Dear Friday jemaah,
Let us strengthen our resolve to increase our takwa towards Allah s.w.t. by obeying all that Allah has commanded upon us, and avoiding what He has prohibited for us. May Allah grant us a strong iman as a source of strength for us to face the various challenges in life.
It was once narrated by Anas r.a. that a man once asked Rasulullah s.a.w.:
“What is the best doa?” Rasulullah replied: “Ask from your Lord for forgiveness and health in this world and the hereafter” And the man asked again, and Rasulullah repeated his answer until he said: “When you have been granted forgiveness and health in the world and the hereafter, then indeed you have achieved success” [Abu Daud and classified as hasan by Tirmidzi]
My dear jemaah,
Over the past few weeks, the khatib has been reminding us how we can preserve the five important aspects of our lives: religion or deen, intellect, wealth, life and lineage. This hadith reminds us of two important elements that we should always seek from Allah; protection from His anger through His forgiveness and also for protection from both physical ailments and ailments that would affect our heart and spirituality; both now and in the hereafter.
It is very interesting that Rasulullah s.a.w. asked us to seek for health from Allah. Often, it is something that humankind tends to overlook and treat too lightly. The Prophet s.a.w. once said in a hadith:
“There are two blessings in which most people are in great loss; good health and free time.” [Hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari]
I would like to call upon all of us here to engage in some self-reflection or muhasabah. Why did Nabi s.a.w. highlight the importance of asking from Allah for good physical and spiritual health? Why did Rasulullah remind us about the nikmat of good health? This is because, with good health we can continue to increase our opportunities to contribute in the path of Allah. With good health, we can easily perform our ibadah or acts of worship to Allah. The value of good health is so crucial that Allah s.w.t. says in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 195:
Which means: “And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.”
From this verse, we find that Allah s.w.t. forbids us from doing anything that can harm ourselves; from things that may cause suffering in our lives; or that could cause a loss of wealth, which could even inconvenient those around us. Taking care of our health is hence a commanded upon us by our religion to achieve the aim of the syariah. We would also be unable to perform our acts of worship well if we are not in the best of health.
When we fail to take care of our health, the chances of being inflicted with serious ailments increase greatly. When this happens, it will require huge amounts of money to be channelled for the treatment. Our family members will also have to sacrifice their time and energy to take care of us.
So, let us all strive to maintain good health. We need to change our lifestyle if we currently have an unhealthy one. Ensure that we have a balanced diet. If we smoke, strengthen the resolve to stop smoking or at least reduce the bad habit. Use our free time to exercise and take part in recreational activities with our families.
For those who take medication for the illnesses that they already have, ensure that you take your medication according to the prescribed schedule and do not delay getting treatment. Go for annual health screenings to ensure that any health problems can be detected early. And undertake all these measures with the intention that our doa (prayer) for good health will be answered by Allah. For it is not sufficient to only raise our hands and make doa, without putting in any effort for our doa to be answered by Allah.
Dear Friday jemaah,
Another aspect of health that is emphasised in Islam is one’s spiritual well-being. There are numerous hadith transmitted from the Prophet s.a.w., that are related to the spiritual well-being of a believer; from the importance of remembering Allah at all times, to maintaining the purity of heart from bad attributes and so on. These and many more are just some spiritual aspects that must be upheld by every servant of Allah.
If our bodies require food, drinks and exercise to maintain its health, then our souls contained in our bodies also require its “food”. Our souls need spiritual nourishment and calmness of the heart and mind. This can be attained by attending the various religious education classes held weekly at the different mosques islandwide.
May Allah s.w.t. grant us spiritual and physical health which will enable us to lead our lives with iman and takwa, amin ya Rabbal ‘alamin.