Man himself shortens his life: Imam Sadeq (AS)

March 6, 2011 - 0:0

One of the interesting statements of Imam Jafar Sadeq (AS) is about the length of a person’s life.

He said man has been born to have a long life, but he himself shortens his life.
If a person follows the instructions of Islam, observes its prohibitions, and does not eat too much food and drink, in line with the teachings of the Holy Quran, he or she will have a long life.
Undoubtedly, the length of a human being’s life depends on two factors, namely, adopting a healthy lifestyle and avoiding overeating.
Children who were born in the Roman Empire often lived only 22 years since people did not have healthy lifestyles. The wealthy people of Rome would eat to the point of nausea and other people would follow their example, if they could.
There was a place beside the aristocrats’ dining room called the vomitorium, i.e., a place for vomiting. If eating would not lead to nausea, they would take a drug to induce vomiting because they might die due to overeating.
In the beginning of the 20th century, children who were born in countries like England and France could hope to have an average life expectancy of 50 years since the public health situation had greatly improved since the time of the Roman Empire and people did not overeat.
Today, in many countries, a newborn boy has a life expectancy of 68 years while for a girl it is 78 years due to the improvement of the public health situation.
All this shows that the statements of Imam Sadeq (AS) about longevity ring true.