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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hadith: Eat Moderately (English/Arabic)

Originally Posted on June 2, 2010:

Miqdam bin Madikarib said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: ‘A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach. It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air.’”

حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْمَلِكِ الْحِمْصِيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ، حَدَّثَتْنِي أُمِّي، عَنْ أُمِّهَا، أَنَّهَا سَمِعَتِ الْمِقْدَامَ بْنَ مَعْدِيكَرِبَ، يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ يَقُولُ ‏ "‏ مَا مَلأَ آدَمِيٌّ وِعَاءً شَرًّا مِنْ بَطْنٍ حَسْبُ الآدَمِيِّ لُقَيْمَاتٌ يُقِمْنَ صُلْبَهُ فَإِنْ غَلَبَتِ الآدَمِيَّ نَفْسُهُ فَثُلُثٌ لِلطَّعَامِ وَثُلُثٌ لِلشَّرَابِ وَثُلُثٌ لِلنَّفَسِ ‏"‏ ‏.

[Sunan Ibn Majah » Chapters on Food]

GradeSahih (Darussalam)
English reference : Vol. 4, Book 29, Hadith 3349
Arabic reference : Book 29, Hadith 3474

Islamic Horizons May / Jun 2006: It was recorded that the Prophet SAW never ate until he was completely full. He also endured great hunger during his life time.

Abu Talhah Radiyallahu 'Anhu says:
"We complained to Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam about the severe pangs of hunger, and showed him the stones fastened on our stomachs. A stone was fastened on the stomach of every one of us due to severe hunger. Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam showed us two stones fastened onto his stomach". (Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam experienced more hunger than we did, and he had spent a longer period than us since he had last eaten).

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللهِ بْنُ أَبِي زِيَادٍ، قَالَ‏:‏ حَدَّثَنَا سَيَّارٌ، قَالَ‏:‏ حَدَّثَنَا سَهْلُ بْنُ أَسْلَمَ، عَنْ يَزِيدَ بْنِ أَبِي مَنْصُورٍ، عَنْ أَنَسٍ، عَنْ أَبِي طَلْحَةَ، قَالَ‏:‏ شَكَوْنَا إِلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم، الْجُوعَ وَرَفَعْنَا عَنْ بُطُونِنَا عَنْ حَجَرٍ، فَرَفَعَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم، عَنْ بَطْنِهِ عَنْ حَجَرَيْنِ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى‏:‏ هَذَا حَدِيثٌ غَرِيبٌ مِنْ حَدِيثِ أَبِي طَلْحَةَ لا نَعْرِفُهُ إِلا مِنْ هَذَا الْوَجْهِ، وَمَعْنَى قَوْلِهِ‏:‏ وَرَفَعْنَا عَنْ بُطُونِنَا عَنْ حَجَرٍ حَجَرٍ، كَانَ أَحَدُهُمْ يَشُدُّ فِي بَطْنِهِ الْحَجَرَ مِنَ الْجُهْدِ وَالضَّعْفِ الَّذِي بِهِ مِنَ الْجُوعِ‏.

[Shama'il Muhammadiyah » The Living Of Sayyidina Rasoolullah]

English reference : Book 50, Hadith 353
Arabic reference : Book 52, Hadith 371

How often do we fill our stomachs to capacity while eating? How often do we find it hard to
pray and remain mindful of Allah because our stomachs are stuffed? Let us try to control our
appetites by eating moderately and restraining ourselves before we reach satiety.

From: Muhammad Umair Sami

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