Higher Health: Prophetic Medicine (Lesson 1 of 5 - One's Maker)

Higher health is that which maximises your well being for the longest possible time. The intention in it is that it pleases Allah سبحانه و تعالى. The Prophetﷺ advised that we seek medical treatment [when sick], and he also said, eat and drink and give charity and dress without entering into excess. Verily Allah loves to see His blessings upon His servants, and one of the greatest blessings is Afiyah – well being.

Knowledge of higher health is Fardh Ayn [obligatory knowledge], because our body does not belong to us but to Allah سبحانه و تعالى. He created us and clothed us. We have to take care of it as best as we can, because as the Prophetﷺ said it has a right over us. Without good health all you can do is lay on your bed. So in order to fulfill your social and personal responsibilities, as well as more importantly, your duties to Allah, you have to know about higher health and health in general.

The first and most important thing one must have is a point [to their existence]. This corresponds to the Fitra – the primal nature of the heart is to receive knowledge of Allah سبحانه و تعالى and to know why it was made and accept Allah سبحانه و تعالى as the Maker. Someone who believes they do not have a point to their life and does not understand the reason Allah سبحانه و تعالى created them, does not get well being and cannot be healthy. What is the point of your being alive? This centres on your heart. Take Allah as your Wali – the One in charge and the One who will take care of you. The Prophetﷺ said, “Verily Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your forms but rather to your hearts and your works.” And the greatest works of Wilayah are Iman and Taqwa – true faith and certitude.

In Chinese traditional medicine, a person who never smiles is sick. So peace of heart and a heart that is relaxed and rejoiced in the certitude that Allah سبحانه و تعالى loves Him and he loves Allah, and making others happy, is very important. In traditional medicine and many systems of medicine, it has been noted that a person who is unrelaxed cannot learn to heal until he learns to relax. As long as he does not have peace of heart, he cannot get better from whatever is hurting him. The life of the heart is of the utmost importance and it is through Dhikr, “Verily in the Remembrance of Allah do hearts find tranquility" (13:28) as well as through Shukr – gratitude to Allah. Peace of heart is also knowing the Halal and doing it, and knowing the Haram and avoiding it: “Verily that which is lawful is plain and that which is unlawful is plain and there are matters between the two of them that are confusing. So whoever avoids the doubtful areas, he clears his religion and he clears his honour. And whoever falls into the doubtful areas, he falls into the unlawful.“ (Bukhari & Muslim).

Have Rida; we regard His Decree as success. Everything is for the benefit of the believer. And Allah سبحانه و تعالى says, "Verily your Lord expands the provision for whom He wills and straightens for whom He wills” (17:30). Allah gives some people less for their sake – not HIS. We also have to believe in the generosity of Allah. Allah loves generosity and chivalrous character traits. It goes a long way to healing the diseases of the heart; it heals cynicism, anger and arrogance. And Paradise and Ridwan, are of the utmost importance in this. We find people wearing themselves out [by constantly working], thinking about more money and more Dunya, when ultimate health is in the next world. The Prophetﷺ told us how to behave, “Be in this world as though you were a traveller”.

Things to do:

  • Find your heart and find the things that make it truly happy and nothing will make it happy except for Allah سبحانه و تعالى, “Worship Allah; you have no deity other than Him. He has produced you from the earth and settled you in it, so ask forgiveness of Him and then repent to Him. Indeed, my Lord is near and responsive.” (11:61).
  • Work your religion. Leave the Haram and doubtful and do the Halal.
  • Relax, and avoid stimulants. They will enter worry into your heart and are of no benefit.
  • Try to take Qaylulah [afternoon nap the Prophetﷺ took]; it breaks the pattern of stress.
  • Take a path to Allah and a spiritual guide [Murshid]. Simplify your life and work so that you are worshipping Allah thereby.
  • Walk in the way of Taqwa
  • Rely on Allah – not on yourself or anyone else. 
  • Supplicate throughout the day, but especially after the Adhan and in the last portion of the night.
  • Dhikr. Have a daily Wird.

–Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller (may Allah preserve him for our benefit).

[Paraphrased. All mistakes/misinterpretations are from me].