Assalamualaikum – Peace be Upon you
You walk inside your house that and that delicious smell of freshly cooked food hits you making your mouth water. Or when you walk past the local takeaway and and catch a whiff of a nice “chip butty” or big fat greasy cheeseburger.
Just think on your way home how many takeaways you pass and what food is available to you? Pizza?McDonald?Just a phone call away?
But just think next time you eat how easy it is to access food, not any food but food that we desire, think how much food we waste?
In recent news we find that there is a mass food shortage, prices have gone up and people are unable to afford basic food such as rice!!
“Global rice prices have risen by more than 90% in the past year (bbc.co.uk )”
We hear stories in the news that people in Africa are being murdered over food, looters the lot.
Like everything there are number of factors contributing to the price rise these include:
- Poor harvests resulting from extreme weather (hurricanes, extreme rain etc)
- A rise in demand in some rice-importing countries, where populations and incomes are growing
- The expectation of further price increases – resulting in hoarding
- Low stockpiles and a long term lack of agricultural investment
So what can we do?
Well one is that we can donate to organisations helping countries in such situation, but as we all know charity starts from home.
So what does that mean- simple when eating do not waste you food, before eating spare a thought for those out there who have nothing to eat, those having to go through hell just to get some food. But all this we can do if we eat in the way shown to us by the Prophet of islam – Muhammad (SAW). Below are just some brief points which shows us how the Prophet (SAW) use to eat. Simple things like this we can easily include in our lives.
- Pray the Dua (supplication) before and after eating.
- Never overeating – It has been proved beyond doubt that over eating is the root of many diseases and also responsible for premature senility. It produces obesity, predisposes to dangerous diseases like diabetes, Menitus, hypertension, coronary heart disease and paralysis. That is also what the propeht Muhammad (SAW) advised.
- Eat with fingers -stops a person from burning his/her mouth. Also, the fingers emit enzymes that help digest the food.
- With the right hand – The Prophet said: “Do not eat with your left hand for shaitaan eats with his left hand, ”. This stops a person from passing bacteria onto the food.
- Washing hands before eating – The Prophet (SAW) said: “It is a blessing to wash your hands before and after meals ” (Abu Daud & Tirmizi) . This stops a person from passing bacteria onto the food. Research into peanut bowls in bars and pubs in many Western nations including the US and the UK, showed that urine was the primary constituent in these bowls other than the peanuts and salt!!
- Washing hands after eating – Infection may be transmitted through dirty hands or dirty food.
- Not wiping hands on towel before eating – it may convey infection from one person to the other particularly viral diseases like infective hepatitis or bacterial infection like Typhoid dysentries and cholera. Another practice advocated by the Prophet (SAW)
- Drinking water before eating – slows down the stomach’s activity. It also cools the heat in the stomach. Also Overweight/obesity has been linked with increased risk of many diseases. Advice given for weight loss includes, drinking water before eating. Why? Because drinking water before eating a meal can help suppress your appetite. Your stomach is fuller, therefore, your will feel ’stuffed’ sooner and eat less.
- Not drinking water during and straight after eating – it will fill the stomach and disrupt the digestion process. Drinking water before eating cools the heat in the stomach and by drinking after the food has digested the water, creates heat in the stomach, and also very good for health. So drinking water whilst eating is a very bad habit. It creates hunger and digest the food quickly. (One eats more).
- Squatting during a meal – The Prophet(SAW) would sit on his knees , as reported by ‘Abdullaah ibn Busr’ who said that the Prophet was sitting on his knees upon which a bedouin said: ‘What is this sitting?’ The Prophet replied, “Allah has made me a respectable servant and He did not make me an obstinate tyrant .” This stops a person from overeating, because the stomach is pressed causing discomfort when the stomach is full. It has been proved beyond doubt that over eating is the root of many diseases and also responsible for premature senility. It produces obesity, predisposes to dangerous diseases like diabetes, Menitus, hypertension, coronary heart disease and paralysis.
- Walk after dinner – Abu Nu’aim has related that “The Holy Prophet prohibited sleeping immediately after dinner as he said that this fact hardens the heart .” Thus, the doctors have advised us to walk after dinner about one hundred steps and prohibit sleeping immediately after as this is very harmful. The Muslim Doctors say that one should pray after supper so that the aliments settle at the bottom of the stomach in order to make the digestion easier and better.
- Covering open utensils – The Prophet (SAW) said “Cover up the utensils and tie the mouth of the water skins .” (Bukhari, Muslim) . This avoids contamination. The purpose of this is to prevent harmful insects from getting into food and drink, thereby transmitting disease-causing germs. This is a highly effective means of disease prevention.
- Fasting – Some medical expert said fasting is very beneficial to the human body as it reduces fat and cholesterol, eases pressure on the liver, and helps protect the body against heart and vascular diseases.