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.

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