Power of Prayers - the cover story carried by 'The Week' in its 31st July issue, made interesting reading. We mumineen, as such, do not need scientific proofs to convince ourselves with regard to the healing powers of prayers. Our faith, our upbringing and numerous living proofs of our community members receiving miraculous cures, specially by doa mubarak of Aqa Moula (TUS) and by following his guidance and advice, are well documented and vivid in our memories.
However, I would like to share with netizens what interested me most was the established scientific fact, that the Parietal lobe in our brain helps us distinguish ourselves from the world. This part of the brain is associated with orientation and gives a person a distinct sense of individuality - the sense of 'I' - During prayers, this area becomes quiet. As a result the distinction between self and the world disappears.
Frontal lobe of the brain is associated with individual will. Prayer modulates brain stem monoamine neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine, helping a person let go of ego.
Very interesting indeed ! By praying five times a day we mumineen are diluting our 'I' and letting go our 'ego' the primordial sin, the root of all our troubles, the cause of our 'fall'. All religious scriptures denounce 'ego' and teach their believers how to overcome it.
Ayaamul Ibadat will commence this Jumoa 1st Rajab and we mumineen will have ample opportunity to dilute our 'I' and let go our 'ego' and thereby lead a very healthy and purposeful life.
In the article Dr. Devi Shetty, the renowned heart surgeon who oversees about 24 heart surgeries a day, and has seen 30,000 heart patients over a period of 25 years, has this to say. " Every time I enter the operation theatre I pray to God, it is in his name that I operate. And every time I come out of the theatre, too, I pray and thank God. It gives me a broad frame of mind when I do that. Whatever I do, I do it in God's name. No credit goes to me.'
I have had the good fortune to meet and talk with Dr. Devi Shetty when he was based in Calcutta.
May Allah grant our beloved Aqa Moula (TUS) sehato-aafiyat-ta-kiyamat. Ameen.
Abde Syedna (TUS)
Asgar Fakhrudin - Kolkata