The Federal Government has been urged to regulate the practice of Islamic medicine and fund research in it.
Provost, International Institute of Islamic Therapy, Nigeria, Shaykh Abu Mazeedatil Khayr bn Sa’eed, made the call in Abuja on Sunday at the fifth Islamic therapy convention and graduation of the institute.
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The event with the theme, ‘Faith and Therapy in a Pandemic’, saw the oath of practice administered on the graduating students and presentation of certificates to the 32 graduands, comprising 10 males and 22 females.
Sa’eed said though well founded research had given orthodox medicine an advantage over others, there was a great future for the practice of alternative and complementary medicine, especially in the face of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is the truth which defies sceptical views. We, therefore, call on the government to intervene by assisting us in regulating the practice and funding research in prophetic medicine,” he said.
He said there were over 600 herbs, plants, stems and healing foods either mentioned in the Holy Qur’an or prescribed by Prophet Muhammad in his traditions.