How to healthy & halal?

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The goal of most Muslims is to live halal and healthy. Reaching such a milestone enables a Muslim to enjoy the best of the worldly life and the Hereafter by the Mercy and Grace of Allah. In general, Muslims understand what halal is and what healthy is, but how can one be healthy and halal? What does that type of lifestyle look like?

Allah taught his Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, the keys to success in this life and the Hereafter which the Prophet then taught his followers. Here is a list of healthy, halal practices we can learn from the Quran and Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him.


1. Eat Halal:
Be sure to eat what Allah has allowed Muslims to eat and refrain from what He has forbidden. This is especially important for children. Parents must diligently seek halal monetary sources and halal foods for the health and well-being of their children. According to the Quran, Muslims must refrain from eating:
  • Blood
  • Anything from Pig
  • Dead animals
  • Alcohol
All food that is free of the ingredients is halal. This is simple in essence but when most of what society consumes is processed foods and manufactured products with lengthy lists of ingredients, most of which are difficult to understand, being sure what one is using is halal may not be as easy as before. Therefore, One Stop Halal, does the research for its customers and only sells certified and verified halal products making it easier for you to eat and feed your family halal.


2. Eat Healthy:
Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, ate a very healthy diet. He enjoyed mainly vegetables and fruits. His favorites were said to be pumpkin, melons, cucumbers, and dates just to name a few. The Quran mentioned many foods and swore by their benefits like figs, olives, pomegranate, fish, milk, honey and many more. Now, more than 1400 years later scientists are still discovering the nutritional benefits of these different foods. The United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, recommends filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet. It also encourages individuals to select healthy proteins like lean meats, nuts, legumes, eggs, and fish and fill one-quarter of their plate with proteins. Finally, the last quarter should include healthy grains such as wheat, rice, barley and more. Constructing 3 meals a day following these guidelines will provide an individual will optimal nutrition for a healthy, productive lifestyle.


3. Control Portion Sizes:
Selecting healthy foods is crucial to maintaining a healthy body, but controlling how much food one eats is important as well. Overeating can result in weight gain, multiple chronic diseases, sleep apnea, cancer, and osteoarthritis just to name a few according to National Institutes of Health (NIH). Numerous organizations have made tables and charts to help people visualize and understand how to control their portion sizes but Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, gave Muslims a simple guide through his magnificent Sunnah. In a famous Hadith, Prophet Muhammad said, “Nothing is worse than a person who fills his stomach. It should be enough for the son of Adam to have a few bites to satisfy his hunger. If he wishes more, it should be one-third for his food, one-third for his liquids, and one-third for his breath" (Tarmazi, ibn Majah and Hakim). From this, a Muslim can learn to only eat what satisfies his/her hunger and not to overindulge.


4. Exercise:
Exercise is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Habitual exercising wards off many diseases such as some cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people should get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 days a week, such as walking, running, swimming, etc and 30 minutes of strength training 3 days a week such as yoga, weight lifting, mat exercising and more. Prophet Muhammad saw the importance of exercise and physical strength, he said in a Hadith, “Any action without the remembrance of God is either a diversion or heedlessness except four acts: Walking from target to target, training a horse, playing with one’s family, and learning to swim” (Tabarani). He said in another Hadith, “Teach your children archery, swimming, and horseback riding” (Sahih Muslim). Exercise is not only crucial for a healthy lifestyle but is encouraged by the Sunnah for a strong body and proper development of children. Muslim should make exercise a family priority for both physical, spiritual and psychological benefit.


Following the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah will not only give Muslim many hasanats (good deeds) but it also leads to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Choosing halal, healthy foods, controlling portion sizes and exercising habitually will not only give a Muslim barakah, blessing, in his/her life but it will also lead to a healthy, productive, energetic person. Incorporate these habits into your daily life and teach them to your children so your entire family can prosper by living halal and healthy.

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  • Dec 26, 2017
  • Sarane Alsharif, LDN, MPH Collaborator
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