Food, fitness and faith – the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
We are constantly striving to build a beautiful life. We often neglect our physical being, eat an unbalanced diet and neglect the need for physical exercise as we move towards goals in the throes of life.
Understanding the principle of Islam for doing every act with excellence and working on developing yourself, we push ourselves both physically and mentally. We utilize every point of energy on the various aspects of our lives. However, often we fail to realize that we desperately need to generate that energy with the correct means.
Your body is a trust
Both our mind and body are entrusted to us by Allah as an Amanah. How we live our lives to protect these trusts is also very important.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever starts the day with a feeling of security for his family and good health and has enough sustenance for that day, it is just like he have received all the blessings of the world.” (Tirmidhi)
It is in the interest of religion that we are encouraged to maintain good health. Because we see that those who are overweight, have more physical problems and they occupy more chairs while praying.
It is a sad situation when a person feels pain to prostrate and bow down. That is why Allah and His Messenger want us to be healthy.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The strong (and healthy) believer is more preferable to Allah than the weak believer. But there is goodness in both of them…” (Bulugul Maram)
The Qur’an and Sunnah have many guidelines on how to maintain fitness and active living. Here you will find some points collected from verses of the Holy Qur’an and Prophet’s hadith that play a role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
1- Make du’a
We should pray to Allah whenever we are on a journey towards something. We cannot achieve anything without the help of Allah.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Du’a (supplication) is a (special and) unique act of worship.” (Tirmidhi)
2- Eating habits
“O Children of Adam, take your adornment in every prayer and eat and drink; But don’t waste it. Surely He does not love those who are wasteful.” (Al-Quran-7: 31)
As mentioned above, overeating is something that plays a part in obesity. Allah tells us in the Quran to not be excessive and wasteful in our eating. The key thing to remember is to eat or drink what you need to fulfill your stomach, rather than gratify for the sake of eating something that tastes good.
So, eat in moderation. Don’t waste.
– Do not rush while eating
“The Messenger of Allah forbade eating by blowing on the pot.” (Ibn Majah)
When food is hot, we often blow it to cool it so we can eat it quickly. This rush often damages our stomach.
We eat more because of the hurry. And when you eat cold food, the smell of food reduces the interest in food even a little bit, due to which you can’t eat much.
Some of the Companions of the Prophet said one day:
“We eat but are not satisfied.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“Maybe you eat separately.”
When the Companions replied in the affirmative, he said:
“Eat together and take the name of Allah before eating. It will satisfy you. ” (Abu Dawood)
3- Stay active
The Prophet and all his companions were industrious. Due to which most of them had shapely bodies. When the Prophet was over 50, he served as a general in the war. It is easy to imagine how healthy he was.
– Horse riding
“Everything a person does for his pleasure is useless (to Allah), except for training horses, entertaining his wife, and shooting arrows.” (Abu Dawood)
There are many benefits of riding. It will strengthen your muscles and also help your digestion.
One of the companion of the Prophet said about his walking, “I did not see anyone who can walk faster than the Messenger of Allah. It seems like the earth folded for him. A few moments ago he would be here, and then there. We found it difficult to keep pace when we walked with him, and he walked at his normal pace.” (Shama’il Muhammidyah)
We often prefer to take vehicles when traveling by road because it is convenient and requires less energy for us. But the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to walk and walk fast. This is a practice we must adhere to; This policy is also being advised by physicians around the world today.
It is narrated by Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) once ran with me and I beat him. (Ibn Majah)
It highlights that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not just run alone, he ran with his wife!
If we can follow these guidelines, it will keep our health fit and it will be easier for us to practice Islam.