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.

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On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 40: They Were Slim

January 12, 2016 § Leave a comment


When asked to describe Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه, Aishah رضي الله عنها said amongst other things, “… slim …”
At-Tabaqaat al-Kubraa, vol. 3, p. 140.

“A man said to al-Hasan, ‘O Abu Sa’eed! Describe Uthmaan [ibn Affaan رضي الله عنه] to us?’ So he said, ‘… he had a slim body.’”
Mu’jam as-Sahaabah, vol. 4, 329.

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.

Al-Madaaini said about the Companion Bilaal رضي الله عنه, “… slim …”
Taarikh Dimashq, vol. 10, p. 478.

“Zaid ibn Wahb said, ‘I was sitting with some people with Umar when a slim man came along [i.e., the Companion Ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه] …’”
At-Tabaqaat al-Kubraa, vol. 3, p. 115.

The Companion, Shujaa’ ibn Wahb رضي الله عنه who fought at Badr: ’Uthmaan al-Jahshee said about him, “… and he was a slim man …”
At-Tabaqaat al-Kubraa, vol. 3, p. 69.

The Companion, Abu Dharr al-Ghifaari رضي الله عنه, “He was slim …”
Al-Isaabah fi Tamyeez as-Sahaabah, vol. 7, p. 107.

The Companion, ’Abdullaah ibn az-Zubair رضي الله عنه: Ibn Abid-Dunyaa said about him, “… and Ibn az-Zubair was slim …”
Taarikh Dimashq, vol. 28, p. 245.

“The Companion, Hakeem ibn Hizaam ibn Khuwailid al-Qurashi, al-Asadi رضي الله عنه, he fought at the Battle of Badr as a mushrik and became a Muslim during the year of the Conquest of Makkah, when he would take an oath he would say, ‘No! By the One who saved me from being killed on the Day of Badr!’ ‘He was slim …’”
Taarikh al-Islaam, vol. 2, p. 484.

“Sa’eed ibn ’Ufair said about the Khalifah ’Umar ibn ’Abdul-’Aziz, ‘… he had a slim body …’”
Taarikh Dimashq, vol. 45, p. 133.

Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “’Aamir ibn Sharaaheel, ash-Sha’bi, The Imaam, the ’Allaamah of his time … Ibn Sa’d said, ‘Ash-Sha’bi was slim ….’”
Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 4, p. 300.

Al-Hasan ibn al-Hussain al-Bazzaar said about the Shaikh of Islaam, Imaam al-Bukhaari, “… he had a slim body …”
Al-Kaamil fi Du’afaa ar-Rijaal, vol. 1, p. 227.

“And [Imaam] ash-Shaafi’i was slim …”
Al-Waafi bil-Wafayaat, vol. 2, p. 124.

“[Imaam] Abu Hanifah was slim.”
Maghaani al-Akhyaar fi Sharh Asaami Rijaal Ma’aani al-Aathaar, vol. 3, p. 122.

The great Muhaddith and Imaam of the Scholars of Hadith, Ibn Hajr as-Asqalaani, “… had a slim body …”
Shadharaat adh-Dhahab, vol. 7, p. 273.

Abu Bakr Ahmad ibn Kaamil al-Qaadi said about the great mufassir, Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Jarir at-Tabari, “… he had a slim body ….”
Taarikh Dimashq, vol. 52, p. 205.

Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “’Abdullaah ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Qudaamah al-Maqdisi, the Shaikh of Islaam [d. 620 ah]: In his book on seerah, Ad-Diyaa said about him, ‘… he had a slim body …’”
Taarikh al-Islaam wa Wafayaat al-Mashaahir wal-A’laam, vol. 13, p. 601.

Imaam adh-Dhahabi said, “Abu Zur’ah ar-Raazi ’Ubaidullaah ibn ’Abdul-Kareem: the Imaam, the Sayyidul-Huffaadh, The Muhaddith of ar-Rayy—… Abul-Hussain said about him, ‘… slim …’”
Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa, vol. 13, p. 77.

Ibn Hajr said, “Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Yahya at-Tarsoosee, Abu Muhammad: well known as, ‘The weak one,’ due to how much he used to worship, and it is said he was slim … trustworthy [thiqah].”
Taqreeb at-Tahdheeb, vol. 1, p. 322.

Burhaanud-Deen al-Fazaari, one of Imaam Dhahabi’s teachers, “And he was slim …”
Al-Manhal as-Saafi wal-Mustawfi ba’d al-Waafi, vol. 1, p. 100.

As-Suyuti said, “Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Khawlaani, the Seebawaih of his time … he was slim …”
Bughyatul-Wu’aah, vol. 1, p. 174.

For No. 39, see here.

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. 35: “Umar ibn al-Khattaab saw a Man with a Big Stomach and so Asked Him …”

January 9, 2016 § Leave a comment


“From al-Hasan who said that ’Umar ibn al-Khattaab رضي الله عنه saw a man with a big stomach and so said to him, ‘What’s this?’ The man replied, ‘A blessing from Allaah.’ ’Umar replied, ‘Rather a punishment.’”

Mu’jum ash-Shuyookh of as-Subki, vol. 1, p. 531.

For No. 34, 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.

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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. 29: “Your Stomach is Dearer to You Than Your Religion? More Important than Your Soul?”

January 5, 2016 § Leave a comment


Maalik ibn Deenaar said, “Your stomach is dearer to you than your religion? Your stomach is more important than your own soul? Imagine that you’ve filled it with the best foods and tastiest drinks, look what it … [missing words here].”
Al-Joo’, p. 55.

For 28, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 28: “This is Kid’s Food.”

January 5, 2016 § Leave a comment


’Uqbah al-Asadee said, “Some khabees [خبيص, a type of sweet dish made from dates and cooking fat] was brought to Ibrahim [ibn Adham] so he said, ‘This is children’s food,’ and never ate it.”
Al-Joo’, p. 49.

For No. 27, see here.

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. 26: Food is a Parable for this World

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment


[The Companion and Master Reciter] Ubaiy ibn Ka’b, may Allaah be pleased with him, said, “Man’s food exemplifies this world—even if he seasons and puts spices in it, he know what it ends up as.”
Al-Joo’, p. 107.

For No. 25, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 25: On The Merit of Hunger and Thirst

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment


Makhool said, “The best acts of worship after the obligatory ones are hunger and thirst.”
Al-Joo’, p. 103.

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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. 21: On Food and Wisdom

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment


Al-Hussain ibn ’Abdur-Rahmaan said, “They used to say, ‘Wisdom doesn’t reside in a full stomach.’”
Al-Joo’, p. 78.

For No. 20, see here.

On Overeating and Being Fat and Obese | No. 20: Your Stomach Controls You or You Control It

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment


Maalik ibn Deenaar said, “Whoever takes control of his stomach, takes control of all righteous deeds.”
Al-Joo’, p. 78.

For No. 19, 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. 18: The Salaf’s Mercy and Sincerity

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment


“Ar-Rabee’ ibn Khuthaim said to his family, ‘Make some khabees [خبيص, a type of sweet dish made from dates and cooking fat] for me,’ so they did.

He then called a man who was mentally ill to come and eat with him, so Rabee’ started to feed him while that man was drivelling. So his family said to him, ‘We took it upon ourselves to make that dish and then you went and gave it to him? He doesn’t even know what he’s eating!’

So Rabee’ said, ‘But Allaah knows.’”

Al-Joo’
, pp. 81-82.

For No. 17 see here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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