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Can Islamic meditation cure PTSD?

Seeking mercy and forgiveness may be the key

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By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

A new study by the Journal of Military Medicine has shown that meditation can ease the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Though the study used Transcendental Meditation (TM), it stand to reason that Islamic Meditation (IM)—which includes asking God for forgiveness for ones morally wrong actions—could be even more effective.

According to Grossman's research, guilt at participation in killing is the major source of PTSD

According to Grossman’s research, guilt at participation in killing is the major source of PTSD

According to “killology” research by Col. Dave Grossman and colleagues, the leading factor in veterans’ PTSD is deep-seated guilt, whether conscious or unconscious, stemming from participation in the killing of one’s fellow human beings—an act which does violence not only to the victim, but to the psyche of the perpetrator as well. TM and other “secular” meditation techniques, which lack a moral/ethical dimension, cannot address such issues.

There are basically three forms of Islamic meditation:

To learn how to perform salaat, read The Illuminated Prayer

To learn how to perform salaat, read The Illuminated Prayer

  • Salaat, the five-times daily prayer, is in some ways more of a kind of yogic meditation than what Christians think of as prayer. (Holding out your hands palms upwards and asking God for something is called dua in Islam – salaat is different.) Salaat consists of assuming a series of yogic postures embodying absolute peaceful self-submission to God, culminating in “sujood” as the forehead touches the floor. This is done at five key times in the daily solar cycle: sunrise, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and night. By entering into a state of deep relaxation at these key energetic moments of the day, you not only get the benefit of five experiences of complete relaxation and peacefulness every single day, but you also harmonize yourself with the sun-earth cycle. After a few weeks or months of regular salaat, will start to feel more “at home” here on earth. (This effect is especially helpful due to the prevalence of electric lighting in modern life, which has disrupted our circadian rhythms and cut us off from the natural solar cycle which, in normal and natural circumstances, regulates our cycles of hormone flows, body temperature, digestion, and so on.) And of course there is a beneficent spiritual effect from “plugging in” to the source of all existence on a regular basis. Huston Smith, a Methodist and one of America’s greatest all-time comparative religion scholars, regularly practiced salaat (and may still be, though at 96 he probably isn’t doing the full set of physical postures). Smith has spoken of salaat with the highest praise, saying that when the key moments of a day go by without salaat it is almost as if they—and the whole day—have been lost. Salaat is probably the biggest factor in studies showing that practicing Muslims do significantly better on the broad spectrum of individual and social “well-being” indicators than either non-practicing Muslims or non-Muslims.
  • Tafakkur, “contemplation” (of the mysteries and beauties of existence). This kind of meditation may be linked to intellectual and artistic production; often those who practice it are inspired to communicate their thoughts and experiences. When the greatest minds of all civilizations praised “the contemplative life” this is what they were talking about.
  • Dhikr. This word translates as “remembrance” or “remembering.” So what does remembering have to do with meditation? Consider the wise words of William Wordsworth:
              Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
              The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
                  Hath had elsewhere its setting,
                    And cometh from afar:
                  Not in entire forgetfulness,
                  And not in utter nakedness,
              But trailing clouds of glory do we come
                  From God, who is our home:
              Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
              Shades of the prison-house begin to close
                  Upon the growing Boy,
              But He beholds the light, and whence it flows,
                  He sees it in his joy;
              The Youth, who daily farther from the east
                  Must travel, still is Nature's Priest,
                  And by the vision splendid
                  Is on his way attended;
              At length the Man perceives it die away,
              And fade into the light of common day.

aa87fa17e8084b9f9aeccbfd11a2270eSo when we practice dhikr, we are remembering “God, who is our home.” In Islam there is no original sin; a perfect God can only create a perfect creation, so all we need to do is REMEMBER the perfection from which we came and to which we return. Dhikr consists of repetitions of special sounds and phrases, combined with breathing techniques, enabling us to actually “remember” our Divine source — not in the sense of intellectually remembering information, but in the experiential sense of re-experiencing, like Proust re-experiencing the taste of his famous childhood madeleine. The Qur’an tells us to practice dhikr while standing, sitting, laying down on our sides…and Sufis, who have developed dhikr into a science of meditation, do all of the above.

One of the most commonly practiced dhikr formulas is “astaghfirullah” meaning “I ask God for forgiveness.” This would seem to have special efficacy for treating PTSD, which, as mentioned, is partly caused by deep feelings of guilt due to participation in unjust wars and killing.

According to Islam, God’s first two tangible characteristics are mercy and compassion, to which we appeal when performing istighfar.

Many American veterans of the 9/11 wars have converted to Islam and practiced various forms of Islamic meditation—giving them not only hope of divine forgiveness, but also forgiveness from the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, who have been targeted by these criminal wars launched on satanic Big Lies. Muslims—meaning real Muslims, not takfiri lunatics—are famously quick to forgive those who sincerely repent, and are the most generous and loving people in the world in welcoming brothers and sisters from all races and cultures into their faith.

The practitioners of TM, Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, yoga and other traditions that use meditation have thus far been more effective than Muslims in educating Westerners about the benefits of these practices. I hope that more Muslims will join the worldwide awakening to the benefits of meditation, and work harder at explaining the beauty and efficacy of their own traditions to the world.

 

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11 Responses to "Can Islamic meditation cure PTSD?"

  1. Khalid Talaat  January 26, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    A few years back in Egypt, 15 boys gang raped a young woman teenager for just walking back from school. The youngest gang rapist was a young 14 years old and he only watched ( if I am correct), he received a prison sentence. The rest were above 17 years of age and all received death sentences. Until the Arab Spring, there were no more recorded instances of gang rape. Europe needs a system of swift punishment.

  2. Kevin Barrett  January 21, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Meditation and fasting are the two royal roads to religious experience, and as such have been key pillars of most if not all of the great religions. Today there is a new religion (a heretical spin-off of Christianity) in the West – secular humanism – so naturally some folks have borrowed techniques from the great religious meditative traditions and tried to “sell” them in this new, degraded context…all part of the Kali Yuga a.k.a. Akhir az-Zaman.

  3. drbhelthi  January 21, 2016 at 3:43 am

    No one needs to cater to any religion in order to meditate, which is used in several systems such as Yoga. Meditating as a Moslem requires acceptance of ISLAM, which is not required by anyone in order to meditate.

  4. drbhelthi  January 21, 2016 at 3:26 am

    This article appears to be a propaganda advertisement for islamic meditation. I consider it an insult to veteranstoday.com.
    While neither the constituency of ISIL nor the MOSSAD-CIA sponsored Jihads reflect Islam, meditation is available in various forms and systems. Numerous articles reflect the fruits of meditation, few, if any of which focus on “islamic meditation.”

    • Khalid Talaat  January 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      @ drbhelthi
      The fact that the West is ignorant of the most complete spiritual technology with a body of knowlege and writing that would require a couple of Libraries of Congress to house is truly tragic, especially when the West is so spiritually impoverished.
      Yes there are numerous systems of meditation and they are similar. For example the five Muslim prayers coincide with not only the time of day but with the Five Chakra System. The dawn prayer is connected to the lower chakra the birth chakra, the beginning of life chakra, we do return from the smaller death everytime we awaken from our sleep. The noon prayer coincides with the belly chakra and the salah is meant to tame the fire in our belies with the remembrance of Allah (this was the Aramaic proper name of God called by Jesus). The mid afternoon prayer is that of the heart chakra, when you do Tafakur or reflection upon your behavior towards your Lord and your fellow creatures to see if you need to rectify your behavior and ask for forgiveness or Istighfar while you still have time in your day. You see the angel writing down your sins waits until your day is over giving you the chance for Istighfar before he puts it down for eternity. The sunset prayer is connected to the throat chakra. It is when we stop talking and recite silently Allah’s words to us in a reminder of His mercy and love for us. The last prayer relates to the top of the head chakra. Conducted before sleep

    • Khalid Talaat  January 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      before sleep to establish the connection with Allah and the return to the small death and to His protection.
      Now, I think this is beautiful, regardless of what faith you belong to unless you have no faith and in that case may Allah unveil your heart to witness His Splender. Thank you VT for being culturally polycentric,

  5. Kohitur  January 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Correction
    Note that a Djinn cab bot be killed bay a bullet, only through fire. Missiles and bombs produce blast and fire……Should read

    Note that a Djinn can not be killed by a bullet, only through fire. Missiles and bombs produce blast and fire.

  6. Kohitur  January 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    They will never figure out the PTSD Dr. Barret. Though you are correct about Salat and Dhikr, but that will help a Muslim repentant only, subject to if this Muslim was not involved in killing of a Djinn by mistake.

    As you are well aware that the Djinn community also live among Humans. If they are killed by missiles or bombs in a war. Their relatives start possessing the culprits until they die as a revenge. Djinn do not forgive. Note that a Djinn cab bot be killed bay a bullet, only through fire. Missiles and bombs produce blast and fire.

    On the other hand, if the non-Muslim culprit reverts to Islam and start forgiveness / repentance therapy, possibility is that the Djinn may leave on his / her own accord or if the Djinn is also a non-Muslim, he / she may be kicked out by angel on command from Allah.

    There is a book ‘Exorcism in Islam’ which is a must read. This book has numerous narratives from Ibn-e-Tamiyya and Ibn-e-Qayyim. Both are expert in Djinn culture and habits.

  7. brabantian  January 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Dr Barrett, please read the words of Pakistani journalist Shamil Shams, speaking of the responsibility of his own Muslim culture for the gigantic wave of rapes & sexual assaults being carried out by thousands of Muslims in Europe right now – a Europe about to explode against Islam – this Pakistani journalist writes:

    “What happened in Cologne happens regularly in my homeland, Pakistan. The men are never ashamed, never feel guilty, never show remorse about the way they treat women in that part of the world … The men who sexually harassed girls in Cologne … knew what they were doing … they did it with absolute contempt for European culture, its norms & its people.”

    Granted that this migrant invasion was created by oligarchs, Nato, Soros etc … nonetheless, these rape gangs who self-identify as Muslims, are fuelling a fire of immense hatred

    • Kevin Barrett  January 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Maybe you missed the VT article exposing this as a false flag?

      You’re falling for the same BS as the “black men rape white women” stories of the days of mass lynchings.

  8. Altimometer  January 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Every time an ad by Rubio or Jeb airs we should employ this method. This would go a long way to healing ptsd.

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