Q. I have drastically cut down on my food-intake. I have read in the Hadith and in Imaam Ghazali’s book on the spiritual and physical harms of eating
much. However, I have lost much weight and I’m feeling very weak. What is your advice?
A. Brother, do not implement rigid and extremely austere methods from books. Always seek advice. The extreme methods of austerity practised by
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Sahaabah and the early Muslims are not possible for weaklings of our kind in this age.
For us the advice in the Hadith is to eat less than a filled stomach. Never over-eat. If you follow the methods of the Auliya of former times your health will severely suffer, then you will find difficulty fulfilling even your daily Salaat. Eat well of the bounties of Allah Ta’ala. Abstain from haraam and doubtful foods such as commercially killed carrion chickens, the haraam meat the butcheries sell, and commercially prepared foods containing stabilizers, emulsifiers, gelatine, and E Number ingredients. Eat halaal Tayyib food but do not over-eat.
FROM THE MAJLIS VOL 25 NO 09