September 27, 2021

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Taking self-care under the umbrella of Islam

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We often neglect to take care of ourselves amid the world’s market. We are constantly preoccupied with our daily responsibilities and keeping our loved ones fulfilled and happy. But, in between, we must make time for ourselves, because Islam emphasizes that you come first, followed by others.

Some should interpret it incorrectly, implying that we are not expected to look after or enjoy our loved ones and those closest to us. That is not the case. What I’m trying to say is that if you’re not in good shape, whether psychologically or physically, how would you be able to care for your loved ones?

Sure, Islam tells one to think about others without self-interest, but the Quran and hadith also emphasize the importance of one’s well-being.

“Verily, your own self has rights over you, so fast and break your fast, pray and sleep.”

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

 So today I’ll be sharing 2 of the tips for self-care in the shadow of Islamic teachings.

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Islam teaches us to be grateful

Islam teaches us to be grateful

We, as humans, are prone to forgetting to thank Allah for the abundance of blessings he has bestowed upon us. This may be because we are so well-equipped with this materialistic world and its exciting aspects that we constantly look up to them and wish we had a glamorous life, and as a result, we are unable to find something for which to be grateful.

You may be wondering what you should be grateful for in a time when all is turned upside down and your life is rife with problems. Because, after all, you’re thankful when something positive happens in your life, right? But hold on! Take a deep breathe and imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t breathe at all. What if your heart suddenly stops beating? There will be no more of you.

But Allah has blessed you with this precious life, providing you with a face, tongue, ears, eyes, hands, and legs, as well as everything else a normal human being has. What is the reason for this? Why did he hand it over to you? Have you ever considered it? Since Allah sees you as special, and there are certain things in this universe that only you can do on Allah’s command. So thank him for allowing you to live in this universe. Be grateful for a good life, even though you are afflicted with any illness. When you are happy for a hundred sufferings in your life that is true patience. Allah favors those who are thankful even in their darkest hour. He gives the best to those who are thankful and patient all of the time.

“Be grateful to Allah. And whoever is grateful is grateful for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever denies [His favor] – then indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.” (Surah Luqman 31:12)

Islam teaches us to stay fit and healthy:

STAY FIT AND HEALTHY

Negative emotions contribute to a person’s demise, and Islam stresses the importance of remaining cool and collected in challenging circumstances. When you’re mad and you’re supposed to be quiet, this is a true test. Anger is a strong emotion that takes over our lives.

“If one of you is angry while he is standing, let him sit down so his anger will leave him; otherwise, let him lie down.”

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

This hadith describes how we are impaired psychologically if we do not regulate our wrath. Our mental health affects our physical health as well. Islam also teaches us how to maintain our physical health. Our bodies are a gift from Allah SWT, and it is our responsibility to care for them. And a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways to stay physically fit. Hazrat Muhammad SAW, our beloved prophet, has always stressed the importance of eating good and clean food. As he once stated:

There is no vessel which the son of Adam can fill that is worse than his stomach, for it is enough for him to take a few bites in order to straighten his back. Yet if he is unable to do so, then he may fill it with a third of food, a third of drink, and a third for his breath.”

                                                              (Sunan Ibn Mājah)             

Islam focuses heavily on cleanliness and ablution regularly. To stay safe and fit, we should obey our prophet, peace be upon him. He used to brush his teeth with miswak, which science has now reported as having a range of health benefits. As Prophet once put it:

Were it not to bring burden for my nation, I would have obligated them to perform the act of siwak at every prayer, just as I obligated them to perform ablution.”

(Musnad Imam Ahmad)

Overeating has always been condemned in Islam, and religion teaches us how to avoid it by restricting our portions. Islam teaches that you should eat less and eat better. As mentioned in the Quran, Islam always teaches us to eat clean food.

And Allah loves those who seek to purify themselves

(Surah At-Tawbah, 9:108)

Conclusion

So these are only two pearls of wisdom from the vast ocean of Islamic knowledge. Let us pledge to focus on our health and wellbeing without being discouraged, and if we get lost along the way, note that Allah is the greatest of all helpers. Seek his advice on the best way to take care of yourself. And don’t put it on tomorrow; do it right now and you’ll notice a significant change in your body and actions.

Islam shone brightly in every direction and facet of our lives. Switch to Him if you feel misguided and lost; he will never let you down. Under His loving shadow, you will always find peace and harmony.

Remember ALLAH during the time of ease, and HE will remember you during the time of difficulties.

                                               -Tirmidhi

I hope you find this article to be uplifting to your spirit.                          

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