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  • Moderation In Eating

    Since my Fat Over Weight Scholar Thread was closed and I was not given an explanation by the Mods when requessted for one, I will post my conclusions here on the virtues of eating in moderation.

    On the authority of Al-Miqdaam ibn Maadiy-Karib who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah saying: "No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath."

    Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa’I, Ibn Majah – Hadith sahih.

    1. Ibn Masaweh, a Muslim doctor, said after reading this hadith: "If the people only used these words, they would avoid all diseases and maladies and the clinics and pharmacies would be idle."

    2. Another doctor, Al-Harith ibn Kalada said: That which has killed mankind is the introduction of food on top of food before it has been digested.

    3. As for spiritual benefits: humbleness of heart, strength of understanding, lessening of lower desires, lessening of personal opinions and anger, while overeating induces the opposites of all of those. Al-Hassan Al-Basri said: "O, son of Adam, eat with one third of your stomach and drink with one third and leave one third of your stomach to breathe so that you may think."

    4. Ibn Umar: A man said to Ibn Umar: Shouldn’t I bring you some jawarish? Ibn Umar said: What is that? He said: Something which aids in digesting your food after you eat. Ibn Umar said: I have not eaten to being full for four months. That is not because I am not able to do so, but I was with a group of people who were hungry more than they were full.

    5. Not reaching your goals: Muhammad ibn Wasi said: Whoever eats little will understand and make others understand and will be clear and humble. Overeating weighs a person down and keeps him from much of what he wants [to accomplish]."

    6. Al-Hassan Al-Basri: The test of Adam, peace be upon him, was food and it is your test until Qiyama. And, it used to be said: Whoever takes control of his stomach gets control of all good deeds. And: Wisdom does not reside in a full stomach. One day, Al-Hassan offered some food to his companion who said: I have eaten until I am no longer able to eat. To which Al-Hassan said: Subhaana Allah! Does a Muslim eat until he is no longer able to eat?

    7. Allah grants this world to those whom He loves and those He does not love but only grants hunger to those whom he loves.

    8. Ash-Shafi’I said: I have not filled myself in sixteen years because filling oneself makes the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep and makes one weak for worship.

    9. In Muslim and Bukhari: "The believer eats with one stomach while the kafir eats with seven stomachs." Meaning: The believer eats with the manners of Islam and in moderation, while the karif eats based on desires and gluttony and so he eats with seven stomachs.

    10. Also: "Food for one is enough for two and food for two is enough for three and food for three is enough for four."

    11. Also: From Aisha: The family of Muhammad (sas) never filled themselves with wheat bread three days in a row from the time he came to Madinah until he passed away."

    12. A Muslim should not merely follow his appetites. Allah said: {Then, they were followed by generations who neglected the prayer and followed their appetites. They will encounter a pit of fire except for those who repent…} Maryam 59-60.

    13. The best generations didn’t. "The best generation is my generation, followed by the one after them then the one after them. Then will come a people who bear witness but are not asked to bear witness, who swear oaths but do not fulfill them and fatness will appear among them." (Muslim &Bukhari).

    14. From Abi Barza that the Prophet (sas) said: "My greatest fear for you is the appetites of transgression with regard to your stomachs and your privates and the inclinations which lead astray". (Ahmad and others and its narrators are people of sahih)

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    Re: Moderation In Eating

    just because someone is overweight dosen't mean that they eat alot. You get fat because you eat high calorie foods and don't exercise much.


    • #3
      Re: Moderation In Eating

      Originally posted by Rocky Balboa View Post
      just because someone is overweight dosen't mean that they eat alot. You get fat because you eat high calorie foods and don't exercise much.

      I can give you 100's of hadith on the lifestyle of the Sahaba which will refute your statement in a blink of an eye incase you try to get clever. The thread is about eating. Whether someone sits at home all day and that is their lifestyle and does not exercise is not the issue, neither is metabolism rates or some modern genetic disease.

      The context is EATING!!!!!


      • #4
        Re: Moderation In Eating

        Well, my post was aimed more about your thread about fat scholars.

        I don't doubt the hadiths you've posted here.


        • #5
          Re: Moderation In Eating

          there's so many scholars out there, i don't understand how you can make such a big generalization. plenty of slim scholars out there, and if there are some overweight scholars out there, there are plenty of overweight greedy laymen out there too. all a bit silly i think, why are you worrying over something another person may not have control over?

          anyhow, ... too much eating makes a person slow mentally as well as physically. its a sunnah to eat just as much as stops you from being hungry.
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