Dawn lecture extols good health

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BELAIT

RESIDENTS of Belait attending yesterday’s Subuh lecture commemorating Maal Hijrah learnt of the important relationship between good health and perfect worship.

Listeners were reminded that immaculate acts of worship required a sound body and mind.

In his lecture entitled Kesihatan dan Ibadah (Health and Worship), Mosque Affairs Officer Hj Haslan Hj Shahbudin introduced Islam’s perspective on health through the Quran which states: “And We send down of the Quran that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.” (Surah Al-Isra: 82)

“We are such fortunate creatures, for we are born with a mind,” said Hj Haslan. “Our brains of course are the most important organ and must be pure and healthy.”

Muslims were reminded of the Five Pillars of Islam and that good health was necessary to observe them, especially to perform prayers.

He went on to say that all the parts of the body are equally important and need to be healthy as they all played individual roles in performing prayers and in doing good deeds.

“Our tongues, our feet, our hands and even our eyes are all used to perform parts of prayer… If your knees or spine or hands are unhealthy and not able to move properly, then how can you perform the proper rukuk (bowing) or sujud (prostate) in prayer? Allah will not accept your prayers if performed incorrectly,” Hj Haslan explained.

Hj Haslan also drew attention to the concept of prevention in Islam, saying that to prevent is always better than to cure. This applied to various areas of daily life, including personal hygiene and a healthy environment, balanced diet, physical activity and exercise, as well as the spiritual relationship among man and with Allah (SWT). “Keep yourselves and your home clean. You could be sweating from a day’s work and your prayer will still be accepted by Allah, but that is makruh (undesired),” he said.

Hj Haslan also urged the congregation to lead healthy lifestyles by eating balanced meals and avoiding food that is tasty but without complete nutrition, as well as by exercising regularly as part of an active lifestyle.

The Brunei Times