On Overeating and Being Obese | No. 46 | Ibn Umar

May 6, 2020 § Leave a comment


Abdur-Raḥmān ibn Zaid ibn Aslam said, “A man was with Ibn ʿUmar on a journey. When any food was brought, he would take a bite from it and then wipe his hand [i.e., stop eating], and when a drink would be brought he would take a sip from it [and then leave it].  So Ibn ʿUmar said to him, ‘My brother’s son! Why do you not eat enough to satisfy your appetite and drink until you quench your thirst?’ He replied, and there was a fire burning in front of Ibn Umar, ‘No, by Allāh, not until I see where I will be tomorrow [in the Hereafter] and where my [final] abode will be!’

So after that Ibn ʿUmar was never seen eating to his fill again until he met Allāh.”
Al-Jūʿ, [‘The Book of Hunger’ of Ibn Abid-Dunyaa], pp. 185-186.

On Overeating and Being Obese | No. 45 | ‘I Have Seen the Prophet ﷺ in a State that I am Unable to Endure. Have You Got Anything in the House?’

May 5, 2020 § Leave a comment


From ʿĀʾishah, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the Mother of the Believers, “From the day he came to Medīnah, the family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of wheat for three days in a row, until he died.” Muslim, no. 7443.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ never ate his fill of wheat bread three days in a row, until he passed away.” Muslim.  No. 7444.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of barley bread two days in a row, until the Messenger of Allāh died.” Muslim, no. 7445.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of wheat bread for more than three days.” Muslim, no. 7446.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of wheat bread for three (days) days until he passed away.” Muslim, no. 7447.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The family of Muḥammad ﷺ never ate their fill of wheat bread for two days, but on one of them they only had dates.” Muslim, no. 7448.

From ʿĀʾishah, “We, the family of Muḥammad ﷺ, would stay for a month with no fire being lit, it (our food) was only dates and water.” Muslim, no. 7449.

From ʿĀʾishah, “The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ died when there was nothing on my shelf that a living being could eat except a handful of barley on a shelf of mine. I ate from it for a long time, then I measured it and it ran out.” Muslim, no. 7451.

From ʿĀʾishah, “When the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ died, he had not eaten his fill of bread and oil twice in one day.” Muslim, no. 7453.

Simāk said, “I heard an-Nuʿmān ibn Bashīr say, ‘Do you not eat and drink whatever you want? I saw your Prophet ﷺ when he could not even find enough Daqal (inferior quality dates) to fill his stomach.’” Muslim, no. 7459.

Simāk said, “I heard an-Nuʿmān delivering a sermon and he said, ‘ʿUmar mentioned what the people had got of worldly gains and he said, ‘I saw the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ spending the whole day suffering because of hunger, and he could not even find inferior quality dates with which to fill his stomach.’’” Muslim, no. 7461.

From Jābir, “On the day of the battle of Al-Khandaq (the Trench), we were digging the trench when a very hard boulder came in our way. The Companions went to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and told him about it. He said, ‘I will go down the trench to see it.’ He stood up and it was noticed that he had tied a stone over his stomach due to intense hunger. We had not eaten anything for three days. He took up a spade and struck the hard rock with it and it turned into sand. I sought his permission to go home, (after reaching home I) said to my wife, ‘I have seen the Prophet ﷺ in a state that I am unable to endure. Have you got anything in the house?’ She said …” Another narration says, “Jabir said, ‘When the trench was being dug, I noticed the signs of hunger on the face of the Prophet ﷺ …’” Bukhāri and Muslim.

On Overeating and Being Obese | No. 44 | “Withhold Your Belching from Us.”

May 5, 2020 § Leave a comment


From Ibn ʿUmar رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ, “A man belched in the presence of the Prophet so he said, ‘Withhold your belching from us. For indeed those who eat their fill most in the world will be the hungriest on the Day of Resurrection.’”

Abu Juhaifah [the Companion رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ in the above narration] said, “So I haven’t eaten my fill for thirty years.”

Silsilah, no. 343, [1260], Al-Jūʿ, p. 27.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 43: Aishah’s Eating Habits and the Time She Started Crying رضي الله عنها

January 14, 2016 § Leave a comment


“Abu ’Imraan al-Jooni said that a man gave some Jawaarshan from Iraq as a gift to Aaishah. When they put it in front of her she said, ‘What is this?’

They said, ‘Something they make in Iraq which helps digest food.’

So she cried and said, ‘By Allaah! I’ve not eaten my fill since my beloved ﷺ passed away.’”
Al-Joo, p. 130.

For the narration of Ibn ‘Umar and the Jawaarshan, see here, and for No. 42, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 41: Imaam ash-Shaafi’i’s Eating Habits

January 14, 2016 § Leave a comment


Imaam an-Nawawee, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Imaam ash-Shaafi’i said, ‘I have not eaten my fill for sixteen years, except one time which I discarded there and then,’ and in another narration, ‘… for twenty years …’”
Tahdheeb al-Asmaa wal-Lughaat, vol. 1, p. 54.

See here for No. 40.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 39: Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarraah, The Ameen of The Ummah رضي الله عنه

January 10, 2016 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “… Maalik ibn Yakhaamir said, while describing [the Companion] Abu ’Ubaidah [ibn al-Jarraah رضي الله عنه], ‘He was a slim man .…’”

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 1, p. 7.

See here for No. 38.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 38: The Haafidh, The Imaam, The Hujjah, Abu Hamzah as-Sukkari said, “I’ve Not Eaten My Fill for Thirty Years, Unless …”

January 10, 2016 § Leave a comment


Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Abu Hamzah as-Sukkari [d. 167 AH]: the Haafidh, the Imaam, the Hujjah, Muhammad ibn Maimoon, al-Marwazi, the Scholar of Merv [a city in current day Turkmenistan]. An-Nasaa’i said about him, ‘Trustworthy [thiqqah].’ Al-’Abbaas ibn Mus’ab al-Marwazi said about him, ‘Abu Hamzah was someone whose du’aas would be answered.’

Mu’aadh ibn Khaalid said, ‘I heard Abu Hamzah as-Sukkari saying, ‘I’ve not eaten my fill for thirty years, unless I had a guest.’’”

Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 7, pp. 385-387.

For No. 37, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 37: “When will I Wake Up So I Can Eat Some More?”

January 9, 2016 § Leave a comment


“Abdullah ibn Shumait said, ‘I heard my father describing the people of the dunyaa, saying, ‘Perpetually gluttonous, lacking insight, his zeal is only for his stomach, his private parts and his skin. He says, ‘When will I wake up so I can eat and drink, play and amuse myself? When will evening come so I can sleep?’

A corpse at night, idle in the day.’’”

Az-Zuhd of Imaam Ahmad, vol. 1, p. 144.

For No. 36, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 36: Eating Too Much Hardens the Heart

January 9, 2016 § Leave a comment


“Ali رضي الله عنه said, ‘Gluttony hardens the heart.’”
Islaahul-Maal, vol. 1, p. 104.

For No. 35, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 34: “And Verily, Allaah Hates The Fat Scholar.”

January 9, 2016 § Leave a comment


“’Umar [ibn al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه] said, “O People! Beware of gluttony, for it will cause you to become lazy in performing the prayers, damage your bodies, and leave you ill. And verily—Allaah تبارك وتعالى hates the fat scholar. Instead be moderate in your food, for that is closer to remedying [yourselves], and further from waste, and makes you firmer in worshipping Allaah. And a servant won’t be destroyed until he gives precedence to his desires over his religion.’”
Al-Joo’, p. 72.

See here for No. 33.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 33: Umar ibn al-Khattaab’s Patience رضي الله عنه

January 6, 2016 § Leave a comment


Al-Hasan said, “’Umar ibn al-Khattaab never ate anything except a barley mixture up until he met Allaah [i.e., passed away]. Sometimes his stomach would rumble so he would tap it with his hand and say [to it], ‘Be patient! For by Allaah! I have nothing for you apart from what you see up until you meet Allaah.’”

Az-Zuhd of Imaam Ahmad, vol. 2, p. 26.

See here for No. 32.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 32: “As Soon as They Came Close to Being Full, They Would Stop.”

January 5, 2016 § Leave a comment


Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “By Allaah! I met a people and accompanied groups of them, none of them ever ordered food be cooked for them in their houses, and none of them ever filled themselves up with food until they died—as soon as they came close to being full, they would stop.”
Al-Joo’, pp. 64-65.

See here for No. 31.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 31: How Food was Not Their Main Concern

January 5, 2016 § Leave a comment


Malik ibn Deenaar said, “By Allaah! I wish a pebble to suck would suffice for food and drink.”

Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “I met people who would have a bite to eat and wish it was a stone in their stomachs.” He also said, “One of them would say, ‘I wish I could eat a bite which would become like a tile/baked brick in my stomach.’” And al-Hasan said, “He said, ‘It has reached us that a piece of tile/or baked brick lasts in water for up to three hundred years.’”
Al-Joo’, p. 63.

For No. 30, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 30: Eating Too Much Prevents You From Achieving Your Goals

January 5, 2016 § Leave a comment


Muhammad ibn Waasi’ said, “Whoever eats less will gain understanding and be able to make other people understand, he will become pure/serene and his heart soft. Verily, too much food bears down on a person preventing him from doing a lot of what he wants to do.”

Sualimaan ad-Daaraani said, “When a person becomes hungry and thirsty, the heart becomes pure and soft, and when he eats to his fill and quenches his thirst, the heart becomes blind.”
Al-Joo’, p. 57.

See here for No. 29.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 27: Making Your Stomach Your Greatest Concern

January 5, 2016 § Leave a comment


Qais ibn Raafi’ said, “Woe to the one whose religion is his dunyaa, and whose main concern is his stomach.”
Al-Joo’, p. 45.

For No. 26, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 23: Too Much Food Drives Away a Lot of Good

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment


Bakr ibn Khunais said, “They used to say, ‘The hungry, thirsty person understands a reminder better, and his heart is quicker than others in becoming soft.’ And it used to be said, ‘Too much food drives away a lot of good.’”
Al-Joo’, p. 103.

For No. 22, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 22: On Food Making You Arrogant

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment


Maalik ibn Deenaar said, “I ate a meal once and became haughty because of it for some time,” he also said, “Hunger repels arrogance whereas eating till you’re full increases and gives life to it.”
Al-Joo’, p. 89.

For No, 21, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 19: The Effect of Food on the Heart

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment


Yusuf ibn Asbaat said, “Hunger softens the heart.” He also said, “Hunger is the peak of all righteousness on earth.”
Al-Joo’, p. 76.

Maalik ibn Deenaar said, “Eating until you’re full hardens the heart and makes the body weak.”
Al-Joo’, p. 78.

Al-Hussain ibn ’Abdur-Rahmaan said, “They used to say, ‘Too much food kills the heart just like too much water kills off crops.’”
Ibid.

Abu ’Imraan al-Jawni said, “Whoever wants his heart to be filled with light, let him eat less.”
Al-Joo’, p. 97.

For No. 18, see here.

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. 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. 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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