Details: Islamic Manners of Eating, New Edtn,
A Chapter of Faizan-e-Sunnat (Adaab-e-Taam),
*[A5+] Large Hardback – 352 pages,
by Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri Razavi.
Rendered into English by: Majlis-e-Tarajim.
Published by Dawat-e-Islami]
Book Extract from Islamic Manners of Eating: What Intentions should one render for the consumption of food?
It is sunnah [Tradition of the Beloved Prophet, Peace & Blessings upon him] to eat only when one is hungry. One should have the intention that ‘I am eating so that I may attain strength to worship [Ibadah] Allah, Subhanahu wa ta’ala. One should not eat just to relish the taste.
Sayyiduna Ibrahim bin shayban, rahmatullahi ‘alayh, states, “I have not eaten anything merely for the satisfaction of my carnal desires [Nafs], for eighty years.” (Ihya-ul-ulum,vol:2, pg:5.) One should also intend to eat less than the appetite, as the intention for eating to gain strength and to worship Allah, Subhanahu wa ta’ala. can only be true if one lives up to the former intention (that is to eat less). Gluttony is only a hindrance in worship. Futhermore, eating less food is conducive to good health, and such a person has very little need to visit the doctor. (subhanallah!)
How much food should be consumed?
The compassionate and immaculate Prophet Muhammad, Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam, has stated that :
“A person does not fill a container worse than his stomach. Merely a few morsels are sufficient for a person to maintain a straight back. If he cannot adhere to this, then one third (1/3) of the stomach should be for food, one third for water and one third for air” (Sunan ibn Majah, vol:4, pg:48, Hadith: 3349).
—Manners of Eating : Pages 1- 179,
—Food of Jinns : Pages 181 – 197,
—99 Parables : Pages 198 – 449,
—Madani Muzakarah : Pages 450 – 498,
—Letter of Attar : Pages 499 – 510,
—Haji Mushtaq Attari : Pages 511 – 520.