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05-06-2023 |17 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1444 AH

Food

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘A man whose [consumption of] food is little has a healthy stomach and a pure heart, and a man whose food is plenty has a sickly stomach and a hard heart.’

رسولُ اللّٰهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : مَنْ قَلَّ طُعْمُهُ صَحَّ بَطْنُهُ وَصَفَا قَلْبُهُ، وَمَنْ كَثُرَ طُعْمُهُ سَقُمَ بَطْنُهُ وقَسَا قَلْبُهُ.

Reference: [Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 1, p. 46]

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘A man whose [consumption of] food is little has a healthy stomach and a pure heart, and a man whose food is plenty has a sickly stomach and a hard heart.’

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : قِلَّةُ الأَكْلِ مِنَ العَفَافِ ، وَكَثْرَتُهُ مِنَ الإسْرَافِ.

Reference: [Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 1, p. 46]

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘Man cannot fill a container worse than his stomach.’

رسولُ اللّٰهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : مَا مَلأ آدَمِيٌّ وِعَاءً شَرَّاً مِنْ بَطْنِهِ.

Reference: [Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 1, p. 100]

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘A man who fills his stomach will not enter the dominion of the heavens and the earth.’[Ibid.]

رسولُ اللّٰهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : لا يَدْخُلُ مَلَكُوتَ السَّمَاواتِ والأرْضِ مَنْ مَلَأ بَطْنَهُ.

Reference: [Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 1, p. 100]

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘Be warned against excessive food, for it poisons the heart with hardness, slows the limbs in performing acts of obedience, and blocks the souls from hearing counsel.’

رسولُ اللّٰهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : إيَّاكُمْ وَفُضُولَ المَطْعَمِ ؛ فإنَّهُ يَسِمُ القَلْبَ بِالقَسوةِ ، وَيُبْطِئُ بِالجَوارِحِ عَنِ الطّاعَةِ، وَيُصِمُّ الهِمَمَ عَنْ سَمَاعِ المَوْعِظَةِ .

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 77, p. 182, no. 10]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘A man who eats excessively, his health declines and his burden becomes heavier than he can endure.’

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مَنْ كَثُرَ أَكْلُهُ قَلَّتْ صِحَّتُهُ ، وَثَقُلَتْ عَلي نَفْسِهِ مُؤْنَتُهُ .

Reference: [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 8903]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Astuteness and gluttony cannot coexist.’ [Ibid. v. 12, p. 94, no. 13615]

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : لاَ تَجْتَمِعُ الفِطْنَةُ وَالبِطْنَةُ.

Reference: [Mustadrak al-Wasa’il, v. 12, p. 94, no. 13615]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘When the stomach is filled with [even] permissible food, the heart becomes blind to goodness.’

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : إذَا مُلِئَ البَطْنُ مِنَ المُبَاحِ عَمِيَ القَلْبُ عَنِ الصَّلاَحِ.

Reference: [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4139]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Overeating spoils piety.’

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : الشِّبَعُ يُفسِدُ الوَرَعَ.

Reference: [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 659]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Overeating is the greatest aid to acts of disobedience.’ [Ibid. no. 9922]

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : نِعْمَ عَوْنُ المَعاصِي الشِّبَعُ.

Reference: [Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 9922]

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘Applaud a man who abstains from food, sleeps hungry, and has patience. These are the ones who will be satiated on the Day of Judgment.’

رسولُ اللّٰهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : طُوبَي لِمَنْ طَوَي وَجَاعَ وَصَبَرَ، اُولئكَ الّذِينَ يَشْبَعُونَ يَوْمَ القِيَامَةِ .

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 75, p. 462, no. 17]

Description: In the Íadith of Mi’raj (The Prophet’s Ascension to the heavens), the Prophet (S) said, ‘O Allah! What is the outcome of hunger?’ He said, ‘Wisdom, protection of the heart, drawing closer to Me, lasting sorrow, less burden on the people, telling the truth, and lack of concern whether one lives in wealth or poverty.’

في حديثِ المعراج : قال [رسولُ اللّه‏ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) ]: يا رَبِّ، مَا مِيراثُ الجُوعِ ؟ قال : الحِكْمَةُ ، وَحِفْظُ القَلْبِ ، والتَّقَرُّبُ إلَيّ ، والحُزْنُ الدّائمُ ، وَخِفَّةُ المَؤونَةِ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ ، وَقَوْلُ الحَقِّ ، وَلا يُبالِي عَاشَ بِيُسْرٍ أوْ بِعُسْرٍ.

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar,. v. 77, p. 22, no. 6]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘How good a helper hunger is at taming the self and breaking its habit.’

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : نِعْمَ العَوْنُ عَلي أسْرِ النَّفْسِ وَكَسْرِ عَادَتِها التَّجَوُّعُ .

Reference: [Mustadrak al-Wasa’il, v. 16, p. 214, no. 19634]

Description: Imam al-Hadi (a.s.) said, ‘Lack of sleep sweetens sleeping and hunger increases the tastiness of food.’

الإمامُ الهاديُّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : السَّهَرُ ألذُّ لِلمَنَامِ ، والجُوعُ يَزِيدُ فِي طِيبِ الطَّعَامِ .

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 369, no. 4]

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘Eat when you desire and stop while you still desire.’

رسولُ اللّٰهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : كُلْ وَأنتَ تَشْتَهِي ، وَأمْسِكْ وَأنتَ تَشْتَهِي.

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 62, p. 290]

Description: Imam al-Ridha (a.s.) said, ‘A man who wants to be healthy and have a light body must decrease his dinner.’[Ibid. p. 324]

الإمامُ الرِّضا (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مَنْ أرادَ أنْ يَكُونَ صَالِحا خَفِيفَ الجِسْمِ (وَاللّحْمِ) فَلْيُقَلِّلْ مِنْ عَشائِه بِاللَّيْلِ.

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 62, p. 324]

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘A man who is eating and is being watched by another, to whom he does not offer to share his food will be afflicted with an incurable disease.’

رسولُ اللّٰهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : مَنْ أكَلَ وَذُو عَيْنَيْنِ يَنْظُرُ إلَيْهِ وَلَمْ يُواسِهِ، ابْتُلِي بِدَاءٍ لاَ دَوَاءَ لَهُ.

Reference: [Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 1, p. 47]

Description: The Prophet (S) said, ‘The believer eats according to the desire of his family, while the hypocrite makes his family eat according to his own desires.’

رسولُ اللّٰهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) : المُؤْمِنُ يَأْكُلُ بشَهْوَةِ أهْلِهِ ، والمُنَافِقُ يَأْكُلُ أهْلُهُ بِشَهْوَتِهِ.

Reference: [Bihar al-Anwar, v. 62, p. 291]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Whoever mentions the name of Allah at the beginning of [eating his] food or drink and thanks Allah at the end will never be asked about the favor of this food.’

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مَنْ ذَكَرَ اسْمَ اللّه‏ِ عِنْدَ طَعَامٍ أوْ شَرَابٍ فِي أوّلِهِ ، وَحَمِدَ اللّه‏َ فِي آخِرِهِ لَمْ يُسْألْ عَنْ نَعِيمِ ذلِكَ الطَّعَامِ أبَداً.

Reference: [Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, v. 16, p. 484, no. 5]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Start with salt before you eat. If people knew what [benefits] salt has, they would prefer it to tested medicine.

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : ابْدَؤوا بِالمِلْحِ فِي أوَّلِ طَعَامِكُمْ ، فَلَوْ يَعْلَمُ النَّاسُ مَا فِي المِلْحِ لاخْتَارُوُهُ عَلَي الدِّرْيَاقِ المُجَرَّبِ .

Reference: [Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, v. 16, p. 520, no. 3]

Description: Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Set hot food aside until it cools off, for when the Prophet (S) was given hot food, he said, ‘Set it aside until it cools down, for Allah, Mighty and Exalted, would not feed us fire when blessings lie with that which is cool.’

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : أقِرُّوا الحَارَّ حَتّي يَبْرَدَ ، فإنَّ رَسُولَ اللّه‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللّٰهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) قُرِّبَ إلَيْهِ طَعَامٌ حَارٌّ فَقَالَ : أقِرُّوهُ حَتَّي يَبْرَدَ ، مَا كَانَ اللّه‏ُعزّ وجلّ لِيُطْعِمَنَـا النَّـارَ ، وَالبَرَكَةُ فِي البَارِدِ .

Reference: [al-Kafi, v. 6, p. 321, no. 1]

Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘He who washes his hands before and after eating will be blessed at the beginning and at the end of his food. As long as he lives, he will be in comfort, and he will be cured of the ills of his body.’

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : مَنْ غَسَلَ يَدَهُ قَبْلَ الطَّعَامِ وَبَعْدَهُ بُورِكَ لَهُ فِي أوَّلِهِ وَآخِرِهِ ، وَعَاشَ مَاعَاشَ في سَعَةٍ، وَعُوفِيَ مِنْ بَلْويً فِي جَسَدِهِ.

Reference: [al-Mahajjat al-Baydha, v. 3, p. 6]

Description: Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘Do not leave your plates uncovered for Satan spits on uncovered plates and takes from them what he wants.’

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) : لاَ تَدَعُوا آنِيَتَكُمْ بِغَيْرِ غِطَاءٍ ؛ فإنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ إذَا لَمْ تُغَطَّ الآنِيَةُ بَزَقَ فِيها، وَأخَذَ مِمَّا فِيهَا مَا شَاءَ.

Reference: [Mustadrak al-Wasa’il, v. 8, p. 295, no. 9485]

Description: Imam al-Kazim (a.s.), when he was asked who the contemptible person was, replied, ‘The one who eats in the marketplaces.’

الإمامُ الكاظمُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ لَمّا سُئلَ عنِ السَّفْلَةِ ـ : الّذِي يَأْكُلُ فِي الأسْوَاقِ .

Reference: [Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, v. 16, p. 510, no. 1]