CHAPTER ELEVEN – THE FINEST REMEDY

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Allah – Mighty and Majestic be He – has called His Book as a healing and a cure. Kindly pay attention to the following verses:

And We reveal of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to the believers, and it adds only to the perdition of the unjust.[1]

“O men! there has come to you indeed an admonition from your Lord and a healing for what is in the breasts and a guidance and a mercy for the believers.[2]

“And if We had made it a Quran in a foreign tongue, they would certainly have said: Why have not its communications been made clear? What! a foreign (tongue) and an Arabian! Say: It is to those who believe a guidance and a healing; and (as for) those who do not believe, there is a heaviness in their ears and it is obscure to them; these shall be called to from a far-off place.[3]

 

Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) says, “It is obligatory upon you to fasten to the Book of Allah. For, it a strong rope, a clear light and a beneficial cure…whoever speaks with it has spoken the truth and whoever acts upon it has preceded (others).[4]

Again, he (a.s.) says, “Surely, in it is the remedy from the greatest of ills like disbelief, hypocrisy, destruction and deviation.[5]

Note: Spiritual reminders like the Holy Quran and supplications are the best remedies and cures not only for spiritual ailments but even for physical illnesses and disorders. Great men of wisdom and scholars of repute have vouched and testified innumerable incidents wherein people with incurable illnesses have been cured by these reminders. Thus, a person with true spirituality will never despair of Allah’s mercy, notwithstanding the magnitude of his problem. Only the gullible with weak faith and feeble conviction fall prey to fake god-men and bogus saints. When we have the Book of Allah and the Ahle Bait of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) with us, we need not run from pillar to post for any of our problems, physical or spiritual, individual or social, private or public, worldly or of the hereafter.

Let us conclude this chapter with a superb statement from the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) who is also mercy for the worlds:

Whoever is given the Quran but thinks that somebody else (who is given of the worldly wealth) has been given more than what he has been given, indeed he has considered a small thing (worldly wealth) as big and regarded a big thing (Quran) as small.[6]

Thus, the Holy Quran is the greatest wealth one can have and none must ever compare it with any of the worldly riches. Especially, those who have dedicated their lives for religious learning and teaching, sometimes tend to regret their decision when they see worldly riches in the hands of others. But those who are true scholars of religion will never lend any importance to these worldly riches and wealth vis-à-vis the unmatched bounties of religious sciences, piety and the love of the Ahle Bait (a.s)!

[1] Surah Bani Israaeel (17): Verse 82

[2] Surah Yunus (10): Verse 57

[3] Surah Fusselat (41): Verse 44

[4] Nahj al-Balaaghah, Sermon 156

[5] Nahj al-Balaaghah, Sermon 176

[6] Maani al-Akhbaar, p. 279