Healthy Living

The Islamic attitude regarding health is best summed up by the following verses of the Qur’an.
“Eat of the good things which We have provided for you.” 2:172
“Eat of what is lawful and wholesome on the earth.” 2:168


The Prophet emphasised the need to look after our bodies for the body and the soul are interdependent to be able to traverse life journey of reaching one’s full potential. The Prophet and the Imams propagated healthy living through moderation.

 

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FOOD

The Islamic practice of eating in moderation suggests that the stomach should be filled by 1/3 food, 1/3 liquid, and 1/3 breath.

The Prophet recommended eating slowly to help with the digestion process. Besides the month of Ramadhan fasting intermittently is highly recommended. The Prophet would fast every Monday and Thursday, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th of every Islamic month.

WATER

“Drink water in small sips. “Do not gulp it down in one go like a camel.” Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

SLEEP

The Prophet recommended adequate sleep. He never deprived himself of sleep nor overslept. He would sleep in the early part of the night and wake up early in the morning for Salatul Layl. He advised us to do the same.

He said; “Certainly there is a cure in sleep.”

TEETH

Dental hygiene is highly recommended.

The Prophet (pbuh) would brush his teeth with miswaak before going to bed and upon waking up. Miswaak is a small wooden twig which is still used today as a toothbrush.

EMOTIONAL WELL BEING

A major part of healthy living in Islam is sound emotional wellbeing.
A man came to the Prophet asking for advice, and the Prophet simply said, “Do not get angry”.’ He asked
repeatedly and every time the Prophet gave the same advice.