Allaah Ta’aala says in the Qur’an, ‘Then which of the Blessings (ne’mat) of your Lord will you deny?’ Leading a healthy life is a Blessing of Allaah for all of us. Health is a broad term which encompasses variety of parameters. Health does not only mean physical health. It also includes mental, social and spiritual health or wellbeing – which is called as “Health in Totality.”

Saiyedna (tus) envisages the life of Alavi mumineen and says that, “Allaah Ta’aala has done favour on us by bestowing us with life full of faith and fervor.  Health in Totality is the greatest Blessing and ne’mat of Allaah Ta’aala.  Life began from Spirituality which is the foremost dimension in our lives, which decides and governs our Physical life in this World. Everything in this Universe has been created with a purpose. It has to reach to the point of its Origin by going through the cycles of Life and Death. Life is priceless and one should recognize its worth.  We all began from the Spiritual World in the form of nafs (spirit). It is the union of nafs and body through which we execute our deeds physically.” Hence the surrounding physical factors are equally important to attain Health in Totality. Health starts from Spiritual plane to Mental; then to Physical and lastly to Social plane. Healthy Mind and Body assures that our surroundings will automatically become clean and healthy.  We should live our life and let others live their own.  Cleanliness and Purity (on all planes) are the prime factors which will lead us to success and solace.”

Health does not merely mean being free from any disease. Health is a state of harmony where the functioning of all faculties leads to productivity and positivity. Health can be divided broadly into Spiritual Health, Physical Health (which includes mental plane) and Environmental Health (which includes social plane). A man is said to be healthy only if these three things are healthy. Hence complete health is better than thousand bounties.

Spiritual Health:

  • He should obey his both parents: Ruhaani (spiritual parents-Saiyedna) and Jismaani (biological parents)
  • He should acquire righteous knowledge and fulfill his religious obligations as well as social relations
  • He should implement what he learns and what he declares
  • He should choose for others what he chooses for himself
  • He should be satisfied with what he has and keep himself away from all the evil things and wickedness
  • He should seek forgiveness and pardon for his sins
  • He should keep open his mind for better understanding, discussion and fruitful opinion
  • He should be aware that what he does is correct for him and for others
  • He should not forget his origin, ancestors, customs and traditions
  • He should not lose hope if he fails, but continue his efforts to succeed
  • He should spare time for others and help them by any means available.

Physical Health:

  • He should have control on food, sleep, laughing, speaking and sex
  • He should walk regularly
  • He should bath daily and maintain proper hygiene by washing hands before and after taking meals, clipping nails on every Friday, brushing teeth regularly at the time of doing ablution (wuzoo).
  • He should mostly sit or sleep on the floor
  • He should not consume pork, alcoholic drinks, tobacco or any intoxicants
  • He should take permitted (halaal) meat, green and leafy vegetables, fruits, egg, milk, honey etc. and make a habit to eat homemade food.
  • He should drink plenty of water but not while taking meals
  • He should go for outing whenever he finds an opportunity
  • He should avoid excessive use of electronic home appliances and wireless gadgets
  • He should spare time for himself and his family

Environmental Health:

  • He should see that dirty utensils and clothes are cleaned as early as possible
  • He should not pollute an air by unnecessary using petroleum products or with loud noises.
  • He should protect and grow trees
  • He should not defecate, spit or throw garbage in an open space
  • He should avoid using plastic carry bags but instead use paper or cloth bags
  • He should be kind to birds and domestic animals
  • He should conserve water and shun its wastage
  • He should be aware of the disadvantages of using fire crackers
  • He should be decently dressed and behave properly in the public places such as road, campus, park, market etc.
  • He should always strive to safe-guard the rights of others and maintain the peaceful environment by the best way possible
  • He should exercise friendliness and responsibility in the society
  • He should always think about the progress and success of his community and give a thought as to what he can do for his community

TO BE BORN IN MIND: Deenullaah (Religion of Allaah)-Islaam is the best code of conduct for a human when learnt from a divinely designated teacher. It encompasses all spheres of Health. He who knows his Religion best is the most learned man in this World. No school, college or university can teach the Human Values better than one’s Religion. He has, indeed won the race in this World and the Hereafter, who has practiced his Religion in its purity and truthfulness.

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