Disease is our soul’s messenger of the transgression of our natural limits. Welcome her, for she brings us good news and a warning. Reflect upon her when she is with you, for her wisdom will teach you. Her nature is revelation and her speech is of ourselves to ourselves. She is intimate and states you to you. Her speech is truth for she cannot lie. She is sent by Allah with good news for she calls you to change, to undergo deep reflection and self-transformation. Submit to the meaning of her message. Do not deny her for she is from the sawt – shout –, as Israfeel shall blow the trumpet; her message is both life and annihilation. Do not fear her for she is your knowledge to you and Allah will teach you by her. Ignore her and she and legions of companions will march with you into the grave.
— Alex Carberry