Sunday, August 7, 2011

Superstition

When you believe in things that you don't understand
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain't the way.

That's the Refrain of the song titled Superstition made popular by American singer Stevie Wonder in the '70s. And that's what I thought every time I heard people talk about things that are beyond explanation.

Like when my friend Widodo told me that he planned to go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late July, to meet a special man who has the ability to cure his ailing heart, by conducting some sort of by-pass operation without medical surgery equipments at a much cheaper price compared to conventional medication.

When I asked him why didn't he just go to a hospital in Penang which is popular for such surgery, Widodo said that he was very sick and tired of conventional medications. He added that he just spent three weeks at the Pertamina Hospital, South Jakarta, which is known to have good doctors and equipments to conduct heart by-pass surgery, and he was not cured but spent tens of millions of Rupiah

Widodo asked me if I can accompany him to KL, because many years ago he stayed a couple of weeks at my parents' home in that city when my father was assigned to the Indonesian Embassy there.

My schedule was very tight last month so I cannot accompanied Widodo, but I promised him that I would check about the special person in KL who wanted to cure him.

I contacted fellow blogger Umihoney in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, and asked her whether she has heard about the special man in KL and vicinity who can conduct surgery without medical equipments. She said that she never heard about the man that I mentioned, but she once watched on TV another man with such ability. She added that such method is against the Islamic way therefore not recommended.

Widodo went to KL at the end of July, spent three days at the special man's place, and returned to Jakarta. He is confident that he has been cured and is fasting now. He recommended others to follow him. He also said that he will return to KL next October for check-up.

As a friend I am happy that Widodo is okay now, but I strongly believe that good quality conventional doctors and medicament are still the best way to cure sickness. Other than that it would be Superstition.

Here are the complete lyrics of the song Superstition :

Very superstitious, writing's on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout' to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past.

oo When you believe in things that you don't understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain't the way

Very superstitious, wash your face and hands,
Rid me of the problem, do all that you can,
Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin' strong,
You don't wanna save me, sad is my song.

When you believe in things that you don't understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain't the way, yeh, yeh.

Very superstitious, nothin' more to say,
Very superstitious, the devil's on his way,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass,
Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past

When you believe in things that you don't understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain't the way, no, no, no
shut up!

14 comments:

deeahzone said...

Superstition is a lyric? Nice share. Happy Ramadhan Kareem Harry Nizam..

Multibrand said...

@Deeahzone,
Yes it is the title of a very popular song in the '70s.

Wisata Murah said...

hehe.superstition is not the way, because it's the way Satan

even though life starts from the shadows. hehehe bingungkan.xixixixi

happy blogging

WebbieLady said...

Well,

If everything else fails, then it is worth trying. As long as the effect ispositive, then why not?

WebbieLady said...

Iknow the song says it's ain't the way but there are actually like tonsof stuff believed by the general public to be supersitionsbut if we examine them close...... surprise... they have scientific basis behind them.

WebbieLady said...

@ deeahzone,

It's a lyric but the article also has something in it telling a personal account with regards superstition.

colson said...

Though I can understand desperate people who look for alternative medical care. If they do and are happy with their treatment, so much the better.

However as for me I rather stick to conventional doctors. Let alone I would ever opt for "witchcraft" and quacks.

WebbieLady said...

@Multibrand, on your comment to the Composition blog,

The Poem "Pain" was inpired by mypainpul overworked wrists, fingers and upper back due to too much computer work...:=)

So glad now I'm taking timeoff work for quite a couple of weeks.

Multibrand said...

@Wisata Murah,
Yes, like the song said, Superstition ain't (is not) the way.

@WebbieLady,

First of all I would like to thank you so much for your comments which really meant a lot to me.

I agree that there are things which are considered superstition but can be explained scientifically.

In my country, perhaps in your country the Philippines too, many people still rely on Superstition.

Thank you for explaining to Deasy/ Deeahzone about this post.

By the way, fellow blogger Colson
http://pelopor.nl is a Dutchman living in Zeist, Utrecht.
I don't know whether it is near the part of Holland you are living.

Thank you for explaining about your blog post, and I hope you enjoy your 2 weeks vacation.

@Colson,
As I mentioned on my post, I
also believed that conventional medicament is the best.
However, I can understand why people chose unconventional methods i.e. very expensive tariff yet bad quality services and uncertain results.

PS: WebbieLady who frequently commented on this blog is a Filipino living in Holland.
You can check her 3 blogs by clicking her name.

Umihoney said...

"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe" - Voltaire

“Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe.”- Mark Victor Hansen

Assalamualaikum Harry,

What your friend did was his effort (usaha) to find a cure.He wanted to try an alternative cure after he has tried the conventional way. But first he has to believe this is the cure until proven otherwise.

As Allah servants we have the obligation to try and make every effort possible and not loose hope as long as it is not deviant or shirik. After that, it must be followed by doa. Pray for this effort to be successful.Then it's tawakkal (engagement). The same process in anything we do.

Effort,Doa and Engagement.

Ask any Muslim doctors this will be their advice.

May your friend find the cure insyaAllah.Amin.

Take care my friend.
Umi

Umihoney said...

p.s. tawakkal (Engagement) means after the effort and doa we leave it in Allah's will.

Umihoney said...

p.s. tawakkal (Engagement) means after the effort and doa we leave it in Allah's will.

Multibrand said...

@Umihoney,

Thank you very much for your kind comment and the quotes you mentioned.
They were very clear as always.

I agree that as Moslems we must try and make every effort possible and not loose hope as long as it is not deviant or shirik.
All of which must be followed by pray/doa.

And after all that have been done we must Tawakal i.e. leave it in Allah's will.

PS: I have made correction on my post that relates to you.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
Thank you very much my dearest friend.

Umihoney said...

Assalamualaikum Harry,
I think this was what I said to you my dear,
"so far I know of 2 plus 1..the two are Dr Dato Harun Din and his anak murid..they use Islamic treatment and a Malay doctor who uses acupuncture..and one more ustaz forgot his name that I saw on TV also using Islamic methods..none that I know of using the traditional superstitious method which to my mind is shirik and must be avoided at all cost"

Have a great day tomorrow Harry.
Umi