Almighty Allah has said in the Quraan “He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself.” (Quraan 87, Verse 14)
And yet, many people are in unhealthy states in mind, body and soul. They consume a lot of harmful things - takeouts, unhealthy sleeping patterns, gossiping, carrying negative energy, stress and other emotional weight, etc.
Our bodies are an Amanah, a trust, from Allah (swt). We will be held accountable for the state in which we return. Proper care of this gift Allah (swt) has given us is a priority.
Sleep - Prophet Muhammad was an early sleeper and early riser. Getting a good 6-8 hours of sleep has proven better productivity, mental health and mood. Scrolling on social media is one of the biggest and baddest habits today. It is advisable to cut off screen time at least an hour before bedtime.
Food - Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said “A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third for food, one third for drink and one third for air.” The Prophet also encouraged eating slowly as it prevents sickness and improves digestion.
Fasting - Aside from Ramadan, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would fast every Monday and Thursday. Fasting boosts the body’s healing process. Research has shown that one of the ways the body heals is through less food consumption to increase concentration on digestion.
Activity - When we are physically active, serotonin is released and gives us the energy to fight off laziness and weakness. This chemical is released through running, swimming, cycling, etc. Limit your TV time and take a walk, run or simply kick a ball with the kids.
I speak. I write. I coach.
I want to make the world a better place.
As an avid reader and writer, it’s no surprise that communications became my career and line of work. There is never one thing in particular that defines who I am, except the fact that I am passionate about everything I do. That made me the odd one out most of my life. It made realize how important it is to listen to my heart.