COVID-19 challenges, M. Faiq Shahzad
As the coronavirus situation intensifies, you might be wondering: How can I keep myself healthy? In below lines we will discuss Breathing technique to improve functions of vital body organs by breathing method and Mediation to achieve Peace of mind, reduce anxiety / stress and strengthen our Imm-une system. These holy or scientific methods are not only beneficial to our vital organs of body, but also enable us to strengthen our Spirit (Rooh) and enable us to connect with a Allah-SWT through a chain of transmission and enable us to bring positive change in our daily life and strengthen our core beliefs and practices of Islam.
Zikr- Allah SWT (inhaling /exhaling) Breathing Exercise. Breathing is a natural process of life and provides oxygen to all cells of the body. It increase flow of oxygen to lungs to detox /cleanse to increase performance of core organs of the body. The more oxygen in the body gets the better. The diaphragm also plays a important role in the human body respiratory system. The diaphragm is a muscle so that checks ups and down when we breathe. The diaphragm naturally starts to work less efficiently as we age. That’s why it’s important to do breathing exercises regularly to keep diaphragm healthy and strong. Diaphragm breathing is an effective technique to strengthen the diaphragm and increase oxygen carrying capacity of the lungs. This technique is performed by taking a deep breath in, almost as if you were attempting to breathe all the way into your stomach.
And as inhalation occurs you will feel the diaphragm contract. Then you can exhale through lips. This creates back-pressure in the alveoli which is great for improved lung compliance and detoxifying your lungs. Breath exercise also stops heart attack during attack and prevent heart diseases. Heart patients breathe about 2.5times more air than normal. Nasal breathing is fundamental to prevent heart attack and crucial for well being of heart patients. To stop heart attack symptoms sit down and relax, listen to your breath, breath only through the nose, relax your chest and use the diaphragm for breathing and inhale/exhale. Doctors in UK & Canada are using similar vital ICU Breathing technique for those suffering from COVID-19.
When Allah SWT created us He blew into us something of Himself. This is known as the Spirit. The Spirit that lies within combined with the physical body is what completes “US”. The same way the Body has its vital Organs & their respective functions, as does the Spirit. The Vital Organs of the Spirit are known as the “Latifa (Gentle)” (singular) “Lataif” (plural). The first & foremost Latifa is the Qalb, which is the Brain centre of our Spirits & is placed within our physical heart.The function of the Qalb is to a) receive & absorb the love that Allah feels towards us, b) Love Allah back & c) radiate Allah’s love to others. Since Allah is of Nur, His Orders, Attention, Affection are all Nur. The Spirits that lie within us are also Nur & can thus not only relate to Allah, but their food & energy too, is Nur. The problem starts when our Qalb becomes dysfunctional! This happens due to repeated sins. Since every sin leaves a black mark on the Qalb, slowly the black marks envelope the Qalb & make it lose its capacity to illuminate & radiate, it becomes dull & loses its capacity to receive & absorb Allah’s Nur & thus it becomes diseased & cannot find the energy required for the Spirit to be healthy & functional. It has also been scientifically proven that since ‘Allah’ is a two syllable word it can easily get synchronized with the breathing, & since human breath contains one long & one short breath … ‘Allah’ ‘H-oo’ these 2 words are used in order to be recited within the heart with each inhaling & exhaling breath. “Allah hoo” … By inhaling Allah and hoo exhaling with short duration makes a contact between the lungs & the heart & in turn this contact controls the heartbeat.
SIGNIFICANCE OF ZIKR ALLAH is mentioned most of the times in Quran and Sahih Muslim Hadith. To connect with a Allah-SWT through a chain of transmission there are five Exalted Messengers Hadhrat Muhammad-SAW, Hadhrat Abrahim-AS, Hadhrat Musa-AS, Hadhrat Noah-AS, and Hadhrat Eesa-AS, while Hadhrat Adam-AS is the first Prophet of Allah and the father of mankind.
Neuroscience, Buddhists and chakras (Hinus way of Meditation) studies on meditation have been capturing a lot of attention. Such studies often suggest that mindfulness or compassion. Meditation might be changing activity in brain areas linked to improvements in mediator’s attention or their ability to manage emotions. Brain areas or neurotransmitters makes the changes resulting from meditation seem more real—more tangible and believable. Neuroscientists, Buddhists and Vedas (Chakra) all believe that it reduces stress, controls Anxiety, promotes emotional health, enhances Self-Awareness, Lengthens Attention Span, may reduce age-related memory loss, can generate kindness and may help fight addictions. Psycholo-gist’s studies and research confirms that practicing m-editation can help clear a-way the mind’s chatter. Studies show that meditating even for periods as sh-ort as 10 minutes increases the brain’s alpha waves (as-sociated with relaxation) and decreases anxiety and depression.
Prophet Muhammad PB-UH was a deeply spiritual man, and often spent time in meditation on Mo-unt Hira. The traditional story of the Qur’an tells how one night he was meditating in a cave on the mountain when he was visited by the angel Jibreel AS who orde-red him to recite. So many Quran verses, encouraging meditation can be found.
COVID-19 has caused new enormous challenges hitting belief system, heath system, social beliefs and global economic recession. While everyone across the globe engulfed by the uncertainty of COVID-19, I still believe that Zikr-Allah and Meditation can add value to our health & core believe Is the only way forward to connect with Allah SWT through a chain of transmission to add value to our life and core believes of Islam.