Friday, July 23, 2010

In the face of too much

.. food!!!

That will be the downside of ramadhan. ironic isnt it that food would be overflowing the very month that fasting is observed. when our main focus should be of penitence & worship.

Worse part is, even when you put up a fight, you get so easily sucked into the bottomless pit of excess.

Talking about food & excesses, i remember this book about weight-loss. its pretty simple and advocates just 4 basic rules:

1. When you are hungry, EAT
2. EAT WHAT YOU WANT, not what you think you should.
3. Eat CONSCIOUSLY and enjoy every mouthful.
4. When you think you are full, STOP.

What i found intriguing about it was how it corresponded with the prophet's teaching. if one were to truly comprehend its meaning, its a reflection of familiar hadiths and sunnah.

Rasulullah ate enough to keep him going, but no so much as to make him fat. Ibn ‘Umar (ra - may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The believer eats in one stomach whilst the dis-believer eats in seven.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5081) and Muslim (2060).

Rasulullah taught his ummah something to protect them from diseases caused by eating and drinking. He 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.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (1381), Ibn Maajah (3349); 

It is the sunnah to eat slowly and chew properly. Slow eating reduces the consumption of food, as it postpones much of the meal to a time when the absorption of nutrients begin to produce physiological signals of satiety.

"O children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer; eat and drink, but waste not by excess. For Allah loves not the wasters."
- The Holy Quran, 7:31 

And it also puts the responsibility of our bodies back to us. for it to work we need to be in touch with ourselves and to be truly honest.  really needs major rethinking here.. when was the last time we actually listened to what our bodies are saying? but once its in place, the benefits are huge. me, i'm still struggling.

Ramadhan is almost upon us... lets all make the most of it.

Lord give me the strength & resolve to give it my best.


Siti Roffini said...

Thank you for the reminder. I think most of us are aware of the 4 basics but it takes a lot of willpower to really adhere to them. But, as they say, practice makes perfect. Enjoy reading your blog. Wish I could write like you.

June Malik said...

lets make the best of what we can with what time left for us :) insyaallah .. here's to a wonderful and as little splurge eating ramadhan days :)

Justiffa said...

W'salam siti.. u're very welcome, kita sama2 ingat mengingati.

I'm glad u enjoy what i write but siti, u definitely write better ;D

Take care k n jenguk2 la bila senang!!

Justiffa said...


Mudah2an juney kita dilimpahi baraqah & rahmat NYA.

pakmat said...

..I have come to the point where not eating gave me as much pleasure as eating..:) so,Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadhan, Justi..take care..

Justiffa said...

Same to you & family pakmat..selamat menghiasi ramadhan :D