On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 17: The Salaf on Killing Yourself Through Junk Food

December 29, 2015 § Leave a comment


“In explaining the hadith of Abu Hurairah about, ‘Whoever kills himself …,’* Ibn Hubairah said, ‘Included in that meaning are foods whose overwhelming characteristic is that they are harmful; eating one’s fill excessively; eating food on top of food; and obeying one’s excessive desire for food [gluttony] …’”

Al-Aadaab ash-Shar’iyah wal-Manh al-Mar’iyah, vol. 3, p. 185.

* The full text of the hadith is, “Whoever kills himself with (an instrument of) iron will come on the Day Of Judgment with his iron in his hand, to continually stab himself in his stomach with it, in the fire of Jahannam, dwelling in that state eternally. And whoever kills himself with poison, then his poison will be in his hand, to continually take it in the Fire of Jahannam, dwelling in that state eternally.” [Bukhaari]

For No. 16 see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 16: Al-Hasan al-Basri on a Person Eating so Much That He Can’t Eat Anymore

December 28, 2015 § 1 Comment


“Al-Hasan al-Basri invited a man to eat with him, so the man replied, ‘I’ve eaten and I can’t eat anymore [I’m so full].’ So al-Hasan al-Basri said, ‘Subhaanallaah, does a believer eat until he’s not able to eat again?’”

Hayaatus-Salaf, Bainal-Qawl wal-’Amal, p. 578.

See here for No. 15.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 15: Eating Another Load on Top of an Already Full Stomach

December 28, 2015 § Leave a comment


“Luqmaan The Wise said to his son, ‘O son! Don’t eat stomachful upon stomachful, for indeed many a meal it is that has given a person an illness.’”

Al-Joo’, p. 185.

And in another narration, “Luqmaan the Wise said to his son, ‘O son! Don’t eat anything on top of a full stomach—leaving it for a dog is better for you than eating it yourself.’”

Al-Aadaab ash-Shar’iyah wal-Manh al-Mar’iyah, vol. 3, p. 185.

See here for No. 14.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 14: “Shame on Him. Again, Shame on Him.”

December 28, 2015 § Leave a comment


Abu Ja’far al-Mukhawwali said, “Shame on the one who prefers his stomach over his deen! Shame on him. Again, shame on him.”

Al-Joo’, p. 151.

See here for No. 13.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 13: The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ and the Mother of the Believer’s Eating Habits

December 27, 2015 § Leave a comment


“From ’Urwah, from his father, from Aaishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, who said, ‘By Allaah! A month would pass by the family of Muhammad ﷺ and no bread would be made in it.’ He said, ‘I said, ‘O Mother of the Believers! So what would the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ eat?’’ She said, ‘We used to have some neighbours from the Ansaar, may Allaah reward them with good, who used to have some laban from which they would give some to Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ.’”

Az-Zuhd of Imaam Ahmad, Vol. 1, p. 9.

For No. 12, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 12: Ath-Thawree Said, “If You Want Your Body to Be Healthy …”

December 27, 2015 § Leave a comment


“’Uthmaan ibn Zaaidah said, ‘Sufyaan ath-Thawree, may Allaah have mercy on him, wrote to me saying, ‘If you want your body to be healthy and to sleep less, eat less.’’”

Al-Joo’, p. 100.

See here for No. 11.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 11: “The First Thing a Believing Servant Works on is His Stomach.”

December 26, 2015 § Leave a comment


“’Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Zaid said, ‘The first thing a believing servant works on is his stomach. If it remains on the right course, then his religion will remain on the right course, and if his stomach doesn’t remain on the right course, then his religion won’t remain on the right course.’”

Al-Joo, p. 78.

For No. 10, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 10: Ibn Umar’s Wife, Safiyyah, Talking About His Eating Habits

December 26, 2015 § Leave a comment


Ibn ’Umar’s wife, Safiyyah bint Abi ’Ubaid, said, “I can’t say I saw him eat his fill because I never saw him eat until he was full. So when I saw that that was the case I made him something—he used to have two orphans and so he called them and they ate with him. When they got up, I went and brought him something [else to eat], so he said, ‘Call so and so and so and so [i.e., the orphans],’ so I said, ‘They’ve gone to sleep and you’ve already given them their fill.’ So he said, ‘Call some of the People of As-Suffah for me.’ So some poor people were called and ate with him.”

Al-Joo’, p. 58.

For No. 9, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 9: “If You’re Fat, Then …”

December 25, 2015 § Leave a comment


“Al-Hussain ibn ’Abdur-Rahmaan said, ‘One of the scholars said, ‘If you are potbellied, consider yourself an invalid/chronically ill until you become lean.’’”

Al-Joo of Ibn Abid-Dunyaa, p. 73.

See here for No. 8.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 8: Al-Hasan al-Basri on the Trial of Food

December 24, 2015 § Leave a comment


“Al-Hasan al-Basri … said, ‘Your father Aadam’s trial عليه السلام was a bite [of food], and it will be your trial up until the Day of Resurrection.’”

Al-Joo, p. 77.

See here for No. 7.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 7: The Companion, Ibn Umar’s Eating Habits رضي الله عنه

December 23, 2015 § Leave a comment


“A man came to Ibn ’Umar and said, ‘Shall I not make some ‘Jawaarshan’ for you?’

So Ibn ’Umar said, ‘And what is, ‘Jawaarshan?’

He said, ‘Something you eat which will make you feel better if you overstuff yourself with food.’

So Ibn ’Umar said, ‘I’ve not eaten my fill for four months—and that isn’t because I don’t have it, but it’s because I met a people who would go hungry one time and satisfy their appetite the next.’”

In another narration, Ibn ’Umar said, “I’ve not eaten my fill since I became a Muslim.”

Al-Joo’, p. 61.

See here for No. 6.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 6: The Companion’s Son Who Ate Too Much One Night and His Father’s Reaction

December 22, 2015 § Leave a comment


“It was said to [the Companion] Samurah ibn Jundub, may Allaah be pleased with him, ‘Your son spent the night gorged such that he suffered from indigestion.’ So he said, ‘If he had died I wouldn’t have prayed over him.’

Shaikh Taqiyud-Deen said, ‘Namely, because he would have aided in killing himself, and so would be like someone who committed suicide.’”

Al-Aadaab ash-Shar’iyah wal-Manh al-Mar’iyah, vol. 3, p. 196.

For No. 5, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 5: “Give Me! Give Me! More! More! More!”

December 22, 2015 § Leave a comment


The Companion, ’Ubaadah ibn as-Saamit, may Allaah be pleased with him, used to say, “The stomach is only, ‘Give me! Give me!’ Sufficient for you is what keeps hunger away from you.”

Al-Joo’, p. 44.

For No. 4, see here, and here for No. 6.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 4: “O Fool—You See That Stomach?”

December 21, 2015 § Leave a comment


Al-A’mash said to a man, “O fool—you see that stomach? If you humiliate it, it will honour you, and if you honour it, it will humiliate you.”

Al-Joo’, p. 77.

For No. 3, see here, or here for No. 5.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 3: Stop Eating While You Still Want to Eat More, Not Until You’re Stuffed And Ready to Burst

December 20, 2015 § Leave a comment


’Abdul-Waahid ibn Ziyaad said, “I heard Malik [ibn Deenaar] saying to Hawshab:

‘O Abaa Bishr! Take two things from me: don’t go to sleep at night while you’re full, and stop eating while you still want [to eat more of] the food.’

So Hawshab said to him, ‘O Abaa Yahya, this is the prescription of the doctors of this world.’

While both of these were talking Muhammad ibn Waasi’ was listening, so he then said, ‘Yes, and it is [also] the prescription given as the way of the people of the Hereafter.’

Upon which Maalik said, ‘Excellent! Excellent! The Hereafter and this world.’”

A-Joo’, p. 56.

For the second post in this series, see here, and for No. 4, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 2: Umar ibn al-Khattaab’s Eating Habits رضي الله عنه

December 19, 2015 § Leave a comment


From Ibn ’Abbaas who used to bring ’Umar ibn al-Khattaab’s food to him, “He used to eat eleven mouthfuls, and then the same amount the next day.”
Kitaab Islaahul-Maal, no. 334.

From Ibn ’Abbaas who said, “I used to bring [Umar] Ibn al-Khattaab’s food to him, so I would count what he ate and it would come to eleven mouthfuls, [after eating them] he would clean his hand and not eat anymore, but they were large morsels/mouthfuls. So I asked the person who would prepare his food, ‘Does the Ameerul-Mu’mineen eat anything else apart from this?’ He said, ‘No, he eats the same amount as this the next day, unless he wants to fast in which case he will have the suhoor meal.’”
Az-Zuhd, no. 241.

See No. 1 here, or here for No. 3.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 1: Your Stomach is a Dog

December 18, 2015 § Leave a comment


Maalik ibn Deenaar said, “Your stomach is but a dog. Throw that dog a scrap or the top part of some guava [not even a whole one] to keep it at bay, and don’t make your stomachs containers for the devil, letting Iblees collect in it whatever he wants.”
Al-Joo’ [Hunger], p. 64.

Abu ’Ubaidah al-Khawwaas said, “The worst people are the ones who enter the Fire due to someone else. Your stomach is your dog, keep it away with a bite of food.”
Al-Joo’ [Hunger], p. 63.

See No. 2 here.

“I’m a Scholar.”

December 16, 2015 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Everyone, no matter what level they have reached, is in need of Allaah عز وجل for guidance, so let no one say, ‘I’m a scholar,’ ‘I’m a worshipper,’ thereby relying on himself and being conceited, he must instead recognise the extent of Allaah’s Blessings on him in terms of the guidance that He has given him, for how many people there are whom Allaah has misguided despite their strength and intellect.”

Tafseer Surah as-Saaffaat, p. 268.

So He ﷺ Said, “Stay in Your House … Tend to Your Own Affairs and Leave the Affairs of the Common Folk.”

December 11, 2015 § Leave a comment


“It was narrated from ’Umaarah bin ’Amr from ’Abdullaah bin ’Amr bin al-’Aas that the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam, said, “How will you be at a time …” or “Soon there will be a time …” “… when people are sifted and the dregs of mankind will be left, who will break their promises and betray their trusts, and they will become mixed together* like this …” and he interlaced his fingers. They said, “How should we be, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said, “Accept that which you approve of and reject that which you disapprove of …

تُقْبِلُونَ عَلَى أَمْرِ خَاصَّتِكُم
… tend to your own affairs.

وتَذَرُونَ أَمْرَ عَامَّتِكُم
And leave the affairs of the common folk.””

[Abu Dawud no. 4342, Hasan]

* “‘Mixed together,’ meaning, to such an extent that one will not be able to tell the good from the bad, and people will be so confused about religious matters that they will not be able to tell the difference between honesty and betrayal, good and evil.”

“It was narrated from ’Ikrimah, he said, “’Abdullaah bin ’Amr bin al-’Aas narrated to me, he said, ‘While we were around the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ he mentioned Fitnah and said, ‘If you see that the people have started to break their promises, and are not trustworthy, and they are like this …’ and he interlaced his fingers. I stood up and said, ‘What should I do at that time? May Allaah cause me to be ransomed for you.’ He said:

الْزَمْ بَيْتَك
‘Stay in your house

وَامْلِكَ عَلَيْكَ لِسَانَكَ
and hold your tongue

accept that which you approve of, and reject that which you disapprove of

وَعَلَيْكَ بِأَمْرِ خَاصَّةِ نَفْسِكَ
tend to your own affairs

وَدَعْ عَنْكَ أَمْرَ الْعَامَّةِ
and leave alone the affairs of the common folk.’””

[Abu Dawud no. 4343, Hasan]

Hishaam ad-Dastuwaa’i said, ‘By Allaah, I am not able to say that I ever …’

December 6, 2015 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Hishaam ad-Dastuwaa’i said, ‘By Allaah, I am not able to say: ‘That there was ever a single day where I went to seek hadith seeking Allaah’s Face thereby [i.e., sincerely for Allaah].’’ Imaam ad-Dhahabi said, ‘And, by Allaah, me neither.’”

As-Siyar, its summary, 2/687.

Ibn Taymiyyah on, “Thee (alone) we worship and Thee (alone) we ask for help.”

December 5, 2015 § Leave a comment


The Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Because worship and tawakkul encompass the religion in its entirety, and that is why one of the Salaf said, ‘Indeed Allaah brought [all] the revealed Books together in the Quraan, and He combined the knowledge of the Quraan in the mufassal Surahs, and He gathered the knowledge of the mufassal Surahs in al-Faatihah, and He combined the knowledge of al-Faatihah in His Saying, ‘Thee (alone) we worship and Thee (alone) we ask for help.’’”

At-Tuhfah al-’Iraaqiyyah, p. 315.

The Verses of Tranquillity—Ibn Taymiyyah Asking for Them to be Recited When He was Sick and Attacked by Devils

December 4, 2015 § Leave a comment


Ibn al-Qayyim said, “And Allaah has mentioned tranquility in six places in His Book:

وَقَالَ لَهُمۡ نَبِيُّهُمۡ إِنَّ ءَايَةَ مُلۡكِهِۦٓ أَن يَأۡتِيَكُمُ ٱلتَّابُوتُ فِيهِ سَكِينَةٞ مِّن رَّبِّكُمۡ وَبَقِيَّةٞ مِّمَّا تَرَكَ ءَالُ مُوسَىٰ وَءَالُ هَٰرُونَ تَحۡمِلُهُ ٱلۡمَلَٰٓئِكَةُۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَأٓيَةٗ لَّكُمۡ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤۡمِنِينَ

1) “And their Prophet said to them, ‘Indeed, a sign of his kingship is that the chest will come to you in which is assurance [sakinah] from your Lord and a remnant of what the family of Moses and the family of Aaron had left, carried by the angels. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.’” [2:248]

ثُمَّ أَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُۥ عَلَىٰ رَسُولِهِۦ وَعَلَى ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ وَأَنزَلَ جُنُودٗا لَّمۡ تَرَوۡهَا وَعَذَّبَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْۚ وَذَٰلِكَ جَزَآءُ ٱلۡكَٰفِرِينَ

2) “Then Allaah sent down His tranquillity upon His Messenger and upon the believers and sent down hosts whom you did not see and punished those who disbelieved. And that is the recompense of the disbelievers.” [9:26]

إِلَّا تَنصُرُوهُ فَقَدۡ نَصَرَهُ ٱللَّهُ إِذۡ أَخۡرَجَهُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ ثَانِيَ ٱثۡنَيۡنِ إِذۡ هُمَا فِي ٱلۡغَارِ إِذۡ يَقُولُ لِصَٰحِبِهِۦ لَا تَحۡزَنۡ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ مَعَنَاۖ فَأَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُۥ عَلَيۡهِ وَأَيَّدَهُۥ بِجُنُودٖ لَّمۡ تَرَوۡهَا وَجَعَلَ كَلِمَةَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ ٱلسُّفۡلَىٰۗ وَكَلِمَةُ ٱللَّهِ هِيَ ٱلۡعُلۡيَاۗ وَٱللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ

3) “If you do not aid the Prophet—Allaah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, ‘Do not grieve, indeed Allaah is with us.’ And Allaah sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allaah—that is the highest. And Allaah is Mighty, Wise.” [9:40]

هُوَ ٱلَّذِيٓ أَنزَلَ ٱلسَّكِينَةَ فِي قُلُوبِ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ لِيَزۡدَادُوٓاْ إِيمَٰنٗا مَّعَ إِيمَٰنِهِمۡۗ وَلِلَّهِ جُنُودُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِۚ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمٗا

4) “It is He who sent down tranquillity into the hearts of the believers that they would increase in faith along with their [present] faith. And to Allaah belong the hosts of the heavens and the earth, and ever is Allah Knowing and Wise.” [48:4]

لَّقَدۡ رَضِيَ ٱللَّهُ عَنِ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ إِذۡ يُبَايِعُونَكَ تَحۡتَ ٱلشَّجَرَةِ فَعَلِمَ مَا فِي قُلُوبِهِمۡ فَأَنزَلَ ٱلسَّكِينَةَ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَأَثَٰبَهُمۡ فَتۡحٗا قَرِيبٗا

5) “Certainly was Allaah pleased with the believers when they pledged allegiance to you, [O Muhammad], under the tree, and He knew what was in their hearts, so He sent down tranquillity upon them and rewarded them with a near victory.” [48:18]

إِذۡ جَعَلَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ ٱلۡحَمِيَّةَ حَمِيَّةَ ٱلۡجَٰهِلِيَّةِ فَأَنزَلَ ٱللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُۥ عَلَىٰ رَسُولِهِۦ وَعَلَى ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ وَأَلۡزَمَهُمۡ كَلِمَةَ ٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ وَكَانُوٓاْ أَحَقَّ بِهَا وَأَهۡلَهَاۚ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيۡءٍ عَلِيمٗا

6) “When those who disbelieved had put into their hearts chauvinism, the chauvinism of the time of ignorance. But Allaah sent down His tranquillity upon His Messenger and upon the believers and imposed upon them the word of righteousness, and they were more deserving of it and worthy of it. And ever is Allaah, of all things, Knowing.” [48:26]

And when things would become severe against the Shaikh of Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy on him, he would recite the Verses of Tranquillity [listed above].

And during a formidable calamity which he faced when he was sick and which [was so severe that both] intellects and [a person’s] strength are unable to bear it—and which saw him battling Satanic spirits which appeared before him at that time of being in a state of weakened strength—he said, ‘And so when the situation become most severe against me I said to my relatives and those around me, ‘Recite the Verses of Tranquillity,’ and thus did that state cease and I sat up having no ailment.’

And I [i.e., Ibn al-Qayyim] too have tried reciting these verses during times when the heart is uneasy/disturbed/agitated due to what it faces, and I saw them to have a tremendous effect in bringing it tranquillity and repose.”

Madaarijus-Saalikeen, vol. 3, pp. 391-392, verses quoted in part in the book, quoted in full here in the article.

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