Food for Thought

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at a lot of food and

I don't I can go a long period of time

but it's not because I'm it's mujahadin

it's just my nature that's what they

call shout out on the laptop ha ha WA

laughs ah shut up you know it's when

your own nafs is in accordance with the

shut up

so there's not really a reward for it

it's just lucky you like I have a friend

he hates onions and he's always quoting

the hadith the Prophet didn't eat onions

but he just doesn't like them it's you

know it's how I woke up a Sunnah so

here's how it goes according with which

is good ham daily left that's a good

thing but some people have a serious

difficulty with food like it is a real

difficulty they eat a lot and they want

more and that takes more data so you

need to learn

literally and one of them said of the

cell if he said I would prefer to stop

before I'm satiated Kobayashi back that

he would leave the food that I would do

p.m. and late that it was harder on

enough for him to do to stop the food

than getting up at night and doing p.m.

and late so they had a very strong

understanding of that what Mujahid is

and what struggling against the self is

and if you look at Abu median about the

law under the Great North African master

of ascent his whole book is about you

one that he says this path is about you

what that you have to do wet enough sick

you have to really make yourself hungry

and we know that the poet Sol I said and

his soon that was too fast on Mondays

and Thursday and some of his Sava fasted

every other day the same Ladell cm what

we saw and he prohibited which is a

continuous cm the fasting every day he

prohibited that or what they call in the

West which is a medicinal fast they

called a dry fast where you literally

don't eat food or drink and we know it's

in the confirm Sunnah that the prophets

Eliza Dunn did it and some of the shoe

have done that and even tenía in his

patella actually has a talk about that

and mentioned that he did do that he

performed that type of fast but it's a

very dangerous fast and the Prophet

prohibited it because he said that that

Allah in our be your family where you

say me my Lord gives me food and gives

me drink you see so he was having a

spiritual nourishment now we know also a

bizarre every thirty Robin I know in the

Sahara when he went to Mecca to find out

about the Prophet he stayed in the Kaaba

for one month and he used to drink only

Zemzem he wasn't eating any food or

drinking anything else and he said he

gained weight in that month from the

Zemzem water you see so that's a

spiritual nourishment that happens and

there are people that you know I've seen

I know one share that he only drinks


that's all he lives on and he's been

doing that for several years and

he's actually he's robust he's not thin

at all you know so there's people that

can do that we can't do that if I did

that I'd kill myself and that's why it's

hard on to do that for somebody so those

things are related to people's stations

and things like that and so this idea of

you know food and and it's what what it

means and it's essential qualities the

prophets of light incident what I

learned in Africa and people some of the

people here who've been in Africa and

lived with Africans whether it's in

Ghana or Nigeria Sudan food in Africa is

fuel right really its fuel the Africans

the the Saharan African sub-saharan

Africans are not big connoisseurs of

food they don't have cuisines they don't

have it's actually quite simple food

when you move inside I mean in the

cities obviously you're going to get a

little different but still it's still

very simple when you go to places where

there's high civilization you get a

massive amount of energy being put into

food you go for instance to Syria

Palestine Lebanon people will spend the

whole day cooking a meal you know so the

whole life revolves around food the

public did not like that at all and he

talked about the colored foods that his

Ummah would eat and when some of the

Sahaba got to Syria and found others saw

how the eating colored food they were

shocked because they were used a very

primitive food they ate if you look at

the diet of the province Eliassen which

is in the Shema ed of imam Academy

he ate basically barley was the staple

the grain barley Shire which is actually

the best of all the grains it's been

proven to actually be the most

nutritious of all the grains barley and

then he had dates and dates were were

eaten in several different stages so

they ate that Bella had a thorough pub

they ate the souk area or the family

they had different stages of development

and each one of them has different

properties as well because they actually


and they can't they did not drink cow's

milk they'd write sheep's milk goats

milk camel's milk and they did make a

type of yogurt drink from it which they

would use with a leather what they call

a pedal bar and they call it there's

another word for it when they make the

yogurt with it which I can't remember

the bedroom you know that yeah the money

they make the the yogurt with it and

take the butter out because they do make


so they had some butter xub de the cream

or the butter and they and then he had

we know that he liked pumpkin you clean

that he liked cucumber he our of pizza

that he liked grapes which they did have

a fight and they used to bring them to

Mecca and there were even some of the

carom in Mecca some of the houses the

Irish had date buying I mean grapevine

and he liked also the melon the melon so

they did have melons and things like

that they had mich Mich they knew about

mich Mich which was from syria

they brought dried apricots they also

knew about team which was dried that

they brought from Syria but those were

very expensive and for the you know for

the wealthy people the poor people

didn't eat those things so the diet was

very simple and then meat was something

that they actually ate quite rarely they

were not heavy meat eaters in fact

really we would say now in the language

of this time they would be called

semi-vegetarian because they really ate

very little meat the Arabs loved meat

but only the wealthy could afford it

because poor people could not afford

meat because meat in those days you

sacrifice when you ate the meat you

didn't you couldn't go to the butcher

they didn't have like a butcher were you

going but no you had the meat and you

would sacrifice it yourself or you would

go to somebody's house and sacrifice and

that's usually when they got meat was

when they went as I guess

to somebody else's house that's

generally where people got me and that's

why meat is considered nine it's an

alien food it's an excess of food and

this is why I've heard people tell me

you know about eating the meat from

grocery stores in America they say Minh

babbled Autobots you can't prove that by

Sharia because meat is not from the

bottle docks it really isn't

now there's a certain character that the

Arabs call fatty moon right

patty moon is somebody who loves meat

right carnivorous they say in English

they love meat fat him and there was a

hadith that say na al-marwah Delano says

to a man you know why why I always seen

you buy meat and he said in the affair

ammonia and merriment meaning I'm Karim

I love meat and I almost said to him

that I'm afraid you'll be from those who

all have a pie that even for hire at


you'll be from those who lose all of

their good deeds in this world by taking

too much 19 from the dunya that's what

he was afraid and Omar during his

Khilafah prohibited the eating of meat

every day and this is called Chuck

needle mover which is permissible for

the Khalifa to do that because it's

mobile to eat meat every day and they

say Hasan al-basri can a ya Kudo Pharma

kulla yawmin one a Kuna naka de théâtre

de one of the Salif said has an

ambassador used to eat a small amount of

meat every day and we didn't consider

that it affected his status as a Zayed

that he was there you see but during the

time of Allah when people started eating

a lot of meat because a lot of wealth

was coming into from the venom and

things he's made it impermissible for

people to eat meat every day they had to

do it every other day he was worried

about that now I find it very

interesting that although there is a

hadith and there's some in a Bihari one

of them which Aisha

the prophets Allah I am said fabulous 30

other Seraphim cuff of the Aisha for

Aisha RSI didn't miss a couple Barbara

13 at a secular farm the preference of

aisha over other women the preference of

that studied over the rep of food so

that the Prophet said is the highest

type of food because it's the most

delicious and there's also a hadith

which says ulema sato farm that meat is

the master of food it's like the

aristocrat of food now despite those

hadith which in mimetic new rod Allah

knows the two Hadees that he put he has

a chapter called Babylon in his Moapa

you could look it up there's a moral

here mm the chapter concerning meat he

only has two Hadees and both of them are

warnings about me one of them both are

from Ameer al-mumineen

o Madhava mana who said in one of them

the yacumo Lama in Idaho bar Allison Cal

barometer Hama

beware of meat because it has an

addiction like the addiction of wine and

to this day in Yemen they call meats

Ramadan what we mean the line of the

believers that's a name they call in in

in the Habra me language for me , and

what we need now what happens to people

who eat meat consistently is they become

they don't like food that doesn't have

meat in it they lose the taste for it

and they always want meat where's the


you see they get used to the flavor of

the food having meat and they become

addicted to meet now in in

traditionally in most of them Muslim

countries and like they do in China meat

was a flavoring they did not eat large

pieces of meat it was literally a

flavoring for the food and you will find

if you ask people that are still alive

from say 70 70 80 years old who grew up

in anywhere in the Muslim world you

asked them how much meat they had when

they were growing up and you will be

amazed to find that

very little surgery but because of the

modern ability to refrigerate to raise

massive amounts of harmonized beef and

graze all of these animals bulking them

up if you go and see you know in in

America during the time they call

Thanksgiving which everybody eats turkey

they have these turkeys like just

enormous unbelievable and then right

next to him you can see organic turkey

in other words a turkey that didn't have

any hormones and and growth all these

growth hormones and chemicals and it's

like about one-third the size of this

now if you also notice Americans tend to

be very big all right they're big people

now I grew up vegetarian oh so i

spilling the beans in some background

baggage bringing into Islam but I

actually did not eat meat after - what

when I when I was 12 I stopped eating

meat but if you look at Americans

generally they're actually much bigger

than most people really they're giant

people it's true or not see Abdullah now

what you notice immigrants when they

move to America

suddenly they're children and this is

amazing because you see it all over

America you see these Indian who came to

America the father's five foot six the

mothers five foot two the son six foot

they think it's good protein in other

words that they didn't have good food

when they were in India that's really

what most of them think it is and they

don't realize it just has to do with the

hormones in the milk and in the meat

that these are unnatural growth hormones

that they're putting in these foods so

wherever American beef has gone there

has been a raise and increase in the

height of the people this has happened

in Japan in the Asian countries like

Philippines right the houses in the

Philippines now they're all having

because Filipino people are

traditionally like five foot four now

the ideal height for a human being by

our physiology is about five eight and

you will find in the Muslim war

that is pretty much the average height

of people is around you know if you go

on had and you're over six feet you find

yourself kind of towering over everybody

and then the Malaysians walk by you know

and they're kind of you know like midget

people and and they're actually quite

normal in relation to you know but when

you compare them to these people that

are actually very large right they're

very big people but they're inorganic

people in other words a lot of what they

have is is just it's unnatural the way

that they've acquired it so now there's

obviously stock as well because we get

into some areas I mean even in Europe

you can find there's areas where there's

larger people and that is true but but

this is something that's a very

interesting phenomenon now another thing

there's a researcher in the US that did

a study on estrogen which is a very

common hormone that they use in the

poultry and in the beef an estrogen is a

female hormone and he thought that the

rise in homosexuality was related to

using all these female hormones in the

cows and in the chickens and all of

these things that it was creating

unnatural tendencies and people things

like this so there's people taking this

very seriously you know what people are

doing to changing the creation of Allah

and it's all for money that's the only

reason they're doing it it's not doesn't

make healthier animals it's simply to

make more meat so that you can sell it

pound for pound for more money

that's the only reason there's no other

reason and it's because also Americans

want to eat these big giant steaks right

now the other thing that's very

interesting is the second hadith which

is in the mapa where he sees the man who

buys it every day and he says Akula

master date as the hater state every

time you get hungry you just buy meat

and he said yes and he said it would be

better if you just tucked your stomach

in a little bit and let other people eat

now this the promise a license said

though can an idiom the ID that cannot

home out if there was a prophet after me

it would have been oh ma now one of the

really interesting things about the age

were living in is that grain

a massive amounts of grain are going to

the livestock industry to raise cattle

right because the British they're called

beefeaters right and then they took this

beef eating idea to America because

America is anglo-saxon and the

beefeaters went around in fact the

reason they killed all of the Buffalo of

the Native American Indians who that was

their staple was simply to create

grazing land they killed millions of

Buffalo went out they used to go out and

just shoot them and they didn't use the

meat they were just wiping them out one

to starve the Native Americans but two

to create grazing land for their cattle

the Longhorns and these things and they

also wiped out the sheep herders there

were huge battles up in Northern America

in the Montana Utah in these areas

between the sheep ranchers and between

the cattle ranchers and the cattle

ranchers defeated them so beef became

the dominant food now one of the

interesting things is that in the Muslim

world most of the Muslim countries did

not eat beef they ate lamb which is the

traditional meat of the profits alati

cinema's man he did not eat beef

although he did sacrifice a cow on the

head and it was for his women he did not

eat beef and my whatup that has told me

that he had thought about getting rid of

his cows at one time just because it

wasn't a animal of the Prophet but he

decided because ibraheem Alisa dam had

cows that did that it was alright

because ibraheem after the incidents I

mean he brought a young healthy calf and

said the cap so there's certainly

nothing wrong there is a hadith that

says lamb will buckle Valon well daniel

has Shifa and that's Asahi Hadi and it's

called mush kill with the Mahadi thing

it's the meaning anyway that the meat of

the cow is a disease and it's milk is a

cure and now we know it's it's it's one

of the number one causes of cardio

arterial vascular disease right all of

the arteries get

and now they have like in in Pakistan

because people like this me and things

like this

and by the way bypass operations are

very common amongst upper-class

indo-pakistani people it's true or not

true very common tragic because if you

follow the Sunnah you would never have a

bypass operation and I'm amazed at

people that they say things like a hum

do masha'Allah the operation went very

well and this American masha allah allah

masha and sal you know and i want to say

to them you know why you blame things on

allah Sakuma why shareable allowed to

city food in a little bit misleading eat

and dreams but not to access allah

doesn't love those who are excessive the

prophet elijah himself higher allah

quran for me from melody nia you know

whom to melody mia know whom some may

other famous them and the best of my own

that is the first generation then the

second generation then the third

generation and then they start getting


that's a hadith ie they start getting

plump so you eat all this food that

allah told you not to do and then you

say masha'Allah

I got a cardiovascular disease no you

say you know you blame your naps it was

your own appetite that led to that

condition there's no reason why you

should have I mean there are people that

have certain congenital disorders that

is true but for most people it's just

simply a matter of bad eating that there

enough Scott the better of them and they

weren't able to control that so people

really should recognize that that the

body is literally designed to live a

hundred and twenty years by Western

materialistic scientists the body is

designed to live a very long time the

proposal I sent him said a model Ummah

team of a necessity no a subterranean

myomas ages will be between 60 and 70 so

the majority of the Ummah will die

between 60 and 70 that's a sorry hadith

and that's what Allah has determined the

agile of this Ummah

hamdullah the Prophet died at 63 he was

in perfect health when he died he died

of a fever but they said that his

stomach was completely flat that he had

only 17 gray hairs in his beard that he

was very strong he had the strength of

40 men and he walked very and he was

doing jihad until the last I mean Hamza

Rabia was 55 on the Battle of Badr and

they said yo mo burger can a young hamza

it was hams day because of what he did

with the mushrikeen on that day and what

she was hired by him because of what he

did on butter he killed some of the

great warriors of forest he was 55 years

old you look at a 55 year old now in the

Muslim Ummah and they're all dent over

they've got their guy and share food on

you know so the body has certain rights

in the Lee Jessica a later haka your

body has a right over you and the right

of the body is that we eat we fuel it

properly we exercise it properly we give

it enough sleep that it needs Oh Mohamed

Atta's Adi says the maximum amount of

sleep that you should give your body the

maximum amount is eight hours that's the

maximum if you some people need a lot of

sleep if you need a lot of sleep that is

the max and you should never go more

than eight hours and it actually becomes

negative sleep now it's just to talk a

little bit about sleep because sleep is

nourishment it is literally food for the

law the body is is fed by proteins

carbohydrates and lipids but the Lua is

fed by Vicar and by known by remembrance

of Allah and by sleep and that's why the

more dickerer you do the less sleep you

need people that do deep dhikr actually

sleep less than people that don't this

is a fact and even interestingly enough

people that do forms of non Islamic

people that do forms of meditation where

they've shown that they go into theta

wave states in their

they also need less sleep so it's not

simply an Islamic phenomenon you can

find this in other traditions that

people that do learn how to concentrate

or meditate at a deep level don't have

to sleep as much as other people so

there's something to be said for that

just from that perspective now the

nature of sleep is if you sleep before

12 and I'm using 12 midnight not that

number 12 like on the clock

but before midnight if you look at five

years at four and mother is at eight

then twelve would be half night midnight

right but if Rogers at three and mother

lives at eight then it would be eleven

o'clock the sleep after Isha before

midnight is worth twice of sleep after

all right so if you sleep one hour

between say now you go to bed at 10:30

and you sleep till twelve that's the

equivalent of three hours sleep it's

only an hour I have but because that

sleep is before the half night it's the

equivalent of three hours right so

people and this why the Sunna of the

Prophet was to go to bed immediately

after Asia and in this I'm not making

this up this is really this isn't sleep

houses theories or something like that I

mean this is actually from food and it's

confirmed by if you do it so now the

other thing is if you sleep after fejoe

before shuttle it's negative sleep so if

you sleep an hour it's as if you were

deprived of two hours of sleep alright

you won't get rest from it it's negative

sleep if you sleep after a sort of the

four mug ative or before Asia it's

negative sleep all of that is negative

sleep it's it's as if you didn't sleep

you actually lose sleep if you sleep

after the the whole prayer before I saw

it's positive sleep and it's worked

twice so if you sleep one hour between

one and two o'clock say you prayed the

hora at 1:00

if you go to sleep at 1:30 get up at

2:30 it's as if you've had two hours of

sleep in terms of the regeneration

rejuven application of the body

rejuvenation all right so you following

this now if you sleep also after awesome

there's a hadith that Imams feel they

relate in the third whenever we and I

don't think it's sound but he's related

in there and it said whoever sleeps

after a sir and wakes up mad today

alumina in Lenexa let him only blames

himself memory was there for them

there's Nina that I owe to Amanda Elena

said that usually blame himself

so some share was telling that in the

nitrate and some crazy guy got up and

said no that can't be right I always

sleep after Asif so that's basically the

benefit you know of the sleep that we

should and the prophets Elijah and used

to sleep after the home and he said

Peter finish up in late afternoon take

Tallulah which is that afternoon sleep

because shellping don't take Tallulah so

it's a good sleep to do and it's also is

tiana out of qiyama layin it helps

people get up at night

to do the night friend because if you if

you're up all day from after pleasure

all the way up to asia you're exhausted

and you're gonna sleep very heavily and

you you won't have any rest if you and

also they've done studies these are like

medical studies that the universities

have done in the states and these have

been published in medical journals that

mediterranean people who have tabooed at

like southern spanish italians that's

where the studies were done they didn't

don't bother do him on the muslims and

in greece those people had lower blood

pressures lower heart attack rates less

stress rates they were healthier people

right and and they felt that there was a

direct correlation between afternoon

naps and actually based it on level

stress levels rising throughout the day

that when you stop after the hora and go


sleep that literally bring you back to a

starting point that you had in the

morning so you literally get a deep

rejuvenation that takes place in that

type of sleep so I mean basically what

you know the point of this is that I

think none of us should forget the

responsibility that we have just to keep

ourselves healthy you know it's really

important now sickness is not a bad

thing because it's fahara for this Ummah

and and you know they say Lafayette I

suggested in either I'm no model there's

no good in a body that doesn't get sick

you know that it's it's a purification

and the Prophet Elisha him got sick we

know that he didn't have any fowl

illnesses which is not permissible for

the prophets right a model of Tahu some

disease but they can get the simple

illnesses coughs colds fevers things

like that they they can get these things

generally you will get sick when your

immune system goes down the immune

system goes down when you're not giving

the body it's half if you eat for

instant sugar if you're eating over 40

grams of sugar a day they know very

clearly in Western physiology that your

white blood cell count goes down quite

radically so people that are constantly

taking sugar are in an immunocompromised

state and this is why your sugar intake

should be actually very slight sugar

should not you shouldn't take a lot of

sugar it's actually quite harmful if you

do I think personally drinking all of

these sugar drinks is really bad for

your health people that drink Pepsi and

Coke first of all I would not want to

support those corporations that's the

first thing because they really are and

mostly doing for auto and second of all

it's totally unbeneficial and it's

actually doing worse if there's no

benefit in it you're actually harming

yourself if you drink if you eat a meal

and you drink water that there is an

effect on the digestive system that's

why the sumo was not to drink we

with meal the father did not drink with

meals and it's in a bad Judy mentions

this if you drink sugar not water if you

drink sugared water with a meal then you

create a fermentation that takes place

inside especially if you've eaten

carbohydrates and bread

I mean neat because what happens is your

your your your stomach actually there's

two stomachs you have a cardiac stomach

pyloric and cardiac the the cardiac

stomach is the higher stomach right and

initially when you eat something it will

stop at that point for a period of time

and and the the Thailand and and the

other enzymes that come from the saliva

if you chew your food well will begin to

digest the food when it moves down into

the pyloric stomach what happens is

whatever enzymes were not there in the

food then will be released into the food

when you take water with that you dilute

the enzymatic power of those so the

digestion is weakened right and it also

puts out the fire of digestion because

digestion is heat and it needs heat if

you drink cold fluids that's why it's

better to drink a warm fluid actually

then a cold fluid it's actually

deleterious to your digestion to drink

cold with your meals right because

you're actually putting out the fire of

the digestion and the other thing is the

when you get into the the element theory

which is it's an Islamic theory it's not

even though the Greeks had it the

protozoa isn't clearly articulates it in

several Hadees and a debate and by

jewelry on his karma chair and the Shema

intervene on pyramid ii in the hadith

that about the eating the dates and

eating the the cucumber with it the

Prophet said had a you'v re-do hada the

the cucumber cools the heat of the date

and that's based on the four element

theory because basically they divide

foods into hot hot dry cold wet

that's every food can be classified so

dates are hot and dry they're hot and

drying foods and cucumbers are cold and

wet and so they actually counter if you

eat too much of a hot and dry food then

the body get creates too much heat and

it'll create an imbalance in the body if

you eat too much cold and wet foods then

that will also create an imbalance and

cold and wet is all those it just

depends somes worse than others it

depends but generally if you want a good

memory you'll tend you should tend to

eat more hot and dry foods because

people that are hot and dry have better

memories and people that are cold and

wet phlegmatic people what they used to

call phlegmatic people in the West

people that are heavyset have a lot

produce a lot of mucus and and these are

cold and wet people they tend to be less

acute less sharp than the more hot and

dry type now there is a natural drying

out as you get older the more cold and

wet you are the more sleep you need the

more hot and dry you are the less sleep

you need so what happens is babies sleep

all day long and they're very wet and

and they're actually wet and hot but

they sleep a lot because of the wetness

as they get older they get colder and

drier so by the time you get to old age

you're actually quite dry and getting

cold because the vital heats being

extinguished and this is why old people

actually in the West they call it

insomnia Muslims don't have insomnia

because they just take it as a sign they

should be praying right but in the West

older people get very upset about not

being able to sleep for a Muslim it's

kind of like you're getting on you know

you're going to die tomorrow or the next

day or the day after so you better take

advantage of your night right seriously

I mean in in traditional Muslim

societies an old person that didn't get

up and do too had you then it was a fool

right so people that have insomnia in

old age they should really what they're

supposed to be doing it's worshipping

and they don't know

so food can be related to those things

and there should be a balance of your

food but I think what the basic thing is

food should be reasonably simple right

it should not be you shouldn't eat a

whole bunch of different things and

certainly don't eat more than one meat

Atta I mean that's actually quite

disgusting to have like chicken beef

lamb at the same setting I mean it's

very extravagant to do that now Sahara

story was asked once about people he

said what do you say about a person that

eats once a day and he said I couldn't

Mb yet that's the way the prophets eat

and he said what about somebody that

eats twice a day and he said I could

have thought it came and he said what do

you say about somebody eats three times

a day and he said even Anna who never

just build him a stable right well he

can graze all day now I think that if

you eat reasonable amounts there's

nothing wrong with having a breakfast a

lunch and a dinner if you're eating

reasonable amounts if you're getting

extravagant you know breakfast should be

it's better to do some work before it

you know do some get the body moving but

it's it should be you know reasonable

meal and then the lunch should be the

heavier meal and then that's why you're

supposed to sleep after lunch the Arab

they say they'll have that - medic - I

shaft and the chef's eat lunch go to

sleep eat dinner take a walk so lunch

should be the heaviest meal of the day

and then dinner should be a light meal

and the Prophet said eat dinner even if

it's just a handful of dates and he also

said about suppose the Sahara in the

fist of all the Baraka take the Sahara

because there's Baraka in Soho it's a

time it's about at a time to eat it and

when there's Baraka that means that you