Sunday, November 10, 2013

a gold mine. or a diamond mine

with the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

I am fortunate to be able to listen to a talk by Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig entitled the Purpose of Life.

It is short yet concise. It sounds simple but very practical. It is a good reminder for me who had been enduring everyday rather than enjoying the days.

I shall try not to make it long.

He made it clear from the start that medical practitioners should have a genuine reason which is to please Allah. It is not to make money. There are two professions which are called the gold mining or diamond mining. Medicine. Teaching. Why? From the moment you day commences, you had started making deeds. A smile to the patients is a deeds. Learning things to treat people properly is deeds. Your treatment is a deeds. In short, every breath you make is a  form of deeds. You are able to increase your account with Allah without doing extra. Teaching is the same. But when these two professions are being commercialized, corruption seeps in. The basis of corruption around the world starts from commercialization of these two profession. Healthcare is made into a money-making industry. Teachers teach because of money. There is nothing wrong looking forward to your salary, etc. but it is wrong when money become *the reason* you do your job. One would start prescribing unnecessary stuff to get more profit. hmmm, this is surely a thought to ponder upon.

The basis of medical practise should be based on two things: 1)to please Allah; 2) for the welfare of the patients.

And by point no.2 is not just about coming to a good clinical diagnosis and prescribing drugs but it is about how you treat the patient. Doctors are not vending machine for drugs. A doctor should not only understand the patient but also to make him/her feel understood. Doctor should listen when by listening gives relief to the patient. The most important thing is doing things the best possible way. At the end of the day, doctors could be a doa-creating machine. Your patients pray for you even after they no longer see you, perhaps even after your death. In sha Allah.

The rules of life is simple.

The first one is to know that the purpose of life is to worship Allah. Allah did not mention that the purpose of our creation is specifically to perform solah, or Hajj, or reciting al-Quran. But to worship Him. And how do we do that? By following the sunnah. Sunnah is simply doing things the way the Prophet p.b.u.h. did it. If we were to be loved by Allah, then it is to follow the Sunnah. And there are a lot to follow the love of Allah s.w.t. including His forgiveness.

Finally, don't ruin this awesome opportunity by forgetting Allah, by making money out of medicine.

*the above is just my understanding of the talk. the words are not exactly the same as what I heard from Syeikh*

*terharu sangat. rasa sedih sebab dah membazirkan banyak ruang dan peluang. bila dengar kisah seorang doktor yang akan mendoakan setiap seorang pesakitnya dan menyebut nama mereka dalam tahajjudnya setiap malam, lebih-lebih lagi rasa haru tu*


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