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Eating Healthy The Prophetic Sunnah Way

“Allaah combines the entire at-tibb in half a verse…”
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Allah the Most High said,

“…And eat and drink and be not excessive (therein)…”

(al-A’raaf 7:31)

Ibn Katheer commented upon this verse:

One of the Salaf said: Allah has combined the entirety of medicine (at-tibb) in half a verse,

“And eat and drink and be not excessive…”

Al-Qurtubi commented upon this verse, after mentioning that excessive eating is makrooh (disliked), he mentions the benefits of eating little:

… In eating little there are many benefits. From them that a man becomes of sounder body, of better memory, purer in understanding, (requiring) less sleep, and lighter in (his) soul…

Then he mentioned the harms of eating excessively:

…and in eating much there is the overstuffing of the stomach and putrefaction of undigested food, and from this the variety of diseases are produced, and thus he requires treatment more than what the one who eats little requires. Some of the physicians said, “The greatest treatment (dawaa’) is (appropriate) estimation of food.” And the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) has explained this meaning sufficiently and completely which does away with the speech of the physicians, so he said,

“The son of Aadam does not fill a container worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Aadam to take enough morsels of food to keep his back straight (keep him able-bodied). And if it is necessary, then a third for his food, a third for his drink, and a third for his breath.”…

Then a little later al-Qurtubi says:

And it is mentioned that (the caliph) ar-Rasheed used to have a shrewd Christian physician who said to Alee bin Hasan, “There is not in your Book (the Qur’an) anything of the knowledge of medicine, and knowledge of is of two types, knowledge of the religions and knowledge of the bodies.” So he said to him, “Allah has combined all of medicine in half a verse in our Book.” So he said, “What is it?” He said,

“The saying of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic: And eat and drink and be not excessive.”…

And Imaam ad-Dhahabi in his book “at-Tibb an-Nabawi” (p. 34-35) says:

The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The son of Aadam does not fill a container worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Aadam to take enough morsels of food to keep his back straight (keep him able-bodied). And if it is necessary, then a third for his food, a third for his drink, and a third for his breath.”

This was reported by an-Nasaa’ee and at-Tirmidhee, who said, “Hasan Saheeh” … and this is one from the aspects of preserving health.

Alee bin Hasan said:

“And Allah, the Sublime and Exalted has combined the whole of medicine in (just) half a verse, so He, the Most High said,

“And eat and drink and be not excessive…”

Explanation of the Hadeeth: “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach…

TALBĪNA, PROPHETIC CURE FOR THE ❤HEART❤:

Shaykh Zakariyya  (AllahTaala have mercy on him) once prepared this meal for Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi, with the following letter

*recipe follows at the end*

To Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi:
Assalaamu Alaykum.
I hereby wish to present a little gift. In the Hadith, there is mention of a certain thing called talbeena, which Mullah Ali Qari says is made up of milk, honey and flour, and I have added a little saffron for flavour and taste. Once, some time ago, I prepared it and it turned out to be very delicious and I got the feeling that perhaps Hazrat will also like it. Only AllahTaala knows how it has turned out this time, but I have again mixed the same ingredients.
In Bukhari it is reported from Hazrat Aisha Radhiallahu Anhaa who says: “I have heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam say: “Verily talbeena cures the heart of the sick one and takes away his sorrows’.” According to Bukhari, she ordered that talbeena be taken and that it is a beneficial medicine. Hafiz Ibn Hajar says in ‘Fath ‘, it is reported by Ahmed and Ibn Majah that Aisha Radhiallahu Anhaa reported “Make use of talbeena, the beneficial medicine,” And Nasā’ī adds: “I swear by Him in whose hands is the life of Muhammad صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ  that talbīna cleans the stomach in the same way as one of you uses water to wash dust from his face.”

According to the Hadith it appears that it is prepared in a thin form but I thought Hazrat will prefer it in a thick form so as to eat it like firny. For this reason I have made it a thick mixture. I have also written its contents down for Hakeem Khaleel Ahmed Saheb and asked him about it, so as to ascertain that it will not be harmful to Hazrat’s diet.
-Zakariyya Kandhalwy.

TALBĪNA RECIPE
Ingredients
1. 1 cup of milk
2. 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of crushed barley, (coarse barley flour)
3. Honey to sweeten
Method
1. Put the milk in a pot on med heat and throw in the barley flour. Use the finer particles of the flour.
2. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Constantly stir to avoid lumpiness.
3. The mixture will thicken a bit.
4. Sweeten with honey and serve.
5. Make intention of acting upon a Sunnat.

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