Thursday, 3 May 2012

An instrument of God's mercy

Assalamualaikum : ) Alhamdulillah we are waking up today, every sec there might be lives are taken by Allah, there might be people out there who involve in the accidents, there might be people who just lose special ones in their life. Yet, we are here, typing out sites of facebook, twitter, google browser, we are still taking in oxygen, having to talk to our parents, eating finger-licking food, isn't it great the Mercy of Allah? It is! : ) Don't forget to say alhamdulillah everyday cause there is always something and there is always something and something to be thankful : )

Back to the real idea. :p

Whenever I started to write some posts in my blog few days ago, there is a captivation of writing more and more. Love stories would be very dull to talk about :P so I might come up with this post of 'Future-Muslim Doctors'

Honestly, being an apprentice of a physician-to-be/ fresh first-year student is not easy. It takes a lot and a long road to be what you wish for. I am almost coming to an end of a semester 2, yet I feel like I have been studying for the friggin 6 years =,=" What can you expect? Lots of bio! You'll examine the the human body. How does it develop? How is it composed? How does it function? Subjects like Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Biochemistry, Embryology consist of basic sciences and this time around (2nd sem) we learn about pathology (disease) and treatment, my favourite subjects : Pharmacology where you learn about the science of medications. There are medications for just about anything, whether it's a headache or something more serious. Sometimes I love to imagine myself in a 7-year time which you get to prescribe the patients medications and when people around you are coming down to a disease, you immediately know what to prescribe for the first line of treatment. Doesn't it good to know knowledge which not everyone knows? : D Next fav is Pathology, you will learn the science of disease, especially the changes in structure and function causing or caused by disease. You'll know the prognosis of a certain disease and lots more. Interesting ey? : D And finally, it's physiology, I always remind myself to understand this at the tips of my fingers in order to 'know your body well' . You wouldnt like something if you don't know it deeper right? So does this, if you don't know the core basic of the physiology of your body, how would you love it? how would you take good care of your body? I think every medical student could learn this but the outcome of producing qualified-muslim doctors isn't that easy, you need a strong Islamic faith.

'so, you are going to become a doctor'? this question i am certain that, has been asked by people around. But, have you ever thought of what kind of attitude to potray actions of a good muslim doctor?

As a medical student, we should bear in mind that our aim is to be "AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD'S MERCY & LOVE" What I meant here is we have to get this mission of 'healing people through love' accomplished by practising our profession with conscience and dignity, it's like the health of our patient will be our first consideration, we need to respect the secrets which are confided in us, even after the patient has died and the most important thing is to be, all the way, an instrument of Allah’s mercy, touch the patient's heart with love and if you are an instrument of His mercy, expect that He will deal with you in mercy. In order to make Allah grant us His mercy, we have to be a firm believer and seek His knowledge as much as we could, especially future muslim doctors, who need firm basics of knowledge to treat patients.

It's been a norm, humans are subjected to genetic and environmental influences that affect the functioning of our organs. Any negative effect would cause a disease. But, future-doctors shouldn't be just as mediocre people, who are only able to prescribe patients without sharing with them about the faith in Allah and destiny, and the conviction that there is a cure for every disease. But we future medical practitioners must have something more, we are supposed to know, or at least try to know, the proper diagnosis and the proper cure. We must be aware of our mission up to our capacity as the agent of healing ONLY, nothing more. Accept the fact that Allah is the healer. Being an agent, means that the act of healing is not entirely ours, but depends on God's will. Just take a situation in our daily life, where some doctors meet every day with cases where destiny plays the major part, and they encounter the most unexpected results. Even Yasir narrates that the Prophet said: "For each disease there is a cure: and when the (right) treatment is given, the disease is cured by the Will of Allah" : ) Most importantly, we should be grateful we are in this medical field, when the Lord blesses a person with being a future-medical practitioner, He gives them the opportunity to do His work on earth in the future, to help relieve the suffering of His people. Each and every day, doctors are given the honor and privilege to help people feel better, breathe better, feel less pain, and that is ONLY through the Lord’s healing power, treat and even cure disease. If smiling to one another, as the Prophet Muhammad once said – is a charity, then how about helping someone’s asthma attack? Or helping someone overcome a cancer diagnosis? Or relieving the pain and suffering of someone afflicted with a terrible infection? For me, as a Muslim, being a doctor goes hand in hand with my mission in life that is to help God’s people be better.

When it comes to practice, future muslim doctors should be differentiated with the non-muslim doctors. The muslim drs are expected to behave differently in such a way that they have a big say and great weight in influencing their patients righteously and guiding their orientation. For example, when dealing with controversial problematic issues, like a woman who would want an abortion, (if she doesnt do an abortion, she will give birth to a haram fetus), we have to take a stand. With regard to it, the basic principle concerning abortion in Islam is that it is unlawful, it is not allowed from the moment of conception when it becomes a new being and is placed in the womb, even if this being is the result of an unlawful relationship, still it is forbidden. But there are some who think that it is permissible to have an abortion within the first forty days of pregnancy. Some of them even permit it until before the soul is breathed into the embryo. But how do Muslim medical practitioners behave in accordance with the Islamic beliefs? After giving proper and appropriate diagnosis, we should issue our Islamic directives to the patients, talk to them as a mother-to-daughter, ask what happens, let them express their pent-up feelings, hear what they have to say, then only take turns, get the main idea to tell them what they do is not allowed and breathe hopes in them that Allah will always forgive even they have piled up sins. As a practitioner, you can't bring them down, then only you can be a good model for others to win their confidence and hearts. Form your words properly so that you won't have them taken your words by hearts. : D

To dream is easy, but to start working on your dream, it isn't easy, you need a driving force. So, lets start now. InsyaAllah Allah will lead us the way if you purify your intentions.

p/s : the Al-Quran says that saving a life is like saving all of humanity