“Human beings are body and soul.

Body is what you see; soul is what is inside the body, invisible to the naked eye.

The body craves food, drink and medicine and must be fed and catered to with some regularity.

Pangs of hunger in humans are well known and acted upon with alacrity by those concerned.

But what most people don’t understand is that the soul too hungers and thirsts for nourishment.

And it has ailments that must be attended to.

But its cries are heard by few and responded to even less.

As a result, most human beings carry around in their often pampered and well-fed bodies souls that are emaciated, starved or diseased.

The results then show up in all kinds of unsavory ways – for individuals; for societies; and for the entire world.

Then all of those who never paid timely attention to the sick and dilapidated souls in and around them cry out in a chorus: Annaa Haadha?

That is Qur’an for:

“Why?

Why is this happening to us?

And how did we get to be in this sorry state of affairs?”

Yaa hasratan ‘alal ‘ibaad, says God Almighty in the Qur’an, as if in reply.

What a pity, humans should have reached this terrible state!” (Dr. Pasha)

“When our body is sick, it is only our life in this world that may be at risk. For, death will surely put an end to all bodily pain and suffering.

And then there is the hope of eternal bliss for the soul.

But when our soul is sick, it is perdition in both this world and the next world that we risk.

For, a sick soul will make our worldly life miserable for us, while at the same time raking up enough negative credit to ruin our next life as well.

A sick soul will guarantee us hell in life and hell after death.

And often not just for us.” (Dr. Pasha)

“When our body hurts, we rush to its help. We call the doctor and apply the medicine.

No amount of money is too great to be budgeted for our “Healthcare.”

To our pure “BodyCare” that is.

Many of us have made ourselves prisoners of grueling medication routines in the hope of someday making our bodies feel a little better.

Our souls cry out in pain every day, but we rarely pay attention.

Our souls hurt and hyperventilate, and we march on in total oblivion and indifference.

And then when a diseased soul teams up with other diseased souls and turns to injustice, cruelty, exploitation and wars of aggression, we run helter-skelter and demand to know how so much could go wrong with so many human beings all at once.

What happened was that in our mad march to perdition on earth, we never stopped to listen to the anguished cries of our souls in torment.

Nor did we provide them any First Aid when the first signs of their pain showed up and First Aid could have helped.

We all pretended not to notice and not to know.

But when the soft moans of our souls turned to blood-curdling screams, it was too late to do anything about it, except to watch in horror as our souls wilted and withered, or went up in flames right before our eyes, often taking a slice of the world with them.

And then we claim we never tasted the horrors of Hell in this world.” (Dr. Pasha)

“We never fail to feed our body when the body is hungry.

We have even devised a routine of feeding it three times a day whether our body is hungry or not.

But when our soul is hungry, we neither hear its cries, nor do we rush to feed it.

And then we wonder what is wrong with us. Some of the best and brightest among us then run around asking: What went wrong?

What has gone wrong with our world, they ask.

We want to know: Why is there so much corruption in the world?

And we want to know: Why is there so much injustice and so much cruelty, greed and selfishness among us?

A more worthwhile question may be: When did we last feed our soul and how?” (Dr. Pasha)