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Go Healthy, Go happy by Nayzak Go Healthy, Go happy by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

Islam has always emphasized the importance of health and wellness. For centuries, Muslims have recognized the value of living a well-rounded, clean and healthy life. For these reasons alone, the Islamic religion and culture has instilled great values of taking care of the mind, body, and spirit in order for the Muslim to fulfill the obligations placed on them by Allah[God], the Lord of the Worlds.

Health is considered a great blessing of Allah and also a trust from the Almighty God. Muslims strongly believe that health is important, for if one was unhealthy, then they would not have the ability to continue to do good deeds.

Since morality, reason, knowledge, and faith are basic elements of the human life, Muslims must take care of their health in order to maintain a healthy growth within these departments. They are encouraged to be cheerful, glad, alert and active. Ways to attain this inner and outer happiness is through worship of the one true God, Allah and doing what He has ordained on mankind. Man is encouraged to live a simple and moderate lifestyle. Over excess has the tendency to cause men to become stressed and overworked. Even during worship a person should not push themselves to the limit where they are unable to perform and carry out their religious act. According to a hadith, the Holy Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- once saw an old man who was dragging and supported on either side by two of his sons. The Holy Prophet -peace be upon him- inquired: "What has happened to this old man?" The people told him: "The man had vowed to travel to the House of Allah (mosque) on foot." The Holy Prophet -peace be upon him- then said: "It is not the will of Allah that this old man should torment himself" and then urged the old man to ride towards his destination. From this hadith, Muslims must take into consideration that tormenting oneself is not favored and that one should take the easy route if they are in a weak state in order to avoid hurting the body.

Cheerfulness, happiness, and modesty are characteristics of a healthy and righteous Muslim. Smiling is an outward expression, which shows one's happiness to others. That is why smiling is strongly recommended by people in Islam and is also looked upon a being a charitable act. 'Abdullah bin Harith reported: "I never met a man who smiled more often than the Prophet of Allah -peace be upon him-." Since Muslims are expected to follow the ways of the Holy Prophet -peace be upon him-, they must do their best to smile as much as possible in order to reap the rewards and benefits of Allah on the Day of Judgment.

peace be to you...
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