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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