Physical Well-being

Written on 12/07/2020


إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ ، نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ

وَنَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا

مَنْ يَهْدِهِ ٱللَّهُ فَلا مُضِلَّ لَهُ، وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ 

وَنَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا  ٱللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ

وَنَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ  

 

قَالَ ٱللَّهُ تَعَالَى؛ (أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ)

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ

وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا  وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ  

(3:102 Quran)

 

وَقَالَ تَعَالَى؛

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا النَّاسُاتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ

وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالاً كَثِيراً وَنِسَآءً  ۚ 

وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَآءَلُونَ بِهِۦوَالْأَرْحَامَ  ۚ 

إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيباً

(4:1 Quran)

 

وَقَالَ تَعَالَى؛

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلاً سَدِيداً

يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ  ۗ

وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزاً عَظِيماً

(70-71 :33 Quran)

 

فَإِنَّ أَصْدَقَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابُ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى

وَأَحْسَنُ الْهَدْيِ هَدْيُ مُحَمَّدٍ ﷺ  

وَشَرُّالأُمُورِ مُحْدَثَاتُهَا وَكُلُّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ 

وَكُلُّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلالَةٌ  وَكُلُّ ضَلالَةٍ فِي النَّارِ

 

أَمَّا بَعْدُ

 

All praise is due to Allah SWT, Lord of the worlds, The Cherisher, The Sustainer. 

May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, his noble family, his companions and all those who follow their guidance till the Day of Reckoning.

 

My dear respected brothers & sisters;

 

As Muslims we must take care of our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being.  Our bodies, the most complex of machines, are given to us by Allah SWT as amanah or trust.  Our bodies should not be abused or neglected, but should be maintained in good order, by practicing healthy habits and staying away from harmful ones.

 

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was a very physically fit person. In a hadith reported in Sahih Bukhari, Aisha RA stated that, “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.).” Remember that the Prophet  was well into his 50’s when he married Aisha RA. 
 

The Prophet ﷺ once wrestled with a man called Rukhanah well known for his strength and wrestling prowess, throwing him down more than once.  


He  used to walk at a fast pace and those who walked with him had difficulty keeping up.

 

In a hadith reported by Ali RA in Tirmidhi, he described Prophet Muhammad's ﷺ vigorous way of walking. “When he walked, because of the speed and force of the legs, it seemed as if he was descending from a high place.” 

 

Abu Huraira RA in another hadith in Tirmidhi narrated that, “I did not see anyone walk faster than him, as if the earth folded for him. A few moments ago he would be here, and then there. We found it difficult to keep pace when we walked with him and he walked at his normal pace.” 
 

In addition, he was also a good swimmer and diver, and encouraged archery and horseback riding. 

 

My dear respected brothers & sisters; 

 

We must take the example of our beloved Prophet  and keep physically fit. As advised medically, as a minimum exercise, we should walk daily for 30-40 minutes at a brisk pace. We must find the time and be motivated to do this regularly. Too many of us spend countless hours watching TV or playing with our phones; so 30 minutes is a small sacrifice to make in our schedule.

 

Diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and joint pains are very prevalent in our communities. These are mainly lifestyle illnesses and can lead to heart attacks, strokes and certain cancers at a relatively young age.

 

Prophet Muhammad advised his followers to work, be energetic and start their day early, all of which are conditions for a healthy body. He said, “O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings.”

 

Waking up early means that we are getting a portion of this morning blessing. If we wake up late, we would miss it. So, make use of these early hours and get active!

 

My dear respected brothers & sisters;

 

Islam also lays emphasis on a healthy diet combined with physical exercise. 

 

Ibn Rajab, may Allah have mercy on him, reports that classical Arab doctors would say: Diet is the foundation of medicine, and gluttony (excessive eating) is the foundation of illness.

 

Allah SWT also commands us to eat wholesome foods produced naturally from the earth.

 

Allah SWT says:

 

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُلُوا۟ مِن طَيِّبَٰتِ مَا رَزَقْنَٰكُمْ وَٱشْكُرُوا۟ لِلَّهِ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ

O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.

(Quran 2:172)

 

We should eat less processed foods that contain too much sugar, salt 

and other potentially harmful additives while consuming more fruit, vegetables and other healthy alternatives.

 

But even healthy and Halal foods if consumed in large proportions can be dangerous.

 

Miqdam ibn Ma’d RA reported, that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: There is no vessel which the son of Adam can fill that is more evil than his stomach, for it is enough for him to take a few bites in order to straighten his back. Yet if he is overcome by appetite, then he may fill it with a third of food, a third of drink, and a third of breath.

 

The Sunnah is to fill the stomach with not more than one third with food, one third with drink and one third left empty (except perhaps on special occasions).

 

Importantly, we must not consume anything that could harm the body. Cigarette smokers should stop smoking and be aggressive in this; ask Allah SWT’s help and seek the doctor’s advice if necessary. Smoking is a major risk factor for many illnesses such lung cancer, early heart attacks and strokes.

 

In addition to diet, we need to make sure we get enough quality sleep. Allah created the night time for us to rest, and for our bodies to heal and recharge.

 

Allah SWT says:

وَجَعَلْنَا نَوْمَكُمْ سُبَاتًا

And made your sleep [a means for] rest

 

وَجَعَلْنَا ٱلَّيْلَ لِبَاسًا

And made the night as clothing

(Quran 78:9-10)

 

Practicing good sleep hygiene will help strengthen and heal the body. Again, too many of us play with our phones well into the night when we should be resting. We then cannot wake up to do the blessed Tahajjud prayers and may even miss our Fajr prayers, may Allah SWT forgive us.

 

In summary, we must exercise regularly (start by walking daily), eat a healthy diet in moderate amounts, and practice good sleep hygiene. We can do more and better ibadah with healthier bodies InshaAllah.
 

May Allah SWT give us and our family good health. Ameen.

 

أَقُولُ قَوْ لِي هَذَا، وأَسْتِغْفِرُاللهَ الْعَظِيمَ لِي وَلَكُمْ

وَلِسَائِرِالْمُسْلِمِينِ ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ ، إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

 

 

Second khutbah:

 

بِسْمِ لِلَّهِ ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ، وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ لِلَّهِ ﷺ 

أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ  قَالَ؛ بَلِّغُوا عَنِّي وَلَوْ آيَةً  

 

My dear respected brothers & sisters;

 

Those of us who have some illness or injury will know how difficult it can be to function properly on a daily basis; it can even impact our ability to do our ibadah. 

 

If Allah SWT decrees that an illness or injury be part of  our lives, then know that such a trial is from Allah SWT. There maybe a hidden blessing, such as forgiveness for our sins.

 

Mus’ad ibn Sa’eed RA reported, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: The servant will continue to be tried until he is left walking upon the earth without any sin.

 

We ask Allah SWT to grant us, our loved ones and all people complete Shifa and Afiah. Ameen.

 

May Allah SWT give us tawfiq to benefit from what has been shared today. Ameen.

 

Dua:

اَللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلْمُسْلِمِيْنَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ

وَالْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ اْلأَحْيَاءِ مِنْهُمْ وَاْلأَمْوَاتِ

إِنَّكَ سَمِيْعٌ قَرِيْبٌ مُجِيْبُ الدَّعَوَاتِ

 

رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَآ إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِنَا ۚ 
رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦ ۖ وَٱعْفُ عَنَّاوَٱغْفِرْ لَنَا وَٱرْحَمْنَآ ۚأَنْتَ مَوْلَىٰنَا فَٱنْصُرْنَا عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ


رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا 

وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَالْخَاسِرِينَ

 

رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً 

إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ


رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً 

وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

 

عِبَادَ اللَّهِ؛ 

إنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ  وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ  

وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ

يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

(Quran 16:90)        

 

فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ، وَاشْكُرُوهُ عَلَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ  

وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ، وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ

  

وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ

 

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