BY: DR. HAIDER A. NAQVI, PROFESSOR AT THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, ZIAUDDIN UNIVERSITY
We climbed the Mount Sina on the sideline of a conference in Cairo. Lesley, a Jewish psychologist from Johannesburg, Omar Rahman, an internist from Dhaka and myself, a psychiatric epidemiologist from Karachi. Our guide told us that a Sheikh sits in a hermitage on top of the Mountain, who has great powers. He knows alchemy and can turn dross into gold.
Offering us Qahwa, the Sheikh asked us to sit. He had piercing eyes. I asked: “Sheikh, tell us about redemption.”
He answered, “Once you have one of those nights, when you have cried (profusely) all throughout, wailed with something stuffed in your mouth so that others cannot hear, and prayed to the Almighty in total submission, you experience a breakthrough to His grace. In subsequent weeks you begin to realize that you are lifted above your old life- mistakes are transcended- as you refute the cycle of revenge. You are made new and more whole, ready to start over. This is redemption”.
I agreed, he knew alchemy and can turn dross in to gold.
Global Forum for Health Research Conference, Cairo.
About the author: An academic psychiatrist and fallible human being in a process of evolution.