Assalaam Waleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu. Welcome to my blog – Alhumdolillah. Here, in sha Allah, I will share my personal journey on how I use the merciful strategies from the Holy Quran to manage my body’s diagnosed ailments of Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Hypothyroidism, Complex PTSD, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver, and Chronic Pain. My intention is to serve my Muslim sisters, brothers, and children through my own lived experiences and the management strategies I use to keep my mind, body, and spirit healthy and in complete submission to Allah subhaan hu watala. My name is Princess R Lakshman. Allah has blessed me with certain gifts so that I can serve others with them. I am a writer, degree-qualified clinical nutritionist, mind wellness life coach, workshop facilitator, and a narrative therapist. I am also a published author. I invite you to visit my website www.mindbodyhealinghub.com to know more.
assalaam waleikum wa rahmatulaahi wa barakatu
When we face a health challenge, it’s sometimes really difficult to accept it especially if it’s a challenge that involves adjustments to one’s mobility.
Chronic pain is one such challenge. There are nights when I lie awake in bed uttering Allah’s names just to get through those moments of excruciating pain that stiffens the muscles and sends sharp tingles along a limb or makes the whole body feel as though it’s beneath a double-decker bus.
These unbearable nights continued for many months until I finally received a medical diagnosis to understand exactly what my body was presenting.
Fibromyalgia – a condition where the body is experiencing widespread pain and tenderness in the soft tissues and muscles.
Uthman ibn Abi al-‘As reported: He complained to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, of pain he felt in his body since he had embraced Islam. The Prophet said to him, “Place your hand over the part of your body where you feel pain and say three times: In the name of Allah. And say seven times: I seek refuge in Allah and his power from the evil of what I feel and worry.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2202 (https://www.abuaminaelias.com/dailyhadithonline/2018/11/29/dua-for-pain/)
During my physiotherapy session I was taught some exercises for the shoulder bursitis that I’m currently living with as well, among other ailments and the chronic pain from Fibromyalgia. The physiotherapist also cautioned me on my body’s movements and how I should and shouldn’t be moving and sleeping if I want the healing to be effective and quick. That night was really hard. I was in bed crying, trying to find the best way to relax my body.
The above duaa really helps me now. Afterwards, I actually talk to those parts of my body that feel tender and painful and address my feelings and my worries. I then say the following to Allah: Ya Allah, I’m surrendering all my worries and burdens to you. I am your servant, Ya Allah, and I beg you to relax my body and allow it to sleep so that I may wake up again rested and rejuvenated and with energy to serve you.
Alhumdolillah…These nightly supplications have been so helpful. Few days back I actually woke up with enough energy to try out a new recipe that I’ve been wanting to for some time. A friend of mine kindly gave me this Beetroot, Seed and Goat’s Cheese Bread (using Almond Meal) recipe. I love that it includes Black Seed, a beautiful healing ingredient from the times of our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. Not to mention, the bread smells and tastes absolutely delicious. It helps that it doesn’t have flour as my gut is quite sensitive to flour.
I’ve had to reduce my daily task list to a bare minimum so that I can do things with focus and attention, instead of multitasking and running on near-empty, sometimes even empty, fuel. Burnout is common when one suffers from chronic pain. Those spurts of energy that the body sometimes experiences can mislead one to overdo and try and overachieve.
Being kind and gentle with myself and my body is a daily jihad. It’s extremely important to not feel like you’re letting anyone down. Trust me, you’re not. People who love you want you to be safe and healthy and they will understand if you need to shorten your task list and take a step back to rest and recuperate.
Prioritising faith above everything else is definitely proving to be a great medicine for my daily coping. Shifa comes ONLY from Allah swt.
Alhumdolillah for our daily challenges and the lessons they provide. Lessons that ultimately teach the one truth – ALLAH. No matter how painful my body feels or how sleepless I get because of the pain, the one thing that keeps me going is the trust and faith in Allah’s shifa upon His servant the moment we beg Him and surrender to Him alone.
Until my next post, here’s the recipe for the delicious Beetroot, Seed, and Goat’s Cheese Bread.
Beetroot, Caraway, and Goat Cheese Bread using Almond Meal
50g rolled oats
10g thyme leaves, finely chopped
50g pumpkin seeds
2 tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp nigella seeds (black cumin seeds)
300g almond meal
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarb soda
¾ tsp salt
2 beetroots (200g raw, peeled and finely grated),(NOT the pre-cooked vac-packed type)
2 large eggs
80ml sunflower oil, plus tbsp extra for greasing
80g soured cream
1 tbsp honey
20g parmesan, finely grated
120g young and creamy goats cheese, broken into 2cm pieces
Pre-heat oven to 180c fan. Grease and line the base of a 20 x 10cm loaf tin.
Mix oats, thyme, pumpkin, nigella, and caraway seeds together in a small bowl.
Put almond meal into a separate bowl with the baking powder, bicarb of soda and salt. Whisk to combine and aerate. Add the grated beetroot and all but one tablespoon of your oat and seed mix. Don’t stir the mix, just set it aside.
In separate bowl whisk eggs, oil, honey, sour cream, and parmesan. Pour over the almond meal and beetroot. Now, using a spatula, mix to combine. Add the goat’s cheese and carefully fold through, trying not to break the pieces as you go.
Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and sprinkle over the remaining tablespoon of oats and seeds. Bake for 40 minutes.
Cover tightly with foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
Skewer inserted into the middle will not come out clean, but it should not be too wet.
Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
Then tip onto a wire rack and invert back the right way up so seeds are on the top.
The outside will be quite crisp and dark.
Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing.