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Rise of Heart Failure in South Asian Muslim Communities

Rise of Heart Failure in South Asian Muslim Communities
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Muslims believe that the body and soul belongs to God and will return to Him; this shows the Muslim recognition of sanctity of human life. Preserving ones’ health and body is an obligation and everything is required to avoid causing harm to it.

Islam attaches significant importance to health, so taking care of one’s health is a religious duty. Health is indeed a great favour from Allah for which a believer must be thankful.

While speaking on the great favour of good health, the Prophet (s.a.w) said, ‘There are two gifts which many men are unmindful about – good health and leisure.’ – Bukhari

The Prophet (s.a.w) also encouraged his followers to pray for good health. In one tradition he said, ‘Ask Allah for forgiveness and health.’ (An Nasai). In another hadith, he (s.a.w) is reported to have said, ‘No supplication is more pleasing to Allah than a request for good health.’ (Tirmidhi). Another tradition narrates that a Bedouin once asked the Prophet (s.a.w), saying, ‘O Prophet of Allah (s.a.w), what supplication shall I make to Allah after I have finished doing the Salah? The Prophet (s.a.w) said, ‘Ask for good health’.

From these Hadiths it is seen that good health is indeed a great gift from Allah. We should appreciate our health and refrain from doing or consuming anything that can destroy our health or body.

Heart disease remains the UK’s biggest killer and your ethnic origin can increase your risk of heart and circulatory disease and diabetes. “We’ve known for more than 50 years that the risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is up to 50 per cent higher in first-generation South Asians than in the white European population in the UK” – The Heart Foundation

People from these backgrounds are more likely to have other risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes. One of the reasons for the above is genetics and dietary factors play a major part in the problems of heart disease and stroke. Asian diet has an excessive consumption of fried food and sweet dishes which is not good for you as it is high in saturated fat and linked to high cholesterol.

Research has shown that exercise and a healthy diet has positive effects in controlling diabetes, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels; all factors linked with the development of cardiovascular diseases. Exercise also improves one’s mood, self-confidence and self-esteem. The above provides the energy and stamina to perform our prescribed religious duties that allow spiritual proximity to Allah. Lack of exercise is also a contributing factor to heart problems.

We ask the UK Government to do more to promote and educate South Asian communities on the risks of heart failure and what must be done to maintain good health and well-being.

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To the Health Secretary
Rise of Heart Failure in South Asian Muslim Communities   The Heart Foundation has known for over 50 years that South Asian communities are at high risk of heart failure due to their lifestyle and diet.    
  • The UK Government needs to do more to promote and educate South Asian communities on the risks of heart failure and what must be done to maintain good health and well-being.
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