Living a healthy life is an essential part of Islam. Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran, “Eat of the good things which We have provided for you” (Quran 2:173) and “Eat of what is lawful and wholesome on the earth” (Quran 2:168).
Health is viewed as one of the greatest blessings that God has bestowed on mankind, as narrated in the following Hadith (Tirmidhi), “The final messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) mounted the pulpit, then wept and said, ‘Ask Allah (swt) for forgiveness and health, for after being granted certainty, one is given nothing better than health.'” The Prophet Muhammad’s beloved wife Aisha mentions their love of games and sports in a Hadith (Ahmad and Abu Daoud), where she said, “I raced with the Prophet and I beat him. Later when I had put on some weight, we raced again and he won. Then he said, ‘this cancels that (referring to the previous race).’” A true believer recognises the magnificence and wonder of the human body, and is grateful to the Creator. In turn, this gratitude is demonstrated through the protection of our bodies. A truly health-conscious believer blends Healthy Living practices with the remembrance of Allah (swt).
Unfortunately, this concept of Healthy Living is also one of the most neglected subjects within our community. It is not only important to understand the importance of living a healthy, balanced life, but it also equally important to have the drive and knowledge for making Healthy Living a reality. It is MY DEEN’s goal to establish Healthy Living as a core principal within our community by offering the programs and services necessary to accomplish this goal. These services and programs will include sports activities, health fairs, patient/stakeholders forums, research efforts/focus groups, and the establishment of community health networks. It is our belief that investing time and effort in Healthy living will significantly improve the physical health and well-being of the community, which in turn will strengthen the community as a whole.