Food for Thought

848451_table_cloth.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

What strikes your mind when someone mentions worship?

Most people would answer a ritualistic act performed in a prescribed place in a set manner, or something along those lines.

In Islam, every act done in day-to-day life is considered as worship if done in accordance to the ways prescribed by Allah. Eating, an act done to fulfill physical needs, is considered as a form of worship when done in the way prescribed by Allah and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with the proper intention.

Food plays a prevalent role in an individual’s life. There is no denying that food is one of the necessary requirements for the survival of a human being.

Islam acknowledges the importance of consuming food to nourish the body and mind. Only when the body is healthy can the mind be healthy.

Islam emphasizes the concept of moderation in eating. Muslims are expected to eat for survival, to maintain good health, and not to live for eating. Moderation in dietary habits can help people to lead healthy and balanced lives. Modern research has proven that excessive eating and improper diet can increase the chance of diseases such as obesity, high cholesterol, heart diseases, and diabetes.

With regards to food, as with many other subjects in Islam, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, overeating has been strongly discouraged in the Qur’an and Sunnah (way of the Prophet (PBUH).

Islam also stresses proper eating and drinking etiquette. Some examples of etiquette which are encouraged include washing one’s hands before and after eating, saying “in the name of Allah” before starting to eat, never eating unless one is hungry, never indulging in excessive eating or drinking, sitting while drinking, and, finally, returning back to the main objective of helping people to improve and elevate their relationship with their Creator, praising and thanking Allah for the blessings of food and drink.

So just think next time enjoying your tasty food, if done in the correct matter according to Sunnah and what Allah has said we can eat you will actually be rewarded for this. Yes that’s right Allah the Magnificent will reward you for eating, such is the beauty of Islam!

Please click here for the Sunnah of Eating.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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One Response to “Food for Thought”

  1. “kuloo washraboo wala tusrifoo”

    “Eat Drink and do not waste”

    translation of a quaranic verse

    Thus, Eating and drinking is a command of allah…

    Thus, eastin

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