Dr. Hüseyin Kami BÜYÜKÖZER
There is a surprising area that finds its place among the biggest problems today. What is this field?
‘Nutrition’ is one of the cornerstones of various health problems and one of the basic needs of a person to continue his life.
As Muslims, are we aware that we are living in a period when packaged food industry is at its peak, with our perception of alcohol, pork, and its derivatives as dirty and impure things that we are prohibited from consuming?
Our religion is a whole, what comes to mind when halalness is mentioned is the consumption of healthy, clean, useful and tayyib things. During this time period, scientific data also gives results confirming religious provisions. With the simplest example, it has been scientifically proven that packaged foods, which contain questionable additives, use colourful dyes, and consist of additives rather than raw materials, are harmful to health.
So, can we claim that being responsible for what we eat is only related to ‘our own’ health and our Muslimness, and that the sphere of influence is only the individual/servant himself? There is a place we want to reach with this question: nutrition during pregnancy.
It is obvious that feeding the baby does not start with birth. It doesn’t even start in the womb. When the first formation begins in the mother’s womb, nutrients are also effective in the formation of cells that come from the mother and father and cause fertilization. In this case, we can easily say that even the foods consumed by the mother and father have an impact on the formation of a baby. It can be understood from this that nutrition is ready to affect human life from the very beginning of the journey.
How beautiful is the prayer that our Prophet ﷺ taught Hadrat Ali (Radhiallah Anhum): “O Allah! Grant me enough of what You make lawful so that I may dispense with what You make unlawful and enable me by Your Grace to dispense with all but You!” (Tirmidhi, Daavât 111)
A Muslim person should be confident in himself and what he eats. He should be a person who nourishes his body and soul, which are entrusted to Allah, in a healthy manner. He should consider every moment of his life as a test and think about how to gain Allah SWT’s consent in everything. We are responsible for what we eat and what we feed, as well as what we do to ensure that we and our future generations have a beautiful eternal life, and then a healthy, peaceful worldly life.