adirectionfrom your Lord and a healing for the (disease)inyour hearts, - and for those who believe, aguidance and a mercy."(X-57)The "direction" in this verse to the Qur'anitself, it is considered a sure cure to any moralor psychological disease that may afflict truebelievers."It (Qur'an) is a guide and a healing to thosewho believe."(XLI, 44)There is no doubt that genuine belief in godcan be the best cure for most of ourpsychological disturbances. It brings peace toour hearts as one reckons to his Creator andresigns in Him."But He guideth to Himself those who turn toHimin patience, - Those who believe, and whosehearts find peace and satisfaction in theremembrance of God: for without doubt in the

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