An aspect of health that is often neglected by many people is their mental wellbeing. Mental ill-health and their symptoms are often shrouded in mystery, superstitions, stigmatization, patronage of all sorts of ‘herbal’ therapies or traditional rituals, with inclusion of course, the ‘modern day’ religious/spiritual centres. Many affected persons go on suffering silently. If there is an aspect of health or ill-health that is greatly misunderstood, it is mental health issues! Yet, mental illnesses are among well-known health problems and whose care can adequately be provided for in orthodox medical care and practices. Hence, the need for our society to be more enlightened about mental health issues and the growing incidence of mental disorders in our clime. This is the modest goal of discussions on this column.
All Praises are due to Allaah who has honoured humankind as His viceroy on the surface of the earth. The issue of governance is an important aspect of human well being and it occupies an important position in Islam. When the universe was created by Allaah (SWT), He places man as an important being to administer and govern the universe and He made man the vicegerent on the surface of the earth. In Q2 : 30, Allaah says, ‘I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth’. Again in Q. 6:165, this position is succinctly captured:
All Praises and adoration are due to Allaah who is the First and no one is before Him and He is the Last and no one is after Him. May the peace and blessing of Allaah be upon the noble Prophet Muhammad, his household, his companions and those who follow the noble path of Islam till the day of Resurrection. Allaah says:
In the ongoing debate over restructuring, a critical factor that must never be ignored and which is central to all other dynamics is leadership reform. As a matter of fact, there appears to be a national and global consensus amongst analysts, critics, scholars and ordinary Nigerians that the greatest problem confronting the country is lack of visionary and effective leadership. Even some critics, who, in their wisdom, would rather prefer to blame the system for Nigeria’s woes, have also come to accept the reality that the system cannot purge itself without the right leadership; in essence, the system requires good leadership to function properly.