Channel: Tarek Kareem Harris
© No part of this transcript may be copied or referenced or transmitted in any way whatsoever. Transcripts are auto-generated and thus will be be inaccurate. We are working on a system to allow volunteers to edit transcripts in a controlled system.
CHAPTER THREE, the prophets approach to nutrition.
The Prophet peace be upon him recommended a life of balanced eating and drinking. He was indeed the kindest and most considerate of souls. He had slowly and discouraged access in accordance with the Quran. quoting from the Quran translated, eat and drink, but do not be excessive, for God does not love those who are excessive in what they do.
The Prophet was noted to have said, the son of Adam does not feel any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls to keep him going. If he must fill his stomach, then let him feel one third with food, one third with drink, and one third with air.
We're talking about wholesome macrobiotic and unprocessed food. The Arabic word for such foods is the
we would recognize such foods as close to their natural state and grown locally.
In the Quran, it says translated, oh you people eat from the earth what is halaal and the Yep, and do not follow the footsteps of shaytan.
It was also said that the Prophet peace be upon him didn't like to mix food. He preferred to keep his meals simple.
Let's form some clues and learn some lessons.
Thinking about the trends of today.
Low fat foods seem to have little importance in the Prophet's time. Islam makes no mention of trying to strip foods from their natural nutritional components. As for low calorie foods, well, they're not mentioned either. Though, of course, the technology about knowing calorie values didn't exist back then. What was mentioned was eating less at a setting, which is different because it is not about choosing low calorie foods as such, taken in contact with fasting calorie count is not a part of that they give way.
Another modern trend is eating little and often. And that definitely wasn't the case. Islam suggests eating together and respecting the occasion as a distinct event. Food is sustenance and eating it is a marked pivot in one's day. organic food is quite clearly also present in the Prophet's life. organic food production takes into account the whole ecosystem and disapproves of waste, using natural feed and methods to raise crops and livestock that an wasteful approach was definitely present in the prophets diet, and in the farming methods of the time.
As for free range, well, that is part of the halaal philosophy. For meat. halaal is about the way an animal is treated and lives its life as much as the way in which it dies. More on this later.
That's for fair trade. Well, that's present as well. Islam demands avoidance of monopolies and other practices, which give one undue advantage. The food effectively becomes harassed if it is gained by unfair, or illicit means. Islam prohibits lending for interest. And if you think about it, lending for interest has been without doubt, the most divisive and destructive force on developing countries and farmers since colonial times and before. It was responsible for most of the conquered lands under the colonial powers losing ownership of their farm lands, and indeed, their crop.
low carbon footprint in the time of the Prophet could be seen, obviously not through machinery, but in his preference for simpler local foods that were farmed and seasonal to the region. exotic foods were available from the Silk Road which was active at the time, but the Messenger of God ate from such indulgences only on special occasions. We will explore these and other elements of life in finer detail as we go on
and have of chapter