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The Malay Muslim cancer patients’ perspectives on Islamic healing cancer treatment


Suhami, Norhasmilia (2014) The Malay Muslim cancer patients’ perspectives on Islamic healing cancer treatment. Masters thesis, Universiti Putra Malaysia.


Cancer patients want to be treated as a whole person including their physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions. For Muslim, they tend to use healing methods that are related to their Islamic tenets. Therefore, there is a growing number of Malay Muslim cancer patients seeking Islamic healing, but little empirical work exists on the use of Islamic healing. The purpose of this study is to understand: (1) why Malay Muslim cancer patients seek Islamic healing, (2) Islamic healing treatment, and (3) Islamic healing benefit and role in cancer treatment. A qualitative study was conducted using in-depth interviews with 15 Malay Muslim women cancer patients that sought both conventional system and Islamic healing from 4 different regions in Peninsular Malaysia. The participants were selected from purposive sampling and snowball tehnique. The following are the reasons cancer patients seek Islamic healing; (1) recommendation from family, friends and doctors, (2) belief in Islamic healing and (3) ineffectiveness or dissatisfaction with the conventional treatment. Islamic healing treatment can be categorized into two forms; (1) recitation of Quranic verses as a main method with du‘a and Sunnah (voluntary) salat and (2) a combination of herbs with recitation of Quranic verses, du‘a and healing water. Benefits and role of Islamic healing (1) provide physical and spiritual benefits and (2) as a complementary treatment to conventional medicine. The evidences suggest that Islamic healing will continue to be as a popular healing choice among Malay Muslims. The use of Islamic healing as a complementary treatment has its own potential as it is a holistic and natural healing. This finding is the first formal research of this type of study and needs to be considered by policy makers in providing a better health care system for the country.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subject: Cancer - Treatment - Religious aspects - Islam
Subject: Medicine - Religious aspects - Islam
Call Number: FPP 2014 69
Chairman Supervisor: Mazanah bt Muhamad, PhD
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Depositing User: Haridan Mohd Jais
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 01:07
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 01:07
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/59667
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