The moderate ummah-part 6.

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Bismihi Ta`ala 


*The beloved prophet Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to be moderate on food intake also. He used to equilibrate the nature of the food such that he would accompany hot natured food with cool natured food. And he used to consume the bare minimum of food. A moderation diet*
حدثني إبراهيم بن سعد عن أبيه قال سمعت عبد الله بن جعفر قالرأيت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يأكل الرطب بالقثاءبخاري

*Abdullah bin Ja`far said: I saw the beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam eating fresh dates(rutabs) together with cucumber.(Bukhari)* 

*The sunnah teach us a healthy eating plan. Any excess of heat in the body as as any excess of cold. So we should equilibrate heat and warm:*
حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامُ بْنُ عُرْوَةَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْكَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَأْكُلُ الْبِطِّيخَ بِالرُّطَبِ فَيَقُولُ نَكْسِرُ حَرَّ هَذَا بِبَرْدِ هَذَا وَبَرْدَ هَذَا بِحَرِّ هَذَاابو داود

*Reported in Abu Dawood that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to eat watermelon together with fresh dates(rutabs). The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to say: We dilute the heat of this one with the coldness of this one. And dilute the coldness of this one with the heat of this one.(Abu Dawood)*

 *Dates are of hot nature. While cucumber and watermelon/melon are of cold nature. Another riwayat tells us that the beloved Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to love eating dates with organic butter.(Abu Dawood)* 

*So we should equilibrate to dilute our food nature. Meat is normally of hot nature. So we should try accompany them with cold natured food.* *Sahabahs used to refresh their wouzus after eating a meaty meal. To be noted also that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to always welcome a meat meal.(Ibn Majah) Hence it is not true that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam was vegetarian.*

 *In fact, it is reported that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to prefer sheep meat. Reported in Abu Dawood the etiquette of eating the meat on its bone by holding the bone and munching directly on the mean instead of cutting it.(Abu Dawood)*

*Although reported in Bukhari that rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used a knife to cut the meat. As such a knife may help us cut the leg into a holdable piece that will be eaten with hands.*
حَدَّثَنَا هَارُونُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو دَاوُدَ عَنْ زُهَيْرٍ عَنْ أَبِي إِسْحَقَ عَنْ سَعْدِ بْنِ عِيَاضٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ قَالَكَانَ أَحَبُّ الْعُرَاقِ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عُرَاقَ الشَّاةِابو داود

*Reported in Abu Dawood that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam used to prefer eating the bony flesh of a sheep.* *Reported in Bukhari that Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam was eating from the shoulder of the sheep when salaah was ready. He left the knife and read salaah without refreshing wouzu.*
أخبرني جعفر بن عمرو بن أمية أن أباه أخبرهأنه رأى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يحتز من كتف شاة فدعي إلى الصلاة فألقى السكين فصلى ولم يتوضأبخاري

*A riwayah from Ibn majah said that he washed his mouth and hands and then stood for salaah.*
حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْمَلِكِ بْنِ أَبِي الشَّوَارِبِ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ الْمُخْتَارِ حَدَّثَنَا سُهَيْلٌ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَأَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَكَلَ كَتِفَ شَاةٍ فَمَضْمَضَ وَغَسَلَ يَدَيْهِ وَصَلَّى
 ابن ماجة

The favourite food of Rasouloullah Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam was a saucy curry made up with bread and meat: Thareed. And this food was so beloved to Him that He used to mention it publicly.(bukhari) *Furthermore, know that one of the tafseer of the ayah whereby muslims are called to enter the fold of Islam completely is because some new muslims were following their previous diets of avoiding camel meat. As if, muslims should moderate their diet to a ‘’islamic diet’’:*  

 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ادْخُلُوا فِي السِّلْمِ كَافَّةً وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُبِينٌ *

And furthermore to replace hazrat Isma-eel a.s. head, 2 sheep were sent from jannah to be slaughtered instead.(37:107)*

 *And also know that Habeel, son of Adam a.s. won the acceptance of his sacrificial offer when he offered his sheep/animals. And the beloved prophet SAW told us that all prophets were trained to look after sheep.*

 *So meat was always around prophets. All this to tell muslim vegetarians to equilibrate their diet with halaal meat. And also meat mongers to equilibrate their diet with vegetables. The ratio will depend on your personal body nature. Enquire from a traditional hakeem doctor for your ideal ratio.* 

*The ideal ratio is to avoid over-eating in any case. The Qur-aan orders us to have a moderate eating mode: Eat and drink, but do not transgress the limits.(7:31)*

 *The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam recommended us the moderation of a third stomach for food, a third for water and a third for air. And also he said that filling the stomach is harmful to us. We should eat only to be able to have enough strength to spend our day and night normally. Not more than that .(Sahih Ibn Hibbaan; Tirmizi;Ibn Majah)*
أخبرنا ابن قتيبة ، قال : حدثنا ابن أبي السري ، قال : حدثنا محمد بن حرب الأبرش ، قال : حدثنا سليمان بن سليم الكناني ، عن صالح بن يحيى بن المقدام بن معدي كرب ، عن أبيه ، عن جده المقدام ، قال : سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : « ما ملأ آدمي وعاء شرا من بطن ، حسبك يا ابن آدم لقيمات يقمن صلبك ، فإن كان لا بد فثلث طعام ، وثلث شراب ، وثلث نفس »ابن حبان

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