Healthy Lifestyle & Eating Habits From Islamic Perspective


Bandar Seri Begawan – A healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits are needed to achieve near-perfect health, which has long been realised in Islam and we are, in fact, told to aspire to it.

If this formula were to be examined closer, this sort of lifestyle, entailing exercises or sports that can be made up of jogging, badminton, golf and the like, Muslims should do the same and see such activities as virtuous, as long as they are decent, proper and cover up the ‘aura’, including running, archery, horseback-riding and swimming.

This was explained by Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti, when delivering his working paper entitled ‘A Healthy Lifestyle and Healthy Eating Habits from the Islamic Perspective’ in conjunction with the launching of the Knowledge Convention 2012 at the ICC yesterday.

He further explained that such healthy activities could in fact be considered “praying”.

According to him, the human body is generally made up of four main components, which are the active tissues, bone tissues, water and fats. Each and every one of these components has its own functions in the body.

Therefore, the connection is clear that the research done by experts on the advantages of doing activities towards the body’s composition is that whatever activity, heavy or light, done regularly and consistently, is able to burn fat and carbohydrates.

It is similar to the light motions in prayer which have been proven to increase the body’s resistance, in addition to avoiding the risks of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

“The greatness of this religious activity is evident from the bowing movement alone: the position of the backbone would be at a 90 degrees’ straight horizontal angle, making it possible to avoid the risks of back pains and arthritis diseases.

“Bowing, according to experts, can slow down the ageing process and improve the water balance in the body, along with the levelling of the kidney functions.

“It is also the same with ‘sujud’, which would allow more blood to flow into the brain. Through sujud, the wall and brain nerves would be able to receive greater blood flow as well as a higher oxygen supply, which could make the brain healthier and sharper.

“With that in mind, we have to make sure that the sujud is done correctly and that we spend a little more time in that position to enable blood to flow to the brain,” explained Pehin Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz.

The State Mufti also touched on the benefits of, fasting.

Modern medical researchers, he explained further, have begun to find out that fasting can play a part in getting rid of toxins or poisons from the body and that it can also indirectly increase one’s immune system to fight diseases.

In his working paper, the State Mufti also looked into the opinions of the experts in America, one of which was Dr Mac Fadon, who explained that fasting is like a magical wand that can cure sickness that involves the stomach. Dr Mac Fadon has also been largely successful in treating patients through fasting as an alternative to modern medicine.

The State Mufti also cited another report by Dr Alan Cott, a medicinal expert in the US, who has reported a psychological research proving that fasting could influence the level of a person’s intelligence.

He also stated that in terms of biology, when the stomach and intestines carry out digestive processes, the brain would not function properly because of the energy and blood flows concentrated on food digestion.

In addition, when we eat food until we are full, our brains will become too weak to think and our body becomes lethargic, making our eyes tired. It is different when people are fasting, as their energy and blood flow are concentrated in their brain, which enable them to work efficiently, making their mental and physical states work effectively.

In 1996, an international congress carrying the theme “Health and Ramadhan” was held in Casablanca, in which a number of experts from all over the world presented more than 50 research papers. All the research validated fasting as being able to prevent and cure various illnesses.

All these four aspects are in accordance with the findings of the World Health Organization, that plenty of diseases now are caused by the metabolic syndrome, comprising four things: high blood glucose, high blood pressure, high blood lipids, as well as obesity.

The State Mufti then proceeded to remind people to eat healthy and to not eat too much to avoid endangering their health. He further mentioned that the main causes of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and kidney disease are due to the food consumed.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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  1. Reply

    Healthy Lifestyle? I usually go on a medium intensity run for 60 minutes a day, four to five days a week. In addition, I do a total of at least 150 push ups and sit ups in each work out. I don’t consume more than 1500-1600 calories a day. I eat little to no junk food, and take my vitamins. I’m 18, male, and weigh about 164, around 14 to 15 percent body fat. Do I lead a healthy lifestyle? If there are ways to improve, let me know.

      • HealthNut
      • September 12, 2012

      I think you are doing very well. Never give it up and try to maintain it as your lifestyle.

      Good Luck

  2. Reply

    Healthy Lifestyle? I need help with my health hw, so if any of you could help with these questions thanks!

    What does it mean to live a healthy lifestyle?
    What should I eat and how often?
    How often should I exercise?
    What type of exercise?
    How hard should I exercise?
    How much time should I spend exercising?
    How much sleep should I get each night?
    How do I deal with stress?
    How should I manage stress?

      • HealthNut
      • September 12, 2012

      http://Www.sparkpeople.com has all your answers.

  3. Reply

    Healthy Lifestyle………? I wanna start a healthy lifestyle but I dunno where to start, can you please help? I’d really appreciate that and by the way, I’m 16.

      • HealthNut
      • September 12, 2012

      Begin by giving up fast food it is so full of fat, sugar, carbs, and all the wrong things for you. My daughter gave up soda and lost 20 pounds because it is loaded with sugar. Eat fish not fried 2 to 3 times a week, chicken 2 to 3 times a week skinless, lots of vegetables, and fruit and you will be getting there.

  4. Reply

    How Can I Pursue A More Healthy Lifestyle To Help Me Attain My Maximum Potential In Life ? I am 28, and have always had a bad health because of depression and anxiety. But I want to change it I need some tips on how to pursue a really healthy lifestyle which helps people in their mental and physical wellbeing?

      • HealthNut
      • September 12, 2012

      Two of the healthiest diets in the world are the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawa diet.

      Yoga often helps for anxiety and depression as it promotes mental and physical wellbeing.

    • Bob
    • September 12, 2012

    What Are Some Healthy Lifestyle Changes To Make? So I’ve started drinking more water. I drink Green, White, and Chai tea. I also bought the stainless steel water bottle, and I bike for about 20-30 minutes a day. I consider these healthy lifestyle changes. I was wondering if you could provide more suggestions along these lines.

      • HealthNut
      • September 12, 2012

      There are 5 elements in a healthy lifestyle.

      1. food
      2. exercise
      3. sleep
      4. happiness
      5. extra healthy things

      1. Food, we don’t really know that much about nutrition, we do know a blanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is good for you. Meat is pretty good, if it is lean and not eaten too often….ideally I might eat meat once or twice a week. A good healthy diet can include some indulgences.
      2. Exercise, you should do some. Though I don’t recommend routine exercise, cycle 2 or 3 times a week, join a social sports club, eg, tennis, go hiking on weekends, swimming is one of the best exercises for the whole body. If you vary your exercise, then you will enjoy it more and do more.
      3. Sleep. A lot of evidence says if you don’t get enough sleep you will have problems, eat more, metabolise your food differently and die young.
      4. Be happy, enjoy your life. Drink dance, eat chocolate, but not all day, everyday.
      5. Then there are all the little extras. eg, green tea (there is no such things as Chai tea….chai means tea, it is an indian word derived from the chinese word Cha, meaning tea), red wine, brocollie and beetroot, lots of things than can boost your body, ginger, garlice and hundreds of other things that you can add to your diet to make things a little better.

      Don’t obsess, don’t live by a book or a routine, just be healthy.

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    Why Is A Healthy Lifestyle Important In School? I need some ideas about Why a healthy lifestyle is important in school. I have to have an answer in less than 1000 words. Applying for college scholarship. Thanks in advance!

      • HealthNut
      • September 12, 2012

      You need a healthy lifestyle in school to concentrate on your studies. You need to be able to focus for one thing. You also need to plenty of rest, and a good diet.

  6. Reply

    What Would Happen If Everyone Started Living A Healthy Lifestyle Tomorrow? I’ll start the list:

    + Monsanto would go bankrupt.
    + McDonald’s and KFC would go bankrupt.
    + There would be a huge decline in heart disease and diabetes.
    + There would be a huge increase in commercial and private organic gardening.

    What else would happen if tomorrow everyone learned how to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • September 12, 2012

      Less air pollution
      trader joes and whole foods would have more business
      all soda companies would get less business
      subway would prolly increase in sales.

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