Importance Of Health In Islam (Part 2)

Once, Heraclius sent a few presents. One of these presents was a doctor. The doctor came to Rasûlullah 'sall Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam' and said, "Sir, His Excellency sent me to serve you. I will examine your patients free of charge." Rasûlullah 'sall Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam' accepted him. He ordered the Muslims to give him a home, and it was carried out. Every day they brought him delicious food and drinks. Days, months passed, but no Muslim visited the doctor. Ashamed, the doctor came to Rasûlullah 'sall Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam' and said, "Sir, I came here to serve you. Up to now, no patient has visited me. I have just sat idly, eating and drinking. Let me go back now." Upon his request, Rasûlullah 'sall Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam' smiled and said, "It is up to you! If you would like to stay longer, it is the first duty of a Muslim to serve a guest, to show honour to him. If you would like to go, good luck! Only, let it be known that nobody will visit you if you stay here for years, since my Ashâb do not become sick! The Islamic religion has shown the way of how not to become sick. My Ashâb are extra careful about being clean. They do not eat anything before getting hungry, and they leave the meal table before becoming satiated with food."

It is seen that a Muslim, that is, he who obeys the commandments of Islam, does not suffer from illness. Those Muslims who suffer from illnesses are those who do not learn and carry out the commandments. Yes, the illness of death will come to everybody. This illness is a blessing upon Muslims. It is the herald of the voyage to the next world. It is an alarm for getting ready, repenting and saying one's last will. Allâhu ta'âlâ has rendered various diseases the causes of death. Everybody will catch a disease when the appointed time of death comes:

Since there is death in the world,
A headache is no more than a pretext.