Islam is a monotheistic religion based on revelations to the Prophet Muhammad 1400 years ago, which were recorded in the sacred Quran (Koran). The word Islam in Arabic means “submission,” reflecting the central core of Islam, which is the submission to the will of God. ?enel, E. (2018). Health and religions: A bibliometric analysis of health literature related to Abrahamic religions between 1975 and 2017. Journal of religion and health, 57(5), 1996-2012.
Islam is not just a way of life and beliefs, but is a perfect religion with discipline and ethics in life. Islam provides ethical guidelines in life through the Holy Quran and Sunnah. Various efforts were undertaken to respect the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad such as the writings about the life of the Prophet, the Prophet personally, and the Sunnah of the Prophet in various dimensions. Shamsuddin N, Wazir MM, Wajdi Bin FN, NoorFadhzana MN , Hafizah K, et al. (2013) Awareness and Appreciation Of Sunnah Of The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W Among Muslim Adolescents In Selangor Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, University Selangor, Malaysia.
It is clearly seen that efforts on appreciation of Sunnah is great. Among those emphasized by Islam is ethics when eating and drinking. Food is a medium to maintain the health and continuity of worship to Allah, not simply only to satisfy the whims. Therefore we are not forbidden to take any sustenance is lawful by him. In principle, everything is allowed, unless there is evidence to prohibit it. Anyone who is forbidden for no reason syar’i, it is included in the words of Allah:
“O you who have believed, do not prohibit the good things which Allah has made lawful to you and do not transgress. Indeed, Allah does not like transgressors” .
(Surat Al-Maidah 5: 87)
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Although it has been proved on the advantages of diet in Islam and eating etiquette practiced by the Prophet Muhammad, only a few people who follow the Sunnah of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h. This happens because there were people who felt that some of diet sunnah is uncertain scientifically. Furthermore, they argue that this diet may seem strange, outmoded, and even strange. Whereas the Prophet Muhammad is the best example that should be emulated by every Muslim 3. According to words of Allah:
“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah often” . (Surat Al-Ahzab33 :2)
Among the factors that contribute to this problem is the selection of the food itself. Although it was not the main contributor, but according to Mat Ishak, halal food form a better life, both personally and mentally. Good health can also be attained through the selection of the lawful and good food. Abdul Karim A, Nasiruddin HJ Ahmad (2014) Persoalan Sunnah Nabi SAW Di AntaraTasyri’iyyah Dan Ghayr Tasyri’iyyah Satu Analisis. Al- Bayan Journal. Department of al-Quran and al-Hadith, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Islam education related eating behaviors that included what, when and how to eat. By following these guidelines a person can improve and maintain his physical and as well as mental health. It also helped them it preventative approach. Eating behavior is a broad term that encompasses food choice and motives, feeding practices, dieting, and eating-related problems such as obesity, eating disorders, and feeding disorders. Within the context of behavioral medicine, eating behavior research focuses on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of obesity and eating disorders, as well as the promotion of healthy eating patterns that help manage and prevent medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and certain cancers
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The religion Islam has guided us the most comprehensive eating and dietary habits and one even wonders as to why all the strict rulings. This is true because the stomach is one of those bodily organs that is largely unstable in electrical terms and when there is over-eating or there is junk food ingested, this over-stresses the stomach and the organs concerned with digestion become chemically and electrically at fault. These disturbances resulting not only alimentary and digestive disorders, but also mental disorders Chen, M. F. (2007). Consumer attitudes and purchase intentions in relation to organic foods in Taiwan: Moderating effects of food-related personality traits. Food Quality and preference, 18(7), 1008-1021.