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The Holistic Approach of Islam to Health and Lifestyle

Within the all encompassing teachings of Islam lies a profound guide to well-being. This article explores the holistic approach of Islam towards health, encompassing dietary habits, dental hygiene, and moderation in various aspects of life. Through engaging insights, we delve into the beauty of Islam’s solutions to health issues, backed by references that illuminate the wisdom behind these practices.

The Significance of Dietary Choices in Islam

A Balanced eating habit in Islam encourages a balanced approach to eating, eating only when one is hungry to avoid overindulging, and advocating that one-third of the stomach be filled with food, one-third with water, and leaving one-third empty. This principle promotes moderation, aiding digestion, and preventing overeating.

Islamic teachings warn against indulging in excessive eating, recognizing the negative impact on physical health. The beauty of this guidance lies in promoting mindfulness and appreciation for the sustenance provided by Allah by being appreciative and thankful to God after every meal and drink.

Children of Adam, dress well whenever you are at worship, and eat and drink [as We have permitted] but do not be extravagant: God does not like extravagant people. [Quran 7:31]

Dental Hygiene in Islam: The Miracle of the Miswak

The Miswak: Nature’s Toothbrush Islam encourages the use of the miswak, a teeth-cleaning twig from the Salvadora persica tree, as a prophetic practice. Scientific studies endorse the efficacy of the miswak in maintaining oral hygiene and preventing dental issues.
Narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If I had not found it hard for my followers or the people, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak for every prayer.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 2, Hadith 12)

Moderation in Red Meat Consumption

Islamic teachings advocate moderation in red meat consumption, recognising its nutritional value while cautioning against excessive intake. This guidance aligns with modern nutritional recommendations for a balanced and healthy diet (see references below).
Hadith: “The stomach is the home of disease, and prevention is half of health.”

Fasting: A Detox for the Soul and Body

The Spiritual and Physical Benefits of Fasting: Islamic fasting during the month of Ramadan offers spiritual purification and serves as a detox for the body. Scientific research supports the positive impact of intermittent fasting on overall health.
O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you — as it was for those before you1 — so perhaps you will become mindful ˹of Allah˺. [Quran 2:183]
He is the One Who produces gardens — both cultivated and wild1 — and palm trees, crops of different flavours, olives, and pomegranates — similar ˹in shape˺, but dissimilar ˹in taste˺. Eat of the fruit they bear and pay the dues at harvest, but do not waste. Surely He does not like the wasteful. [Quran 6:141]
The beauty of Islam shines through its holistic approach to health, offering timeless guidance on dietary habits, dental hygiene, and lifestyle choices. Rooted in the teachings of the Quran and the practices of Prophet Muhammad, these principles not only promote physical well-being but also foster a connection between individuals and the natural world. As we embrace the wisdom of Islamic solutions to health issues, let us recognise the profound impact they can have on our overall well-being, reflecting the holistic beauty of Islam and it’s impact on every facet of our lives.


  • Mattson, M. P. et al. (2017). “Impact of intermittent fasting on health and disease processes.” Ageing Research Reviews, 39, 46–58.

  • Sofrata, A. et al. (2011). “In vitro antimicrobial and resistance-modifying activities of aqueous crude khat extracts against oral microorganisms.” Archives of Oral Biology, 56(10), 1065–1071.


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