What Divine Medicine Can We Offer To People?

Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is Muslim theologian and one of the most prominent Islamic scholars worldwide, who teaches at George Washington University. He brings a classical Muslim philosophical and mystical perspective to the realities created by Corona.

Tragedies are opportunities for regaining perspective and therefore as a form of grace. Fear of God leads us to run back to God. Fear can be positive by returning us to the abiding reality. Corona places us before the limits of our knowledge and invites us to reexamine how we have over-trusted science and technology. Separation from others forces us to a spiritual retreat. We are born alone and we die alone.

Going into retreat is a practice of death, to be alone with God. Having been nurtured by divine presence equips you to better serve society. Prof. Nasr walks us through an exercise of how to be with oneself. Delving into the depth of oneself, we discover the inner being of the other is nothing other than ourselves.

Table of contents:

00:19 Introduction

00:40 Is Corona affecting you?

01:34 Dealing with Fear

05:30 Is Covid-19 a punishment? 

11:20 Are the wrong people getting punished?

14:03 Spiritual retreat and connection to society

19:53 Recommendations for the lockdown

23:57 Pointers for learning to be with yourself

28:12 The other is none other than myself

30:08 Dealing with Loss

36:14 Can everyone live loss as a positive thing?

43:45 Different religions are different paths to the mountaintop - perrenialism and relations between religions

1:01:07 Prayer 

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is university professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University. He has written more than 40 books and hundreds of articles, many translated into a number of languages.

Related Suggestions

The opinions expressed herein, through this post or comments, contain positions and viewpoints that are not necessarily those of IslamiCity. These are offered as a means for IslamiCity to stimulate dialogue and discussion in our continuing mission of being an educational organization. The IslamiCity site may occasionally contain copyrighted material the use of which may not always have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. IslamiCity is making such material available in its effort to advance understanding of humanitarian, education, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, and such (and all) material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.