Channel: Haifaa Younis
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Salaam Alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah while he was the woman who Allah La Muslim Nam Iam founder on foreigner vema and antenna in the case of Myanmar you withdraw more money or to become an Angular alpha of India shall Neff singla touchbar What do I use my umbrella to zocalo gonna bother it will have been amillennial karma in the content will have to be slightly sundry us and the only one that Emily Sammy of popoli does that mala here for joining us it's a pleasure to have you again Tuesday, seven o'clock, Western central time. And today insha Allah as we have been always
trying to share with you all is anything related to our religion that is related to our daily life. This is something really we all as Muslims needs to learn and practice that Islam is part of my life. And my life is actually part of Islam, including my work, including my daily life, raising my children, including my spirituality, and including food eating, as well a lot. And the more you learn about Islam, the more you learn about Tomas Swanee, salatu salam, even before that, when you read the Quran, you will see the mention of food in the Quran. There is a specific food mentioned in the Quran. And there is absolutely heavy, it's many numerous heavy about food about how we eat, what
should we eat, when to stop and all this. So as part of the mission of gender Institute, to bring the light of Islam to the heart, and to the homes of women and for the Tuesday program, actually, for everybody. We're going to focus today in a completely different a new subject that we have not covered yet. And basically, it's diet, diet in Islam food. And this is an important aspect of our life. There's a lot of emphasis, emphasis these days, losing weight, keto diet,
no carb, low carb, all this. What does Islam say about this? And can I be or should I be for sure I should be healthy, and how and what this all have to do with Islam, and gives me a great pleasure to introduce to our guests, sister Dwyer, the Sufi joining us from Champaign, Illinois, it's a city about three hours drive from where we are, which is St. Louis, Missouri, and sr, do I actually go back? About, what, four years ago or five years? Five years ago? Yeah, I was in St. Louis, where she hung out, oh, Blimey, we're blessed to have a for just one year, her husband moved to St. Louis. And she came in and says, I want to be part of this institute, she had a lot of beautiful impact. And as
I always say, footprint, and unfortunately, within a year, she has to, because she has to join her husband, she's also a mother of a two year old. She's a graduate. She's a dietician by profession, but also hamdulillah humbrol. I mean, and this is what we are all trying to promote and to show the people that you can do it. She's also finished or studied Islamic study with alum Institute to him like, I mean, I was chatting with her before the program. And she said, when I was studying Islamic Studies, I found out that there's a lot I can learn and research and do about food related to Islam. So hamdulillah now her focus is only or mainly if I want to use the word about diet related to
Muslims related to religion of Islam. You are, it's a pleasure to have you welcome. So good to see you. Thank you. Thank you so much, Jeff. It's so nice to be here. I'm always following what Jenna Institute is doing. And it's really nice to be a part of it again. I'm gonna
go ahead it's all yours. Yeah. All right. It's Mathematica. I'm gonna share my screen
Oh, there we go. Okay, so before that might have been well so let's get on out of studio now. And it was it mentioned marine aluminum NEMA and find out and find out the mount I'd love to know what you're done and manage it. And then the name of Allah, most Gracious, Most Merciful. Send your peace and your blessings upon your finest creation. Yeah, Allah please teach us that which is beneficial and benefit us from that which we are learning and make knowledge a witness for us on the day that we meet you. I mean, I mean, once again, stock market for having me here, super, super excited to be here. Just a disclaimer,
I am a registered dietitian, I am a licensed health care professional. I am not your registered dietician, I am not your health care professional. So if there's anything that I talked about here, and you are not sure if it's appropriate for you, please please go back to your own dietitian or healthcare provider which could be your physician and have a conversation with them. I don't foresee that happening with the topic today. But just in case I need to make that disclaimer.
So um, you know, shafa introduced me a little bit but just to share a little bit about myself. So I'm registered
dietitian nutritionist by profession I've been practicing for 11 years now and I'm good enough.
I really believe that our relationship with food should not be complicated. On the other side, I'm also an Hamdulillah, a student of the faith I worked I studied at quantum Institute in person 2014 2015 and finished their seminary program.
And then since then I've been part time in their atomia program. This year I'm shifting gears a little bit and studying with a different Institute just because the schedule works a little bit better for me. If you've seen me around, you may have seen me as the dietician. But at the beginning of this year I rebranded into a Muslim dietitian to be able to bring this specific content and to everybody specifically talking about spirituality and food and also catering content specifically to a Muslim audience even if it's general nutrition because we have specific needs we are a specific community we have specific needs and so I wanted to be able to provide that you know for everybody
if you're just kind of wondering you know, again, if you've seen me around there are different ways that people work with me I have live webinars that I do regularly. I have one coming up on Thursday called prophetic food and eating which is a free event which I'll share with you a little bit later towards the end. I work with masjids and other Muslim communities like Jenna Institute you know and collaborate with them to bring content to their audience and the eat to worship community is one of my favorite things which is basically a intimate community of women working together to improve their both their spiritual and physical health.
Alright, so this is gonna matter him. Why, you know, why are we here today? So prophetic inspired nutrition What does that mean? Well, Allah subhana wa tada tells us in liquid on liquids can Allah comfy rasulillah he was one has another name and carry on. La lemon canyons, waha and Yeoman Acura. Whether Corolla kathina. There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern or example for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day, and who remembers Allah subhanaw taala dad often, I don't know if you've ever paused to reflect on what that really means. It brings me personally a lot of comfort, that we have this human example of the Prophet and his
thoughts today, you know, so so it's not this like this, this topic that's above our grasp, right? We have a beautiful human embodiment of the character that we should have. And sometimes we placed the Prophet at a slow time on a pedestal that strips him of this humanity.
But he it's a lot a sum is or was as human as you and I. And when the Prophet he sought some sat down to eat, he would say at times, I am but a servant I eat as a servant eats, and I sit as a servant since this is probably my favorite hudy. The manner and etiquette with which the Prophet a salt that I'm viewed food and ate is a place where we can really connect with his humanity. And even in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala he affirms the humanity of Prophet eSATA he said him and his mother by saying, Christ, the son of Mary, or a son of money was no more than a messenger. Many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a mother of truth was a woman of truth,
they both had to eat their daily food. So so even you know, prophets, like Prophet, Esaias the property So Sam, we know that they are amazing beings, right? But their humanity is confirmed, and their closeness to us is confirmed through something that we engage in, day in and day out, and that's eating. And so this is one of the reasons that I love learning about the way the property is awesome ate the foods he liked or didn't enjoy. Food is personal eating is an intimate affair and doing so in a manner that the Prophet he sought Sam did creates a timeless a timeless connection with him. So learning about the property is solid so is the way to love him and all that he has
done. And now when it comes to nutrition,
there are two aspects to nutrition. So there is the what you eat and there is the how you eat and when we look at the seat of the Prophet it sorts them and they'll put on we find that we have examples of what the prophet Esau said I'm eight we have examples of things that we can't eat from the Quran, but you will actually see a lot more content on how to eat so if you look at the the vast Hadeeth
collections that we have on the put on eating, it's how and even in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala he meant when a lot of times when food is mentioned there is a mention of how to eat Yeah, you in the denominator. Who's the NASA commander Colima student worker who was trouble going to sleep all right. So take your adornments at every message and eat and drink but do not do so in excess the How is there and you see that a lot in the example the property assaults and we see that a lot in his Suna. So when we're learning about how the property is sold to set up eight, we are
able to really take a lot of good advice from it. And the one if I wanted to choose like
One word, to really embody the way the prophet SAW Sam ate. And honestly, you can expand this beyond eating right, the way that he lived his life. It was a life of mindfulness, of presence of awareness of what's happening right now.
Absolutely. Does that cool? But yeah, so So mindfulness, and to understand what mindfulness is, because it might feel like an abstract concept to some of us think of the brain as having two functions. One is awareness, which is the present right now. And one is thinking, which is past and future. So awareness is when you're focused on what's happening around you, you're observing your present thinking, is you're thinking about something that happened in the past, or is it going to happen. So for example, you have a doctor's appointment that passed, or, you know, we're in the middle of COVID. So let's make this interesting, you took a COVID test, and, you know, you had some
symptoms, or you had an exposure, you took a COVID test. And now you're really wondering what the results are going to look like. So you're really focused on something in the past. Um, and so what happens is that there's an inverse relationship between the two. And so as thinking goes up, awareness comes down, and vice versa. And of course, there's time where we do want to think about things that have happened, or that will happen. But a lot of times when we do that, we lose track of what is currently happening. And so for example, think of an example of a time where you might have been sitting with a lot of people, your family, your friends, and you're you're really thinking
about this COVID test.
You're just like, oh, man I was exposed was I wearing my mask was not wearing my mask? Did I wash my hands that I touched my eyes, right, all of these thoughts that we have now, right? And what happens is you everyone around you starts cracking up, everybody's just laughing their heads off, and you look around, and you have no idea why everybody is laughing, you were thinking so much. So your thinking was so high, that your awareness of what's happening around you right now was non existent, basically, you were physically present, but not mentally present. And so when we look at the example of the Prophet a salsa, and we see this in a lot of areas of his life, but with foods specifically,
you you basically, there's a concept in eating called mindful eating. And we're going to talk about a few of those concepts and, you know, learning from the property and thoughts on how to apply those. But there's a chapter in one of the books by Imam ghazali in Fei know, Medina, reviving Islamic Islamic sciences. And he talks about, he talks about different aspects of a bad that in that book, and he in He always talks about it from like a fifth perspective, but then also the spirituality perspective of it. It's not just like a straight fifth book. So he has a chapter on there called double akkad, right, the the mannerisms or the etiquette of eating, and you could
rename that chapter, mindful eating, which is what I used to teach my non Muslim clients, and you wouldn't have to change the thing from that book. That's how that's how relevant the teachings of the Prophet it is. So let's set up our when it comes to our,
our nutrition education. So we don't have you know, a ton of time for me to go into everything, but I thought we would break it down. You know, when covering this idea of mindfulness and learning from the Prophet at a solid setup, we're gonna break it down into three parts. So there's the before the meal, how can you increase your mindfulness and present there's the in the meal, and there's the after. And the benefit, or the value of increasing mindfulness is it allows you to slow down so we live in a very GO GO GO society, right now we're very go, go go. We're very fast. I mean, how many of us, you don't have to actually answered this, but how many of us often eat on the go, how many of
us actually get the chance to sit down for every meal, or even one meal a day and just eat rather than sit down and do work, sit down and feed someone else, sit down and check our phone,
more not even get to sit down at all sit down and drive, right so a lot of times, we're not even allowing ourselves the opportunity to slow down even just a little bit, so that we can be more present, more mindful. And what happens when we are more present when we are slower is that we're able to listen to our bodies more our body is you know, an amazing creation of Allah subhana wa Tada. And within it, we have mechanisms for self correction, and we have ways that we can self correct everything.
eating is no different. We kind of right now don't depend as much on our internal body signals, but we have signals within our body that tell us if we're hungry, they tell us if we're full and once we become more mindful, we're able to tune into those a lot more. So if we're going to look at you know, breaking it down, and I'm just picking like a couple of ideas for each one of these but the the the, the Hadeeth contents, or like the Hadeeth collections have so many more right? But we're just you know, we can't cover absolutely everything and I'm still learning myself at home good enough. But if we're going to look at the pre meal, what
There's one tip that we can take from the Prophet a salt Sam and apply it to our daily concept every single day, obviously as feasible or even start applying it right now and that is the teaching of the Prophet at a salt center where he taught us to sit down while we're eating and to sit down while we're drinking. And this is uh so now that especially when it comes to drinking, you know, you don't see people do it as often but if you're aware that it's that it's so now it's a beautiful thing to see somebody do that there was somebody that I knew that would never eat, or drink standing up and it didn't matter, they would always pause and if they had to just go into a squat position, right,
they would kneel down basically and drink right? And so the act of doing that the act of slowing down enough is gonna make you more present. If you're drinking water on the go, you're not aware you're not present it's just something that you're doing. But if you literally have to stop what you're doing to sit down
it's a different experience and there's also health benefits to drinking while you're sitting there's actually research studies on it it's cool to look at that when you drink while you're sitting. The water is absorbed better than when you drink while you're standing so you're better hydrated so of course we can always go into the research and find you know,
I don't think I've come across anything yet that can't be like corresponded or confirmed by research but these studies from the properties are very strong when it comes to sitting down you know there's a narration where unnecessarily latona says the properties of some there were some people standing while they were drinking and the property is with some reprimanded them he said Don't do this. And they asked him what about eating he said that's even worse to do while you're standing there even like stronger ahaadeeth but then there's also a you know, I don't want you to think that it's hot on to do this while standing right but the idea is what is better what is more virtuous, what is better
for us and we see that the Prophet I saw some regularly recommended that you eat and drink while you're sitting. And he also did it so regularly that once I needed the lowdown on who was given water, he wanted to drink it and he drank it while he was standing. And some people kind of like disapproved of that because they never saw the profit and he sort of said I'm do so and he says I know you're disapproving of this which is drinking while standing but I saw the messenger out he saw Sam do this and so a lot of times we know from you know if you study the state of the Prophet, there are a lot of things that he recommends but sometimes he would do the opposite just to let us know
it's not hard to do the opposite so this is not you know, we're not attaching morality to standing or sitting. You're not a good or bad person for standing or sitting.
But shefa Did you say something? He specifically drank Zamzam when he was standing because there he was making guava so some of the this morning the different opinion about did he do it he didn't do it they all agreed he did it when he was drinking Zamzam were standing but then most commonly otherwise he was actually sitting so you're absolutely right hand side now if you look at that point you brought is very nice. He actually was teaching people that it is okay to do that. Although it's closer to the sooner because Who else knows this or no more than saying it but it's closer to the center to do it when you're sitting so if I have to do it when I'm standing Don't feel bad, but it's
healthier, better and definitely more and as soon as I'll get rewarded not only because I'm drinking water, but because I'm following the footsteps of roswaal
It's beautiful that you mentioned the times that he did stand up was dimsum right and exams um you don't drink them so I'm just to drink thumbs up right? Sometimes drinking demo them in and of itself is a mindful experience where you're you're you're present and you're making a dot right since apalla even when he did it standing there was like wisdom and in that that he was already so present in what he was doing right there so mountain gyms and he said are you Satoshi. Now Muslims me mashery Bella, the reason you are drinking Muslims and that you are you're making for it. That's the reason you're drinking. So yes, both. But let's do our best. And I'm glad you brought this as in the
beginning is Let's do our best to follow the similar and as much as we can. But sometimes if we cannot, things happens, we forget hamdulillah there's as we say there's a there's a room in this room. There's Merci. Merci. Alhamdulillah there's mercy. Yeah, yeah, yeah, so so so and one of the reasons that this is helpful if we're shifting gears a little bit and talking about from a nutrition perspective is that to be mindful, you must be present. And when you are not sitting down for a meal, you are not going to be as present as when you are actively saying I have to set time aside. I have to find a place to sit down. I have to sit down here and eat and drink right like the Prophet
it is supposed to sit on it. So this is one thing to just kind of bear in mind to increase your presence in meals,
which overall improves the eating experience basically, the way that I like to explain my
for eating, his mindful eating is elevating the eating experience so that you are
able to really, really benefit from what you're eating from a nutritious perspective, but then also from a spiritual perspective, and we'll talk about that in a few minutes.
So for shifting to during the meal, what's something that we can keep in mind from the Prophet at a solid center that will help us be more present that will help us improve our nutrition. And this is another thing that again, it's all about slowing down.
It's all about slowing down SubhanAllah. And it's not like the prophet SAW some wasted time, right, he wasn't just idly silly sitting for no reason, he wasn't idly telling us to do things that are a little bit slower. But we do see that there are certain areas in our life certain aspects, where he does recommend that things are a little bit slower. One example obviously, is when we're talking about salah and the Prophet it So Sam says, you know, make sure that you come to a complete stop in between the different areas of Subbu.
But another example, is with drinking was a specific, like there's specific guidance on this. And so the Hadith is that the Prophet at a saw Times reported by ns with the prophet and he said Sam used to breathe three times in the course of a drink, which means he would stop for a breath, you're not breathing into the drink, that's not recommended at all, you shouldn't be breathing into your food, there's actually a hedge against it, breathing into it. But the idea is that you are pausing, you are taking a breath, and you are continuing again, the virtue in this and it's not necessarily the three times because there is another Hadith that says two times. So the virtue in this is not
necessarily the amount per se, although of course three comes up a lot as a a Suna number almost in terms of doing things. But the idea is that you're not.
You're not just gulping your water down. And so I and the reason that I say doesn't have to be three specifically is what if you're drinking a lot of water, and then if you can only do it in three gulps, then it's gonna become gulps, right. So the idea is that you're slowing down, you're breaking. And what this really helps with is during the meal, if we expand it to not just drinking, but also to eating is what we do a lot of times is we're eating right, we put a bite in our mouth, and we feel the fork or the spoon up without even swallowing. Like there's no, there's no pause, there's no place for breathing in that meal. So we want to follow this example during the meal. So
that the reason that this is helpful from a nutrition perspective is that it takes time for our body to recognize that we're eating for our brain to catch up to the fact that we're eating takes 20 to 25 minutes for those signals to travel. And so the recommendation is that we slow down enough for the signals to travel so that we get the actual true fullness signal instead of the over fullness signal that sometimes we get if we're not allowing ourselves that slow down. And then if we want to go back to the research, you'll find a lot of research on even the idea of sipping water versus gulping sipping is more hydrating. It's better for the body, you maintain it better, you'll find a
lot of studies on the benefits of chewing your food enough times. So again, slowing down in between each bite, it's better for digestion. And you have less bloating, you have less issues, you might have less cramping. So a lot of benefits also to just the simple How do you write It's simple, three breaths. But again, if we really test ourselves and we think about it, it's easy to do, but a lot of times we're not doing it and so finally even for myself like I know this Hadeeth inside and out because this is what I studied. This is what I share this is you know this is what I love doing right now I'm done like combining these two things. And I have to sometimes be like it takes 10
extra seconds dot What are you doing, you got to slow it down a little bit. Um, and so so so yeah, so if you combine this with the first soap, so you've grabbed a cup of water, you sat down, or you grabbed your meal, you sat down, and now you're taking your bite slowly, you're taking a bite, you're putting your fork down, or if you're eating with your fingers, you're not putting the next bite of food in your hand, you're waiting. What this helps with is that you're increasing the use of your senses. You're you have to look down to pick your fork back up so you can see how much food is still on your plate. You have to look down to see the food and using more of your senses helps you
increase your mindfulness as well. So step one is slowing down and step one is present, we become more present by sitting down. Step two is slowing down. We are slower by not coping our water or not coping our food. And so gulping our food would look like swallowing without chewing. It would look like just constantly shoveling food down our mouth especially if we're in a rush.
And so those are things that we want to try to avoid so that we can be following the example of the property so some and be eating in a manner that is better for our bodies in a manner that helps us better benefit from all of this food that we are taking in
The third is
this hadith where the Prophet had a salt cinna jabil Dylon who narrates at the property so Tim would order people to lick their fingers and the dish after finishing eating so he finished eating and he says fingers here because the property and still time typically ate with his fingers typically ate with the three fingers of his right hand, and he would lick them before or have someone lick them. So sometimes she'll do lots and lick them before washing them. And the reason that the property is so some gives us for this is that we don't know where the bucket is, we don't know where the blessing in our food is. And Baraka is something that we can only get from Allah subhanho wa Taala
and it is something that we benefit immensely from, and we really only can get it from Allah subhanaw taala. And so it's not like if we eat you know, a certain amount of food or a small portion or this note the bucket is strictly a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And only he can give it to us. And so the Prophet is So Sam is reminding us that we don't know this food, you know, the goal of eating is to, if you look at it from an Islamic perspective, the goal of eating is to worship Allah subhana wa Tada. So the scholars when they talk about, you know, the ayah that I mentioned at the beginning, which is do not eat an excess, and they talk about the flipside, eating less, they
always talk about not eating so much so that you are unable to function well, right, you get bloated, you get uncomfortable, you get lethargic, and not eating so little that you do not have the energy. And so there's this middle ground, because the goal is to eat enough to worship Allah subhanaw taala to the best of our capacity. And the way that we can really benefit from that is getting that bucket from that food. And so one aspect of mindfulness is actually gratitude or presence. And so when we are saying, okay, I want to make sure there's no last bite left here, I'm going to lick my fingers, or if you're not eating with your fingers in the spoon, right. And when it
says here, the dish, you're not necessarily you know, taking the dish to your head and licking it, right. But it just means wiping it down with your fingers a piece of bread, it just means making sure that you are getting every last bit of food on there so that you can really benefit from that bucket so that you can really, really get what Allah subhanaw taala gave you and so that we're not wasting, right so so these these, you know, these ideas is number one, if we are going to recap, and I'm just recapping them often because they're very simple, but they're also very easy to slip from our grasp to forget. So if we start with a pre meal, and we slow down, we slow down so that we're
sitting down so that we are
making time to eat basically. So sitting down is basically making time for that eating, and then we are eating slower.
So we're present, we're now slowing down, we're allowing our body to send us the signals that we need to catch up where we're allowing our brain to catch up with our stomachs with our gut. And then once we're done eating, we are remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala We are grateful to Allah subhanaw taala we are and that the reason that this is very helpful if we're flipping it to a you know, nutrition aspect is not only is this spiritually beneficial, obviously very spiritually beneficial to remember Allah subhanaw taala but it is also beneficial for us because we are able to reconnect why we're eating back to Allah subhanaw taala we're eating to worship and that's why my you know, my
membership or that community is called the eat to worship community, right? We're focusing it's a reshift in perspective that we're not eating to live, which is definitely a place where we don't want to be right Unfortunately, that's that's our society. Now, everything that we do is food centric, right? We will travel and I mean, I'm guilty of this myself, we will travel an hour, an hour and a half to get food, um, and
my son is
at the door. So sorry.
I'm sorry, change. If we change the way
we look at things when it comes to
the way things that's the that's I am eating, you know, these days is the communist thing is amazing to enjoy. I love it. I like it, versus if I just change and again, it's a mindfulness it's actually pre meal during the meal. Both I'm eating here to please on last time,
because to please our last panel I have to meet and how is that because if I don't need, I'm not going to be able to worship Him. I'm not going to be able to serve him. I'm not going to be able to serve anyone. So the reason I am
Eating is not because I like it I am pleased last time and the sign that I am doing it to please Allah pantalla is to follow what he taught me directly lactose free food don't waste as lot shared with us this is and so to our if you have any Adam hoodoos unit a commander
of Adam Children of Adam take your adornment nice well get ready in the pool imagine every sun out on every mosque and then what could you wish and this is very nice thing for us to be doing we are obeying Allah because when he says in the Quran work kulu Eat eat is an order and every order in the Quran is actually an obligation of the masala perform Salah to Sokka paisa who is actually eat is an order
drink and he actually does not only is other is the same, but then he gives you give me and you and ask the parameters. How can I obey your law by eating and drinking all the time we'll have to sleep. Don't waste don't eat too much. Don't leave leftovers don't cook what you don't need don't buy what you don't need. It's all lactose free food don't waste so this is I love that it's mindfulness before and then during and then after is when you lick your fingers imagine even this little bit one piece of the meat or one piece of or the one grain at least that's attached to my finger. And he was telling me Satoshi and this is a Muslim is actually it's very well known soon to lick the fingers
and he specifically said we don't know what is the Baraka we don't know where is the blessings of this. So before during and after me as a Muslim I'm enjoying it. I love it but mainly I am obeying the law and I'm practicing my Deen and I am getting rewarded for eating Panama yes
that's why when you're a mother also here we are part of my service so much content Alhamdulillah my husband was just praying so
he slipped away but I really appreciate that recap and actually liked the point where you said you know i i might be enjoying this but that's not what I'm doing this for right and so we see that in the example of the profit and loss there's a lot of a headache that actually tell us foods the profit is still time enjoyed or a certain meal that he's the latte sort of enjoyed but the beauty is that it was not the focus if it was present he was very happy to have it and if it wasn't present he was content with it not being there there's actually a beautiful Hadith which I'm sure you know about where the the Prophet at a slaughter was once complaining of hunger to gibreel it cetera. And
all of a sudden there's this big bang in the sky or this big boom in the sky and the poverty system looks around it's like has a day of judgment come and I should say that he said um says no, this is the stuff he sent to you from Allah subhanaw taala he heard your complaints and his stuff. He says to him one of the angels he says to him, Allah subhanaw taala heard your complaint. And he's asking that I can make you he can make you a king or give you the mountains of gold. So that you are don't have this complaint, right? And there's there's two different narrations. So one of them, Djiboutian was the Prophet it sets them to decline basically and say, No, I want to be a servant prophet.
And and so so that you know, they continues and says that I want to be a servant Prophet, when I have food I am grateful to Allah subhanaw taala when I don't have food, I turn to Allah subhana wa tada and I turn to him and require you know, request of him. And so we see this this again, the humanity I feel like that the humanity of the property, so it's something we can really connect with that, you know, food is something we absolutely need to do something that we live with, we have to eat right, we need the food, but at the same time shifting that perspective from making it our needle endl basically, to making it just a source of something in our lives that gives us access to
a greater goal.
And very nice veterans connection to a lot. So I am connected in the last part with the last pantalla even during my food a lot of people don't think of it again. Let's change the way we look at food. because food is a service that it is an art form of act of environment as long as I am doing it the way pleases Allah subhanaw taala eautiful Zack lophelia Da Hua Yakama Jaco. So I just wanted to share those were kind of the main things that I had, but I'm obviously if there's still time, so I'm more than happy to take on some questions. But I wanted to share this event that I personally have coming up. It's a free event. It's called prophetic food and eating so this was just
kind of like a teaser, in terms of some of the things that we cover, but basically this walks us through the prophet it insulates them how he ate
What he ate with did he use his hands if you use utensils where he ate on did he sit on the floor Did you sit on a chair how he sat and then also the foods that he ate enjoyed or did not enjoy it's a fun session a lot of people that come by enjoy just learning it's not as strongly nutrition so we talking a little bit nutrition but it's more just like so now the profit it slots I'm just another way to connect with him. So I invite everybody that's interested to join me it's at 10:30am so might not be the best time for everybody but if not you can still register and get a free you get the recording afterwards.
And then if anybody has it Yeah, well actually
I'm sure a lot of people have this this in their mind this is the famous Howdy. Everybody knows the 1/3 1/3 1/3 there has to be Adam Matthew
wincan 11 through 13 FSA through through sharabi through some utami you want to let me just leave this heavy for everybody so sorry so to start we all know part two of this study many people don't know part one of this heavy or they don't want to know so part one of this study is actually yesterday Adam came out maybe he's old enough for the son of Adam few by klutz loci matters mindset. It's like the what we call it like you know, when you have a gathering, you get you, you have a starters, small size, big bass with me, it's enough for the son of a small bike that you can never be sober enough for him or her to keep going to function. And if and then he said, Wayne Candela
would if they have to eat, look at this wine calaboose became a necessity, then the 3/3 which we all know 1/3 for the breathing 1/3 for the food 1/3 for the drink. So do you want to comment on this? Yeah, sure, absolutely.
Oh, so I actually have
a full webinar, that I created a full thing based on this head deep. Because it's beautiful, right? So like you said, it has to be in the Adda. Luckily, Matthew cook. And if you can't, if you can't stick to just a few bytes, then 1/3 food 1/3 drink and 1/3 air? And this is common question that I get right? Because it's a very popular Hadeeth. But what does it mean? What's 1/3 1/3 1/3? Is it 1/3 you know, by weight? Is it 1/3 by volume, do I have to sit there and actively make sure that I'm taking a cup of food and a cup of water, and somehow making sure I'm taking a cup of air. And so in my research, I was able to as I was preparing for that content, I actually came across another
Hadeeth that said one half, one half, one half air. And so I was able to read into that a little bit more and take that back to my teachers as well. And there's it's obviously a much deeper concept. But to summarize, the idea is that you have room to breathe. And um, so it's it's not necessarily and we see that a lot of times that you know when the Prophet is. So Tim mentions a number, it's not always about the number very specifically, it's about the idea of it. So the idea of doing things in multiples, or the idea of doing things. So like I mentioned with the taking the water in three steps, there's also another idea about taking it in two steps. So the idea that you're doing it in
multiples, you're not doing it in golf. And so when it comes to this, the best way that I can explain it is that there's a concept in mindful eating, called the hunger fullness skill. And basically, it's a skill that you use to recognize how hungry you are and how full you are. And it goes from zero to 10. And so there's a point there's a middle point that we like people to stay on, and it's between three and seven. And so so if you start at five, you're neither hungry, you're neither full, and we're going to go towards the fullness, you start at five.
So eating right, you hit five and either hunger you need the full, you keep going towards six towards seven. And at seven is what we call satisfied and satisfied is not full. So So the difference between eight is full seven is satisfied. And the difference between the two is that seven is when you have reached a point where you're comfortable, you're no longer hungry, you're no longer food, food actually starts to taste a little different. Once you start becoming Fuller. If anybody has ever tested this out, like you start eating, you're super hungry food tastes a lot better. And then a few bites in or when you have just a few bites left who doesn't taste as it
doesn't mean it tastes bad, but it doesn't have as strong of an appeal. That's actually the body's letting us know that, hey, you're kind of getting full, you don't need anymore. But the difference between satisfied and fullness so we can kind of visualize it. Is that satisfied? If you're eating with someone you reach that point where you're kind of satisfied, you're not hungry anymore, that you push your plate away, but you're sitting and you're eating with somebody else, and the other person is still eating and so you take a couple more bites because it's just our natural habit right that you were social in terms of our eating. So you take another bite and you take another bite,
maybe take three or four bites and then you're like, oh, now I'm uncomfortable.
You guys, I don't know if you can visualize that difference between that satisfied point where you're still able to take a full breath, you're still very comfortable, but
you've eaten enough to carry you forth. So you've had your fill. And then when you cross over into that eight, that's when it's basically on when you're too full. So trying to stay under that seven with your eating. And I believe,
you know, when we look at the example of the Prophet, it assaults them, and we look at the example so how about during the life of the property, so they ate a lot less, then I can logically explain, right? So they ate a lot less than I can logically explain in terms of being able to carry forth and the only way that that I feel is logical. And I think there's, there's enough, you know,
enough to say this is that there is some aspect of spirituality that nourishes our body as well. So in the same way that the Sahaba didn't sleep as much, right, they were, they were they were awake and we actually there's a study that came out recently there hasn't been one done on food, but there's a study that came out on not Muslims, but on Hindu, I don't know if they're Hindu, but monks, so religious monks, they their meditation gave them the same amount of energy brain regeneration that we need to sleep as sleeping, and if you just kind of like compare that to Salah the they didn't need as much sleep because they they replaced it with something that is greater and
then we have like towards the end of times when there food is going to be scarce or there's so much fitna that the Muslims shouldn't go out and that we're advised to say to speak and we are nourished that way right? So there is this aspect of some kind of spirituality elevating us so that we are less need of physical illness.
But yeah, let me just say the 1/3 1/3 1/3 and if you look at it is exactly it was like one cup one bite one the way it is just to make it very practical to everybody so in general how long it takes you to eat a meal and this is probably the best way to look at things so you have your plate I'm not talking about when you are eating socially because when we eat socially it is different but if you are alone on the other plate how long it takes you to eat a plate and let's say the plate will take me 10 minutes these 10 minutes Did you have three minutes of food? Did you have the three minutes of drink three minutes of a breath? Most of the time the answer is no. Most of the time is we eat we
eat we eat even if we drop it we drop it versus if I'm going to say if it takes me 10 minutes to eat this plate usually then that means my
meal time should be 30 minutes because I have to have 1/3 for the food 1/3 The idea is from Swati Assad was the beginning of the heading which should handle that much and kind of made me remember now is mama ADO Adam we are showrooming buckling there is no container the human being the son of Adam will feel worse than his stomach so he's starting by saying don't eat too much and then he's teaching me as he does all the time and you What do I do with Charles well not this is not easy and then he starts by the let's say a plus and then he goes to the beat a plus is fueled by klutz and stop once you feel you are not full but I'm not hungry anymore you know that the steps then you're
done. If you have to, which means you are against somebody putting your money in your plate or your people are sleeping then you start much much much slower was couple of questions. Yeah Do I want to I'm gonna put it on the
screen and then sure I guess
this is this one here we are how to control left's if someone very someone very much loved eating junk food.
Yeah, so um so there's a couple of things to unpack here. Um, you know, a lot of times we use the word junk food or we use the word unhealthy. And what we're really doing within our mindset is we're we're applying morality to food, and we're saying I'm a bad person for eating this or I would be I'm bad for eating these foods. And yes, there is a difference between foods right? Some foods are more nutritious, some foods provide us better physical fulfillment, better physical nourishment. But then there's also some foods that we eat for other reasons. And so I don't love the word junk food. But you know, if we're talking about someone in general, maybe over eating and eating foods that their
body feels less good about. So applying mindfulness is going to be very, very helpful. checking in with your body because once you once you really apply mindfulness and I really encourage you to visit my website because I have some resources on this and I have another webinar coming up next week, specifically on mindfulness, if you want to learn more about it, but basically
Mindfulness allows us to listen to our body and our body can make us feel not make us a body lets us know if food makes us feel good, or if food makes us feel bad. But um, you know, besides that aspect of mindfulness, sometimes we overeat at times, because we're actually under eating at other times. And a lot of times we don't recognize this, but we're restricting ourselves so much. And this happens a lot of times when people are trying to diet so they eat, you know, they eat very, quote, unquote, good and I'm using that very liberally, um, you know, they have an apple for breakfast, maybe with some toast, they have a salad for lunch, they have a small petite dinner, but they ate so
little, that their body now is like what is happening, and they end up over eating so much at nighttime. And so so it's, you know, in general, if you if you're not somebody that typically is restricting your intake, you're not eating too little in general, but you are still finding yourself really eating some of these foods, it's helpful to dive into why and and what we want to do with mindfulness also is where we're looking at things from a non judgmental perspective. As you're eating so much junk food, explore with yourself, why is it that you're eating so much of this food, you know, afterwards, you don't feel good? Right? You know, generally speaking, now, if you eat just
a little bit, or if it's not something you do regularly, you're enjoying it. That's different. But what we do on a regular basis is what matters. So if you're eating this foods that leave your body feeling lethargic, they leave you feeling less energetic, they leave your stomach feeling a little heavy, right? Ask yourself from a non judgmental perspective, you're talking to yourself, right now you're observing and you're just like, why do I eat this? Is it habit? Sometimes we eat a lot of the food that we eat because of a habit, either we grew up with it. So you know, a common example for a lot of people. And this is I'm not applying morality. I'm just saying, We eat dinner. And then we
have coffee, right? This is quite common Arab culture, you eat dinner, you have coffee, or in DC culture, you eat dinner, you have chat, right? That's a habit that forms. So later on, you might continue to do this, but you're like, I don't even like it. So exploring things that we do out of habit is very helpful.
And then also exploring, otherwise, are you using food as a response to stress? Are you using food as a coping mechanism? There's nothing wrong with this, you know, this word that we use stress eating sometimes, because food is is also comforting. You know, if you think about feeding, as an infant feeding time was not only about eating, it was also about
it was not only about eating, it was also about fulfilment, nurturing, so when a baby is breastfeeding, or not even breastfeeding, bottle feeding with their caretaker, their parent, their mother, and they're being held, right, there is physical nurturing, that happens along with that nourishment. So sometimes we turn to these foods in times of hardship. And if it's a sometimes thing, it's not something we worried about, but when it becomes a coping mechanism, and we're using it to numb out other feelings, and we're no longer experiencing our feelings. That's when we have to kind of use that, you know, that observation voice and explore, what are we actually trying to do?
And then we have to look for other methods. So it's not, you know, a direct answer, but just a few things to explore if this is something that needs to be added to this is a really good question. Yeah, Dina, because this is we teach this a lot in our skincare classes, clarification of the of the heart, one of the four less that the scholars of the horse teaches us and of course, a man may result in his hair he commented on this is less food. So in your in your question, there is two parts there is love food, and then you specified junk food. So there's two things I need to make less, I need to eat less, and I need to eat less junk food. And the best ways is the following. I'll
give you one example. And I think it's an Imam Hassan bursary, he was coming to see his friend or an acquaintance and with him as he was entering, another person entered and he the host invited them for food. And the other person said I can't I ate just before I come and I'm full say there hasn't was really looked at me said so Pamela, a young woman Ah, man, he responded says well, believer it'll his full, he cannot even
think of this concept. So back to Dina number one. The answer always is to control your nerves because you word you put the word nervous, that spirituality, anything your neffs once the answer has to be known, and neffs is like a baby. And this is a very famous poem about this left so cut roughly into trochu tshabalala Bravo I went into too young for the This was in a word the beginning of the famous hospital for about praising the rest of eyesight or so minus and yours is like a baby. If you keep giving your baby anything they want, you will never stop rest.
Even if you decide you want to stop breastfeeding mothers know this very well, the baby will stop breastfeeding. That's my nerves. So to stop, how do I control my nest? Don't give it meaning your want to go and buy junk food? The answer is no, you're going to struggle. But just try one number two, and this is absolutely one of the best answers fast, lots fast, our fast. I'm not talking about the 16 hour and, and every other day I tell all my colleagues I was like, Oh, this is so young. This is whatever so I start to surround advisors. Fast warrior in, the more your fast you will control your nerves is not because only you will get hungry. But you will be able to say to your nerves, I
can't eat, I'm fasting. The more you fast, the more control of your nerves, the more you will be stronger to say to your nerves know about the junk food and mail and make a lot of drought. I always say this always, always a lot of drop. There was another question. Yeah, Dre? saoc.
Yeah, shamballa shipper. Okay.
What should I do in order not to be spending too much in order not to be doing wasteful of money or food? Focus on the food? Yeah. Granted, we will see if we have time to do all the other things. Okay. Yeah, eight minutes later. Paula, can you believe it? Yeah, yeah.
So, some tips to not waste. It's, I mean, there's a few things and chifa mentioned them earlier, right? Making sure we're not buying more than we need. But, you know, making sure we're not making more than we need. But then also, I think, again, we're gonna go a step higher and look at the bigger picture. One of the reasons One of the main reasons we waste food is because we are not as content with just eating whatever food is an affair. Food is an event meals or an event. There's something we look forward to and there's nothing wrong with enjoying our food. But again, shifting our perspective from saying I from just from from seeing food as something as a goal to food is a
Waseda it is a, a tool to get to something better. So when you, you know, when you shift this perspective, and you're thinking, Okay, I just need to eat something so that I can worship Allah subhanaw taala. So I can have energy, it becomes so much easier to be like, oh, there's some bell peppers in the back of the fridge. I don't really like them, but I'm just gonna, you know, cook them, I'm gonna eat them. So I don't waste I don't need new food, I don't need more food. In my experience working with a lot of people. That's actually why we waste a lot of food. It's not because, I mean, we are buying too much again, because when we're shopping, where we're thinking
about what we're going to eat, rather than just thinking about, okay, I just need the nutrition. And again, I you know, I I'm stressing this a lot. And the reason that I you know, I mentioned even earlier, the restriction is because we do have a lot of issues even within our communities related to eating disorders, we have a lot of people that are really caught up in this diet culture. And so I put a lot of disclaimers, because I don't want to be a cause of pain for anybody, but to just remember that the person it's a perspective and shifting that but if you are someone that is struggling, especially going back to the old question, you know, struggling with under eating and
overeating, so you're under eating, you're restricting, and then you're binge eating, for example, that's actually you know, something that requires a lot of times a lot of help, you know, you seek out mental health professionals or a dietician to work with. I'm just throwing that out there because I want people to know that this is not an uncommon issue. This is something that we deal with a lot. And it's something that unfortunately the environment that we live in makes it very hard to have a positive relationship with our food, but specifically wastefulness yes I'm gonna say it's shifting that perspective. But if we want other things making a meal plan so not necessarily meal
prepping because that's preparing food you know sitting down one day preparing food but making a meal plan laying out set saying these next two weeks This is what I'm eating creating your menu based on that and then also having a couple days of spaces in there allows you to say Oh, okay, I have extra food I'm gonna repurpose you know it's hard to give very general advice on something that's so intimate food because everybody's eating habits are different but those would be my two tips make a meal plan if we're going to be super applied and then we're going to be talking broader picture shift that perspective to food no longer being a central event in our life. Will I do one
thing for our sister I think failla sofa Mashallah.
I love it too is the name is very small. When you buy and and that actually applies to anything, not only food, when you're pushing this cart or you're carrying this something is as you are putting your hand to pick it up or you're looking at it and you know how they presented in a very nice way and question number one, she's always comes in. Do I need it?
Now do I lie
It's not do I love it? Do I need it? 99% of the time? The answer is no. No. And especially if you have opened your fridge or your cupboard or your pantry before you went for shopping and then you look at the something he said Do I need it? The answer is no. That's number one. I think then once you wireless then you're not spending money less and that and then remember and as you are putting your hand to pick up that thing that you don't need, again spirituality Allah is looking at you is he happy with you the fact you're putting something in your basket that's that's you don't need and there is people dying of hunger. I think if you combine all this together, we are an oma, we are a
nation that we live with our daily breaths. Our daily life, our daily moment is a must. So always look at your cards is what's in this cart pleasing to Allah is looking at it of course he knows. Is it a pleasing to Allah? Do I need it? And the answer is no. As last question I'm going it's a very nice question. It's actually internationally is for people with low economic standard, what should I do and what should be done should be done to meet Islamic healthy eating standards? That's a very good question. Yes. Yes, yes. So So actually, if we look at the diet, you know, if we look at what is considered from a health perspective, what we need to focus on we're looking at eating more
vegetables and more fruits which can be done at any socio economic level. You don't have to be worrying about buying organic or anything like that that's more expensive, but it's focusing on putting more fruits and vegetables in your plate. You can buy frozen you can buy canned if you have to just watch for sodium or salt or sugar if it's fruit or vegetable and you can buy fresh basically focusing on improving the fruit and vegetable content of your meals is going to be number one number two and we learned this from the Prophet it Assad Sam shifting our protein from always being meat based to alternatives. So the Prophet had a solid set up although he loved me and there's a hadith
about him loving me he did not eat it with regularity. And we see now as we look into the research, that decreasing our meat consumption can really help our health meat has a lot of things that we need so i don't i don't typically recommend going vegetarian or vegan unless you have other reasons to do so. But decreasing is something we can definitely learn from the property sold some and definitely be able to apply so if you decrease your meat consumption usually that's what's most expensive you know buying meat especially now if you're in the US or wherever people are and more people are buying me is typically the most expensive thing. So decreasing the meat consumption and
replacing it with other sources of protein like legumes, soy beans, lentils and then also using vegetarian sources of protein depending again depending on where you live Some of these may be more available some of these less available some of these more expensive some of these less expensive so for example if you're in you know eastern part of the world buying at a month and I'm buying soybean products is less expensive if you're in the US buying soybean products is more expensive and that's just a good source of protein depending on where you live but in the US focusing on other sources of having that protein in your diet that is not red meat or even chicken so that is not that is not
meat based basically those would be the two things that I would focus on increasing your fruits and vegetables and you can do so like I said by going you know some fruits and vegetables are cheaper if you buy them canned Some are cheaper if you buy them fresh Some are cheaper if you buy them frozen, some are cheaper if you buy them local so it just kind of depends you know i i'm reading the comments and everybody's from everywhere martial arts article which is beautiful but generally speaking increasing fruits and vegetables in your in your food and there's a beautiful Hadith from the Prophet at a salsa that will probably wrap up with but basically um I forget which the hobby was
with him but he noticed that they were putting gourd or pumpkin into a dish that had meat in it and the prophet and he said what are you doing basically and the Prophet it so let's sit down said and I'm paraphrasing but he basically said we increase our food with this right so we're adding the vegetables so that our food is more and that and so you know if you really look at this within the whole Hadeeth collection the prophit So Tom himself was recommending that we kind of increase our food with vegetables so being able to bring in more vegetables is very very helpful and then decreasing that meat consumption We also learned from the probiotics I wouldn't recommend it for the
brother or the sister Please forgive me I couldn't tell from the name is there's a beautiful two books and one of them is actually translate to English reading one is called the shamar de mohammedia which is basically the
I don't remember exactly how they translated but basically is how he ate what he ate. This chapter is main chapters about Roswell is how to surround everything. That's one of the translation actually
Exactly basically if you look at it
it's exactly what he ate and how he ate and exactly why didn't eat a lot of meat actually he did love He loved actually the shoulder of the of the lamb but he didn't eat they didn't actually there was a three days a very famous hadith of say the Ayesha when she said there's a three it used to be three days goes on them household of roswaal risotto Sarah with no light meaning no no with no fire me They didn't even cook they ate whatever they have. So what I will say to the brother or the sister for this, where are you living? What is the natural things that grow up number one number two, can you
not only to save money but also healthier? is actually can you have a small vegetable garden in your place? Can you literally plant it it's healthier, it's better for the earth and you will enjoy it yourself and then it's it's whatever grows up in your country it is and exactly replace things with things and eat things according to the season. Now these things disappeared. Like it's not that long. Where do you see people if it is summer, they don't eat to orange there's no orange in the sun. Right and if they are in the winter they don't eat for example watermelon because it's not now with all this globalization and everything and to pay so just to make it you need to wrap up is use
whatever is available, try to do vegetable garden, eat healthy. ask Allah I will say this again. ask Allah, Allah to show you to show me to show us how to follow the footsteps of Rasul Allah salatu salam and makes food as an act of worship let alone It's healthy I'm taking care of my body which is also pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala exactly now Karen yeah two hours from how much eight or two Can you believe this
way I'm sure there is a part two and three, what happened come back inshallah Tada, you want to say anything and I will leave it to you at the end. Anything you want to say? No. Does that matter everybody? Thank you for being here. Again. If this is something that's super interesting, inshallah I'll come back here but if you want to learn really quickly, please join my webinar, especially the person that asked this question. We talked a lot about the prophetic manner of food and eating inshallah tada and so I really look forward to having people join me there inshallah. kilo
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