Declaration on Health Promotion continuedFirst: Health is a
blessing from God, which many people do not appreciate, as is mentioned in the hadith.
Second: Health is
but one element of life, and cannot be complete unless the other major elements are
provided, including: freedom, security, justice, education, work, self-sufficiency, food,
water, clothing, housing, marriage and environmental health.
Third: People can
preserve their health, as enjoined in the Quran, by maintaining a moderate health balance
in a state of dynamic equilibrium, neither exceeding the bounds, nor falling short in that
Fourth: Every human
being is in possession of a certain health potential, which they must develop in order to
enjoy complete well-being and ward off disease, as is mentioned in the hadith.
lifestyles followed by human beings have a major impact on their health and well-being.
lifestyles embrace numerous positive patterns promoting health and rejecting any behaviour
which is contradictory to health.
Seventh: Islam, as
defined in the Quran, is the natural course of life which God has bestowed on humanity.
Hence, adhering to Islamic lifestyles is, in itself, a realization of the true nature of
the human being, and ensures harmony with the laws of God in body and soul, in the
individual, the family and community, and between human beings and their environment.
document appended to this Declaration comprises a list of the Islamic lifestyles derived
from the Quran and the sunna of the Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, and affecting health
development and human development in general. It comprises an integral part of this
Consultation calls upon all international organizations, governments, voluntary and
nongovernmental organizations to promote health by encouraging positive lifestyles.