HEALTH BENEFITS OF MOVEMENT, WASHING AND
One of the forms of behaviour noted in the Qur'an is concealed
in a revelation vouchsafed to the Prophet Ayyub (as):
Remember Our servant Ayyub when he called on
his Lord: "Satan has afflicted me with exhaustion and suffering."
"Stamp your foot! Here is a cool bath and water to drink." (Qur'an,
One of the pieces of advice given to the Prophet Ayyub (as) by
Allah in the face of the exhaustion and suffering inflicted by Satan
is "stamping the foot." This expression in the verse may be indicating
the benefits of movement or sport.
blood flow is accelerated, particularly by the movement of long
muscles such as those in the legs (isometric movements) and the
level of oxygen reaching the cells increases. As a result, the individual's
fatigue is eliminated and he or she is energised as toxic substances
are expelled from the body.140
At the same time, the body acquires increased resistance to microbes.
People who take regular exercise possess broad, clean arteries and
this has the effect of preventing them from clogging and thus of
preventing heart disease.141
In addition, regular exercise plays a role in the prevention of
diabetes by regularising the blood sugar balance. The beneficial
effects of sport on the liver raise the levels of good cholesterol.142
What is more, walking barefoot is a very effective method of releasing
the static electricity accumulated by the body. It serves as a kind
of earthing of the body.
He Who sends down water from the sky. From it you drink and
from it come the shrubs among which you graze your herds.
As emphasised in the verse, washing is also known to be the most
effective method of discharging the static electricity in the body.
In addition to providing physical cleanliness, washing also reduces
stress and tension. Washing therefore has a curative effect on many
physical and psychological disorders, especially stress and fevers.
In the verse, in addition to washing, drinking water is also recommended.
The beneficial effects of water on all organs of the body cannot
be ignored. The health of many organs-such as the sweat glands,
the stomach, the intestines, the kidneys and the skin-is directly
related to the presence of adequate amounts of water in the body.
The treatment of all such disorders, as may arise in this field,
is possible by means of providing extra water. The answer to fatigue,
tiredness and drowsiness is again to increase the level of water
in the body and thus to cleanse it of impurities.
Implementing each of these recommendations, of vital importance
to our physical and mental health, will bring about the ideal results.
Each of these recommendations is also a manifestation of the verse
"We send down in the Qur'an that which is a healing and
a mercy to the believers
" (Qur'an, 17:82)
140. Prof. Fehmi
Tuncel, Bilim Teknik Dergisi (Journal of Science and Technology),
141. Barbara A. Brehm, “Your Health and Fitness,” Fitness
Management Magazine, 1990.
142. Kathleen Mullen, Some Benefits of Exercise (Medical Times C.
Brown Publishers: 1986).