Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has said to humans and Jinns in the Glorious Quran:
فَبِاَیِّ اٰلَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبٰنِ(۱۸)
So which of the favours of your Lord will you both belie?
[Translation from Quran (Kazn-ul-Iman)](Part 27, Surah Al-Rahman, Ayah 18)
Regarding this blessed verse it is written in Siraat-ul-Jinnan: The arrival of ‘winter, summer, spring and autumn’, ‘the creation of different things with respect to each season, ‘the moderate wind blowing’ etc., (all are the blessings bestowed by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ). So, which of the favours of your Lord will you both belie? (Siraat-ul-Jinnan, vol. 9, pp. 636 summarised)
Dear Islamic brothers! It has become obvious from the commentary of the blessed verse that different seasons are also the blessings of Allah Almighty. Like other blessings, we should also thank Allah Almighty for them. Moreover, we should also take safety precautions according to the season. Hakeem-ul-Ummat Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan رَحْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْه has said: ’ Changes in weather affect different people’s temperament.’ (Miraat-ul-Manajeeh, vol. 6, pp. 613)
Some people become careless about eating, drinking and wearing clothes because of which they catch different diseases. Following are some important points about safety from the diseases which are caused by climate change:
Definition of weather
Weather is the condition of the atmosphere of a place at a particular time caused by the effects of temperature, wind direction and rain.
Effects of climate change
1 Climate change affects mental capabilities.
2 According to experts, skin diseases develop due to the high ratio of moisture in the air.
3 People catch cold and flu in the winter.
4 Hot weather during the day and cold weather during the night are harmful to one’s health. We all should take care of our health during climate change, otherwise we may catch cold, flu, fever, cough, develop headache and infection of chest and intestines.
5 Due to climate change, windpipe of the asthma (one experiences the shortness of breath) patients swell and the patients may suffer asthmatic attack.
6 Due to climate change, people suffer arthritis especially the patients who are very old.
7 Due to climate change, internal body system gets affected and one suffers from many diseases.
8 Smokers may also suffer from different infections because windpipe shrink in the winter, phlegm increases and due to cold wind the outer layer of windpipe become weak.
9 In winter, the people who have old or severe injuries may feel more pain.
10 Impacts of the heat of the sun [in summer] and chilly weather [in winter], directly hitting bare-headed people, not only affect the hair but they also affect the whole face and brain, due to which health may also be affected. (‘Imamay kay Faza’il, pp. 389)
11 Cold and flu are the main causes of catching cough in the winter.
12 Climate change mostly affects children and elderly people.
Three causes of disease in winter
There may be many causes of catching illness in winter but some people fall ill due to the following three causes:
1 Environmental pollution and the smell of perfumes etc.
2 Hereditary disease (Hereditary disease gets worse in winter)
3 Or we suffer from diseases due to a disorder in the nutrients of our body. Following three nutrients are also from them which are called ‘Zinc’, ‘Copper’ and ‘Magnesium’. Deficiency or excess occurs in them especially during the winter, causing illness and weakness to the body.
Getting heat during the winter
Heater is used for getting heat in the winter or woods are burnt for this purpose. People should open doors and windows in any of these cases so that the heat keeps passing out of the room and air keeps coming in. If the room remains closed, it will be filled with suffocating heat that is harmful to health.
Method of retaining moisture inside heater-installed room
Moisture is very necessary for a body. Heater also evaporates moisture. For retaining it put some water in a bowl etc., near the heater. In this way, moisture will spread in the room, making the environment good and beneficial.
Medical advantage of tying ‘Imamah
As blessed Imamah protects head, ear, neck etc., from the harmful effects of the heat, cold and rain, its Shimla (loose end of Imamah) also protects the spinal cord from the effects of winter, summer, climate change etc. (‘Imamay kay Faza’il, pp. 382, 383 summarised)
One advantage of wearing white clothes
(According to a research) white clothes protect from severe climate change and the dangerous and painful diseases such as cancer, swelling on skin glands, fungal diseases and blockage in skin pores that produce perspiration. (Sunnat-e-Mubarakah, pp. 603 summarised)
Use the following things in winter
1 Eat eggs, fish, carrots, oranges and other winter fruits.
2 Use honey mixed with water if it is suitable for you. It protects against cold.
3 Remain in sunlight daily approximately for 20 minutes in winter.
If your body temperature is above 100 or there is any other sign such as flu with sore throat or chest discomfort or headache etc., you should not take any medicine by yourself, but rather you should consult a physician.
Follow doctor’s advice
A patient should take medicine for the number of days advised by his doctor. Sometimes a patient feels that he has recovered and for this reason, he stops taking medicine, whereas as per doctor’s advice, he should still take the medicine for a further few days. A patient should not do it because usually he assumes that he has recovered from the illness, but that is not so. In fact, due to taking medicine the intensity of illness decreases.
May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ protect us against all illnesses!
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
Note: From medical point of view, this article has been checked by Dr. Muhammad Kamran Ishaaq Attari, ‘Majlis-e-Tibbi ‘Ilaaj (Dawat-e-Islami).