Dr. Nasseef visits KAICIID and
Viva Mayr in Austria
Dr. Mozammel Haque
Dr. Abdullah Omar Nasseef, former President of the Jeddah-based King Abdul Aziz University (KAAU) and present Secretary General of the Cairo-based International Islamic Council for Dawah and Relief (IICDR) visited Austria and the United Kingdom in the month of September, 2013. Those visits were both informative and educational. I interviewed him to know in greater details about his experience in those visits. Of course, part of the visits was official.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre
for Interfaith & Dialogue (KAICIID) in Vienna
Dr. Abdullah Omar Nasseef is the Vice-President of the Presidential Commission of the King Abdulaziz Centre for National Dialogue of Saudi Arabia. He went to Vienna, Austria in the 1st week of September and visited King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interfaith & Dialogue (KAICIID) which was opened in at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on the 26th of November, 2012 in the presence of a global audience of almost 800 guests, including ambassadors, government representatives, religious leaders, academics and scholars.
Speaking about his visit in Vienna, Dr. Nasseef said, “King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interfaith & Dialogue, in Vienna, Austria has a very big historic building. It has various activities and there is regular meeting every month on humanitarian and international matters. Next meeting will be in October 2013. So I visited the Centre.”
Mayr Medicine Viva
Dr. Nasseef then went to Mayr Medicine Centre in Viva, which is 350 kilometres from Vienna. VIVA, the Centre for Modern Mayr Medicine, is one of the most modern health hotels. This special peaceful place with its ancient ritual floor, right on the shores of the turquoise lake Wörthersee conveys a magical atmosphere. The beautiful beach and the romantic garden invite you to relax and let your mind wander within a wonderful oasis to discover yourself, to soak up the tranquillity and the energy of the nature’s beauty. Of course the hotel VIVA is equipped with every imaginable comfort spa.
Speaking about the Mayr Medicine VIVA, Dr. Nasseef said, “I went to rest in resort where there are internal medicine treatments. This is called the Mayr medicine centre in Viva about 350 kilometres from Vienna; the Lake City of Austria. It is very attractive place, not only for that centre of treatment, there are hotels and resorts; nice hotels. We try the centre of treatment; just for the sake of knowing more and also for making the maintenance for the body.”
Speaking about the treatment at the Mayr Medicine VIVA, Dr. Nasseef said, “The philosophy behind that Mayr medicine viva is to clean the body from the toxified materials coming from the air, water, wood and foods. So the poisons accumulated in the body. People are not living healthy life; they do not eating healthy food; they eat all junk foods; even at home, not only in the street. So the accumulation of those poisons cause troubles and upsets the system of the body. Some people are seriously in a bad shape and some people moderately and I said I am not complaining from anything; I want to test something; I checked my blood pressure, my weight and they said everything is all right.”
“So the philosophy behind the thing is that you eat very slowly. I chew the bread or anything for 40 times so it becomes liquid; don’t swallow it unless it becomes liquid. So it has ferment of saliva going through the digestion of foods. In this process it will dissolve some of the poisons accumulated, especially, in the stomach and the intestines. Intestines are the place where it is stored. So I am going to see other treatment,” said Dr. Nasseef.
There are different kinds of medical treatments: Active Exercise Therapy; Medical Therapies; Laboratory tests; massages; kneipping; kosmetik and healing principles.
Varieties of treatment, massage, exercise: Mayr Medicine VIVA has many varieties of treatment, such as massage, exercise, relaxation, swimming, footbath, hydro aerobic exercise etc. Dr. Nasseef mentioned, “They give other treatment; massage. Body’s massage system makes the body active and drives things out through special massage of the certain parts of the body, especially stomach and intestines. They also have exercise; outside exercise – drive bicycle under water; it is called hydro aerobic exercise. They also ask you to relax. Relaxation is part of the treatment. When this relaxation session started you forget anything whether it is academic or commercial life and sit at the side of the lake and watch the nature and also they ask the people to watch the people swimming. .It is nice thing that everybody is swimming.”
Nutritional treatment: Besides this, there is treatment also through diet, what type of food and fruits you will eat; what sort of juice or tea or coffee you will drink. Speaking about the dietary treatment at the Mayr Medicine Centre in VIVA, Dr. Nasseef said, “Food is very little. Mainly vegetables, fruits, chicken and fish; specially salmon, steamed salmon, every day business. The only vegetable you have the avocado, and the yogurt, goat yogurt and also goat cheese of different forms. They have also almond crashed and a little bit of walnut oil.”
“And there are all kinds of soups, watercress, beetroot, ginger, light soup and standard vegetable and fish; all these are only of limited amount. People who are fat, they have little; but other people take a little bit more. People who are normally shaped they take little bit more food. They have two kinds of bread, soya bread or spelt bread; spelt is a kind of wheat; natural wheat. The amount of food is very little. Drink tea or coffee is totally forbidden. Tea and coffee should be eliminated from the life of the people. Tea and coffee both and also the carbonic acid soft drinks or fizzy drinks are forbidden totally. You can drink spring water and natural water, but no juice. They have only herbal teas. They have 16 or 18 kind of herbs to boil them and drink them. Ginger is also another kind of drink. Those drinks you can drink as much as possible between meals; one hour before meal or after meal. They give you pills of vitamin or something to drink with very little water to swallow them,” mentioned Dr. Nasseef about drinks.
Footbath treatment: Mayr Medicine VIVA has another kind of treatment such as footbath. Describing about this kind of treatment, Dr. Nasseef mentioned, “They have also footbath. They put the foot of the people in a bathtub, big pot and then put electronic machine to analyse the water and bring the poison through the feet from the body. Usually the water becomes brown, dark brown or sometimes black as because the poison coming out from the body.”
Besides the above treatment, there are very beautiful scene and scenarios. There are scene scenarios and flora, fauna and sauna, and steam bath and music to listen. These are free and are not part of their treatment but you treat yourselves, said Dr. Nasseef.
Dr. Nasseef also mentioned, “They check everyday blood pressure and other things and they also give lot of vitamins, especially V12 and other things and also some materials making fusion to deliver; because deliver is very important in extracting poison from the body. Those people who make their body bath for their liver they have hot water bag to put it on bed and sleep overnight under the ribs of the right hand side to cleanse the body. People who are there are either they have certain complaints; of course people who have serious problems there are other treatments in addition to these. But there are some people who are there to enjoy the time and to renew their holiday, clean their body and other treatment.”
Viva means losing weight as a pleasant side effect of becoming healthier.
From Vienna, Austria, Dr. Nasseef came to the United Kingdom. He is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and that of the Islamic Academy, Cambridge.
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Trustees’ meeting in Oxford
From Vienna Dr. Nasseef came to the United Kingdom and went to Oxford to attend the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OXCIS) of which he is the chairman. Speaking about the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies which was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 10th and 11th of September, 2013 at Oxford, Dr. Nasseef said, “We have different committees, the finance committee, the strategy and planning committee, the education committee and so on and so forth. As usual, we run the business, approving the budget, the auditor’s report and the education policy. The Director’s report was very intensive and important; because it mentioned about the centre’s activities in the field of research and scholarships, training young Muslims in Britain and other things. Their programme is really very rich.”
“OXCIS’s Director spoke for one hour discussing those activities which has been completed. People thank Director for his activities with his people. The Centre’s publication, the Journal of Islamic Studies, is making money. It is covering its expenses and is in very big demand as because it is published by the Oxford University Press. All the publications are very important. There are other publications ready which are needed to be published,” said Dr. Nasseef.
The chairman of the Board of Trustees of OXCIS also mentioned about the new building of the Centre. Dr. Nasseef said, “We also talked about the new building. The new sight is one of the wonders in this world of today. The building has been designed by Abdullah Waheed and his group and it is really very attractive, very practical and very beautiful. The centre receives donations from several countries. Malaysia gave woods. Some woods came from other countries Yemen gave marvel. Turkey gave something. So the building is really collective wonders from the Muslim world. The dinning Hall which is donated by Sultan. The building is finished almost now; the final touches and the furniture which needs at least ten millions pounds. It’s on the way Insha Allah. So the people visited the centre. It can be opened on the spring of 2015 after 18 months almost. So this is generally what happened.”
Cambridge-based The Islamic Academy’s
Trustees meeting in London
Then Dr. Nasseef came to London to attend the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge-based The Islamic Academy of which he is again the chairman. Speaking about the Board of Trustees meeting of the Islamic Academy Cambridge, which was held at the Islamic Cultural Centre, London, on Wednesday, the 11th of September, 2013, Dr. Nasseef said, “We talked about its future and how can we affiliate it to some other organisation. Because here things are very low profile; no money and activities are very limited. So we discussed whether it can be affiliated to other bigger organisation to activate the Academy and absorb its activities.
Prince Turki al-Faisal’s lecture at
British Parliament London
Dr. Nasseef, the former Deputy Chairman of the Shoura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, stayed overnight at the Hilton Hotel to attend the lecture of Prince Turki al-Faisal at the Committee Room of the British Parliament on Thursday, the 12th of September, 2013. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic & International Security organised a Talk on “A Saudi Perspective on a Changing Middle East” by His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal, who served as the Director General of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) from 1977 to 2001 and served as Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland from 2002 and from July 2005 he was appointed as Ambassador to the United States.
Speaking about the lecture by Prince Turki al-Faisal, Dr. Nasseef said, “I went to the British Parliament to attend to the meeting to listen to the speech of Turki al-Faisal in one of the Committees Room. He spoke as usual, the policy of Saudi Arabia towards her neighbours, the international community and the world about everything. He spoke very well about the future relations of Saudi Arabia as a country and Saudi Arabia is looking for more stability and peace and development of the country and its neighbours and Arab countries are the best. He spoke about Israel and Palestinians and he mentioned that Israel is reluctant to bring any solution; so things will be going in the same way.”
Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the
Islamic Foundation, Leicester
Dr. Abdullah Omar Nasseef, former Secretary General of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) and the present President of the Karachi-based World Muslim Congress (WMC) is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Foundation, Leicester. He attended the Board of Trustees meeting at Leicester. I went to Holiday Inn Heathrow near the Heathrow Airport where Dr. Nasseef was staying overnight on his way back to Saudi Arabia. I interviewed him on Thursday, the 19th of September, 2013 about his visit to The Islamic Foundation, Leicester where he went on Friday, the 13th of September to attend the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Foundation. About the meeting, Dr. Nasseef said, “We had the meeting of the Islamic Foundation, Leicester and as usual we spoke about the progress and the problems and the lack of money. They have some debts; because they have borrowed money and they could not pay. So we promised that everybody will try their best to raise funds and also seek the possibility of find other solutions; because money is not coming and fund-raising is becoming so they will seek some other sources.”
Dr. Nasseef also mentioned, “I gave them the proposal of taking over the Islamic Academy in Cambridge. In principle, they accepted but they will send somebody to go within this week for field-survey and to interview Dr. Shaikh Abdul Mabud Director General of the Islamic Academy Cambridge. So we will see what will happen. Of course, they said we don’t have money; but we see and negotiate; and find out some solution. It took long time. They were talking about their financial problems and the budget and it took long time. Making money in some places; publications are alright. Committee will look into the possibility of raising the income of the Foundation.”
East-West University in Chicago
Dr. Wasiullah Khan, the founder and chancellor of East-West University, a private, non-profit, non-denominational college based in Chicago, was here in London to have a meeting with Dr. Nasseef. About his meeting with Dr. Khan, Dr. Nasseef said, “Committee is coming to Jeddah. They borrowed money from bank and they have to pay and that’s the main problem they have now. They are fund-raising in America but they need more. I told them that the Gulf areas will not help; people are not interested there. They have their own problems; they will look for other possibilities.”