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1 Islamic Doctrine for Hospital Chaplaincy Dr. Faiz Khan MD Diplomate /Associate Professor- Internal Medicine / Emergency Medicine Vice-Chairman / Head of Academic Affairs – Department of Emergency Medicine Chair- Medical Ethics Nassau University Medical Center Imam/Author/Lecturer – Islamic Doctrine

2 Chaplains may offer theocentric pastoral intervention and psycho-spiritual support In a theocentrically pluralistic society – a chaplain may offer such support to adherents of various faith traditions- Objectives: 1. Gain familiarity with relevant Islamic Doctrine (mini-Islam 101) 2. Understand ontological premises in relation to human health and physiologic suffering 3. Discuss clinically relevant elements with regard to Islamic praxis

3 Concepts, Definitions, and Terms: Islam and The Transcendent Unity of Religion…therefore intuitive familiarity Allah Islam – To be at Peace with…in submission to… no such thing as “new religion”; Muslim = one who strives for a state of Islam Applied to Prophets and Messengers Prophetic line – Muhammad as Seal (6 th century…Arabian Peninsula) Parochialization of religion with regard to particular forms and exigencies, but not goal nor behavior (Salvation and Divine proximity…escape from Samsaric cycle to Moksha) The vehicles…if “driven sincerely” may lead to Grace **no Eschatologic exclusivism**

4 – Qur’an = Word made Recitation/Scripture ; (Christ = Word Made Flesh…Muhammad = Qur’an embodied). *Revelation (Wahy)…liturgical act of recitation -Prior Revelation (Vedas? Abraham, Psalms, Torah, Evangel, Qur’an) *Qur’an trivia for interfaith fans Christ = “Spirit of God” and “Word cast unto Mary-The Blessed Virgin” Chapters (Sura) entitled: Noah, Abraham, Mary, Tablespread (reference to Jesus supper supported by Divine Plenitude in company of his apostles) Most often recurring Prophetic Narrative is Moses Struggle with Pharaoh and his own followers which of the following are mentioned and exalted in the Quran? Adam / Eve, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Isaac, Ismail, Jacob,Joseph, The Tribes, David, Solomon, Jonah, Job, Ezekiel, Moses, Aaron, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus, John ? ALL + some more

5 All prophets and messengers came with “Islam” – Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, Zarahustra – (Hammurabbi?) not explicitly mentioned in Qur’an but Islamic Tradition Does not exclude them as prophets/messengers Muhammad – Final Messenger Mercy to Humanity Seal of Prophets Rejuvenator of Islam Cardinal Doctrinal Differences: slandering Prophets of God - blasphemy (Noah, Lot, David, Joseph, Mary) Christology – Godly, but not God (Allah) Absolute Monotheism Idolatry / Iconization / visual rendition…almost paranoid rejection

6 Key Terms: Hadith = Naratives/News (about Muhammads behavior and decision- making; also may be hadith of X,Y,Z apostle) **NOT Qur’an in terms of preservation and authenticity Sharia : Sacred Code of conduct / Canon Law/Dharma – ritual, ethics, human transactions with other humans, animals, environment Fiqh : Figuring out parameters of Sharia…jurisprudence Is the conduct/behavior/policy within a latitude of conduct/behavior/policy that Muhammad’s (*) capacity as Messenger of God explicitly or tacitly would encourage or explicitly or tacitly would not oppose. So who is the vicar of Muhammad (Magisterial Function) ? Good Question !!!! Depends on who you ask…NO Priesthood – but need for a pontifical human function acknowledged.

7 Conventional Doctrinal Schemes - The Five Pillars: - The Witnessing (Shahaada) - Ritual Prayer (Salaat)* clinical relevance - Tithe (Zakaat) - Monthly Fast (Sawm ul-Ramadan) *clinical relevance - Ritual Pilgrimage (Hajj) *clinical relevance - Articles of Faith : God (Allah) ; Angelic Realm ; Scriptural Continuity; Prophetic Continuity; Divine Judgment; “Measuring Out /Constraint of Fortune/Misfortune * pastoral relevance

8 Underlying premises relevant to clinical decision making - Theocentricity and Ethics – Boundaries Set by God ** latitude of human reflection within – (Categorical vs Contingent) 1. Plurality of religious forms but unity in principles of ethics 2. secular humanisms basis of ethics (?) – progress(?) 3. Human faculties (Synderesis) + educated opinion - State/Public Interventionalism versus private domain 1. some things ought to be between doctors and families – no need to pry or “policy seek.” – casuistry (case based) 2. Sharia and Fiqh highly protective of privacy - Gradation of actions – care not to shackle others or speak for God 1. absolutism rare

9 Civilizations colored by The Islamic Tradition had highly progressed medical systems – healing based on scientific understanding of patho physiology was Embraced (no dichotomy between Theocentricity and Science ) Khan, F. An Islamic Appraisal of Minding The Gap – Psycho-Spiritual Dynamics in the Doctor- Patient Relationship. Journal of Religious Ethics 36.1 Mar psycho-spiritual interventions are acknowledged as having physiologic Efficacies Khan F. Miraculous Medical Recoveries and the Islamic Tradition - Special Section: Spirituality/Medicine Interface Project. Southern Medical Journal 100(12) Dec ideological issues about life, death, suffering, duty – were all discussed. - polymath versus human unit of care delivery - ?ethicist - most modern medical ethical issues are not really modern except that technology allows us into situations never seen. - divergence in decision making based on parochialism respected

10 Some observations and precedents: -traditional / theocentric and modernist reactions to misfortune. -importance for pastoral concerns a) Defining spiritual health and healthy coping ? Psychological stability ? Exoteric understanding of Metaphysics and religion -Religions “functional utility” a) A vehicle  Dunya (this world) and Akhiraa (afterlife) Islamic Doctrine and Human Suffering

11 Reconciliation of Suffering in the Face of The Divine -Metaphysics and Ontological Schemes **explanations not same as proof, nor coping **limits of articulation and language - Imperfection woven into fabric of existence (Ghayr-ullah) - Expression of Attributes (Necessity of expression) a. The Divine All-Possibility b. Divine Justice; Divine Forgiveness; Divine Omnipotence - Species of Evil: Shar – Spiritual/Psychic/Conscious Balaa – Affliction / Trial Museeba – Hardship / Calamity / Trial Dhulm – Darkness, Wickedness, Criminal,

12 Qadar: The Measuring Out Quranic and Hadith Sampling: -We have created the human being within [a matrix of] pain and toil. Qur’an 90:4 -And most certainly shall We try you through peril and hunger, and through loss of worldly goods, lives, or fruits of labor Qur’an 2:155. -Utilize your health and strength [for acts of goodness, beauty, and virtue] before incapacitation befalls you. hadith -All of life is a couple of days; one is in your favor, one is against you. Hadith of Ali (Muhammads apostle)

13 Coping and exhortations (glad tidings) with the earthly condition: Oh Lord, You did Not Create this in vain/folly/without meaning – Glory be to You, and Save us from The Fire. Qur’an And so with every hardship comes ease, Indeed, with every hardship comes ease. Qur’an 94:5-6. Oh human being, you have been [through life] toiling toward thy Sustainer meet with Him thou shall Qur’an 84:6. I never allow to go to waste the efforts of any among you. Qur’an 3:195. No soul can fathom what bliss lies in wait for them as a reward for all that they did. Qur’an 32:17.

14 Coping: Exhortations and Glad Tidings: Hadith The believer will see in his record, on the Day of Resurrection, some merits he knew he did not earn, nor know anything about the good deeds responsible for them. He will be asked, “Do you recognize these?” So he will say,” I do not know how I came by these.” Then he will be told, “These are compensation for the supplications you madeduring your earthly life [which were not fulfilled in the manner you desired} One submitted to God (a Muslim) who suffers discomfort, even that of a pricking of a thorn, Allah elevates his standing and effaces sins. One conscious of God (a believer) cannot suffer hardship, illness, grief, or mental worry unless sins are expiated with it. Be moderate and stand firm in the face of trouble that falls into your lot as one submitted to God (a Muslim), since this is expiation; even in stumbling on a path or being pricked by a thorn. One day’s fever expiates a year’s worth of sin. (+other explicit illnesses / physiologic burdens: pregnancy, seizure, burns, abdominal pathology are mentioned viz a viz spiritual compensation)

15 - The Afferent Human experience: “Differential diagnosis” and further perspectives On affliction…and elation! 1. Moses and Khidr 2. And it may well be that you hate a matter while it is good for you, and it may well be that you love a matter while it is harmful for you. Qur’an 2: Defining Success via spiritual growth…The famous 11.

16 By the Sun, (1) and by its radiance (2) By the Moon, (3), as it follows (reflects) it By the day (4), and its revealing of it By the night (5), and its enshrouding of it By the sky (6), and that which built it (7) By the earth (8), and that which spread it forth (9) By the nafs (soul), (10) and that which has fashioned it (11) And allowed for it to debase itself or its ascend to Taqwa (God-Consciousness). He who purifies [his nafs]succeeds, And he who corrupts [his nafs] fails. Qur’an 91: The Role of Sabr - A vehicle for Spiritual purification.

17 And most certainly shall We try you through peril and hunger, and through loss of worldly goods, lives, or fruits [of labor],and give glad tidings to those who maintain a state of sabr: those who when calamity befalls them say, “Indeed we belong to God, and to Him is our return.” It is they upon whom their Sustainer’s blessings and grace are bestowed, and it is they who are guided. Qur’an 2: And the ones who maintain sabr in misfortune, hardship, and peril: those are the sincere and the pious. Qur’an 2:177. And those who maintain sabr and are forgiving of others: indeed, this is the heart of things/ focus for the heart. Qur’an 28:80. You who have attained consciousness of God – Exhibit Sabr when meeting adversity, and vie with one another in Sabr Qur’an 3:100. Seek support through sabr and prayer. Qur’an 2:153. And bear with sabr whatever may befall thee. Qur’an 31:17

18 God is with those who maintain Sabr. Qur’an 2:249. God loves those who maintain sabr. Qur’an 3: the human needs affliction to manifest Sabr – doesn’t sit well with modern culture. Illness as Remembrancer (Mudhakkir) -Tasawwuf (Sufism): Tazkiatul -nafs Qabd and Bast Kibr and Ghaflah - Rumi and the veiled bride - Al Gilaani - The Soul, its safe keeping lay in trials. - dhikr al mawt (terminality of life)

19 .. addressing Satanically inspired delusionary arrogance that obstructs the humility and honesty necessary to recognize the human condition in relation to God and Ontological precedents… Would you, now, look down with disdain upon this message [i.e. the Qur’an], and make it your [soul’s] daily bread to reject it and call it a lie ? Why then, when [the final breath] reaches the throat [of the dying] while you are at that moment looking on, and when We are closer [ to the dying] than you are though you do not see: why then, if you are “exempt from reckoning,” can you not cause [the departing soul] to return, if you [and your claim] are truthful? Qur’an 56:81-87.

20 Thus it is, when the Lord rescues man from affliction, he imagines himself self sufficient – truly man is prone to heedlessness. (Qur’an) Despair and misinterpretations of trials: When [his Sustainer] tries [a human being] with a straightening of his sustenance, he says, “My Lord has disgraced me!” Qur’an 89: 16.

21 The Prophet went to visit a sick Bedouin. Whenever the Prophet went to visit the sick, he would often say “Don’t worry, if God wills, this will be expiation for your sins.” The Bedouin quipped, “You say expiation? No, it is but a fever that is boiling and harassing an old man and will lead him into his grave against his will.” Muhammad replied “Then it is so.” hadith Addressing “The Why” …what’s behind the why??

22 Indeed, through the remembrance of Allah Do hearts find true peace. (Qur’an)

23 Patient Interface Perspectives - Abiding by The Sharia in modern medical systems: Issues: - Demographics : Fastest growing religion in US ? New Age Makes same claim. - Demographics : Fastest growing religion in US ? New Age Makes same claim. a. All Over Globally – Indian Subcontinent, Malaysia, Indonesia are where majority of muslims live (10% are arab) b. US – India/Pakistan/Bangladesh > African-American > Arabs b. US – India/Pakistan/Bangladesh > African-American > Arabs **Nation of Islam – not considered orthodox by doctrine **Nation of Islam – not considered orthodox by doctrine – Gender –Trans-Religious Pastoral Intervention –Specific Rites: - perinatal (first words, circumcision) - routines, rituals (chapel info) - Ramadan / Fasting 1. dispensation vs. adjusting doses (the diabetic, seizure patient, diuretics, antibiotics, parentral routes) 2.incidence of self-management… ?anticipatory guidance - The Hajj (rigor, vaccinations) – Medicinals (pork / alcohol)

24 Non-Allopathic modalities Non-Allopathic modalities Sex Ed and anticipatory guidance Sex Ed and anticipatory guidance AbortionAbortion Perimortal practices / Advanced DirectivesPerimortal practices / Advanced Directives Brain Death (movement of the dead/slain) Brain Death (movement of the dead/slain) Autopsies / Organ Donations Autopsies / Organ Donations Access Issues:Access Issues: Fear of PrejudiceFear of Prejudice Health InsuranceHealth Insurance


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