I love Islam’s balance in life as it represents the healthiest lifestyle ever. I can come closer to Allah through every detail in my life. Recently, it is a trend to take care of our health after the spread of serious diseases. This topic is catchy to me.
What can support me to continue is that Islam supports me to lead a healthy lifestyle starting from sleeping, eating and doing sports, going through taking care of the psychological and spiritual health and ending with connecting this worldly happiness to the true happiness in the hereafter. One of the powerful points in Islam is that I can change my daily habits to acts of worship depending on my intention:
Many Islamic habits in a Muslim’s daily life increase immunity, like:
Indeed, Islam urges us to sleep and wake up early. Recently, science proved the importance of this routine on hormones, immunity, and general mental and psychological health.
The best and most beneficial of sleep is sleep during the first half of the night, and the last sixth, which is equivalent to eight hours. This is the best sleep according to doctors. Anything more or less than that will have a proportionately detrimental effect on the body, in their view. (1)
Mu`adh, one of Prophet’s companions said,
But I sleep and then get up. I sleep and hope for Allah’s Reward for my sleep as I seek His Reward for my night prayer.” [Hadith] (2)
Food & Beverage
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) says:
A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.” [Hadith] (3)
Moreover, Islam recommends Muslims to eat dates after waking up in the morning before anything else. Islam tells them to use honey, olive oil and black cumin as means of healing.
Furthermore, Islam values the mind. Thus, wine and narcotics are forbidden in Islam. Islam orders its followers to eat good food only; herbivores, different types of fishes, or plants for example. Adding to that, there is no room for eating carnivores, pork, or any animal; dead or not slaughtered according to the Islamic way which guarantees the best for the eater and the animal.
Also, Messenger Muhammad (PBUH) says:
The Messenger of Allah forbade (eating) animals that had been taken as targets, the milk of Al-Jallalah (animals that eat dung), and drinking directly from water skins.” [Hadith] (4)
Similarly, Islam orders us to fast Ramadan; one month every year as an obligatory pillar to purify the soul and body. Then, it encourages additional fasting throughout many days during the rest of the year. Islamic fasting is to stop eating, drinking and having sex from dawn till sunset.
cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. The Prophet recommends Hijamah (Cupping) saying:
The best (treatment) which you take is cupping, or it is the best of your treatments.” [Hadith] (5)
Psychological Aspect in Islam
God sent to mankind many Messengers with revelation to guide them to their happiness in this life and in the Hereafter. The last Messenger is Muhammad (PBUH) and the last revelation is the Qur’an. To illustrate, Qur’an is a miracle at all levels. It guides man to understand life, soul, himself and his purpose of life. Also, it helps him to find an answer for the big questions of existence emerging before everyone. Thus, it helps man to correct his view of life, to conform to common sense and to lead a happy and safe life as a result.
One of the main topics in the Qur’an is to tell us about our Creator. Here are some examples for His attributes:
- Allah (the only One God) is the Ultimate Trustee (al Wakeel) whom you put your trust in to facilitate and protect your life and affairs.
- He is the Protector (al Hafeeth) who protects the believers, the system of life and the deeds of people so that they will be all accounted for.
Spiritual Aspect in Islam
Personally, Qur’an and supplications help me a lot in my life. I feel their effect of protection and tranquility in my life. If I forget to recite them one day I know that my strong weapon is off so I become uncomfortable from the events of life. Indeed, I can’t imagine how a soul can live away from its Creator. Maybe they can achieve materialistic goals, but for true happiness, I am sure it’s impossible!
Islam fuels the soul with many effective techniques helping humans to continue in this life happily, and pledges the reward in the Hereafter:
- Qur’an is on top of that. Allah creates the soul and knows the cure of man struggles in this life. Moreover, there are many chapters in the Qur’an that Muslims should deal with daily many times due to their extra value.
To begin with, a Muslim has to read the Opening chapter at least 17 in prayers every day. This chapter implies the essential meanings of life; the remembrance of Allah and His grants and thanking Him, reminding us of Allah’s main attributes that support the soul, and reminding us of the Hereafter. Then it reminds us of the destination.
It is You we worship and You we ask for help.” [Qur’an 1:5] (6)
Finally, it reminds us of the reward of every group reacting to these facts, whether in a correct way or not.
Furthermore, there are many chapters to reflect on, day and night, seeking protection with Allah from all evils, like the Mankind chapter (an-Nas) and the Daybreak chapter (al-Falaq).
To wrap up, the Qur’an helps people to know the real volume of every concept affecting their life and the accurate way to deal with each one. The biggest milestone of each person should be the Hereafter. This materialistic life is nothing but an illusion; it shall fade away quickly.
Adding to that, there are many supplications a Muslim says day and night as a sort of remembrance for His Creator and asking for protection at the same time. Here is one example:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,
He who recites three times every morning and evening: ‘Bismillahil-ladhi la yadurru ma’as-mihi shai’un fil-ardi wa la fis-sama’i, wa Huwas-Sami’ul-‘Alim (In the Name of Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing and All- Knowing),’ nothing will harm him.” [Hadith] (7)
In general, a Muslim has a group of supplications for almost every detail in his life. He can’t forget the Creator as he knows his weakness as a human. Also, he knows the great reward of these supplications.
- Also, He is The Wise (al Hakeem) who puts everything in its right position, and who makes everything or event for a purpose, even if His creatures are not able to see that purpose due to their limitation.
- Allah is The Continuous Sustainer (ar Razzaq) who continuously provides His slaves with their needs.
- Furthermore, Allah is The Powerful (al Qader) who has the ability to control and dominate everything. He is The Gentle, The Guardian and a lot more.
Living with these meanings supports man to reach inner peace, happiness and tranquility. Life is not man-made; it is under the control of a Creator with these attributes!
To sum up, Islam provides the balance between body and soul. Thus, it can present true happiness in this life and in the hereafter. Try the healthy life of Islam for a month and tell us about the result and feelings. There is no other resort in this life to lead a happy life other than Islam. Be a Muslim. Your happiness deserves so!