By K. A. Musa
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessing of Allah be upon him) states: “Grab five things before five others: ….your health before your illness…”1.
Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessing of Allah be upon him) advised us to be more productive and make good use of our time whilst young and healthy before becoming old and in poor health. Our body and health are gifts from Allah (glorified & exalted) and as a result we need to look after them. Children are now becoming more obese due to poor diet and lack of exercises. After all you are what you eat!!! We consume foods high in fats, sugars, contain less fibre and heavily processed so it is not surprising that our waist bands are also increasing. For some, due to a poor work-life balance parents no longer have the time to cook a meal from scratch using raw and natural ingredients. Families are no longer eating together. A Sheikh once said “A family that eats together is a family that stays together.” Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessing of Allah be upon him) said “Eat together and do not disperse” (Abu Dawud, 3764).
A healthy and balance diet consisting of all of the food groups and eating in moderation is highly recommended. Our Shari’ah provides us with numerous guidance in regards to healthy eating as there is a link between one’s physical, mental and spiritual health. To avoid overeating we should implement the recommendation of 1/3 of your stomach food, 1/3 for water and 1/3 for air2.
Regular exercises are required for maintaining a healthy weight and it does not need to be expensive. Get some skipping ropes and just skip 100 times per day or take the children to the park. Walking is free and one can appreciate the beauty of the creations of Allah (glorified & exalted) and can be a fun activity for the entire family to participate in.
Cleanliness is half of Deen and as such we should keep our body clean and this is emphasised daily by performing ablution for salah. For oral hygiene we should occasionally practice the Sunnah and use the Miswak to clean our teeth. A healthy body and sleeping early will enable you to wake up your family for fajr salah. Do also wake up your children as the sooner this habit is established the easier it will be to maintain in sha Allah. Teach your children the morning and evening adhkar as well as adhkar for protection before sleeping3.
1The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: ‘Grab five things before five others: your youth before your decrepitude, your health before your illness, your wealth before your poverty, your leisure before your work, and your life before your death” (al-Hakim, Al-Mustadrak, 44, 4/341).
2The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: ‘No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath’ (Tirmidhi 2380)
3Recitation of the three Quls (ie. Surat Al-Ikhlas/The Purity, Surat Al-Falaq/The Daybreak and Surat Al-Nas/Mankind) and Ayatul-Kursi.
Alkauthar Institute Weekend Course – The Divine Protection. The Fiqh & Power of the Daily Supplications. Taught by Sheikh Hacene Chebbani.