The gift of health
Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat ‘Allamah Maulana Abu Bilal Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri Razavi دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ
Most health problems arise from not making conscientious decisions about what we eat or from eating excessively. Although tempting and often convenient, we should substitute unhealthy foods like chips, sweets, chocolates, kebabs, samosas, and fast food with healthier options such as fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Generally, food cooked at home from fresh ingredients is much better for us than restaurant or takeaway meals, however, avoid using excessive oil and unclarified butter (ghee) because both of these increase the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and brain haemorrhage.
Excessive consumption of salt also increases the risk of many diseases. Salt is usually consumed without much thought; from adding it to our boiled eggs in the morning to eating salted nuts in large amounts. This puts a strain on the kidneys which have to work harder to remove excessive salt from the blood. Eventually, this can develop into kidney disease or kidney failure.
Most oils and fried foods contain a lot of salt and saturated fats, both of which carry multiple health risks such as increased blood pressure. At times, a person does not realise that his blood pressure has increased and this puts him at risk of brain haemorrhages which can be fatal.
Sugar is another culprit. Whether in tea or sweet foods, too much sugar is a primary cause for diabetes. I have noted that the foods that are cooked in the homes are usually overly sweet; they use large amounts of sugar which results in diabetes and other diseases. I mention these things over and over again in the Madani Muzakarahs so that the Ummah can benefit.
اَلْـحَمْـدُ لـِلّٰـه! There must be many people who have benefited from our discussions regarding health and wellbeing in the Madani Muzakarahs. Therefore, with the intention of gaining strength for worship, be thoughtful about what you eat and drink. If we are healthy, then اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه, we will feel motivated to pray Salah, fast, perform other acts of worship, serve the religion properly, and travel in the Madani Qafilahs to learn Sunnahs in the company of the devotees of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.
Diabetes, high blood cholesterol, and other health issues often cause fatigue, and that prevents us from both serving the religion and attending to our worldly matters. May Allah Almighty grant us the ability to protect our health with good intentions.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم