7 Ways on How to Be Healthy and Happy According to Islam

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Health is something we should maintain. It is undeniable that people who are healthy in their soul and body will always have a positive influence on the people around them and their environment.

People are said to be healthy if their physical and mental condition is not disturbed. You could say a healthy person is also a happy person who is always grateful for his condition.

Healthy people will usually work more productively than people whose physical health or soul is disrupted.

In my opinion, a person with a disability is also a healthy person, if this disability does not make him lose his optimism to achieve what he aspires to and in his body, no disease can worsen his physical condition.

Suppose a person who happens to have no hands or feet due to an accident or congenital birth, a person who has no vision, but physically and mentally, he does not have a disease that can reduce his body condition.

Not only physically healthy, but mental health is also a condition of someone called healthy.

Healthy Definition

According to the World Health Organization, WHO Health is defined as a person’s physical, mental, and social condition in good condition, not only free from illness or weak physical condition.

This healthy definition has been issued since 1970 and 1980, and other variables have also been added, namely: intellectual, environmental, and spiritual.

Not only that, in its development, but other factors have also been added lately, namely the ability to achieve productive social and economic life.

Health definition, according to WHO, has many similarities or in line with Islamic teachings delivered through the Qur’an and the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad.

The difference in the WHO health definition is the things defined are still too global (ideal/less realistic) and less attention to the needs of each.

Mental health is an emotional condition and psychology of a person where each can use his cognitive abilities and emotional abilities in social functions and can fulfill the pattern of daily needs.

Whereas Spiritual health, on the other hand, is interpreted as a person’s personality and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and is determined to be a person who lives in truth, free from deceit, dishonesty, and selfishness.

In daily religious life, Islam promotes spiritual health as well as other health, including physical, emotional, and mental.

Health in the teachings of Islam is a whole thing in the religious life and daily life.

Islam teaches people to live optimistically by trying and working but still sincerely accepts the results according to the provisions of Allah SWT.

Some Islamic teachings related to physical, mental and spiritual health are thankful, keep clean, do good for others and maintain and care for oneself both physically and spiritually (faith), do not cheat, eat halal food, eat good food and nutritious (such as vegetables, fruit, animals), not overeating, not eating or drinking while standing as exemplified by the apostle SAW, being fair and not leaving the faith, etc.

All of this is unity, which is the core of living a healthy and happy life. We see many people who look physically fit but commit fraudulent acts such as corruption or dishonesty, and, worse, this person can still smile without any remorse.

If we refer to Islamic teachings, this is a sign of heart disease and signs of damage to faith, because the person has acted not by the life goals implied in the Quran and hadith so that people are always obedient to worship, including always doing good by Islamic provisions.

If someone’s actions are not in line with Allah’s commands and the Sunnah of the Prophet, besides being sinful, they can also have a negative impact on their mental and physical condition.

He will always be burdened with feelings of guilt and guilt so that it can cause unclear thoughts and physical disorders due to stress not only that the relationship with the community and the burden of thoughts or feelings due to wrongdoing can also affect a person’s mental state.

In Islam, health is taught both implicitly and implied, which is a unity to be able to live healthy and happy in the world and the hereafter.

Although it may not be possible to describe everything here, the writer tries to summarize in broad outline the healthy way of life according to Islamic teachings that can be used as a reminder or reference to readers and writers in living a healthy and happy life:

How to be Healthy and Happy according to Islam

1. Start something with good intentions


Good intentions will always make our minds positive. With a positive spirit, our body will also be healthier because, in general, our health is supported by positive thoughts (Please read the following article to be a positive person).

Islam encourages us to always start something with good intentions through the words of the Prophet Muhammad. :

From Amir Al-Mu’minin, Abu Hafsah, Umar bin al-Khattab ra. Which states, I heard the Prophet, Muhammad say:

“Some deeds are determined by intention. Every person will get a charitable reply according to his intention. Who is emigrating only because of Allah and His Messenger, then his emigration is really because of Allah and his Messenger. Who are emigrating because of the world that he expects or because of the woman he wants to marry, then he only gets to what he is aiming for.” (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)

2. Healthy Living Through Food and Beverages that are Halal and Nutritious


Halal food and beverages are food and beverages that can be consumed according to Islamic law.

The legal basis that instructs us to consume halal food or drink is QS Surat a Nahl: 114, which means:

“Then eat the lawful thing again from the sustenance that Allah has given you, and thank Allah’s favor, if you only worship Him.”

Good food and drinks (halal and nutritious) will bring good benefits to our body and activities, and vice versa. According to some scholars in Islam, food, or goods that are haram can be divided into:

• Food or objects that are unclean are caused by the fact that these items are unlawful, as stated in the Qur’an and hadith such as pork, blood and carcasses, and intoxicating drinks (containing intoxicating alcoholic content).

• Food or objects that are forbidden due to having specific causes so that the object becomes illegitimate, such as stolen goods or spoils, food obtained from gambling proceeds, or corruption.

In addition to eating halal food, we are also encouraged to consume nutritious or good health food or drinks. What foods or beverages have a good impact on health, according to Islam?

The following is recommended for consuming healthy foods such as grains, vegetables, fruits including grapes, olives, dates as shown in the Quran:

“Then let the man pay attention to his food. Indeed, We have poured out water (from the sky), then We cut the earth as best we can, then We grow grain on the earth, grapes and vegetables, olives and palm trees, lush gardens, and fruits, and grasses, for your pleasure and your livestock.” (QS. ‘Abasa: 24-32)

Long before being revealed by the health sciences of the benefits of figs, the Qur’an has revealed the features of fruit Tin through the following verse:

“For the sake of Tin (fruit) and Olives (fruit), and for the sake of the hill of Sinai” (Surat At-Tin: 1-2).

For the sake of summarizing this article, the author will only mention the name of the food along with the verse references, here are other recommended foods based on the Qur’an:

• Pomegranate (QS. Ar Rahman: 68)

• Honey (Qs.An Nahl: 68-69)

• Banana (Qs Al Waqiah: 27-29)

• Kafur and Ginger (QS.Al Insan: 5)

• Fish (Qs.An Nahl: 14)

• etc

You may want to read: Tips on How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

3. Consumption of Food or Beverages in the Right Way

In addition to regulating food that can be eaten and not and has an impact on health, Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) also arranged for the people to consume food and drink in the right way.

The following is a reference from the hadith of the Messenger of Allāh, which is related to the correct procedure for eating and drinking:

• Eat and drink in ways that are not excessive (QS al-A’raf: 31)

• Try to eat by hand (reference Muslim hadith No. 2032 and others). According to research eating by hand has several reasons that will make us healthier and food more easily digested.

• Eat and drink in a sitting situation. According to the hadith of HR Muslims and Turmidzi, Rasulullah forbade his people to eat and drink while standing. In health science, it is known that eating and drinking healthier is done while sitting because the digestive device will be better prepared to receive food and drinks that enter our body.

• Eat and drink on the floor (resting on both your knees and back of your feet, sitting on your left foot and straightening your right leg) will be healthier than eating and drinking in a chair (click reference).

• Eat fruit before eating the main food (relating to the Quran and Hadith).

4. Do not be angry

From Abu Hurairah Ra., Who tells that there was someone who sought advice from the Prophet Muhammad. The person said, “Give me a will!” Then the Prophet said, “Don’t be angry!” He repeated it three times. (Narrated by Imam al-Bukhari)

So if there is a problem you should focus on the solution or ask people who can provide solutions and not anger.

5. Always grateful


“And because of His mercy, He made it for you night and day, so that you may rest on that night and that you may seek a portion of His Gift during the day and that You may thank Him.” (QS. Al-Qasas, 28: 73)

Besides being instructed/recommended in Islam, the benefits of being grateful for health are very great. Some of them can increase immunity, maintain mental health, and support heart health.

Someone who is not feeling grateful will be easily overcome by contrary thoughts so that he can make his body less energetic and weaken his mental and physical.

The risk of developing various diseases will also be higher than those who are good at being grateful and always thinking positively.

6. Giving Alms

Almsgiving does not always have to be with money. Sadaqah can be good deeds that are useful for others, whether they are sincere smiles, the knowledge that is beneficial for good, doing justice, helping blind people cross the road, giving a seat to women or parents on a bus, saying good things, and so on.

From Abu Hurairah Ra. Who said that the Prophet Muhammad.

Said, “Every member of the human body every day when the sun has risen there is alms. You do justice to two people who are at loggerheads is charity. You help other people get on top of their vehicles or lift their luggage, including alms. And every step of your way to prayer includes alms. Get rid of something that disturbs the road, including alms.”(Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)

When people give charity, charity, or whatever it is called, he has activated the brain area associated with pleasure, social relations, and trust.

Scientists believe giving behavior has triggered the release of endorphins in the brain. No wonder in our body there will appear positive feelings like runners who win the race.

According to research conducted by Michael Norton, Harvard Business School professor, in 2008 who examined the behavior of 638 people who allocate their monthly income.

The result is that people who set aside their income to help others are far happier than people who spend only on themselves.

Have you set aside part of your monthly income for charity?

Let’s intend from now on to set aside a portion of our monthly income for people in need with sincere intentions because of Allah and the bonus God willing, in return for sustenance and health. Know about Allah.

7. Leave all matters to Allah SWT and believe healing comes only from Allah SWT (through our efforts to recover)

“And if I’m sick. He is the one who heals.” (QS.Assyuara [26]: 80)

Such is the part that can be conveyed by the author regarding the things contained in the teachings of Islam, which can make us happy and healthy.

There are still many other things that the author cannot convey at this time. Easily in other articles, we can discuss more other things that are closely related to body health and happy life (click here on quotes about happiness).

Hopefully, it will be useful for all of us. Amen.

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