Unfortunately, the Muslim community often looks at health maintenance with a nonchalant and indifferent attitude. Many claim that being healthy in spirit and heart is vastly more important than being physically healthy. On a theoretical level this is true as the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once stated: “verily Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts,” and he pointed towards the heart with his fingers (Sahih Muslim).
However, living as a Muslim who is striving for excellence in all avenues of life involves caring for the body that Allah (Glory be to Him) has gifted him or her. This is more than apparent throughout our beloved Prophet’s Sunnah.
Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to implement some healthy lifestyle changes, especially since it’s a month where the ultimate objective is to discipline your desires through worship. Depending on your eating and working out habits, the steps you can towards leading a healthy lifestyle will vary.
For example, if you have the tendency to snack on chips, chocolate, or other heavy fried foods after iftar, start by implementing a no-junk-food policy during these 30 days. Instead, make sure to nourish your body with healthier options – e.g. whole grain products, raw fruits and vegetables, dates, lean meats, nuts, and most importantly, lots of water.
It may seem like a daunting task particularly if you have (unhealthy!) iftar invites piling up, but consider this: you control your desires to abstain from food and drink from dawn until dusk – so you definitely have more will power than you give yourself credit for! You will undoubtedly feel the difference in your energy levels when standing at the mosque for taraweeh prayer, inshaAllah.
Read more about Living a Balanced Ramadan.