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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Character and Lifestyle

Character and Lifestyle

Chapter:
(p.167) XVIII Character and Lifestyle
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The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.003.0018

This chapter draws attention to pervasive imbalances in consumption and wastage of food, and the resulting obesity and health problems. Then follows a review of the Qur’an and hadith, and a selection of scholarly opinion on personal lifestyle, from eating and drinking, speech and humor, to religiosity and worship, work and leisure, art and music. The question in all of this is how to make wasaṭiyyah a guide to conducting personal, lifestyle, and social relations. Another question posed is whether Islam has visualized, if at all, a model personality that integrates the best attributes of moderation, one that can be emulated by others.

Keywords:   food, fitness, wastage, fasting, worship, speech, charity

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