Eat good, feel good.
“O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth that is lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” (Sura 2. Bakara, Verse -168)
Dear brothers and sisters,
Allah encourages us to eat wholesome food and couples it with warnings to remember Him and avoid Satan’s tricks. Islam offers a holistic approach to health and fitness that includes treating our bodies with respect and nourishing them with halal nutritious foods. Allah expects us to choose wholesome food and to avoid food that has little or no nutritional value.
There are in fact very few foods that are haram. Allah said: “Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and the meat of that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for other than God…” (Quran 5:3) “…and intoxicants.” (Quran 5:91-92). Apart from a few things mentioned in the Quran and the Sunnah, everything else is considered lawful. While processed foods, sugar, and junk food are not forbidden, they must be eaten sparingly as part of a balanced diet. Many of the most common illnesses today derive from unhealthy eating habits. Coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and depression, and the plagues of the 21st century, have all been linked to inadequate diets. A healthy diet contains a mixture of all the good foods Allah has provided for us. We are however encouraged not to take things to extremes.
A person who indulges in too much food may become unhealthy, thereby unable to fulfil their obligations. Likewise, someone who eats too little or not enough wholesome food will also become unhealthy causing their ibadah to suffer. Prophet Muhammad advised humankind to maintain a balance between two extremes and not place too much emphasis on filling our stomachs. He said, “No man fills a vessel worse than his stomach. A few mouthfuls are enough. However, if a person must eat more than that, they should fill one third (of the stomach) with food, one third with liquid and leave one third for easy breathing”
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Student, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey