HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND FAITH DIVERSITY 4
add value to their lives spiritual and should strengthen their relationship with Allah. In the Quran
Muslims should be tried to evaluate their disease, (Meier et al, 2005)as the body is a spiritual
reflection of the body 2006). Islam views disease from two angles, soul illness and physical
suffering where the soul is treated with connection with God. The religion encourages
moderation for the needs of the body and soul in order for one to be considered health.
Islamic components of healing
To cope with illnesses, Muslims believe in God’s power and his perfection in justice.
Every human being should assume responsibility for the mistakes and misfortunes. They can
conform themselves through supplication, divine remembrances and recite the Quran. By
surrendering to Allah, Muslims are assured of their health. Prayer meditation and faith are
therefore important components of healing. In one of Prophet Muhammad’s stories referred as
the Hadiths, he explains that the body has a right over a person. Meditation is fundamental for
healing, no doubt about that. Muslims are encouraged by the Quran 2:186 to focus on God when
they are in need, God will respond to them should the call on him, Quran 40:60.
Importance to believers
Believers are relieved from pain and internal conflict caused by illness, this makes
Muslims consider health as a very basic human right which should be protected and valued at
whatever cost. Muslims are entitled to total physical wellness, social health, and mental well-
being in order to maintain the quality of life that one should enjoy. He taught health
consciousness is equivalent to God-consciousness where all people especially medical
practitioners should be well knowledgeable (Rodwell, 2004). The Quran is viewed as a healer
and an act of mercy to those who believe, (Quran 17:82). The Islam law, therefore, prohibits
suicide and any act of ending life as a result of suffering caused by diseases where they should be