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Sunnah 82: Eat in moderation

July 11, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) said:

“The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.” [Tirmidhi]

In the developed world, we are so used to having food in abundance that we waste and waste, eating when we do not need to and filling ourselves to the maximum. However, Allah has said: “O children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not wasteful. Lo! He loveth not those who are wasteful.” (Quran 7:31)

We have to be moderate for our health and in order to be able to complete our daily tasks n a more efficient manner. Umar (ra) once saw a man who was extremely overweight. He said, “What is that?” [meaning the man’s belly] The man responded by saying, “This is a blessing from Allah.” Umar responded, “No! It is a punishment from Allah.”

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