Medicine Remains a Mystery (by Dr. Rehan Zaidi)

Despite the incredible progress we have made in every field of science, the reality is that we really don’t know that much. Medicine, similarly, is no exception. Yes, we have understood to a fairly intricate level of detail how various parts of the body function in isolation, we have been able to identify many physical and non-physical forces and we have isolated chemical constituents, but what do we know about the body as a whole? What is life, and how do living things heal? What are the limits and capabilities of the body? Can the mind override the autonomic nervous system? Does the body have some sort of unknown energy capable of reversing physical disease in the body? Can these forces do more than influence our own body, such as be projected to move far away objects, or burn them up without the help of fuel or flame, or more?

The truth is that it is hard to tell. The world of ancient healing, the martial arts, energy, all are fascinating and relatively unknown. Like many people, each of these has also been a personal interest of mine. To my good fortune, however, studying Naturopathic Medicine provided a foundation for understanding these traditions in a unique light. It allowed me understand these systems from within and unravel their health secrets; secrets that Western sciences is still wholly unaware of. I have been somewhat successful. Though understanding the complexities of health is the work of even more than a lifetime, I feel I’ve been able to construct a workable model in which many theories neatly fit together and many questions are answered.

Still, many questions remain unanswered; my understanding of health and medicine is a work in progress. The courses I’ve prepared are small opportunities for me to share what I have found to work from my education, experiences, and from my time with treating patients. True, much needs still to be proven. I’ve done my best, however, to present balanced and reasoned explanations to some of the amazing phenomena I have seen. Having met many purported healers from around the world, skepticism allowed me to recognize simple showmanship for what it was, but I couldn’t have accepted amazing demonstrations of healing if I also had not kept an open mind. I feel Medicine is at the brink of some extremely profound discoveries. I hope to share them with those interested.

(Dr. Rehan Zaidi)

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Importance of Scholars

As Ahmad mentioned last update, we sat down with Shaykh Ramzy Ajem and Shaykh Zahir Bacchus to ask them some questions that were really off-the-cuff. I don’t know about you, but I find it kind of frightening to think of questions on the fly. Most of the questions were about education, the Essentials Program, and the history of the Toronto Muslim community.

For those who haven’t heard Shaykh Zahir before, you’ll probably figure out by watching the video that his style of delivery is quite different from Shaykh Ramzy. Whenever we asked Shaykh Zahir a question he just went off for about twenty solid minutes until we fired off the next question.

Personally, I think any of his responses would have been great candidates for “Khutbah of the Year” had he said them on a mimbar. Luckily for us, we were able to catch a couple of minutes on his response about the importance of Islamic scholarship (fitting with Habib Umar coming to town next week)

What do you look for in a scholar of Islam? Why do you follow the scholars you follow?

What are some important lessons scholars have taught you recently?

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Confidence. Purpose. Clarity.

Last month, we shot a video for The Essentials Program with some of Qurba’s teachers and students. We wanted to keep it real — nothing scripted, nothing rehearsed. So we didn’t tell them what the video would be about, they just showed up and we started asking questions.

As we got into it, our conversation with Shaykh Ramzy Ajem and Shaykh Zahir Bacchus got very interesting. We didn’t really have a list of questions we wanted to ask — we just went with the flow and let the discussion guide itself.

We asked them questions about knowledge, its importance, how to seek it, and how to overcome some of the challenges we face as students. Needless to say, their answers were extremely inspiring and thought-provoking.

We put together a short clip from that conversation of Shaykh Ramzy talking about the benefits of knowledge: confidence, purpose, and clarity.

Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments below. Has your pursuit of knowledge led to an increase in confidence, purpose, and clarity?

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New Qurba website

Assalamu alaykum,

As you can see, we have just launched a brand new website. Please take a look around and let us know what you think. With the new website we will also be launching a brand new blog insha’Allah.

What would you like to see on Qurba’s new blog?

Posts from specific teachers?
Certain topics you’d like covered?

Let us know what you’d like to see in the comments. We’ll do our best to make it happen insha’Allah.

The Qurba Team

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