We all take medicines for treatment. Moreover, there are many alternative therapies to heal your ailments like meditation, aromatherapy or Ayurveda system but here are few spiritual healing methods that will purify your soul and protect you from physical illness .These methods are scientifically proven via many authentic research studies.
Healing Power of Prayers:
"When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186]
Being a Muslim we all believe in the power of prayers .Students specially don’t forget to supplicate after their exams for good results. Have you ever thought how miraculous prayer is .Prayer has sent as a blessing for mankind specially for Muslims .None of your supplications are rejected ,those which are not fulfilled in this world are stored for the next world.
Besides religious integrity, the power of prayer has also been proven scientifically .Remember Allah never refuses your Dua and even he accepts calling of a non-Muslim.
According to Duke University’s Harold G. Koenig, M.D., “Studies have shown prayer can prevent people from getting sick — and when they do get sick, prayer can help them get better faster.
A valid estimation and research from 1,500 authenticated medical studies states that people who pray more have better mental and physical health.
David Larson, MD, MSPH, president of the National Institute for Healthcare Research, was surprised by the fact that Researches on the healing power of prayer has doubled in the past 10 years.
Healing Power of Hope:
If prayer is the foundation, then hope is one of the strong supporting pillar .Islam has taught us to never leave hope as Allah can change everything in a minute.
…And whosoever fears Allah…He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.
The Holy Quran 65:2-3
…After a difficulty, Allah will soon grant relief.
The Holy Quran 65:7
Psychological studies have proven that those who remain hopeful will live a longer, happier and healthy life than the desperate beings. Jerome Groopman’s has written a book on hope with the name "The Anatomy of Hope”. In his book he has presented researched example that Belief and expectation are key elements of hope and these two features can block pain by releasing the brain's endorphins and enkephalins. These chemicals produce morphine like effects. Hope is also known to produce positive effects on basic physiological processes like circulation, respiration and other sensory and motor functions.
Healing power of Patience:
We all know that patience is a real virtue and our religion has emphasized on patience greatly .Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) has also shown practical examples of patience that ultimately bring fruits.
"Verily, Allah is with the patient" Surah AL-Baqarah: 153
The glorious Islamic history is loaded with matchless examples of patience and determination.
And the Messengers were belied before you, but they endured patiently when they were belied and were persecuted, until our help came to them. And there is none to change the words of Allah; and the news of the Messengers has already come to you. (Sura Al-Anaam Ayat 34)
A psychological research conducted by Ayelet Fishbach, a professor of behavioral science and marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Xianchi Dai, an assistant professor of marketing the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has concluded "Those who are patient get the larger rewards, thus anything we can do to make people patient will benefit them,"
The study of patience is relatively fresh, but the emerging research has shown that patience have significant health benefits. In a 2007 study, it has been estimated that patient people generally don’t report their health problems like headaches, ulcers, diarrhea, and pneumonia. .Moreover another research has verified that impatient and irritable personalities exhibits Type A personality. These people have more health complaints and sleep problems. Patience is the factor that can reduce stress, therefore it could be named as the real shield against stress oriented health issues.
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