Channel: Daood Butt
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Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu wa he was sent mRNA and a V Hill Karim. Allah He often of Salah to attend with a slim publisher roughly Saudi way acidity Emily, look, that's me rissani of Cabo Kohli, my brothers and my sisters said Mr Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
I pray and hope and ask Allah subhana wa to Allah to make the internet connection stable today in sha Allah managed to get it sorted some backup in my office, and hopefully the live stream goes nice and smooth from shut down at least. That's the intention.
So having said that, I also hope that and ask about some kind of agenda that everyone is doing well, that you are enjoying your month of Ramadan. So far, I met with, you know, someone earlier today pulled up in front of our house, and I was talking to the brother and I was telling him you know, I'm actually appreciating this on Amazon a lot more than I think I could probably do with this kind of phenomenon instead of the one that we are, that I am typically used to. Mainly because you know, handler usually I'd be live streaming or I would be technically teaching these classes from the masjid. However, what that means is, you know, for many years, we were not able to have a thought at
home as a family. So we were always at the masjid. And for the last seven years, that was you know, something that we just didn't do so in six years so now this being the seventh Ramadan here hamdulillah it's nice to be able to be at home to spend a thought at home with the family to eat food that is cooked at home and not restaurant food every single night and I know a lot of the time people are like oh man, you know, you get nice catered food or restaurant food at a mustard when you have this on. It is nice, but at the end of the day, there's only so many days that you can eat biryani consecutively or fried chicken consecutively right so it's nice to to be at home to have
this thought at home you know to sit with the family to eat my wife's cook home cooked food and to eat food that was sent from the neighbors and stuff usually when people are going to send stuff over during Ramadan we tell them you know we're not going to be home we don't eat a lot at home Don't send anything to our house. So we'll handle that you know this is a blessing and also an added blessing to it is the fact that we are starting slaughter later. Right so let's get into the spread or the table right the tablecloth you could say where the food is spread out and we're ready to eat and so this what are we talking about food so for those of you that are fasting today, which is
probably every single one of us this is it we're going to spend the next hour and Siobhan data talking about food no we're not going to only talk about food we're going to talk about a lot of things and shuttle okay.
But to start this is the sort of the indicates a number of things that are permissible for us to eat. You know certain animals or types of animals that we are allowed to eat other types of animals that we are not allowed to eat are mentioned within the surah and Allah Subhana Allah begins you know right from the get go. Allah subhana wa tada says, Mohammed Rahim Yeah, you have Latina urban or rural or hindlegs local Mahima to
AD one to the firm in the money.
So Allah Subhana Allah says all believers honor your obligations. All grazing livestock has been named lawful for you it's highlighted for you. So I know that nowadays a lot of people are on the vegan you know menu or the vegan lifestyle or the vegan diet people call it a diet or lifestyle they call it a number of things. However a lot of how it's animate things head on for us so even though someone may choose to be upon a certain diet or a certain you know menu that they choose
what's Helen will always remain Helen was how long will always remain how long right so what Allah subhana wa tada has stipulated as being permissible for us to eat we can eat and if someone chooses not to for example, I have a friend whose wife for many years she's been I don't know if it's a health you know, thing if she's not allowed or not able to eat meat because of some health condition. I'm not sure but I know for sure that she she eats only vegan food, right? Only vegetarian or vegetables and stuff like that. So
you know, in that case, my friend so Pamela, whenever we go out together, he's like, yo, give me the meat Give me the chicken burger, give me anything that's got some animal.
But some had a lot when he's, you know, at home with the family. It's just vegetarian stuff, which is good and healthy. Now we have to look at the way a muscle panel is Allah, you know, made food permissible for us to eat. Nowadays, we consume a little bit too much. So we'll explain this but we'll also talk about food and eating and the health
benefits of eating, you know less. So loss of habitat is showing us that all grazing livestock has been lawful or been made lawful for us to eat, we can consume it, while at the same time.
And most of Henry's added then continues to say, except what is hereby announced to you, and hunting while on pilgrimage. So, you know, there are certain animals that may not be permissible while we're in the state of dramas and you can't go and, you know,
damage the agriculture or damage the livestock of Makkah, and Medina and so on and so forth.
But, you know, while you're traveling, maybe you brought animals with you. And so you're going to sacrifice an animal, feed the people and so on and so forth. Remember, traveling their time is very different than our time, during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam if you were traveling to America would take you about 10 days and Nine Nights to get there. Right, a journey of about 10 days traveling by foot consecutively. Of course stopping to rest and continuing to go
our time we get into an airplane and we're there before the day ends, right you can be there in what you know 1516 hours you know, you jump on a plane you transit somewhere you get on another plane or you take the direct flight which is about 14 or 15 hours direct which we don't have any more at this point in time. But inshallah we'll come back. So you know, that was the option. You get on the plane, you have food, you have had food if you're flying on Saudi airlines, you have all the hell and food you know, Emirates Airlines, whatever airline you choose, or you might choose a hotel menu, right, the Muslim meal and the Muslim meal and you eat that on the airplane, you have air
conditioning, you have access to a bathroom, you have ease and comfort all along the way the prophets Allah Allah He was summoned to the Sahaba they struggled to get there, like it was really, really difficult for them to arrive in Mecca from Medina to make that journey. So they would bring animals with them right so lots of headway down and talks about that here especially in the second verse. Yeah, your livina letterhead Lucia, you know, what I should have on my will I will do well in color, it will mean and based on how long they have to hold them up. For them, there won't be him or if one of them.
He then says, We're either headed to first model when I entered even the commission and coalminer and subdue Kumar and industry, the Colombian territory without one gallon delivery with taco, Terra when Well, it's me whenever I talk a lot in the watershed either airpod, Allah Subhana, which Allah says all believers do not violate those rituals of pilgrimage, the sacred months, the sacrificial animals, the offerings, you know, that are decorated garlands, for example. Nor those pilgrims on their way to the sacred house seeking the Lord's bounty and pleasure. So we can't just go and hunt while we're in that state, we need to bring the animals that bring the food bring the provisions
with us. And so the habit of the law didn't have the liberty or the freedom of simply, you know, just saying to the chicken, right, someone comes in and says, before chicken, you like, beef, right? Someone else says, I'll have the chicken someone else says, Do you have any? Any fish? Like, yeah, let me go check. If we have some fish to go and get some fish and bring it to you. They didn't have that luxury. So it was a difficult time. So that in itself was a sacrifice that you need you and I we really don't have, right? When we think of going for hygiene aroma, we say oh, you know, it's hard. It's difficult. I can't go like this. Right? which technically you can, but if you're standing
there and you're constantly going like this, and some people are always doing this, right, you can't do this while you're in home, that in itself is a violation, right? If a hair comes out, you violated your head on. And so
there are certain things that we find to be difficult but this habit of the Allahu anhu they went through challenges that we can't even imagine. Then we'll also have Henry john is pointing out certain foods that are permissible for us to eat in the school. And I wanted to get into that before we jump to verse number
actually, we'll say verse number three right so what some Henry's added says hardly Metallica will mate with demo NZD one that will hinder the ability left up for bidding to you are carrying blood and swine. What is slaughtered in the name of any other than Allah. So here are the things that are hot on that are not permissible for us to eat are mentioned at the beginning of verse number three.
No blood in itself is not permissible. However, from the blood, there are certain things that are for example, liver, right liver, kidney, right, those those organs of the animals that are highlighted for us to eat or halaal for us to eat. What I mean by that is, if you sacrifice account, a candle, a cow, you sacrifice a cow, right? add those to your bloopers, right?
Sacrifice count. If you sacrifice a cow, and you, for example, you might like the liver. I personally don't prefer the liver. But some people love liver, right? So you might say, well, I prefer having the liver, right. Liver in itself is blood, right? It's an organ that's considered to be blood that in itself is handled for us, but the blood that's flowing through the veins of the animals, not kind of for us. And that's why when we sacrifice an animal in Islam, the jugular veins are, you know, severed or cut, and the blood spews out, right. I know, it sounds gruesome, and a lot of people nowadays, especially in 2019 2020, talk about how, you know, it's gruesome, it's gross,
it's, it's not humane, but in Islam, we have values with regard or related to how we sacrifice the animal. So the knife or the blade is never to be shown to the animal before they're sacrificed. And we also believe as Muslims, you know, a lot of people say so even if you don't show it, when you cut the neck of the animal, and you sever the you know, the juggler, veins and so on, it's still feeling pain, because the nerves are still intact, and the, you know, the body is jolting, and so on.
That's how the blood comes out. But remember, as believers in the loss of haddaway data, we also believe that the animals believe in Allah, right? The animals follow through with the command of Allah with the command of God. And part of that command is that that animal was chosen for the purpose of being food for human beings. So it wasn't without it, we see there's a food chain, right? We might find human beings who say, you know what, we're not going to sacrifice these animals because we, we feel it's not humane, right? People say that they feel is not humane, it's not nice. But that's the food chain. Like, you'll have a little insect that's eaten by a spider, and then
another animal comes in, eats the spider, and so on and so forth. And it grows bigger and bigger. And then you have the fish, right, the the, the underwater food chain as well, certain insects are eaten or consumed and little, you know, parts and bits of the ocean and water are consumed by the fish and bigger fish consume those smaller ones, and so on and so forth. So there's a food chain there. And also how do we kind of make this permissible for us? So we can't say that something is how long or something is not permissible. If a less man with Anna has clearly stated that something is permissible for us. So we see a list of headings and mentions also what is slaughtered or
in the name of other than a loss of hen with added in the name of someone else or something else, right. And that's where we need to be very careful. My brothers and sisters, you know, this topic is so important. In fact, just give me a few minutes. Let's finish a few parts of the verse and then we'll go back to you know, hello food, can we eat it? You know, restaurants that are not highlighted, for example, you know, living here in Canada and North America, we'll talk about it briefly inshallah. Okay.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala then says, What is killed by strangling beating a fall or by being gored to death? Those are also not permissible. Okay, what is partly eaten by a predator unless you slaughter it? Right. For example, if you're in the middle of Kruger National Park in South Africa, not far from Nelspruit, right. I don't know if there's any South Africans here, but I've been to Kruger National Park, when we were there in the park, we were actually considered the food of the animals. So we became the hunted. Okay, we were not hunting, we were being hunted by the animals because you're entering into their territory. So there's like all sorts of different animals there's
lions and cheetahs and tigers and some kind of a lots of lots of animals that are there, rhinoceros and elephant and giraffes and so on. And they're wild. Right? So we we traveled by bus, we've had a lot to get to this camp that we were going to stay at.
And the whole journey you can't get out of the bus. And this is one area that we stopped and we got out and it's a rest area where you can get out to stop. But warning, you're in the middle of the park, you could be you know, a cheetah can creep up on you when you least expect it. So it's in an area though, where there's like these traditional villages just down the valley on the other side of the valley. I can see in the distance like these small, small little huts, right people who actually live there. And it was like some had a lot they live in the middle of the jungle like really in the middle of the jungle like this is a national park. You know, some kind of law is just unbelievable
experience, but also kind of who it's at and made it such that if an animal hunted another as we see here, right, and was partly eaten by a predator
Unless you slaughter it, so, for example, a predator went and hunted this animal for you, like you have a dog, this is one of the times when it's permissible to own a dog, right, if you're going to use the dog for the purpose of hunting, so if that dog is going to hunt for you, or guard for you, or guide for you, right, it's going to be a guide dog, or a guard dog or a hunting dog, that is permissible to have it. And so sometimes people will send a predator forward, right, a dog to go and hunt an animal. And it hunts the animal catches the animal, you know, injures the animal for you, as it stops the animal and then you go over Bismillah Allahu Akbar, and you sacrifice it. There are
other fic rulings pertaining to this as well, we're not going to get into it. For example, if you say the name of a law before you, you know, maybe using a bow and arrow, or you might be using a rifle to hunt,
which I've never done before some kind of law or you might be using a, you know, a dog that's going to go and hunt for you and you say Bismillah, before sending it out, those are all things that you know, could be discussed at a later point in time in sha Allah, but Allah subhanaw taala is mentioning that look, if the animals hunted for you, and then you go over and you sacrifice it and that could be permissible for you as well. And what is sacrificed on the altar, right? These are all things that are not permissible. You are also forbidden to draw lots for decisions. This is all evil. Today the disbelievers have given up all hope of undermining your faith. So do not fear them.
Fear me Allah subhanaw taala tells us to fear Him.
And then a very famous part of this ayah Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and Yama committed to lecom Dena como este momento por la come near Mati will lead to locomole Islam Medina, here Allah subhana wa tada shows us a verse where some people think, or, you know, consider this to be the last verse that was revealed because of the wording. It says, today I have perfected for you
perfected your faith for you completed my favor upon you and chosen Islam as your way but whoever is compelled by extreme hunger, not intending to sin, then surely ALLAH is forgiving, Most Merciful. So what we see here is the prophets of Allah He was sending mentions this last part of this verse, he says, a young man to the Kadena come to Allah who never met he will lead to locomole Islam Medina, and he mentions it in arafa. When they were going for Hajj during the farewell Hajj, the last Hajj, the first and the last Hajj of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and it was mentioned there.
And people think and consider that this is the last verse that was revealed to Muhammad some longer it was Sunday, but that's not the case. This was a verse or part of the verse that was revealed to show that the fic the elements to do with our Deen in how we are supposed to do things for example, Hajj was not done by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam before so he was not able to show this, how the how to do it. But then there he was completing it. Now the dean is complete, right? So that is an interesting part of this verse that many people
misunderstand or you know, heard a misinterpretation of it? Or Miss explanation I could say, of this verse is and wouldn't come out that way. Let him Let it promote, but you bet Well, there are 2 million God who can live in the morning
and will somehow do it and it then says in verse number four, they asked you Oh prophets, what is permissible for them to eat? So I asked, you know, what is permissible for you to eat? He says, say to them on what tells the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say to the people, what is good and lawful. Also what is caught by your hunting animals and birds of prey, which you have trained as instructed by a law. So eat what they catch for you, but mentioned the name of a lot over it first, and be mindful of Allah. Surely Allah is swift in reckoning, okay.
And the Okay, let it come upon you that then Allah Subhana Medina says today, all good, pure foods has been made lawful for you. All good, pure foods have been made lawful for you. Similarly, the food of the People of the Book is permissible for you. Oh, here we go. This is the discussion we were waiting part. Similarly, the food of the People of the Book is permissible for you.
And yours as in your food is also permissible for them. So the food of the people of the book that food is the people of the Jewish and the Christian kids.
is permissible for the Muslims and the food of the Muslims is permissible for according to us in Islam, it is highlighted and permissible for them to eat as well. Okay, our food and the way it's prepared, the way that it's sacrificed and so on is permissible for the non Muslims to eat as well.
And in fact, many of them really like our food. And I know this for a fact because my father used to own a halal meat store many years ago when I was a student in Medina, I used to come back. And I was actually a butcher throughout the summers, right. So through the summer months, I was working as a butcher in my dad's halal meat store. So I used to cut chickens and meats and I used to go to the farm and sacrifice animals in the morning and then go to the market and pick up the fruits and vegetables and deliver it to the store and then go home and pick up my mom and come back. And then we would just be there, you know, cutting meat and sirloin steaks and your T bone steak and your
minced meat and whatever you want, right. So I've had a lot of things I never thought I would touch in my life. We ended up you know, having to learn how to do. So I worked for a butcher in a halal meat store for about three, three summers, right. So three years, my dad had that business. And so here a loss of Henley's ad is showing us that, you know, the food of the believers is highlighted for the non believers as well. And I know that they love our food a lot, or they love our meat and chicken a lot as in the animals that we sacrifice because there's no blood in it. And because we have certain rulings with regards to when we can actually sacrifice an animal when is it permissible
for us to eat that animal? Is it too young for us to eat? Is it unhealthy for us to eat? Right? Is there some sort of illness has the animal eaten something that is not permissible for us to eat, for example, you see an animal that goes over to the sewage, it's starving, and it goes over to the sewage and it starts to eat from the sewage of you know, what comes out of the toilets and stuff? Is that permissible? So our Deen shows us certain things that we are to stay away from even though the animal might be an animal, it's healthier to eat, but if it's eating something that's not headed for us, then you know, there's there are rulings pertaining to that as well. We'll get into that another
day inshallah. Okay, so someone is asking, I have a question, brother, can we eat non Zabihullah meats from non Muslim In other words, none had meat. So that's the thing my brothers and sisters, it's not easy for us to say that something is not Helen, just because it was prepared by or the animal was sacrificed by someone who was not Muslim.
And I know I'm putting myself in deep water right now. But in order for us to properly teach the deen to each other, we have to understand it. And we have to be willing to let go of our personal, you know, sentiments and let go of our personal cultural links and things that we were brought up on things that we were always taught sometimes is not part of the deen. Right. And I will tell you this, personally, I personally don't like eating food that has not been prepared by a Muslim symbol, or food that was prepared by a non Muslim but it's permissible for me to eat for example, fish, right or seafood. Right? If you go to a seafood restaurant or sushi, I love sushi. And a lot my
children our children love sushi, right? You give them a raw salmon, they'll just take it and just eat the whole thing. Then love sushi. So kind of love. So there we see how a loss of headwords ad is showing us and listen to the words and loss of handling harnesses and yelling them.
Luckily for you that what I am a Latina or doing ketover electron, what are our macoun Hill loves them and wants to hang with Alice using this word halaal to show that their food is helpful for us. And our food is Helen for them. What that means is the question is problematic when we say the food, in other words, non halal meat as it was not prepared by a Muslim. That doesn't mean that it is not held. And
this is where we get into this debate and discussion back and forth. And it's going to be long and lengthy. So I'm just going to summarize it very, very simply.
illustrations subhanho wa Taala says something is Helen, who am I or you or anyone else to say it is not Helen, we can not come in front of people and say the food of the Jewish and the Christian is not halal for us. When Allah says in the end it is.
That's one thing that I'll mention. Okay.
Secondly, now we move off into the discussion.
Are the Jewish and the Christian, like what makes someone Jewish or Christian in order to be able in order for us to be able to eat their food to simplify this when it comes to Jewish food, or kosher food right, more known or better known as kosher food, kosher food generally is headed. Except my brothers and sisters. Many Muslims make this mistake, and they don't realize that there could be alcohol that is used in the food that is still considered to be kosher. So a lot of the time people will travel in an airplane and they will order kosher food, the kosher meal, because sometimes the Muslim meal just doesn't taste good. I don't know why, for some reason, some kind of a lot. Like I
would love to get into that industry. I would love to be the one who's telling people look, Muslims love to eat this kind of food. It doesn't have to taste like cardboard, or it doesn't have to taste like fire. You know, like there's so much spice you can even eat it. Not all Muslims are Pakistani. I didn't know if you knew that. But some airlines somehow they think Muslim food means Okay, food for Pakistani people. like super, super spicy.
So that's one thing. So with regards to kosher foods, I will say this again brothers and sisters, remember,
if it is kosher, check the ingredients still. Because there may be alcohol that is put in it like some kind of wine or champagne or something beer is something that is put into the food. And they still consider it the Jewish will consider is still consider that kosher so long as it meets their requirements. So having said that, put that aside, something that does not contain alcohol that is kosher is kosher. And you know what, they're so strict in the way that they prove that they prepare their foods that honestly I don't even think twice. Like if I see you know, this is kosher, cold cuts, right? kosher, smoked meat or smoked beef, right? How to have the law eat it. Allah subhana wa
jal has made it permissible for us. So someone's saying, I know we can eat food prepared by non Muslims. My question is, as we know, we have none to be had meat as available in store. Can we as a Muslim by that nuns of em eat and cook and eat? Sorry? Okay, no problem. That's fine. I'm glad you're asking this question. Okay.
But in order for me to, you know, explain things I need to cover certain grounds.
Now, we mentioned the Jewish food, the kosher food, what about the food of the Christians? Okay, what about the food of the Christians? Now we look at what makes a christian
right, what makes a Christian someone here is pointing out something really interesting to all Muslims. When you're traveling and skeptical, just eat vegan, you're 100% safe.
Okay, yeah. It's arguable, though, because sometimes it just doesn't taste good. or want a burger? What's wrong with
the law? But yes, absolutely. Right. Sometimes, you know, we look at, you know, the symbol and if it says vegan on it, you know, you're pretty much good to go, which is probably helping us in order to prepare our health foods. However, let's look at it from an Islamic perspective, and what we learn in our Deen when it comes to the food of the Christians, right?
People will say, but the Christians of today are not like the Christians of back in the day. They now believe in things like the Trinity, which was around at the time of the Prophet sallallahu. And he was sending them a lot of pee, a lot of Muslims don't understand that I must have had was an assistant before and
with regards to, you know, talking about research and so on, must have had with Allah mentions, you know, 30 to 30 data. So the Trinity in itself was something that was also followed back in the day. So, if someone now is coming up with this argument, saying Christianity of today is different than Christianity back then, then they're wrong as well, because, well, there are certain things that have changed, no doubt. But in this topic, specifically, when we're talking about food, we have to understand that if something is prepared for us in a way that it has been done, according to how it was presented without at once and for a loss of habitat in the name of God. Right, then it becomes
permissible for us. However, however, this is the port part where I'm going to share something personal with you.
I always like to recommend and suggest and encourage, especially for those of you who are living here in Toronto or in the GTA, the Greater Toronto Area. We have so many parallel restaurants. We have so many Hello. You know
food options and halal meat and chicken inside is readily available. There are many halal meat stores. In fact, especially here in the GTA. It's not like the rest of Canada, we are spoiled here in Toronto, I'll tell you that. compared to the rest of Canada, we're spoiled. There are parts of Canada major cities in Canada who do not have hand in hand slaughtered meat and chicken available in their large or major grocery stores or chains. We have that here in Toronto, and hamdulillah. So we are spoiled when it comes to this. But at the same time, my brothers and sisters, what we need to understand is
if halaal food is available to us, whether it's cooked and prepared already, or you're buying it raw, and you're going to bring it home and eat, then why would we choose something else? And I know sometimes I go to a restaurant with people or you have a meeting somewhere. And it's not a hotel restaurant, is it not all the items on the menu are hidden? And you know, sometimes you order something like fish and chips. But I'll ask is there any beer or any alcohol that was used in the better of the fish and chips like I am so you know, traditional when it comes to this when it comes to food. But at the same time my brothers and sisters, we have to break out of that shelf. So what I
mean by untraditional is I know the rulings. I know what's permissible, but I choose I prefer to eat what has been sacrificed and or prepared by a Muslim. Why? Because if it's meat and it's prepared in a restaurant that is not head on, but the meat is headed, then they don't really know all of the things that we're supposed to do as Muslims are not supposed to do as Muslims, how we're supposed to respect the food and so on. However, it's still permissible and I won't argue with it. If I go to a restaurant with people and we sit down and we eat and it's a restaurant that's not owned by a Muslim, but all of the food is halal, and hamdulillah if there's Muslims in the kitchen and their
chefs, and there's signs stating showing us that this food is halal, and Muslims who work there who are employed there are telling us that this food is halal, then the food is halal for you eat it. If it is not halal, then the responsibility is on their shoulders. Don't worry about consuming it because I haven't made it handout for you there. If you find out something afterwards, move on, don't eat there and go eat somewhere else. This is what I like to encourage for myself, for my family and for others. So allow us to kind of reach out and meet something Hello. We cannot make it home. But we have lots of options especially here in Toronto. So my brothers and sisters, if you
have halal options, then go to the halal restaurants, right? And if you go to a non halal restaurant, and there are certain things that you can eat to look a lot better without it made life easy for us. He did not make it difficult for us. If you can't eat the meat and you can't eat the chicken or you can't eat the beef, or the lamb or the chicken or the camel, because I've eaten camel and it's good. I love camel burgers, especially from doggies in Sydney, Australia actually Bankstown Australia doggies if anyone here is from Australia, please enjoy burger for me challah camel word, right?
But Allah subhana wa tada shows us here that if something is permissible is not permissible for us from the menu, there's gonna be something else that is permissible. For example, there may be fish as an option seven, right, you might want to have a scented meal or might be trout, or they might be called some kind of fish meal, or they might be salad that you can eat. It's not like we're gonna die, if we eat salad will still survive and hamdulillah is still a meal, you know, so we have to be people that eat simply and understand what a was made permissible for us. And if that's what gets me going through the day, then that's fine. And the last thing that I'm going to mention about food and
then we'll move on and Shalom my brothers and sisters is how much we're supposed to eat. And that's important now because we're about to break our fast in a few minutes right or in what 20 minutes how much we're supposed to eat. So
the sending of the Prophet sent along the idea of sending is to fill our belly, one third
with solids, one third liquids and one third air. That is the maximum amount that the profits on a long ladder usnm shared with us to eat and if we are to eat, if we're going to eat, we're going to go all out and chug food. Then chug one third of your capacity solids, and one third of your capacity liquids and one third is not for dessert.
That's what I like to say when third is dessert, right? one third. According to the Prophet so long it is for air we should not feel ourselves entitled
We are completely. Now what does it mean to fill ourselves? Well,
the average person's stomach is the size of their fist.
The average burger is double the size of your fist. Okay? So that goes to show us how much food we're eating when we eat a burger. And then we eat fries. And then we have a large coke or sprite or something, or Pepsi and you know, then you have dessert and so on. The average person's stomach is the size of their fist
when it's contracted when it's in its normal shape and size, and I've actually asked medical doctors about this to be sure before sharing it with you.
Our stomach when we eat, it expands, it stretches like an elastic. Okay. However, we're supposed to fill one third of this with solids, and one third with liquid and one third remains air. So how much are we actually eating?
So people will ask now, how much are we supposed to eat?
as Muslims, the typical amount that we are encouraged to eat from the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam based on how much he used to eat and how this habit of you used to eat is that they would you know, when you're craving food, like right now, you're fasting, and you're craving food. This is a perfect time prime example, right? you're craving food, you're smelling it, I'm smelling it, I'm upstairs, the doors closed, my window is open. Maybe I'm smelling it from the neighbor's house, I don't know. But I'm smelling food, and I can smell it, it smells good.
You know, when you're craving it so much, and you get the food in front of you, and you take a bite and you're still hungry, and you take another bite, you take another bite, hard to learn. And then after about five or six bites, you're no longer craving and as much as you did before eating it. That's because you're done eating.
You're done eating, you've done the amount of food you're supposed to eat the rest, drink some water, drink some liquids, and you're good to keep the rest for air. Now I know for all of us will be like no doubt that's like, to pakoras and, and some Rosa that's like it. Yeah, that's it. That's pretty much it. So if we want to eat truly according to the some of the profits, and the longer it was on them, then we're looking at eating about five or six bytes of food 10 maximum. And then anything after that. That's excessive, excessive. However, our stomachs expand. So some people their stomachs expand. But while we're fasting, our stomach contracts, right, it gets smaller and smaller.
And the thing during Ramadan, you ever wonder why it's so hard for you to eat a whole big plate of food you're minimal done when you typically would eat that. And some people will say, Hey, don't be like two or three plates of food during the month. Yeah, you're the exception to the rule our stomach throughout the day contracts. So to eat less, the less you eat, the less your body needs, and then your body no longer needs more. And so you used to eat this much, eventually, you start to eat this much. And then this much and this much, and this much, and this much, not much, not much, not much, not much. And then it's like this much. And then it contracts while you're fasting, you're
hungry, and you eat a little bit and it's you know, stretches a little, and then it goes back down. And then it stretches a little, then it goes back down. So if you're looking to lose weight, or you're looking to get a more proper diet, more proper routine and food, and I'm alone is the time to do it. Just don't go all out. If that, eat a little bit, break your fast on a little bit of water or some milk or dates, and pray most of it, then you'll see you don't even feel so hungry anymore. The problem with us is we sit down with a big plate of food in front of us and we say we have to finish it. I challenge you take a small plate, we use the big plates, take a small plate and put only food
on the small plates and eat that. And when you're done eating it, then sit back or get up and walk around a little bit and then ask yourself, Am I still hungry, you're probably not still hungry, you want to eat more, your body wants to eat more, but you're not hungry. You're not hungry anymore. Like now during the day when we're fasting, we're hungry, we feel the hunger. But after you eat a little bit, you're not hungry anymore.
if we were to all do that, I think we would all be in better shape. And that would be much better for us as Muslims, right. And so we ask about some kind of way to add it to make it easy for us to you know control ourselves throughout this month of Ramadan. I know it's hard because we smell the food and it looks good and it just smells good. And then you put in your mouth and it tastes good and you just don't want to resist you want to give in. But remember part of our lives as believers is to resist the temptation. Resist the temptation. Let's move on inshallah. Tada. We said we're going to cover students and we spoke a lot about food and that's really what this was.
is mainly themed around right food. However, we'll take a few more examples throughout the sutra and shot a lot of data.
In verse number 32.
Actually, we see the story of cadila and haben. From verses number 27 to 31, you'll see the story of club Yulin heavy, which are the children of Adam and Eve who sent them and how they argued, and food is mentioned there as well because they presented something to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Right, they presented that to Allah subhana wa Tada. So that's, you know, something that is mentioned in the surah as well. And then verse number 32, or 34, less of halloweentown. It says in images that, you know, you're having a lot of what a pseudo waste of the facade and and you'll put yourself out of it, he doesn't have that he can presume to do whatever the other one are, we must have had, which is
showing us in the livina turbo min probably top of your alley, fair animal and
here lots of penalties and is showing us how we need to respect each other. respect each other. Yes, people will say, wait a second, I lost my hands as being pretty, like strict and harsh here. Yes, he is. But he's showing us the importance of respecting each other as well. Like if we respected each other, there wouldn't be certain harsh punishments that are mentioned, there would not be the need for it. But we don't respect each other's human beings a lot of the time, or sometimes we could say, right. So then there's a punishment that is mentioned. However, it is them.
You know, what's really interesting, I traveled to many countries on earth and asked what was done with added to make me has the ability to travel to many other countries and to also continue to travel throughout my life, because I learned a lot from traveling. And I find the lack of travel is really stunning, the growth of the brain, right? A must handle italianos best, but the profits are longer. I think he was sending them here, you know shows us different examples of, you know, punishments and how things are to be carried out in the deen. However, my brothers and sisters, we spoke about this the other day, if someone is hungry, someone needs food. And they come in, they
steal food, for example, they go to a store and they steal food in a snap. I'm not talking about the law of the land or the law of the country. Okay, if I was a store owner, a shopkeeper, and I had, let's say, a fruit stand, right? Or a store that sold fruits and vegetables and baked goods like bread and you know, biscuits and stuff like that.
If someone came in and stole food, they're not stealing money from the cash register. They're stealing food.
As a Muslim, we are to inquire, why are you stealing this food? Are you hungry? And if the person says I'm hungry, I have nothing to feed my children. I have nothing for my family. And I'm so sorry. I'm ashamed. I'm sad, you know, saddened that I did this. I don't want to do this. But I have nothing. I don't know how to provide for my family. As a believer. We are not to hold them accountable. We are to let them go. And we should provide for them. That's the believer, the person in society who's looking after the good of everyone, Muslim or non Muslim, we look after them. If someone is coming and stealing food from our stores, then we should approach them, talk to them or
call authorities and inquire is this person in need? Why are they stealing? If they're stealing from me, they're probably stealing from someone else. Maybe the other person can't afford it. So I should look after that person is snam teaches us to look after one another, to be respectful, respectful of each other. If someone doesn't have food, look, the very first advice the Prophet sallallaahu Selim gave to the people of Medina that's mentioned in the heads of Abdullah bin sent them from the very, very first piece of pieces of advice. The prophet SAW longer and he was sending them tells us feed people.
Right feed people. And why do we feed people, it brings the hearts together. It brings the hearts together. People will remember homeless people who have a lot you know, my friend today, he posted online and I didn't get a chance to message him. I wish I did. You know he, a friend of mine sells shoes.
And he was saying today he says if anyone knows anyone that needs shoes, and he's like not someone who just wants shoes, but if you know someone who really and truly need shoes, he was like, you know, let me know and I'll donate I have some shoes that I'm donating right? He's donating to people who need shoes because that's his business shoes.
And I was like some kind of like, That's amazing. You know, I wish I was better without it gave me the ability to have certain things to be a business person who had things where, you know, if I see people who are in need, I can feed them. I see people need clothing, I can clothe them. I see
People who need a home I can build a home for them or pay for a home for them or provide a home for them. I wish that we were like that, I wish that I was like that. And I wish that all the Muslims were so so wealthy, that we could look after society. Because part of our Deen is Zakat that we, that we look after those who don't have what we need, what they need, they don't have clothing, we give them the clothing, right, they don't have a home, we provide a home, they don't have a job, we provide the job as well. We don't just give away free money and stuff. We look after people. That's the way of the believer, I wish and I pray and ask Allah Subhana Allah to make me extremely wealthy
in the rest of the life that I have, right and the rest of the life that I have to do so much higher than Southern Africa. Well, lucky, my brothers and sisters, I don't know, I must have had with Anna has, you know, blessed every single one of us with what we have. And that's enough for us, right? We're content with it. And I wish that we had more so that we can do more for others. Because, you know, the feeling of doing it. And I you know, I really wished it to get into a lot more.
And we'll have some pen which I mentioned a lot of things in disorder. But I'll share this with you because you know, sometimes, sometimes sidetracking from the actual topic, even though it's related to it is important. I've been to places on earth, my brothers and sisters. And I probably shared this with you before I single handedly bought out what we ended up sharing in it afterwards. But I could have single handedly bought out an entire store. But the three or four of us that went together, we decided okay, let's share in the the you know, the blessings. And so we split the cost. We bought an entire store worth of, of products
in an area that is extremely poor. And we carried it in our hands in bags in our hands all together as a group and we went into the slums. And we gave it out
how much it cost less than $150 worth of our Canadian dollars to buy out the products have an entire store in the slums. And we went and gave it out to the families of the people. Was that enough? No, it wasn't, wasn't enough. In fact, it was hardly anything you just giving people like, because everyone you're trying to give something to everyone, right? So everyone's getting something small. But somehow Imagine if we can take entire neighborhoods out of poverty. Imagine if we can take entire nations out of poverty,
we would be in tears out of the goodness that we are doing for the sake of a loss of habitat. But we don't do it enough. And sad to say my brothers and sisters, I love helping, you know relief organizations. I love assisting them. I don't have you know much wealth to assist. But Allah has given me other gifts. I assist in doing videos, I assist in inviting others to donate and encouraging others to help and assist with their finances, right.
So I see that as my reward, I'm the law. But I wasn't pedaling dad has made it such that we have these organizations who help us to help others. But we also need to go and give that wealth ourselves. And then we need to go and feed give a plate of food to children who's who have flies all over themselves, because they smell so bad. They have no access to water to wash themselves. And I'm not saying it in a rude way. I'm saying out of the reality my brothers and sisters. So hello, we were in Kenya. And you know, the brothers, they were saying let's go to this orphanage, all the children in the orphanage
are positive for HIV. All the children in the orphanage are positive for HIV. It's an orphanage for children whose parents passed away. And these children had HIV probably because they got it from their parents, right.
sad, so sad. These are children. These are children. They're innocent. They're not held accountable for anything, not
even the law of pardons them of things, you know, a loss of hundreds at a party and stuff. But here we see, you know, innocent people living in the slums. My brothers and sisters we had, we had, you know, witnessed things when we traveled that I wish I could take all of you on these journeys to various different places on earth, to see for yourselves and I can't wait to when my children get a little bit older to show them as well. You know how much is needed from us as human beings. We live comfortable lives as hard as it is as much as we're struggling. You might be living in a basement with all of your children. And you're thinking to yourself, Dude, come on, man. I'm struggling here.
Yes, you are. But when you look at someone who doesn't have water and doesn't have electricity and doesn't have clothing, and
doesn't have a Tylenol for the headache because their head is pounding because they haven't eaten in four or five days. And hamdulillah we have a basement, right? And hamdulillah we have a car, and hamdulillah we have access to stores, and how below we can purchase the necessities that we need, and have them now during this time, even if we don't have there are others who are giving. So my brothers and sisters, forgive me for not going through all of that as I went through the main theme of what we wanted to cover today. But I asked Allah subhana wa tada to make it easy for every single one of us to do something to give sadaqa you know, if you're not able to go and now's the time,
we're not able to go give to your mustard, give to your local relief organization, give to you know those who you trust, who you trust, are going to get the work done for you. And I'll tell you, my brothers and sisters do your homework. Right? Do your homework, don't just give to anyone who comes and asks you for money. Do your homework and see who's honest and genuine. And who's actually using that money going to you know the right people in the right places at the right time. With the right things and items. We ask Allah Subhana which added to forgive us if we've not
we've not fulfilled
the responsibility of our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. For we are some kind of a law
we have so much honestly my brothers and sisters we have so much
that's all I'm gonna say for today. Does that come along with Hayden about a colossal Econ, major loss of handle subhanho wa Taala accept from every single one of us and make us from amongst those who are able to give to others. May Allah Subhana which Allah open our hearts to each other as human beings, may he remove the hardship and the difficulty and the pains that we have within our hearts from, you know, petty grievances. And many of us have had with Adam make us the wealthiest of people, the wealthiest of nations, those who are not greedy for wealth, who are going to give it to others who are going to build systems to take care of human beings on earth, just up from the low
plate and about a couple people may have asked me to accept your fasts. Forgive me for any mistakes and sins that I've committed
with someone will send them over to Canada
or the USA can either send them or sell them already.