On the coming of God, according to the Bible and Holy Qur’an, He began to create a people that must and will enjoy a long life and good health. They will not suffer sickness or grief and sorrow. They will live lives of complete happiness.

The earth is full of food; but good health cannot enter our bodies until we have the proper food in the body and the proper food for thought. If we do not have the proper food for our way of thinking, we still cannot enjoy peace, good health, joy and gladness of heart.

We can eat the best food, we can take fasts for nine days or for 20 or 30 days if we want to; and we will still suffer if we do not feed the brain with the right food. These two bodies—the brain and digestive tract—have much in common with one another. Whatever hurts one hurts the other. We must treat both well.

The Bible teaches you that God gave the dead more life. He comes to give you more life and an abundance of life. How can He do that for us unless we help ourselves to the assistance He is helping us seek? We must help ourselves in this way to prolong our lives.


Obey and do all that Allah bids us. Think the way He thinks; the thoughts of good. Seek to be like Him, both physically and mentally. As the Holy Qur’an teaches us, when we have submitted ourselves entirely to the will of God, He then guides us into His path, His way of life. And then we come to enjoy the paradise of life in these words of the Holy Qur’an:

“O soul that is at rest, Enter into My gardens, Into My paradise among Servants well pleased And well pleasing.”

This is what man has sought: the heaven within and the heaven without. If heaven does not begin within, we will never enjoy it on the outside. We do not go to a certain place for heaven. Nearly all of my followers and I are already in heaven (a peace of mind and contentment for the necessities of life, such as food, clothing, shelter, and without the enemy of fear and grief). And, with the protection of Almighty God, Allah, what more do we want?

If we went into another place, we still would not enjoy it more. Oh, certainly, we would be happy to live in a place where there was nothing but people like ourselves, thinking as we think and trying to obey the law of God.

But still, within ourselves, we are happy because this evil world does not attract us anymore. We do not desire this kind of life that the wicked live. Our thoughts or minds feast upon the spirit of goodness. Therefore, the spirit of evil cannot find a place among us to dwell.

Remember, life is what we make of it. Stay away from hog (the swine), the stinking tobacco weed, the hot fiery alcohol, wine, beer, drugs, foolishness, ignorance, madness, drunkenness, gambling, murdering, robbery, deceitfulness, lying, mockery and seeking to take advantage of your brother and your sister, and believe in the presence of God in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praises are due forever.

(Reprinted from “How To Eat To Live,” Book One, 1967.)