Now many people believe some vaccination or 10 garlic cloves a day will prevent the flu. Truth be told you can’t prevent the flu, a cold or any illness really. Yes, we can make dua and trust that our Creator will protect us from illness and misfortune but at the end of the day it is inevitable we will be struck with some kind of misfortune, sickness or loss of wealth.
“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Saabiroon (the patient).
Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’
They are those on whom are the Salawaat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones”
Having said that there are things we are intrusted with to care for ourself and we leave the rest to Allah.
How to become physically healthy is partly connected to our Iman, then knowledge of food, drink and sleep. Islam has given us the Morning and Evening Athkar which has protection in it from evil, sickness and loss etc. This should be said every day morning and evening, if you don’t know it find the morning and evening athkar here.
Now to the physical side of things, many times I see muslims who are over eating and drinking even water in an abundance. We are taught in hadeeth to divide our stomach into 3 parts. 1 part water 1 part food and the 3rd for air.It doesnt just say food here but drink is also mentioned and we need to be aware of what we consume and how much of it. For food to benefit us we must make sure it is hallal and beneficial for us. I will make a post about what foods are healthiest to consume and briefly explain why. I personally follow a strict diet because of my hifdh and this has helped improve memory, concentration and decreased fatigue, it also has many beauty benefits.
There are many foods that help increase your immunity and are very beneficial for your body, we must remember to eat for our body to benefit or compensate for an illness food/ herbs instead of medicine but never eat out of desire. It becomes addictive harms your Iman and hardens your heart.
Extravagance is blameworthy in eating and other things. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allâh) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance)”
“And waste not by extravagance. Verily, He likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance)”
“And let not your hand be tied (like a miser) to your neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach (like a spendthrift), so that you become blameworthy and in severe poverty”
“And give to the kinsman his due and to the Miskîn (poor) and to the wayfarer. But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift .
Verily, spendthrifts are brothers of the Shayatîn (devils), and the Shaitân (Satan) is ever ungrateful to his Lord”
How to become a healthy muslim? Educate yourself and follow what Allah has given us and don’t exceed the boundaries.