Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Council Member Sadie Morgan
Usamah ibn Shuraik narrated:
“… ‘O Allah’s Messenger! Should we seek medical treatment for our illnesses?’
He replied: ‘Yes, you should seek medical treatment, because Allah, the Exalted,
has let no disease exist without providing for its cure, except for one ailment, namely, old age’.”
We’ve all seen the terrible stories in the news, where a family refuses to seek medical attention for a child with an easily-treated condition because of their religious beliefs. Above we see a quote from the Islamic tradition. In Matthew 9:12, Jesus said, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” In context, he was using this to explain why he kept company with people considered “sinners” by the “righteous” authorities, but the point here is that he in no way condemned turning to a doctor for care. Also, Luke, who is said to have written books of the Christian scripture, was said to be a physician. From Jewish scholars, we are referred to Talmud, Bava Kamma 85a which says that G-d “gives permission and power for a doctor to heal.”
Much more common today, however, is the reality of people in need of medical care, who are denied this because they cannot pay exorbitant charges and fees. Too many people live in impoverished countries or rural areas here where there are few doctors or medical facilities available to treat those in need.
Our bodies are a sacred trust from our Creator. We have an obligation to do all we can to take care of them, including seeing a doctor when that is needed and possible.
Today’s Action: Have you been putting off a visit to the doctor? If you have, pick up the phone and make that appointment. Do you or others around you, lack access to medical care? Join with others who are fighting to make this a basic right for everyone!
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