The relevance of Islam in the 21st century

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I have recently been watching two medical programmes, one looking at the effects of pork, ham, bacon and other meats on the body and the effect of fasting on the longevity of our lives.

This just made me reflect heavily on the verse “This Day I have perfected for you this religion and completed My Favour upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [5:3]

This just shows the completeness of Islam being so perfect in every single way! Alhumdulillah.

The programmes, which I will explain to you, show this manifestly.

The first programme showed that all pig products were so bad for the heart and body that it would cut on average about 6 years off your life through just a relatively small portion.

In Islam, we are forbidden from eating pork or any pig products completely and from a young age, to all of the born Muslims, this is made very clear. However, we haven’t really fully understood why it is prohibited and what is so wrong with it. Myself and the world have only just started to understand the effects of these forbidden foods and the beautiful hikmah (wisdom) behind this.

The second programme, which I haven’t yet completed, is looking at studies which have proved that fasting often can increase the length of a person’s life.

In Islam, we are shown the way of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). One of the beautiful habits that Muhammad (SAW) used to have was to fast every single Monday and Thursday and often within the four special months of the Islamic calendar. The amazing benefits of this fasting has only recently come to the attention of scientists who have seen that through it, the condition of your health and your life, in general, greatly improves, thus leading you to have a longer life than others.

Allah SWT gives us signs in the places where we may never think there are signs, for example, with me, in a Horizon documentary! But it is these beautiful gifts that we come across that we must use in the best way.

May Allah SWT help us to be more contemplative! Ameen.

The link to the documentary about the effects of meat on the body is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fhb90

The link to the documentary about the effects of fasting on the longevity of a person’s life is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01lxyzc/horizon-20122013-3-eat-fast-and-live-longer

JazakAllahu khair.

A Modern Muslimah ❤

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4 thoughts on “The relevance of Islam in the 21st century

  1. Mashallah! Yes! I agree with everything that you say here Sister 🙂 “The amazing benefits of this fasting has only recently come to the attention of scientists” I must comment on this point that you have written.

    In Sweden, where i live, they have recently come out with the 5-2 diet (Eat five days, fast two) and i am like “Wo, wait a second, Muhammad Pbuh was doing that 1400 years ago” haha talk about being ahead of your time lol! However, I am Vegan, as i believe that the Industry that is causing immeasurable suffering to Animals is totally Un-Islamic.

    “So call for us to
    your Lord that He may bring forth what
    the earth grows of its beans, cucumbers,
    garlic, lentils, and onions.” (Quran 2:61)

    Regarding food, this is a verse that is very inspiring 🙂

    • JazakAllahu khair. Heehee! Exactly! We have this in the UK as well! That is true in this day. Previously I don’t think it was this harsh. I know! It really is. And the other beautiful verses about the variances of food available from the Earth! Allahu Akbar! 😀

  2. Today, there are many things that are being discovered about how to make us healthy and safe from diseases which Islam has been training us with. Such as, how to keep ourselves clean through ablution, cleanse our body through fasting, and protect our health from haram food like pork and other dirty food. Alhamdulillah.

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