Living Islam: Nutrition

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has said that “For every Malady/Ailment Allah created, he also created a cure” as narrated in Bukhari. Natural medicines used by Allah’s messenger and His family & companions were simple and non-artificial remedies which were primary or simple not compound. Whenever food provided a simple answer they went for that as the best source of treating an ailment.

Again, as narrated in Bukhari, Muhammad (PBUH) said “The stomach is the house of every disease and abstinence is the head of every remedy, so make this your custom.”

Most physicians today agree that eating the right nutritional meal is the best medicine for a healthy body. They also agree that whenever a simple remedy can bring about recovery, compound drugs should be disregarded. Therefore when an ailment can be treated with the proper meal or by diet or fasting, one should pursue that avenue instead of using drugs.

Alhamdullillah, by the Grace of the Almighty, the messages from the Quran and Sunna are still as relevant today as they were over 1400 years ago!

It is about practical application and bringing this to life and LIVING ISLAM in all aspects of what we do including maintaining our health & nutrition.

  • Islam considers health to be one of the greatest blessings to have been given to us by Allah.
  • As mentioned by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), “No blessing other than faith is better than well being” – we should consider good health as a blessing from Allah and express our gratitude to the Almighty and look after it.
  • All ailments & diseases come from Allah and every ailment and disease has a cure as we have been taught by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
  • He (PBUH) also urged people to use medicine but in no way encouraged people to abandon trust & reliance upon Allah SWT.
  • Remember, the physician is the person through whom Allah send’s the cure and it is therefore as much about Taqwa & belief in Allah.
  • Healthy nutrition means a balanced diet in quantity & content.
  • Eating too much is harmful and causes disorders including the digestive system, diabetes, hypertension and vascular diseases to name a few

According to one hadith , it is sufficient to have only what one needs to maintain strength & well being. If one can’t resist temptation, then let him use one third for food, one third for drink and one third for air. Tirmidhi