You have been created from the earth, you will be returned to it and you cannot escape from it.
From the things that surround us are those which are helpful and those which are harmful.
We have a need for the beneficial things that have been placed around us, and we have a need for avoiding the harmful things around us.
So where do we start?
How To Live a Healthy, Natural Life?
In The Name of God, The Most Merciful, The Ever-Merciful to His believing servants.
Verily, all praise belongs to God, we praise Him, we seek His aid and we seek His forgiveness.
Whoever God guides then there is none to misguide him, and whoever who God misguides (due to a perversion in his heart) then there is none to guide such an individual.
I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except God alone with no partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger.
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ ٱتَّقُوا۟ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَٰحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَآءً وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ ٱلَّذِى تَسَآءَلُونَ بِهِۦ وَٱلْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا
“O mankind, fear your Lord who created you from a single soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear God, through Whom you ask one another and the wombs. Indeed God is ever All-Watcher over you.”The Noble Qur’an 4:1
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ
“O you who believe! Fear God as He should be feared and die not except as Muslims.”The Noble Qur’an 3:102
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَقُولُوا۟ قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا
“O you who believe! Keep your duty to God and fear Him, and speak a word that is precise.
يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَٰلَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا
He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys God and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement.”The Noble Qur’an 33:70-71
As for what proceeds, then the best of speech is God’s Book (The Qur’an) and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, may God extol him in the highest company of the Angels and bestow peace upon him.
And the most evil of affairs are the newly invented matters in religion. Every newly invented matter in religion is an accursed innovation, every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the fire.
As for what proceeds,
We have a desperate need for knowledge which is greater than our need for food and water.
Without it we are in darkness and cannot find a way out.
No way of knowing the helpful from the harmful, no way of living in line with the creation, which is just an effect of the actions of The Creator.
Without knowledge we cannot be at peace, cannot find it and are far away from a natural, healthy life.
Living a natural, healthy life begins first with the most important and fundamental knowledge there is, that which is the means of giving life to the hearts, that which we are in the greatest need of, desperate, and that which the healthy hearts long for more than any other type of knowledge.
The Creator has always existed and always will exist.
He is Perfect and All Praise Worthy, not in need of the creation and separate from it.
He creates whenever He wills and has been doing so forever and will do so forever.
He is The Disposer of Affairs, The Most Merciful above His slaves, to them Most Generous.
From His Mercy and Favours to them is His creating the Heavens and The Earth and everything that is in them, subjecting it to them and His creating us from it for a great and mighty purpose.
He is The Lord and Nurturer of the Heavens and The Earth, from His Mercy is His sending to us prophets and messengers that inform us of how to please Him.
Whoever pleases him will have been guided to the truly healthy, natural life.
Acting with that which pleases the Disposer of Affairs, The One with Complete control of everything,
He knows every helpful thing in the heavens and the earth and He uses them however He wills.
To aid a servant upon guidance or to misguide the one deserving of that.
We have a need for being healthy and living in a way that is in line with the creation around us, but we first need to take a way to The Creator.
If we do so, He will turn the creation around us to support us upon that.
However, if we do not establish His Right – that we worship none except Him – then no amount of healthy, natural products, habits or surroundings will help us.
Becoming Firmly Rooted
أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ ٱللَّهُ مَثَلًا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِى ٱلسَّمَآءِ
“See you not how God sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky
تُؤْتِىٓ أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍۭ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا وَيَضْرِبُ ٱللَّهُ ٱلْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ
Giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord and God sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.
وَمَثَلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ ٱجْتُثَّتْ مِن فَوْقِ ٱلْأَرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِن قَرَارٍ
And the example of a bad word is like a bad tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, not having stability.
يُثَبِّتُ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ بِٱلْقَوْلِ ٱلثَّابِتِ فِى ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَفِى ٱلْءَاخِرَةِ وَيُضِلُّ ٱللَّهُ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَ وَيَفْعَلُ ٱللَّهُ مَا يَشَآءُ
God will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e. they will keep on worshipping God alone and none else), and in the Hereafter. And God will cause to go astray those who are wrongdoers, and God does what He wills.”The Noble Qur’an 14:24-7
With turning to The Creator, attesting with the heart and tongue that none has the right to be worshipped except Him and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, life has been given to the heart of the servants – the heart in great and dire need of knowing and affirming the names and attributes of The Lord, The Most Merciful.
For the one who has been granted understanding, a healthy heart and an unhealthy body is Abundant Grace and a garden upon the earth, whereas the unhealthy heart and the healthy body is a calamity, a terrifying prospect for the person with intellect.
Now that we have established the connection with the creator, the seed of faith has been planted in the heart and the first pillar of submission to its Originator firmly rooted we move to the second pillar, the five daily prayers of the day and the night.
With this, we establish the most beneficial of the bodily actions in faith, the humility, submissiveness, fear and love of The AlMighty become manifest upon the limbs and The All Praiseworthy has turned our body (after our tongue and limbs) towards Him in the legislated positions that please Him.
Closer we become to Him, The Blessed and Most High.
From His Great Grace upon us is He is establishing along with the establishment of the prayer a wealth of benefits both in the next and this life.
These are from the ways and means that The All-Wise Creator uses to aid us upon His worship and not a reason for us to establish it.
From the religious ways and means are, the making the servant humble before The Lord, the remembrance of the temporary nature of this life and the mindfulness of the servant of The All-Seeing Witness.
From the worldly benefits are the alignment of the servants with the rotation of the sun around the face of the earth (correcting the circadian rhythm), the abstaining from wasteful habits like staying up all night without good reason or sleeping through two of the most beneficial portions of the day (the last third of the night and the early day) and the making supple of the body.
(Consider that the common mobility issues throughout the western world are where?
Hamstring tightness – or lack of bowing to The Lord?
Front shoulder and chest tightness – or lack of prostrating to The Lord?
Relaxing the shoulders back and down – or lack of standing for The Lord?
What comes after this is deepening in knowledge of The Religion ordained by The Protector, and striving to please Him.
Now that the servant’s heart is turned to The Creator, the flames of desires will begin to fall away from the heart and the servants may be granted success in seeing this creation for what it is and all of nature and the creation upon its true reality.
That it is created by The Bestower and subjected to us that we might use it as an aid upon obedience to HIm.
Naturally, knowledge comes before speaking and acting, and knowing how to use the creation properly upon our journey to The Day of Standing is useful no doubt, in its proper place.
We might, on our path to The Lord require some worldly knowledge to help us past a roadblock or to establish something obligatory from the rights of The Lord upon us or the rights of the creation around us.
Before all of this comes the obligatory charity (2.5% of one’s wealth for the one who owns over the minimum required amount).
From the benefits of this are the reminding the servant that their wealth is a trust and that there are rights upon it: that you spend it in what pleases the Creator and do not become miserly, holding back for fear of decrease, verily He provides for us, our family and all the creation together.
Upon reflection, there are benefits to natural, health things, those closer to the form they appear on the earth are easy upon our bodies and souls.
Taking from our surroundings what is sufficient for our needs and closer to its original unaltered form is in general the more beneficial thing for us.
In many places throughout the world now, the hearts have turned away from The Lord, and He is The Truth, and towards desires inculcated in them by way of their harmful actions and then by way of those who encourage them.
Their lives have become complicated and now they have complicated problems.
So let’s look at a series of lifestyle changes one might make to move to a healthy, natural life, to aid us upon the worship of The Beneficent Bestower of Bounties.
With all of the below, make sure to replace and to remove the more complicated away from yourselves and families that we might avoid backsliding.
Make sure to take a realistic stock of where you are, what you have at your disposal and to put the most important things first.
There has appeared in the air of nations given to industry, pollutants and things which may make the normal functioning of the body more difficult.
One might consider moving to a place more rural (if the level of religion is not reduced) and taking from the ease of the body and brain (the heart’s delegated control system) that may be experienced there.
Failing the above, one may look to use an Air Purifier.
In addition to the above, we will want to make sure that we are not making the air more complicated ourselves.
This means avoiding products that involve the releasing of complicated elements into the air, such as deodorants. air fresheners, etc.
These products have certain benefits, though they do have harms that come along with them.
To avoid these, let us look instead to more natural products.
For bodily smells, look at salt deodorants and essential oils as perfumes.
Increasing upon the above, then for premade perfume, perhaps the like of Al-Sunnah perfumes in the UK who appear to use more natural ingredients.
As for the air in closed spaces, then the air purifiers mentioned above may help, and extractor fans in bathrooms for example.
For adding beneficial smells, consider natural incense sticks or bakhoor in well-ventilated areas.
Covered in previous posts, spring water if you can, transported in glass if you are able.
Eating foods closest to their natural state, think:
Untreated with chemicals (organic)
Raw as possible
As naturally raised as possible (free-range, etc)
Most importantly, focus on the big before the small, the food types first at a beneficial few (keep energy high with the likes of dates, etc to aid dietary transition)
Many things around us now emit radiation which can make living more complicated, let’s try to minimize them.
These include electronic devices in general, including the commonly thought of (WiFi, Touch Screen Phones, Bluetooth earphones and headsets for example)
Only have these if you have an actual need for them and then use airplane mode and turn them off whenever you do not need them.
For cleaning, look to natural soaps like this and to create a liquid soap, simply place them in a used honey jar with hot water and leave a little while.
For families, practice patience and gentleness and perhaps give new natural things as a gift and mention that you care about them.
Choose those who remind you of the Creator and are simple in speech.
Remind you of The Creator, encourage you upon goodness and are transparent.
How To Live a Healthy, Natural Life
May God grant you guidance, expand for you your chest, make simple for you your life, good your end and easy your standing.
May God extol His messenger in the highest company of The Angels and grant him peace, his family and companions altogether.