HEARTS FIND PEACE IN THE REMEMBRANCE OF ALLAH
to research by David B. Larson, of the American National Health
Research Center, and his team, comparisons of devout and non-religious
Americans have given very surprising results. For instance, religious
people suffer 60% less heart disease than those with little or no
religious belief, the suicide rate among them is 100% lower, they
suffer far lower levels of high blood pressure, and this ratio is
7:1 among smokers.65
It was reported in one study published in the International
Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, an important scientific
source in the world of medicine, that people who describe themselves
as having no religious beliefs become ill more frequently and have
shorter life spans. According to the results of the research, those
with no beliefs are twice as likely to suffer stomach-intestine
diseases than believers, and their mortality rate from respiratory
diseases is 66% times higher than that of believers.
Secular psychologists tend to refer to similar
figures as "psychological effects." This means that belief raises
peoples' spirits, and this contributes to health. This explanation
may indeed be reasonable, but a more striking conclusion emerges
when the subject is examined. Belief in Allah is much stronger than
any other psychological influence. The wide-ranging research into
the connection between religious belief and physical health carried
out by Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical Faculty has produced
surprising conclusions in this area. Despite not being a believer
himself, Dr. Benson has concluded that worship and belief in Allah
have a more positive effect on human health than that observed in
anything else. Benson states that he has concluded that no belief
provides as much mental peace as belief in Allah.66
What is the reason for this connection between
belief and the human soul and body? The conclusion reached by the
secular researcher Benson is, in his own words, that the human body
and mind are regulated to believe in Allah.67
This fact, which the world of medicine has slowly begun to appreciate,
is a secret revealed in the Qur'an in these words: "
in the remembrance of Allah can the heart find peace."
(Qur'an, 13:28) The reason why those who believe in Allah, who pray
to and trust in Him, are psychologically and physically healthier
is that they behave in accordance with the purpose of their creation.
Philosophies and systems which contradict human creation always
lead to pain and unhappiness.
Modern medicine is now tending towards the realization
of this truth. As Patrick Glynn put it: "[S]cientific research in
psychology over the past twenty-five years has demonstrated that,
religious belief is one of the most consistent correlates of overall
mental health and happiness."68
65. Patrick Glynn, God: The Evidence,
The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason in a Postsecular World (California:
Prima Publishing: 1997), 80-81.
66. Herbert Benson, and Mark Stark, Timeless Healing (New York:
Simon & Schuster: 1996), 203.
67. Ibid., 193.
68. Glynn, God: The Evidence, The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason
in a Postsecular World, 60-61.