(‘And when I am ill, it is
He Who cures me.) (Qur’an 26: 80)
Here are some bits of advice
that have been passed down to us from the wise regarding different issues.
"Stay healthy longer by
working hard, by avoiding laziness, by abjuring drinking, and by refraining
from eating too much.”
Some of the wise said:
"Whoever wants health
should eat properly and well. He should drink water moderately. Lying down
after eating lunch and walking after dinner are recommended. And one should be wary
about taking a shower right after filling oneself with food."
"Whoever wants to stay ---and
there is no true stay (meaning life is transient and will come to an end) --- should
eat lunch and dinner early."
"Five things weaken the
body, and at times can even prove to be fatal: to be poor, to part with loved
ones, to drink sour things, to refuse advice, and to not only be ignorant, but
to also laugh at the wise."
Four things weaken the body:
talking too much, sleeping too much, eating too much, and engaging in sexual
intercourse too frequently. Talking too much weakens the strength and sharpness
of the mind and makes one age faster. Sleeping too much blinds the heart, making
one lazy and callous. Having intercourse too often weakens one’s strength and
has harmful effects upon the body in general.
Four things destroy the
body: anxiety, grief, hunger, and sleeplessness.
Four things bring serenity
to the heart: to look at greenery, to look at flowing water, to see a loved
one, and to gaze at fruits upon the trees.
Four things weaken one’s
eyesight: walking barefoot, having a frown on one’s face early in the morning
and before going to sleep, crying frequently, and reading words in small print.
Four things strengthen the
body: wearing soft clothing, taking a shower using water of a moderate
temperature, eating sweet and rich foods, and smelling pleasant odors.
Four things take the mirth
and freshness out of one’s face: lying, insolence, asking too many questions
imprudently, and perpetrating evil deeds frequently.
Four things bring light and
mirth to one’s face: a sense of honor, fulfilling one’s commitments,
generosity, and piety.
Four things make others
abhor and loathe you: arrogance, jealousy, lying, and spreading false rumors
Four things make sustenance
come to you freely: standing up at night to pray, making repentance late in the
night, giving charity habitually, and remembering Allah in the first and last
part of the day.
Four things prevent
sustenance from coming to you: sleeping in the morning, not praying frequently,
laziness, and treachery.
Four things weaken one’s
mind and understanding: constantly eating sour foods and fruit, sleeping on one’s
back, worrying, and feeling anxious.
Four things help one to
improve one’s understanding: having a light heart, not overfilling oneself with
food and drink, adding sweet and rich foods in moderation to one’s diet, and
getting rid of extra body fat.