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Islamic Dietary Laws and Practices

Islamic Manners - Rules of Health

Appreciate Your Health

A good health is a great gift from The Almighty. It should, therefore, be cherished and not neglected. Health, when once goes down, is difficult to regain. The slightest neglect in matters of health leads to serious consequences.

Carelessness in this regard, amounts to both, negligence of one's physical requirements as well as ungratefulness to The Almighty. Healthy People Constitute a Powerful Nation. The performance of the great task as a Muslim and the discharge of a mission as vicegerent of The Almighty, require a sound mind in a healthy body with noble ambition and strong will. Only healthy persons with a living heart help constitute a vigorous nation, and only such nations can offer such sacrifices and achieve a glorious place in he cluster of nations.

Be always happy, full of vigor and energy and activeness; make your life attractive and full of zest for living, garnished with the help of good manners, cordial smiles, and joviality. Keep away from sorrow, anger, concern, envy, ill-will, short sightedness, peevishness and mental confusion. These moral ailments and mental morbidity affect the digestion adversely and cause stomach disorders. They are the worst enemies of health. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) has enjoined, "Lead a simple life, adopt moderation and be happy." (Mishkat)

Healthy Gait

Hadrat Umar (R.A.A.) once saw a man walking as if sick. He asked him if was unwell. He replied in the negative. Hadrat Umar (R.A.A.) ordered him to walk well with force.

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) used to walk with firm steps as if he was descending from a height.

Do Not Overtax Your Body

Do not strain your physical system. Since bodily energy has a limit, it cannot stand excessive pressure. It has to be preserved, maintained and used moderately. Hadrat Ayesha (R.A.) quotes a tradition of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.): "Work according to your capacity or power. The Almighty does not want you to be exhausted. It is you who (work so hard) that you get tired."

Hadrat Abu Qais says that once he went to pay his respects to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) when he was delivering a sermon. Therefore, the former had to wait for sometime under the sun. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) asked him to move a little towards the shade. He accordingly moved a little towards the shade. (Al Adab, Al Mufrad). The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) has also directed that one should not stay partially in the sun and partially under cover.

Cultivate Habit for Hard Work

Always lead a hard-working life with chivalrous behavior. Be prepared to face difficult situations in life. Avoid temptation for comfort and ease, and love for worldly attractions. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) while appointing Hadrat Muaz Ibn-a-Jabal as Governor of Yemen advised him: "Muaz, keep yourself away from living an easy life, because servants of The Almighty do not run after easy living."


The Islamic Bulletin
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April 1991
Shawwal 1411
Eid Prayers
Letters to the Editor
Islamic World News
Qur'an and Science
The Kid's Corner
Cook's Corner
Islamic Vocabulary
Women in Islam
Islamic Dietary Laws
Teachings of the Prophet
Why I Embraced Islam
Eid Prayers and Zakat
The Prophet Hud
Stories of the Sahabah