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Health In Islam

Concept of health in Islam

In Islam the concept of health as confirmed in Qur’an and Sunnah (Prophet’s hadith and practices) is that Mankind should sound spiritually, physically and socially.

Medicine and health are part and parcel of worship and subservience to Allah. A weak person may not perform his duties towards Allah, his family and community as the strong healthy one can do.

Definition of health

The conventional definition of health being the absence of any manifestation of disease and believing that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, Islam deems this to be a necessary component of faith and of Islamic law, which Moslems implemented during their golden age and in so doing provided evidence supporting its applicability.
Health is best defined as that state in which one never needs the need to be aware of the body. In other words, a healthy person receives no signal of pain, disturbance of discomfort. However, this optimum standard is rarely achieved in our modern, stressful and polluted world.

Food and Nutrition

The important principle in Islam is that the food we consume will have a direct effect on not only our physical bodies but also our souls.
There is a chain of link of the law of cause and effect between the money to purchase food, the way the food was prepared and the psyche of cook and the persons who eat the food.
To keep optimum health we have to ensure proper diet and nutrition. The holy Prophet Muhammad says: “Stomach is the home of disease. Diet is the main medicine”. Sahih Muslim.

When it is said that stomach is the home of disease, this means that disease arises when the digestion process becomes unbalanced. “Diet is the main medicine” mean that we should first use foods themselves to rebalance and rebuild the digestive process.

Nutritional basic Islamic concept on health

Nutrition doesn’t mean just physical nutrition. Nutritional needs are of the SOUL, of the MIND and lastly of the BODY.

The basis of Islamic nutrition covers all aspects of human being in a balanced way. It begins with the need of the soul because the purpose of our existence begins with the soul. The second nutritional need is the need of our vital force or the mental state. The third one is the need of the self or the body.

In Islam, all that in this universe is governed by a set of Divine laws or laws of nature. Thus nutrition, food and health are linked to basic Divine principals.

The laws of nature (Divine laws) Govern the whole universe, those who follow these laws will bring happiness, joy and health to themselves and unhappiness, ill-health and destruction to those who transgress these laws.

Health, Islamic Perspectives

Islam has laid down the foundation in Qur’an and Sunnah for the best approach of balanced health. This approach is mainly through selection of the best, protective methods, and staying away from harmful things.

Summary of the main ideas of Islam relating to nutrition and health is presented in the following:
1. Allah asked every one to eat what is lawful, Allah says in surah Al-Bawarah (The Cow): “Ye people eat of what is on earth lawful ang wholesome” (Qur’an 2:168)
2. Muslims are to eat the best food after selecting, Allah says in Qur’an in surah Al-A’raf (The Heights): “Eat and drink, but waste not excess, for Allah loves not the prodigals” (Qur’an 7:31)
3. Muslims are to select the best quality of food, Allah says in the Qur’an in surah Al-Kahf (The Cave): “”Now send ye then one of you with the money of yours to the town: let him find out which is the best food (to be had)…” (Qur’an 18:29)
4. Regarding the idea of moderation through diet, it is mentioned in surah Taha: “Eat of the good things we have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein”
5. In another approach, Islam demands from its followers the idea of total Abstinence of food and drinks for one whole month from dawn to sunset. Fasting increases productivity and curbs inflation. Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow): “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that ye may learn self restraint.” i.e to have Taqwa.

The benefits of fasting have been tested and documented especially in the area of biochemistry, physiology, clinical therapeutics and clinical nutrition. It is beyond doubt that fasting helps the individual to get rid of the most of the toxins in the body. The word “Taqwa” has been explained in many aspects, some of which are related to health and disease, food and dietetics, physical fitness. It also means, self-training, self-discipline, self-education for the purification of self , soul, mind and body.

With regards to fasting, the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “fast (the month of Ramadhan) so as to heal your bodies from diseases”

The Islamic way of life is a system of Divine principals and code of ethics to be applied in the daily life of every person. Islamic life styles embrace numerous positive patterns promoting health and rejecting any behaviour which is contradictory to health. As such Islam have many constructive ideas to offer in the field of health care and medical practice.


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