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The Prophet said: “The strong believer is better and more beloved

to Allah than the weak believer, while there is good in both...”

                               

(Sahih Muslim, Ibn Maajah, Ahmad)

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Islam Encourages Health & Fitness

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said a strong believer was better than a weak believer. [Saheeh Muslim)

 

He was talking in terms of faith and character but also indicating that physical strength i.e. optimum health and fitness were desirable, providing Allah gave us the ways and means of attaining such strength.  Islam’s holistic approach to life and thus health offers us the ability to remain strong and healthy.  If Allah decrees that illness or injury are to be part of  our lives then Islam provides us  with the ways and means of accepting  and even being grateful for the tests and trials that envelope us. 

 

Believers in Islam must take care of their spiritual, emotional and physical health.  Our bodies, the most complex of machines, are given to us by Allah as a trust.  They should not be abused or neglected but maintained in good order.  As previously discussed, diet and nutrition play a big part in maintaining the best possible health, so does a lifestyle incorporating exercise.  Islam lays emphasis on a simple diet combined with physical exercise.

 

Fulfilling the obligations of three of the five pillars of Islam requires that Muslims be of sound health and fitness.  The daily performance of five prayers is in itself a form of exercise, its prescribed movements involve all the muscles and joints of the body, and concentration in prayer   relieves mental stress.  Good health is necessary if one intends to fast the month of Ramadan and the performance of the Hajj (or pilgrimage to Mecca) is an arduous task that requires many days of hard physical effort.

 

Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) advised his followers, to work, to be energetic, and to start their day early, all of which are conditions for a healthy body.  He said “O Allah, make the early morning hours blessed for my nation.” [Imam Ahmad]  

 

Obesity or an inadequate diet, laziness and weakness are all afflictions for which we will be called to account.  Even though preventing illness or injury is often out of our control, there are many conditions brought on or made worse by our own lack of attention to diet and fitness.  The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Any action without the remembrance of Allah is either a diversion or heedlessness excepting four acts: Walking from target to target [during archery practice], training a horse, playing with one’s family, and learning to swim.” [At Tabarani]

 

The Prophet Muhammad and his Companions were naturally physically fit.  Life was tougher, long distances were covered on foot, men hunted and farmed their food to survive, and there were no useless recreations to produce laziness and waste many hours of otherwise constructive time.  The 21st century contains many distractions and forms of entertainment that encourage laziness and induce ill health.

 

Exercise increases muscle tone, improves flexibility, enhances endurance, strengthens the heart and fights depression.  Exercise also helps achieve significant weight loss.  Aerobic exercise fights heart disease and high blood pressure, and reduces the risk of diabetes,  while  weight training increases muscle strength and reduces fat, increases bone density, fights back pain and arthritis, and improves overall mental health.

 

Imam Ibnul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) stated that movement helped the body get rid of waste food in a very normal way and strengthened the body’s immune system.  He also stated that each bodily organ has its own sport (or movement) that suited it and that horse riding, archery, wrestling and racing, were sports that benefitted the whole body. [Zad-Al-Ma`aad]

 

Exercise and fitness play an integral part in the life of a Muslim, however it should not come at the expense of religious obligations, nor should it infringe upon the time spent with family members.  In accordance with the holistic approach to life, which is Islam, every thing must be done in moderation.  There is no allowance for extreme or fanatical behaviour.  Letting an exercise regime or a sport take over your life is against the teachings of Islam that call for a middle path and a balanced approach.  Exercise and fitness should also not involve unnecessary mixing of the sexes or wearing clothing that exposes the parts of the body that should be kept hidden. 

 

Islam encourages anything that promotes refreshing the mind or revitalising the body provided it does not lead to or involve sin, cause harm, or hamper or delay religious obligations.  The traditions of Prophet Muhammad undoubtedly encourage involvement in sporting activities as a way to promote a   healthy lifestyle and encourage brotherly love and family togetherness.

 

In a narration recorded by Imam Bukhari it states that “The Prophet passed by some people from the tribe of Aslam while they were competing in archery (in the market).  He said to them, ‘Shoot children of Ishmael (Prophet) your father was a skilled marksman.  Shoot and I am with so and so.’  One of the two teams therein stopped shooting.  The Prophet asked, ‘why do not you shoot?’  They answered, ‘How could we shoot while you are with them (the other team).  He then said, ‘Shoot and I am with you all.”  In another tradition Prophet Muhammad’s beloved wife Aisha mentions their love of games and sports.  She said, “I raced with the Prophet and I beat him.  Later when I had put on some weight, we raced again and he won.  Then he said, ‘this cancels that (referring to the previous race).’”[Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

 

A true believer recognises the wonder of the human body and is grateful to the Creator.  This gratitude is shown in the care and attention given to maintaining optimum health.  Islam’s holistic approach to health covers all aspects of the mind, body and soul.  A truly health conscious person blends diet, nutrition and exercise with the remembrance of Allah and an intention to fulfil all their religious obligations.

 

 

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Prophetic Guidance On Healthy Diet

 Allah, may He be exalted, sent His Messenger Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) as a bringer of glad tidings and as a warner, to bring people forth from darkness to light by His leave, and to guide them to the straight path. He did not send him as a doctor to treat physical illness and sickness. He instructed him to build mosques, and He did not instruct him to build hospitals, but he encouraged people to seek divine remedies by means of the Qur’an which treats diseases of the heart (i.e., spiritual sicknesses) so that they may believe after having disbelieved, and they may obey Allah after having been disobedient, and they may be guided after having been misguided. Allah did not send down the Qur’an in order to prescribe remedies for diseases, even though it is healing for both spiritual and physical disease, as Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

“Say: It is for those who believe, a guide and a healing” [Fussilat 41:44]

 

“And We send down from the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe” [al-Isra’ 17:82]. 

 

Ash-Shawkaani (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The scholars differed concerning what is meant by it being a healing, and there are two views. The first view is that it is healing for the hearts, by removing ignorance from them and taking away doubt and clarifying signs that point to Allah, may He be glorified. The second view is that it is healing for visible diseases, by means of ruqya, seeking refuge with Allah, and so on. There is no reason why the word healing cannot be interpreted in both senses.

End quote from Fath al-Qadeer (3/32 6) 

 

Undoubtedly this is because of the blessing (barakah) of the Qur’an and the perfect nature of its virtues. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to treat sickness with the Qur’an, and he used to perform ruqyah by reciting the supplications seeking refuge with Allah (ta‘awwudhaat) as prescribed in Islam, and he used to instruct others to do likewise when they fell sick. 

 

Al-Bukhaari (5016) and Muslim (2192) narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when he was sick, the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) would recite al-Mu’awwidhaat over himself and blow over himself. When his pain got worse, I would recite over him and wipe his hand over him, seeking its blessing.. 

 

Al-Bukhaari (3371) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to seek refuge with Allah for al-Hasan and al-Husayn, and he said: “Your father (Ibraaheem) used to seek refuge with (these words) for Ismaa‘eel and Ishaaq: A‘oodhu bi kalimaat Illaahi’t-taammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allaah from every devil and every vermin, and from every bad eye)”. 

 

He often used to offer supplication for wellbeing and instructed people to do likewise. Wellbeing (‘aafiyah) includes wellbeing in both religious (spiritual) and worldly terms. 

 

It was narrated from ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan ibn Abi Bakrah that he said to his father: O my father, I hear you supplicating every morning (saying), O Allah, grant me soundness in my body; O Allah, grant me soundness in my hearing; O Allah, grant me soundness in my sight, there is no god but You, and you repeat it three times in the morning and three times in the evening. And you say: O Allah, I seek refuge with You from kufr and poverty; O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the torment of the grave; there is no god but You, and you repeat it three times in the morning and three times in the evening He said: Yes, O my son; I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) supplicating with (these words) and I like to follow his Sunnah.

Narrated by Ahmad (19917) and Abu Dawood (5090); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood. 

 

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) occasionally prescribed an appropriate remedy that was not Qur’an or ruqyah; he encouraged use of that which was beneficial and prohibited that which was harmful. Muslim (1204) narrated from ‘Uthmaan (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said, concerning a man whose eyes became sore when he was in ihraam, that he should apply aloes to them. 

 

Al-Haakim (7438) narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “If one of you has a fever, let him sprinkle cold water on himself for three nights as a remedy for witchcraft.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Saheehah (1310) 

 

Al-Bukhaari (5680) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Healing is in three things: drinking honey, the incision of a cupper, and cauterizing with fire, but I forbid my ummah to use cauterizing.” 

 

One of the greatest practices that is good for health and will protect good health against diseases is avoiding overeating, and the prohibition on being extravagant and overindulging in food. At-Tirmidhi (2380) narrated that Miqdaam ibn Ma‘di Karib said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is enough for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls to keep him going, but if he must (fill his stomach), then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for air.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi. 

 

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: This is one of the most beneficial practices in both physical and spiritual terms, because if the stomach is filled with food, there is no room for drink, then if that food is followed by drink, there will be no room for air, and he will become tired like one who carries a heavy load. This is in addition to what results from that of spiritual damage, as it will make one too lazy to do acts of worship, and it will stir up physical desires as a result of eating one’s fill. Therefore filling the stomach with food is harmful in both spiritual and physical terms. End quote from Zaad al-Ma‘aad (4/17) 

 

The point is that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to take care of himself and of his physical health by means of four things:

 

1.     Ruqyah, reciting Qur’an and supplications seeking refuge with Allah as prescribed in the reports.

2.     Supplication (du‘aa’) and seeking wellbeing.

3.     Prevention, which better than cure. 

4.     The knowledge that Allah granted him of treatment and remedies. 

 

With regard to his hair, the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to take care of it by washing it, combing it, applying oil to it and dyeing it with henna, and he used to say: “Whoever has hair; let him take care of it.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (4163); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani. 

 

At-Tirmidhi (1851) narrated that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Eat olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it comes from a blessed tree.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi. 

 

With regard to his eyes, it is proven that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to apply kohl three times to his right eye and twice to his left eye. Narrated by Ibn Sa‘d in at-Tabaqaat al-Kubra (1/376); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Saheehah (633) 

 

At-Tirmidhi (1757) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Apply ithmid (antimony) to your eyes, for it makes the vision clear and makes the hair grow.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi. 

 

For more details on the practice of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) concerning such matters, we advise you to read the book by Imam Ibn al-Qayyim: Zaad al-Ma‘aad fi Hadiy Khayr al-‘Ibaad, especially the fourth volume, which deals specifically with Prophetic medicine. We also advise you to read the chapters that deal with this topic in the book al-Aadaab ash-Shar‘iyyah wa’l-Minah al-Mar‘iyyah by Shams ad-Deen Ibn Muflih al-Hanbali. 

 

However the wise person should not focus all his attention on such matters; rather his main concern should be the Hereafter and that which will save him before Allah, may He be glorified and exalted. Ibn Maajah (257) narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever focuses all his concerns on one issue, namely the Hereafter, Allah will suffice him and spare him the worries of this world. But whoever has many concerns about different worldly issues, Allah will not care which of these worries will cause his death." Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah (207) 

 

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