By A Humble Servant
(Allah Taala Said), “O Messengers, eat from the good foodsand work righteousness. Indeed, I, of what you do am knowing.”
In the Islamic Tradition and Faith the concept of adhering to the commandments of Allah taala in ones complete life is a central concept. One cannot separate ones personal life from the base beliefs and guidelines of the Qur’an and Sunnah. None more so than the proper consumption of Halal food and beverages. The above verse of the Holy Qur’an Connects both the Spiritual and the Physical life of a believer. As such the Islamic tradition is not entirely spiritual nor is it only physical but it is both. Through the correcting guarding of ones consumption a spiritual reward is greatly benefited and also the physical benefits are also reaped. This is unlike the modern day view that to be denied to eat something is an infringement of freedom . Instead it is a guideline to success and spiritual development , and societal well being.
Ones actions in this world will be weighed and judged in the hereafter. As such one cannot separate ones personal life from ones spiritual self ;they are both connected. Furthermore by being heedless of the dietary regulations and laws (Halal) a believer invariably damages him or herself and thereby endangers the future of the Soul.As Allah taala says in the Qur’an(6:121):
“And do not eat of that which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed, it is grave disobediance. And indeed do the devilsinspire their allies (among men) to dispute with you. And if you were to obey them, indeed you would be associators”
The concept of Nutritional monitoring and specificity and quality control is very common today in the world of Sports and the Health Industry. Moreover Nutritionalists are repeatedly saying that we are not only a product of “What we eat?” but we are also a product of “What we eat? ,ate ?”. In the above verse the link is clearly made between the incantations of the nether world and impure consumption. By achieving purity in consumption, one achieves freedom from the lower self and evil.
In conclusion in todays world of Genetic manipulation, industrial farming and advanced food chemical techniques, the gauntlet of discovery and strict inspection has risen to imperative levels. Nevertheless sound adherence to the rules of Shariah and Halal orientated eating will lead to a better spiritual, physical , and metaphysical psyche. This will inevitably lead to a honoring of the soul and closeness to one’s Creator InshaAllah!!