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. 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.

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