Healthy Habits of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has set the best examples for us Muslims to follow. It is Sunnah to follow his daily habits and they do not only have spiritual benefits, but also physical and physiological benefits too.

” The Messenger of God is an excellent model for those of you who put your hope in God and the Last Day and remember Him often.”

Al-Ahzaab 33:21

Many of the benefits of these habits have been affirmed by science too. Here are some of them:

1. Wake up early in the morning

Each day, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ woke up early with the Adhan of Fajr, Being an early riser has scientifically been correlated with better productivity, as well as better mental health in general.

He would also pray a couple of rak’aahs (units of prayer) in his home and lie on his right side waiting to be called to lead the prayers.

2. Eat slowly and in moderation

The practice of eating slowly and in moderation to prevent sickness and diseases were emphasized by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and now have been backed heavily by science.

The Islamic concept ‘1/3 for your food, 1/3 for your liquids, and 1/3 for your breath’ matches very closely to the Japanese ‘hara hachi bu’ concept, which means eat until you are only 80% full.

Eating slowly also will help you eat less food and improve your digestion, and it is a practice Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did himself and strongly advocated.

3. Practise fasting

Fasting was a regular practice of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, not just during Ramadan. He would fast every Monday and Thursday, and also on the 13th, 14th and 15th of each Islamic month.

“The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was keen to fast on Mondays and Thursdays.”

Al-Nasaa’i, 2320

This is similar to the intermittent fasting practice, which has been proven to balance hormone levels, prevent oxidative stress, and reduce overall inflammation.

4. Drink water in 3 breaths

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said to not drink water in one gulp like a camel, instead take small sips and best within 3 breaths.

Today, science shows that when a person drinks too much water in a short period of time they can imbalance blood electrolyte levels and experience dizziness. Drink water slowly so it will help your body absorb fluids and get the most out of them.

5. Eat pomegranates

Pomegranates which are thought to have been the Prophet’s favourite fruit contain manganese, which helps in the formation of bone structures during the metabolic process, and potassium, which aids in maintaining cellular function and keeps a balance in fluid levels.

They are also potent in flavonoids and polyphenols, antioxidants which protect our bodies against heart disease.

6. Eat dates

Dates are the perfect foods to break your fast as they stabilize your blood sugar levels, rebalance blood electrolyte levels, and help kick start your digestive system in preparation for food.

Dates are now proven to boost oxytocin production in your body and speed up labour.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ also said:

A family which has dates will not be hungry. (Muslim)

7. Stay active

Fulfilling three of the five pillars of Islam requires that Muslims be of sound health and fitness.

Prayer in itself is a form of exercise that requires movement of your body’s muscles and joints. Good health is also necessary if you intend to fast or participate in Hajj and Prophet Muhammad ﷺ strongly encouraged physical exercise.

8. Avoid sleeping on the stomach

Due to the weight of the spine, adults and even babies are told not to sleep on their stomachs by doctors, since this manner of sleeping has a severe effect on the internal organs and the spine. 

“The Messenger of Allāh (s) came out in the night to check up on his guests, and saw me lying on my stomach. He prodded me with his foot and said, ‘Do not lie in this manner, for it is a way of lying that Allāh hates.’” Al-Tirmidhi, 2798

9. Share food with others

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ always preached on the benefits of sharing as opposed to over-indulging in the good things in life.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ encouraged sharing food with neighbours, friends and the poor. This principle of improving the public’s general health is thanks to the Prophet’s own lifestyle and ideas.

10. Consume honey

Honey is a natural cure for almost all types of illnesses. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to drink a glass of water mixed with honey every single morning. Honey is considered to cure all ailments ranging from stomach issues, appetite issues and controlling phlegm.

The Prophet ﷺ said,

“Healing is to be found in three things: the instrument of the cupper, drinking honey and cauterization with fire, but I forbid my ummah to use cauterization.”  (Bukhari 5681)