The Quran give us perfect and timeless guidance that if implemented will solve our health problems as a whole. The sad part about this is very few Muslims today follow this guidance.
The Guidance is related to 3 aspects about our diet:
1. What to eat,
2. How to eat
3. Where to go to eat.
What to eat?
Allah SWT says in Surat Al Baqarah
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُوا مِمَّا فِي الْأَرْضِ حَلَالًا طَيِّبًا
O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth: lawful ( Halal) and good ( Tayyib)
The food that we are told to eat has 2 qualities:
In other words it is Halal food that is grown how Allah wants it to be grown and consumed the way Allah wants us to consume it.
For example if we look at most supermarket products, much of it is halal per se but the extra additives, flavours, colours etc will turn the food from something that is Tayyib to that which is khabeeth - foul/disease causing.
How to eat ?
Allah SWT says in Surat Al A'raaf
كُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ
eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.
We are told to eat and drink but not commit israaf (excessiveness). In other words not to over eat and over drink. It’s a very simple instruction but how many of us are actually doing this??? Our protruding bellies are a clear sign we are not following this command. Over-eating will no doubt make one sick in the long run therefore limiting what one eats will go a long way in eliminating food related diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity etc.
Where to go to eat ?
Allah SWT says in Surat Al A'raaf
فَلْيَنظُرْ أَيُّهَا أَزْكَىٰ طَعَامًا فَلْيَأْتِكُم بِرِزْقٍ مِّنْهُ
Let him look to which is the purist of food and bring you provision from it
This was what the Youth of the Cave advised their comrade after waking up from their sleep. The verb used li yanthur is a command to investigate. If we want to search and investigate for the purist of foods we need to get educated and spend our time and efforts to find out where to get it from.
Fruits and vegetable that have been stored for 6 months in incubators and ripened prior to being sold is not the purist of foods. Food that is filled with growth hormones or pesticides is not the purist of foods. Paying a bit extra can go a long way into making our food purer and beneficial rather than disease causing.
Q. Is paying more to get an organic option considered Israaf ( excessiveness)?
A. Excessiveness does not exist when trying to purchase pure and wholesome food, which is actually a command. We need to take the means to good health and rely on Allah. If we are feeding our bodies poison we would contradict the commands of the Quran to eat food that is Tayyib. Our bodies are an amaana ( trust) and we need to treat it as such.
Wa Allahu A’lam
The Quran mentions the greatest human genocide in human civilisation that has and will occur until the day of judgement.
Allah, Mighty and Wise says:
وَإِذَا الْمَوْءُودَةُ سُئِلَتْ بِأَيِّ ذَنبٍ قُتِلَتْ
And when الْمَوْءُودَة (the mow'ooda) is asked , for what wrongdoing was she killed? [Surat Al-Takweer 81:8-9]
The word الْمَوْءُودَةُ has been traditionally translated by the commentators of Quranic exegesis as the new born female who is buried alive. So the ayaat are speaking about female victims of infanticide being asked about this heinous crime on the day of Judgement.
The context of the ayaat
What you notice about the beginning of Surat Al-Takweer is that it speaks of universal phenomena that transcends beyond Arabia. It speaks of the sun losing its light, the stars being dispersed, the mountains moving, close relations being nullified, wild animals being gathered, the sea filled with flames, etc . All these descriptions are in total opposition to their nature which we see in this world.
A new way to look at the word الْمَوْءُودَة
The word الْمَوْءُودَةُ is from the verb وأد which means to bury or cover over. The word الْمَوْءُودَةُ is feminine and a passive participle and is commonly translated as the female newborn that is buried and covered over.
Another way to look at الْمَوْءُودَةُ is to consider it an adjective (sifah) of an omitted mowsoof - the word being described.
As an example of this we have in the Quran the word الصَّالِحَات which is usually translated as good/ righteous actions, however the word for actions has been omitted and only the sifah remains. Without the omission the construction would be الأعْمَال الصَّالِحَات - righteous actions
We see that the ayah prior to mentioning الْمَوْءُودَةُ speaks of the souls النُّفُوس
وَإِذَا النُّفُوسُ زُوِّجَتْ
And when the souls are paired up [Surat Al-Takweer 81:7]
This ayah speaks of:
1. reuniting the soul with the body at the time of resurrection, or
2. The souls being paired up with their good/bad deeds.
Both interpretations have been given by the classical scholars of the Quran
So in this interpretation الْمَوْءُودَةُ is describing النُّفُوسُ. So we are talking about النُّفُوسُ الْمَوْءُودَةُ i.e the souls on the day of judgement who are the most helpless, most vulnerable and without any sin. It is these souls ( both males and females) who have been murdered in cold blood leaving no trace or evidence that a crime has been committed.
Note: The greater plural is used in the ayah in contrast to the other plural الأَنْفُس - the lesser plural. The greater plural would indicate a larger number of souls than the lesser plural. For more information on plurals in Arabic view our course:
PLQ: Plurals in the Quran
The greatest genocide in human history
One can only speculate how many such souls have been murdered in cold blood, killed by parents or caretakers, killed to cover unwanted pregnancies, killed because of being a financial burden, disabled, killed in anger, drugs, neglected by parents, war, famine and the list goes on and on and on. And every day the numbers keep increasing!!!
Justice for the most vulnerable
The first act of justice the Quran mentions on the day of judgment will be the empowerment of the weakest and most helpless victims of genocide in this life. The murderers will not be questioned, but rather the helpless victim will be asked: what sin had they committed to deserve this? These pure innocent souls, who had no say in this life, will reply and this would begin proceedings in the court of Allah, The Most Wise and Majestic.
Wa Allahu A'lam
By Nabeel Alkhalidy