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Food In Islam
Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
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Is there food in heaven? How about hell? What food did the Prophet love and recommend? How can we receive blessings and rewards from our food ? Is our food supposed to teach us something?
In this khutbah, we answer these questions and learn about the place of food in the Islamic outlook on life.
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food, what we eat and what we drink occupies a very important part of our life.
We think about it,
it's necessary for our survival.
But beyond that survival issue, it is something that we enjoy.
And we spend on occupies a distinct part in our life in our thinking, our budget, we plan for it, we talk about it, we invite others over it to drive to get it, we comment on it, we have a favorite food, we have favorite food that is not our favorite.
It's an important and an essential part of our life in general, even economically and socially. It becomes sometimes the glue that brings families or communities together and gatherings in age on what have you. Economically, it serves a very important function. People's survival depends on it. The money that they earn, what they sell, and what they buy, all revolves around the crop, the cattle, the manimals that they sell and the buyer
so it's no surprise then that food in Islam occupies a central place as well. And in today's talk, we want to take this general view to understand the place and the understanding of food in Islam.
And the Quran and the Sunnah of it
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah, what purpose does it serve? And what do they say about it?
And when you look at the book of Allah subhana wa tada one of the things that you will encounter understand about food is that food is used
to emphasize the self sufficiency of Allah subhanho wa Taala and our complete dependence on him Subhana
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a moon in Allah who was who was in Mateen. So when Allah says, I've created human beings for my worship, he says, emphasizing his independence and their dependence. I don't want them to feed me and to provide from me, I don't want anything from them. And the first sign of need that humans have is to eat so I don't want them to feed me. They're the ones who need to be fed. Allah is the one who will provide for them. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says in another if
you will, or
should I take a another protector?
Another supporter other than Allah subhana wa tada someone to worship other than Allah, and the one who is the one who created this heaven on this earth. And what is one of the first attributes that Allah mentions after this will Who are your time it is he who feeds and he doesn't need anyone to feed him.
And when Ibrahim alayhis salam in the Quran counts the favors of Allah subhanho wa Taala the thing that pushes him to worship Him and no one else to denounce and to leave any other deity but Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, what are the Who are you throwing money away a steam, it is he who provides food and drink for me nothing else can but him subhanho wa Taala so if this is the real dependence that we have on Allah, this is essential you need it every day. You have to eat every day you have to drink every day. And if the one who's providing that is Allah subhanho wa Taala then you understand how intimate your connection should be with him. Subhana who were to Allah
and Allah subhana wa tada also uses it in the Quran to affirm humanity versus divinity in the clearest of ways, when Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to prove the humanity of a solly salaam. He says what
he says about his mother and his mother is a righteous woman, both of them used to eat in the clearest and the most directive ways. Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling you and proving to us that he, he and his mother were human, how without any philosophical arguments that somebody understand or others may not understand, convoluted, very difficult arguments, he directly says they used to eat, because deep inside our psyche, our understanding our minds and hearts, that we understand that God to be independent and not not in need. And if you eat, you have to excrete what you eat and we understand in our minds in our hearts that a divine that Allah subhana wa tada that a God cannot do
this not befitting of God. So once you know that they used to do this, immediately from your heart from your inside you understand, that this is cannot be a divine being a human being a righteous being, but not a divine being.
You will understand here from this connection that we have the food that food must occupy in the Muslim mind and in the Muslim heart. A very important part part of the Muslim outlook of life.
Different than the non Muslims different of those who disbelieve in Allah subhanho wa Taala
Allah subhanho wa Taala says that homea kulula tomato he will America so pious IANA moon, saying about the those who disbelieve in Allah, let them eat their home yaku and let them enjoy themselves. Let them distribute distracted by Paul so they will know what the truth is. So there are two types of people,
people who will just eat and drink without thought as to where this came from. And what is it supposed to do? Or where is it gonna take me to?
And those will be people who will be eating like animals.
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those who disbelieve they enjoy themselves and they eat like the cattle and animals eat. If they're hungry, they just eat. And if they need to overeat, they eat overeat. And there are no restrictions, no thoughts, no pondering, no contemplation. Where did this come from? What is it supposed to teach me? What responsibilities that it that does it put on me? There's absolutely no thought to this. So we understand from this that opposite to that.
The Muslim the believer in Allah subhanho wa Taala does not eat like animals eat, and does not let food and drink and their pursuit distract him from the greater pursuit of pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala so when you eat, you have to say how am I different than a cow eating at this moment? How am I different than a god eating at this moment as a human being who believes in Allah subhana wa tada What am I supposed to learn from all of this?
When we eat Subhana Allah
we understand we see in it the majesty of Allah subhana wa tada Allah and his power and his perfection.
See how much and how, how much Allah subhanho wa Taala how has varied the things that we eat the colors when Allah subhanaw taala in the Quran tells you look around you and see the beauty of the plant life and the beauty of the animal life. And how Allah subhanho wa Taala had varied the taste, all of them are fed and fed and nourished by the same food but the taste is different. So when you're eating something right there in front of you,
and you eat something different the next day and then different the other day, and you were able to contrast the many different tastes that Allah subhana wa tada has provided you with. This is sweet, this is sour. This is nourishing in this way, but that's nourishing and another way. And you see it in all of that a reflection and a demonstration of the majesty of Allah who was able to create all of this and made you able to taste it.
And to find the beauty of that taste and to enjoy it. So there is NEMA in that. And the one who sees that praises Allah subhanho wa Taala for it
and sees in it and hopes in it to counter this network of Allah subhanho wa Taala in the next slide because there is food and there is drink and the next life to come.
Part of the outlook of food in Islam is that we understand that Allah subhana wa tada had allowed for us, what benefits us and had this allowed what harms us?
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whatever Allah subhana wa tada had allowed us
it's beautiful and wholesome and nutritious and benefits us and what Allah is allowed and prohibited of anything on the face of this earth, we know that it'd be harmful. And that's why Allah was taking care of us by disallowing it. It's not that Allah subhanho wa Taala wanted just simply to deprive us, but that there is harm in it. And because it's harmful, Allah said, stay away from it. Now this was not the case with nations before us.
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Because of the injustice and transgression of the Israelites, certain food, wholesome food, good food, they were deprived. It was made illegal for them to eat it, though there was nothing wrong with it, but because of their transgressions, that he could just say, No, we believe him because of the injustice that they used to do. We deprived them of that.
So first, you think Allah subhanho wa Taala that this is not the case. And a lot as Logan had put away, this is sort of like the shackles and the burden that was on other nations. It's not on us. But don't think that we are immune of what happened to them.
Yes, nothing is going to be revealed to this allow this and that held on because of our transgression, but through the color of Allah subhana wa tada through what Allah decides. We individually or collectively could be denied the name of Allah Subhana Allah because of our transgression. So the thing, same thing that happened to the Israelites would happen to us, either individually or collectively. And you see that sometimes when we violate a laws rules, when we make him angry, certain things become rare or expensive, we lose them. we're unable to consume them.
we're unable to get them Why is this happening? Why is this dearth of supplies
you say because of the injustice that we are committing, and in that way, we would be similar to the Israelites that they were denied nightmares of Allah subhana wa Tada. So food also is a law that should be thanked, and if it's not, and we transgress and we anger Allah subhana wa tada it could be taken away so don't take it for granted that it is there and it's always going to be there. There may come a time even individually you may not be able to find it. health wise you may not be able to consume it, though it is around you.
So this is something that we should pay attention to.
Part of the halal and haram or part of the food are unavailable
outlook two is that food can take you to general or food can take you to hell.
food can be a way that you will be thanking Allah subhanaw taala and getting closer to him or food could be something that would take you so far away from Allah and into hellfire. Allah says in the Quran
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Bay they feed people though they like the food that they have and they may need it, but they feed the needy and when they feed them, they tell them we're doing this for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala We don't want any tanks or rewards from you know recognition is needed from you this is exclusively for Allah subhana wa to Allah and that is an ad that takes them to heaven.
The non believers on the other hand, the law says about them muster like a
normal saline water scheme.
What is the thing that puts you in Hellfire? They will say we did not use to pray or feed the poor.
So feeding for all sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala especially those who need it. Those who are starving is a way for you to go to Genova Allah Subhana Allah and to deny it and to leave them hungry is a sin that can take person closer and closer to hellfire. Part of that outlook is we only decide what is allowed and what is haram based on Allah subhana wa tada naughty said and if we are uncertain about something we say we do not know and we do not pronounce with our tongue. This is halal and this is haram. This is halal haram food based on our likes and dislikes. That's the action of those who were associated partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Allah Allah, part of the word the disbelievers used to do is that they would take certain crops and certain animals and this they would say this is unlawful for people to eat except for these people and these people. This is halal and this is haram. And these animals will not mention Allah's name on them. And these animals no one can right so they've taken a lot of bounties and allas.
And they started classifying them as a halal and haram. And this is something that Allah subhanho wa Taala hates.
So we recognize that we have to receive all of this with submission to Allah subhanho wa Taala and to no one else.
It can take you to heaven. Food can take you to heaven. Because whatever you spent with the intention of pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala even when you're feeding yourself, and even when you're feeding your family, Allah can reward you for it. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to Saudi
he says you're not gonna spend anything, wanting from it the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala
except that Allah will reward you for it, even the food that you will put in the mouth of your wife.
So if there is a sister who is cooking, she has two options she can be cooking, just to feed her family, or she can insert in that a intention that I'm doing this to please Allah Subhana Allah to feed them Yes, but because Allah loves this from me.
And because Allah loves this, her intention becomes for Allah subhana wa Tada. So all this time that she's sending and cooking and serving and cleaning becomes what the bird
and when you go out to work and you're earning and you're bringing money and you're going to the grocery store and you're collecting all of this food that is on your list, carrying it back to your home, all of this if you are doing it with the intention of pleasing Allah subhanaw taala Yes, I want to feed my children and family but Allah loves this from me, and I'm doing it for his sakes panel with Allah. All of this becomes a battle every penny $1 you spend becomes a battle for you like a soda that you've given for a last panel with that.
So though this is something that's you like, a loss of power to Allah will reward you for it.
So intention, brothers and sisters,
part of the food also that you can be rewarded for, with a proper intention is looking at the food that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had praised
and to consume it with that intention that the Prophet praised it, or even the fact that the Prophet liked it, and because you like him. sallallahu alayhi wa
Learn you feel an affinity and proximity to him and you start actually eating it just because of your love for him. So the prophets of Allah psyllium praised dates
and he praised olive oil and he says cool day Zito a day and we'll be eating and Robert on your body.
He praised honey.
He praised milk
and try if you want to consume milk and if you want to consume anything, try to consume it as natural as you can as organic as you can. If your budget allows, because that's the type of food that they used to consume at the time of the Prophet sallallahu it was in them it was natural, not processed, not altered.
They said about him.
He used to like honey and also like Halloween or Halloween and hello and hello either it is anything sweet. Or is a particular type of sweet that is cooked with milk and some fruits
and have the drinks have the properties and I'm used to like handling, well buried
sweet and cold drinks. He used to love that and he used to love lamb meat specially the shoulder that's a very well known about him so a lot he was selling them and he ate chicken it's there in the authentic heavy
and he used to like a dewback which is from the family of the squash and Gordon pumpkin he used to like that.
So if you consume these things, if there's specific praise and recommendation for them and you consume them because the property or you sell them, praise them, you'll be rewarded for that intention, or you consume something because the Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to eating that way.
That is also an intention that Allah Subhana Allah could reward you for the bread of the prophets. Allah he said I'm used to eat was barley bread, whole grain barley bread, he never saw white bread throughout his life and hawara he never saw it throughout his life. So maybe this is something that you can start doing rather than consuming white bread, consume whole wheat or whole grain bread, because there's more benefits in it. Hello Adam. So the way that you actually could be closer to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is through food. The way that you cook it look at what he used to enjoy and see if you enjoy it as well what he recommended put it in your diet.
So you're my food and your food can become closer to what he consumed. And we Allah subhanho wa Taala would love us more because of what we're eating. protocol Leonardo da da
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there is no surprise that in Islam in the Sunni especially but in the Quran as well you will find manners related to food.
One of the important habits about it is when a prophet sallallahu Sallam says there has to be a mammal. Madam Yun we are unsure on botany. It says the child of Adam kills no vessel of greater evil than his stomach. That is if you want to fill any vessel that you have the greatest one with the greatest evil to fill completely is your stomach. Then he says gasoline near the milk oullette in your soul. It is enough for the child of Adam to eat few bites that will keep to keep him standing.
There is he didn't need to over indulge and overeat. In Canada if he's he has to eat more than one third of his stomach is for his food. One third of his stomach is for his drink. And one third of his stomach is for his breath meaning it's blood empty.
So look at this prescription from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he's telling you what you don't need to eat a lot. But if you're going to eat more than these few bites, one third of your stomach and if we all follow this advice from the Prophet sallallahu wasallam it will save us from a lot of illness.
It will save us from a lot of trouble as food can nourish you and give you health it can make you sick, right? Food can make you sick. And if you know that the consumption of certain food though it is halal, but if you consume it to a certain degree, it will harm you. It becomes then disliked or haram for you to consume it. If you know for sure that eating that much sugar is gonna harm your body. You're not allowed to harm your body. Eating that much salt is gonna harm your body and you know for
Sure, then you're not allowed to. And you know what, if you diet, stay away from certain foods with the intention that your health is an Amana and you want to preserve it, as Allah subhanaw taala had given it to you, your diet becomes a better
so your own diet, so don't just simply diet because you want to look better, or you want to just lose weight connected to Allah subhanho wa Taala I want to preserve my health and this health is Amana, you do that your whole thing that you avoid, and sometimes it's hard to avoid certain things because of how attractive they are and how delicious they are. But when you avoid them, this becomes a bad ad.
And a lot of rewards you for it. And because it's easier business as usual for you to avoid it, because it's harmful.
There is something to say before you eat Bismillah so that the shaytan does not become your partner in eating and take the Baraka away and the value and the benefit away from your food. And there's also something to say after you have eaten. One of the daughters of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has handled Elaine harmony has our sacani Mineola hamdu lillahi wa and provided it to me without any tower on my part without any ability on my part. Yes.
Yes I in new endeavor and we work and we earn but Allah is the true provider. And Allah is the one who gave it
and just listen to another thing or another from the prophets of Allah audio and send them by the way, the first driver they said, howdy Mineola, who were the Prophet says if you say that your previous sins will be forgiven,
after you eat, see, that's the opportunity that you have after you eat how many times we just finished eating and we leave.
Though he said if you say this, a lot will forgive your past sins. Just because you ate and you recognize the provider. And another Hadith it says Alhamdulillah Allah The apana was so Alhamdulillah
wa Jalla wa Maharaja Alhamdulillah who had cut this and provided it and gave the drink was so well and made it edible made it enjoyable. You can sometimes eat and not find joy in what you eat it but he find it enjoyable and edible
and gave an exit to it. There are some people who suffer when they want to excrete when they want to relieve themselves they suffer when that happens. So you think Allah subhanho wa Taala for this complete process from the beginning to the end, and you recognize in subpanel with Allah as the giver, the ultimate giver and the ultimate provider.
Finally, I want to talk about the fact that there is food in heaven and there is food in hell.
Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us
about heaven okuhara in
the shade and the food is heaven is uninterrupted. You can eat whatever you want at any time that you want. It tells us that there are rivers in Paradise
and how to manage ADLs and you know, rivers of water that is unaltered rivers of milk that is unaltered rivers of honey that is purified rivers of alcohol. For those who stay away from alcohol and dislike rivers of alcohol, that you will find extreme delight in them. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam says about now.
I should do my album in a minute. It is wider than snow and sweeter than honey.
And he sets the law to send them in a hadith he was talking to both Abu Bakr and Omar Abdullah Houma. He said about the birds of paradise. He says they will have long necks like the necks of camels. This Hadith is authentic. So here, they will have long necks like the necks of camels, and they will be eating from the trees of paradise. So both of them said in Helena, mar rasulillah. These birds are living in luxury, a prophet of Allah living in paradise eating from the trees of paradise. He says I cannot one Amina, the ones who eat them are living in greater luxury.
So they are birds in Paradise, and people will actually eat them. And the way that this happens to Panama is Abu
Dhabi says, He says that when you see abroad and you desire to eat it, it will just fall into your hand into your lab, cooked and ready to eat, and you will just eat it.
And he said that if you desire to say to drink anything, the picture the vessel that has that drink will just come to you, you will drink from it and then when you're done it will go back.
So this is part of the main part of the benefit part of the enjoyment of heaven. For those who stay away from the harem Allah subhanho wa Taala will provide for them something that is unimaginable. unimaginable though we talk about it, the reality of it is unimaginable then we contrast that with the food of the people of hellfire.
What do they eat and how fire they eat as the home, which is a tree that sprouts or comes about from the bottom of hell fire. And Allah subhanaw taala says about it What? It's terrifying to look at, yet they have to eat from it, because there's nothing else to eat. So they're dying of hunger. So that's the only thing that they find. And it looks, the foot looks like the heads of devils. So they take it and they consume it. And when it goes into their stomach, it burns like burns inside, like burning oil, they say, it burns their stomach like burning oil, so they need something to drink on top of that, just to count their stomach. So what is available man hamina scalding hot water
is taken inside, it just rips their intestines apart, it shreds their intestines apart. That's the food that they have there. And the food that another food that they have is
a plant that is old forms.
So how can they eat and enjoy anything like that when it's going inside and ripping their mouths and old pass it until their stomach and keep stripping everything inside? And there's also a second hustlin and you know what rasakan purslane is, you know, when Allah punishes the people of Hellfire and their bodies, their skins, their fat starts melting. That's what happened with saline is that juice, whatever melts out of their punishment. That's the thing that they drink. That's the thing that they consume.
So there is food and Hellfire and there is food in heaven. So when you're eating
you have to remember Allah has You have made me enjoy this beautiful food in this life. don't deprive me of the beautiful food in general. And don't make me of those who suffer because of the food and hellfire.
So your food is a reminder for you and a reminder for me of the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala where does food come from? And my relationship with Allah and how I should thank him for it. And that this food is supposed to teach me something and take me somewhere and it's supposed to take me to Jenna not to hellfire. So we ask Allah subhana wa tada the Most Merciful era bellami makers of those who are thankful for Do you have given them Yella makes learning is those who are thankful for what you have given them IE Allah make us of those who remember you when we eat make us of those who Thank you when we eat make use of those who praise you when we eat yellow make us of those who
develop a good intention that when we eat we do it for your sake and we are when we earn we do it for your sake and when we spent we do it for your sake Allah make us of those who taste the beautiful food of Paradise yellow make is not those who are protected from the evil food of Hellfire
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