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All praise is due to Allaah and may prayers and salutations be upon the Messenger. To proceed:

Following sound faith (eemaan) and pure monotheism (tawheed), one of the greatest assets that a Muslim can have is good health. Good health facilitates the fulfilment of the religious and worldly obligations. It empowers a Muslim to do good deeds for his or her own benefit and for the benefit of the society at large. It makes a Muslim productive and optimistic and this only brings further benefits to the society as a whole.

Ibn al-Qayyim, a chapter heading, "His (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam's) Guidance Concerning health," states the following:

Since health is one of the most precious favours Allaah has given to His servants, the most generous of His gifts, and most plentiful of His bounties, nay more, absolute health is the most precious of all favours, without exception - it is fitting that whoever is granted a portion of this good fortune, to cherish, preserve and to guard it against harm. Bukhari has related in his Saheeh form the hadeeth of Ibn Abaas: The Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "There are two favours about which many people are not aware: health (sihhah) and faraagh (free time, leisure)" ... (Zaad al-Ma'aad 4/196).

To this end, HealthyMuslim.Com is a growing online resource that aims to provide coverage on all aspects of health, nutrition and disease with a specific focus on natural health (diet and lifestyle) and sound principles of nutrition. As our bodies are a trust, then it is a religious obligation to maintain them to the best of our abilities.

Ibn al-Qayyim, the noted Muslim scholar stated that the principles of sound health are three:

  • preservation of good health
  • removal of harmful substances from the body and
  • keeping the body away from harm.

In a modern context this equates to eating wholesome nutritious foods, ensuring balance of quality and quantity, keeping away from things that are toxic and harmful to the body (and in modern society there are many), and striving to detoxify the body from the consequences of bad diet and lifestyle and exposure to harmful elements.

The content on HealthyMuslim.Com will be largely based around these principles, and will include details of new research as well as established solid principles of nutrition.

It is our firm belief that modern (Western) medicine, whilst certainly having positive aspects in a number of areas, does little to treat or cure, by and large, the true underlying causes of diseases and chronic illnesses. It is mostly centered around the treatment of symptoms, that is, to manage disease symptoms. This leads to the continued use and reliance upon prescription drugs with the true underlying causes of the disease never really being addressed. This model of disease treatment is structured in order to facilitate the exploitation of disease conditions and states for profitable pharmacological agents.

Allen Rose, the worldwide vice-president of GlaxoSmithKline, admitted in 2003 in public, that 90% of all drugs, whether produced by his company or not, do not work in the majority of people. That's straight from the horses mouth. That does not mean that some drugs do not have any value, it just simply means that the idea that was pushed for most of the twentieth century (and still is) that absence of disease is synonymous with use of pharmacological agents is not correct. In fact, such a belief is an aberration in the many thousands of years of the history of medicine, whose foundation has always been in diet, nutrition and lifestyle. The greatest of modifiable influences upon disease are diet, nutrition and lifestyle (which are from the asbaab [ways and means], and this is after consideration of the role of al-qadaa wal-qadar within which are the asbaab).

Despite billions and billions being poured into what we are told is "objective scientific research" diseases and illnesses only increase in occurrence and major breakthroughs are never in the horizon. cancer, diabetes, heart disease and myriads of other diseases and ailments increase day by day. The true and real reasons for all of these failings of the body come back down - in the overwhelming majority of disease conditions - to the principles of nutrition, diet, state of mind, and lifestyle, after the decree of Allaah, the Exalted.

We will be publishing what in our estimation is the most credible and sound advice for maintenance of good health in light of the principles of:

  • prevention before cure,
  • sound nutrition,
  • wholesome eating and
  • healthy living

We hope that by way of this resource you are able to better understand the principles of nutrition and are able to make good sound decisions that will impact positively on your own health and the health of your children. Please try to spread this site as far and wide as possible in order to maximize the benefit.

Amjad bin Muhammad Rafiq
BSc Medicinal Biochemistry
PhD Biochemistry
Saeed bin Salih
BSc, PhD Medicinal Biochemistry
Pharmaceutical R&D, GlaxoSmithKline (Previously)

Important Notes

  1. We will be quoting specific medicinal treatments from the Sunnah and the Prophetic medicine. These are clearly associated with Islaam and the Sunnah and clearly fall into the domain of Islamic rulings (in terms of permissibility and recommendation), and these are clearly indicated within the articles.

  2. We will be bringing general issues of nutrition, the benefits (and in some cases, harms) of a variety of foodstuffs. Some of them are mentioned in the Sunnah, and others are mentioned by Ibn al-Qayyim in his book, "the Prophetic Medicine", and others do not have a mention. Whilst these are not specifically mentioned in the Sunnah, and cannot be said to be specifically from the Prophetic medicine, they would nevertheless come under the general principles of health outlined by Ibn al-Qayyim such as preservation of i) good health (via good diet and relevant foodstuffs) and ii) not subjecting the body to what is harmful.

  3. We will also be bringing information of importance relating to contemporary issues. These matters are presented for the purposes of information and education on issues that do impact upon health. To illustrate this: The dangers of a variety of harmful substances or of radiation (such as from mobile and cellphone use) for example, are issues that directly impact upon health. So if we present information in this regard, it should be understood that this is something that the general principles of health (as explained by Ibn al-Qayyim) would relate to, and any recommendations or advice given should not be understood as being a specific position, ruling or fatwa tied to Islaam, the Sunnah or the Prophetic medicine. Rather, it is merely information sharing and a recommendation of courses of action which in our view - in light of the presented evidences - would be conducive and beneficial to health and well-being and can be said to be in line with the general principles of health that the Scholars have derived from the Sunnah. These are to be taken as our viewpoints and opinions and not considered Islamic rulings or injunctions.






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