Healing Body & Soul: Your Guide to Holistic Wellbeing Following Islamic Teachings 

HEALING BODY & SOUL
  • Book Title:
 Healing Body Soul
  • Book Author:
Amir Ayad
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Your Guide to Holistic Wellness according to Islamic teachings, it advocates moving away from unhealthy diets and making sedentary lifestyle change This book goes beyond the purely physical aspects of health. Dr Amiirah Ayad who is researcher with a degree in pharmacy at master’s level and a doctorate in natural health.

 She writes: In this work, I try to explain how you can combine the rich tradition of teaching Islam with useful contemporary science in order to lead a healthy and happy holistic life.

The book is divided into five chapters, each covering one of the five components that make up the body, mind and spirit. Each chapter explains how to take care of this part of you and keep it healthy. As the book progresses you will see how these bodies are connected.

The health of one depends heavily on the well-being of the other, so a happy and healthy life requires a balance between all. Healing Body & Soul introduces the science of holistic Islamic health in a simple yet comprehensive and easy-to-use guide to better health. It is an invaluable criterion for healing the mind and body that inspires and empowers individuals to take control of their health and lives.

Contents – HEALING BODY & SOUL

  • Introduction17
  • Chapter  One:  Physical  body39
  • The  first  rule  is  ‘ No  harm’  41
  • The  second  rule  is  Cleanline  ss      48
  • Health  of  different  body  systems54
  • Respiratory  system 54
  • Cardiovascular  system :57
  • Skin 60
  • Immune  system64
  • Musculo-skeletal system   69
  • Reproductive  system 77
  • Chapter  Two:  Biochemical  body89
  • Nutrition  90
  • What  is  lawful  (IJ,alal) foo d?93
  • What  is  good  food?100
  • The Food  Guide Pyramid   101
  • Bread  and  cereals104
  • ·         Vegetables  120
  • Herbs  135
  • Fruits  153
  • Proteins 177
  • Milk and dairy products 188
  • Fats and sweets193
  • Nutrition advice from the Sunnah206
  • Environment 214
  • Islamic recommendations for environmental protection  221
  • Chapter Three: Intellectual body231
  • Use it or lose it!233
  • Keep your brain healthy236
  • Food for thought253
  • The subconscious mind264
  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)272
  • Chapter Four: Emotional body277
  • Sources of stress278
  • Are we dealing properly with our stress?283
  • Twenty tips to bring you happiness290
  • Social life376
  • Chapter Five: Spiritual body393
  • $a/at (Muslim prayers)398
  • Pilgrimage404
  • Meditation and Dhikr Allah409
  • Fasting 419
  • Zakat (charity)429
  • ·         Supplication (du’a‘)434
  • The Qur’ an438
  • Epilogue443
  • Bibliography 447
  • Table of Health problems and suggested
  • dietary intervention 483
  • Table of Micronutrients:
  • Vitamins and minerals493
  • Glossary of Islamic terms:501

When I began studying alternative therapy and holistic wellbeing, I read about the centuries-old Indian, Chinese and Japanese traditional practices of herbal and therapeutic medicine. It made me wonder, why are we following practices derived from polytheistic belief systems?

Do we have no Islamic alternative? WHY? Did not our dear Prophet – (Blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) – say: «I left among you what if you hold on to, you will never go astray, the book of Allah and my Sunnah (life practice).» ((Ibn Majah, Abu Dawood, al -Tirmidh and Malik in his Muwatt’ (graded as sound by Albani).))

This does not apply only to acts of worship (‘ibadat), for Islam covers all aspects of life. The wellbeing of the whole person – emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally – is necessary for the believer to participate fully in life, fulfilling his or her duty towards Allah and towards society.

A brief history of Western medicine

Since the beginning of recorded history, Western medical practitioners have adopted one or the other of two opposing paths: ‘rationalism’ (acquiring medical skills through reason) or ’empiricism’ (acquiring medical skills through experience). Empiricism is an approach that respects the integrity and individuality of the whole person; it aims to stimulate, enhance and/or support the person’s vitality, immunity and inherent healing powers.

In this philosophy, each individual is looked upon as a special case, with his/her own combination of thoughts, emotions, and (religious) belief, whose physical health, lifestyle (such as eating habits), and environmental conditions all contribute to that individual’s well-being or illness ((Lindlahr, 2005.)). In contrast, the philosophy of rationalism concentrates on attacking illness by alleviating the symptoms of disease, rather than searching for the causes behind it.

The Greek Hippocrates is considered to be the father of ‘traditional’ western medicine. He lived around 1000 years before the Hijrah ((The migration from Makkah to Madeenah by Prophet Muhammad (,!&) and his Companions that marks the start of the Islamic calendar.)) or 400 years before the birth of Jesus (BC), and built his medical practice on observation and experience using the natural world as a teacher that helped him to better understand how healing is achieved. His type of practice persisted for centuries as the standard approach to methods of healing.

The Hippocratic Oath (a vow containing a code of ethical behavior that is still taken by Western trained medical students all over the world) is said to have been written by him. An approach diametrically opposed to empiricism was advanced by a fellow Greek, Aristotle (who lived in the ninth century before the Hijrah or 384-322 BC).

Aristotle made major contributions in anatomy and biology; he also studied and taught philosophy, physics and metaphysics and advocated the rationalist way of thinking. Over two centuries later another Greek, the physician Galen, (who lived about five hundred years before the Hijrah, in the second century after Christ’s birth, or Common Era –

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