Health

Health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in which disease and infirmity are absent.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 4 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

It is extremely important to be ambitious and have good career prospects, wanting to be the best in your field and interests. However, if you do not live in an Islamic country that places boundaries between genders, then the occupation you choose must be well thought of, due to the shar'i issues that could arise. 

Handling, or touching a non-mahram (on their skin) is haram, unless in necessary or emergency cases. If you become a chiropractor, are you able to work only with people of your gender? Are you able to decline clients who are of opposite gender? Are you able to wear gloves? 

These are some of many scenarios that you will need to think of when you select a career. Obviously, it is not just in this field, but in a lot of other areas where there is physical contact, or seeing, etc. 

And Allah knows best.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

It is not allowed to consume any food or medicine which contains alcohol. This is the verdict of majority of our scholars. According to Ayatullah Sistani, if the percentage of alcohol in the medicine or food is very small that it does not cause intoxication then it might be permissible to consume it.
Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 7 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

If the 40 years of fasting that they missed was with a valid excuse, then all they need to do is pay a 'fidya' for each day. A fidyah is 3/4 of a kilo of food, given to poor. 

If they did not have an excuse, then they must:

1. Repent to Allah ta'ala.

2. Pay kaffarah for each day. Kaffarah is feeding of 60 poor people (most common option). 

3. Write in their will that they have this amount of qadha' fasting to be done once they die, either by their next of kin, or they pay someone who will fast as qadha` on their behalf. 

Furthermore, from this holy month of Ramadhan, because they cannot fast, they can pay the fidyah.

And Allah knows best. 

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Mateen Charbonneau, Sheikh Mateen Joshua Charbonneau achieved a certificate from Harvard University in Islamic Studies. He undertook Howza classes under esteemed scholars since 2013 and has been teaching at Imam Mahdi... Answered 9 months ago

Pure would be permissible for us to use and ritually pure. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 9 months ago

Yes, it is permissible as far as there is no strong possibility of risk on their life. They need to seek scientific experts' advice.

'Wassalam.

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There is a supplication from Imam Zayn al-'Abidin (a) related to ill health.

His Supplication when Sick or Visited by Distress or an Affliction

1- O God, to Thee belongs praise
for the good health of my body
which lets me move about,
and to Thee belongs praise,
for the ailments
which Thou causest to arise in my flesh!

2- For I know not, my God,
which of the two states deserves more my thanking Thee
and which of the two times is more worthy for my praise of Thee:

3- the time of health,
within which Thou makest me delight in the agreeable things of Thy provision,
through which Thou givest me the joy to seek
the means to Thy good pleasure and bounty,
and by which Thou strengthenest me
for the acts of obedience
which Thou hast given me success to accomplish;

4- or the time of illness
through which Thou puttest me to the test
and bestowest upon me favours:
lightening of the offenses
that weigh down my back,
purification of the evil deeds
into which I have plunged,
incitement to reach for repentance,
reminder of the erasure of misdeeds through ancient favour;

5- and, through all that, what the two writers write for me:
blameless acts,
which no heart had thought,
no tongue had uttered,
and no limb had undertaken,
rather, as Thy bestowal of bounty upon me
and the beneficence of Thy benefaction toward me.1

6- O God,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
make me love what Thou hast approved for me,
make easy for me what Thou hast sent down upon me,
purify me of the defilement of what I have sent ahead,
erase the evil of what I have done beforehand,
let me find the sweetness of well-being,
let me taste the coolness of safety,
and appoint for me
a way out from my illness to Thy pardon,
transformation of my infirmity into Thy forbearance,
escape from my distress to Thy refreshment,
and safety from this hardship in Thy relief!

7- Thou art gratuitously bountiful in beneficence,
ever gracious in kindness,
the Generous, the Giver,
Possessor of majesty and munificence!

Source https://www.al-islam.org/sahifa-al-kamilah-al-sajjadiyya-imam-ali-zayn-a...

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 1 year ago

as salam alaikum

there are three major fatwas regarding smoking tobacco and cigarettes:

1) It is haram.

2) It is allowed provided that it would not cause substantial harm to your health.

3) It is haram to start but if you are already an habitual smoker it is allowed but you should try to stop, even gradually. 

Overall, it is at least definitely advisable not to smoke.

With prayers for your success.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 year ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Mental health in Islam is termed as the struggle with the self. With self-reformation and purification, a person becomes enlightened and is adorned with beautiful character traits. Their source of strength is God and they are far away from worshipping their own egos. They are a source of blessing and peace to all those around them. Since the struggle with the self is one of the most important aspects of the spiritual message of Islam, mental health is something that is extremely important. It is unfortunate to see many Muslims chasing after mental health solutions in traditions that are sometimes even secular in their outlook which focus on the strengthening of the ego rather than humbleness in front of God, as that is usually due to a lack of familiarity with the solutions that are offered within Islam.

May you always be successful

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

There are many books compiled on medical narrations on health and food from the Prophet (SAWA) like Tibb al-Nabi or Al-Tibb Al-Nabawi and from Ahlul Bayt (AS) like Tabb Al-A'yimmah or Tibb Al-Sadiq (AS).

Sayyed Mahmood Dehsurkhi who is a well known scholar in Hadeeth (passed away recently in Qum) has a books in this regard called Ramz Al-Sihhah Fi Tibb Al-Nabi wal A'iymmah. He has collected in 277 pages good number of Hadeeths in health and food. The book was published by Lahoot publications tel. +98-251-7747493.

There are many other pub;ished books in this regards.

We have a valuable text narrated from Imam Al-Ridha (AS) in this subject called Al-Risaalah Al-Thahabiyyah الرسالة الذهبية or Tabb Al-Ridha

This text is narrated in many of our books of Hadeeth and also publishes as an individual book. (Published by Shabakat Al-Fikr). You might find this bok on the website of the Astan Quds Razawi.

www.razawi.ir

Wassalam.

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Seyed Ali Shobayri, Seyed Ali Shobayri is of mixed Iranian and Scottish descent who found the path of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by his own research. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University through the... Answered 1 year ago

Bismillah, 

Asalamu Alaykom, 

One should see a specialist and doctor (preferably Muslim) to determine whether fasting could be truly harmful for them after recovering. If it was ruled to be harmful and you yourself know it that can harm you, then it’s possible for you to be exempted until your state improves. 

May Allah give you success 

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 year ago

Bismillah

Mental health is part of the well being of the soul, and in Islam a person who with good mental health is one who benefits from the realities of faith and wisdom. Through their relationship of trust in God and faith in Him, His Wisdom and His Kindness, there is nothing from the transient world that can break him/her. It is through their relationship with God that they find peace and solace, hope and tranquillity. Their hearts are enlivened and their minds are active. Their actions are measured with the insight into both worlds and their lives are beautiful and successful due to their attitudes and actions.

The well being of the soul is discussed extensively in the scriptural sources (Qur'an and hadith) and is also discussed in the fields of ethics, philosophy and theoretical and practical mysticism.

May you always be successful

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

Simply, start after the Month of Ramadhan making up (Qadha) of all the days which you missed and you must also pay Kaffara of ever day you deliberately missed by feeding 60 poor believers for every day of missed fast.

Wassalasm.