Health is the root of all happiness. Just as the weak and the sick are incapable of fulfilling their daily needs, so they are incapable of performing their religious rites and acts of worship. According to Islamic Sharia, most of the acts of worship are physical.
Only a healthy person can do it perfectly. Although there are alternative arrangements in Islam for the physically weak or people. Yet the rewards of implementing the basic form of worship are immense; Which is only possible for a healthy person.
There are five basic pillars of Islam. All three of them are physical. Namely, prayers, fasting and Hajj. Apart from this, reciting the Qur’an, participating in jihad and earning by investing physical labor or benefiting someone are all related to physical ability.
None of this can be observed with purity without physical ability. That is why the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Surely a strong believer is better than a weak believer and Allah is more beloved to the Lord (Muslim).
There is enough awareness among us about physical well-being. Indifference among people of almost all ages and classes and professions is growing at an alarming rate.
Hazrat Nabi Karim (peace be upon him) mentioned the fear and said that most people are indifferent about the two blessings. That is, wellness and leisure. In this regard, he warns, evaluate the five blessings, before the five dangers come. One. Assess youth before old age.
Two. Evaluate wellness, before illness comes. Three. Assess wealth, before poverty comes. Four. Assess retirement, before engagement comes. Five. Evaluate life, before death comes (Mustadrake Hakim).
Islam is the rule of overall life. There is a lot of discussion here about every turn, turn and alley in life. Appropriate directions are described. Since the importance of good health in this world and in the hereafter is unquestionable. So there are basic instructions in Islam about this too.
It is narrated that on hearing the narration of the continuous deeds of Hazrat Abdullah bin Amr, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to him, “Pray for some time.” Get some sleep. Keep fasting from time to time. Do not keep occasional. Why don’t you have the right to your body? The eyes have rights. The guest has rights and your wife has rights (Bukhari).
The hadith speaks of the rights of the body and emphasizes the importance of overall health awareness. From this it is understood that if you are unclean, you have to be clean. If weakness occurs, one should try to become strong. Eat healthy food. Drink enough water. Get enough sleep. If you are sick, you have to take treatment. You have to stay away from anything that is harmful to your health.
Neglect of health is also disliked by Allah. “Don’t risk your life,” he said. Be kind to others. Surely Allah loves the kind (Surat al-Baqara, 195).
Author: Syedpur Jamia Emdadia Madrasa, Sirajdikhan, Munshiganj