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Ramadan 2016

Salah and Science (Part 3)

Salah also provides medical benefits too. We have listed a few positive impacts it has on our health every single time you perform it.

The obligatory Wuzu
The obligatory Wuzu goes a long way in providing a clean and healthy activity for the devout Muslim. It is well documented that hands are the most common cause for spreading and contracting harmful bacteria. It is only befitting that when Allah (S.W.T) ordered us to be clean, he commanded it upon His worshipers to wash their hands first. Washing your hands when you perform Wuzu ensures that you remain free from harmful germs and diseases.

Gargling with water and cleaning the nose with a handful of water also cleanses the body from additional germs and bacteria from areas that are otherwise ignored from a hygienic point of view. When water is poured onto the roots of the hair and rubbed behind the ear lobes, it provides a soothing, calm sensation that is good for blood circulation as well.
Raising the Hands & Standing straight (Qiyaam)

When a person raises the hands to the ears to commence the prayer the muscles of the upper arms, shoulders and neck are exercised. According to research this is extremely beneficial for those with heart problems.

Most of the time during the Salah, Muslims remain standing straight with feet apart and hands folded. When you stand straight in Salah, the whole body, feet and legs are in alignment. This improves ones posture, if performed correctly.

Bending often takes a toll on the spine and has damaging consequences for the spine. Standing upright in a straight manner builds your lower back muscles which helps in preventing back injuries and frequent pains. It therefore is essential that Muslims perform all actions correctly.
When performing the Ruku

The Ruku is a posture when you bend forward placing both hands on each knee. The thighs and legs remain steadfast and straight onto the ground and the spine is kept straight. This posture tones the chest and stomach muscles. Muscles of the lower back, thighs and calves stretch which encourages blood flow and circulation.
Blood regulation & Healthy movement within your body
Salah as a whole is a physical exercise which involves different actions, including distinct body parts each performing a specific function. Each and every move during the prayer improves blood circulation by causing the heart to pump faster and supplying oxygen to the whole body quicker. This strengthens the cardiac muscle. It also facilitates movement, rotation and coordination within the body. The bones become regulated through constant movement and stiff joints become relaxed.