This is probably going to be more of a rant than a reflection. More of a reminder to myself than anybody else. There’s nothing more frustrating than lip service. We all do it. Each and every one of us.
(يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ)
(كَبُرَ مَقْتًا عِندَ اللَّهِ أَن تَقُولُوا مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ)
“O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allah that you say that which you do not do.” Surah Al Saff
Ramadan is the month of hunger, the month of striving, the month of patience. Have we forgotten his guidance? Or do we simply shrug it away with the excuse that living in “these times” is different from “those times”?
Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
ما ملأ آدمي وعاء شراً من بطن، بحسب ابن آدم أكلات يقمن صلبه، فإن كان لا محالة، فثلث لطعامه، وثلث لشرابه، وثلث لنفسه
“No son of Adam ever filled any container worse than his own stomach. Enough for any son of Adam are some bits of food to keep his back straight. If it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Ibn Al Qayyim rahimahullah said in explanation of this hadith, “There are three levels of sustenance, the first is what is needed, the second is what suffices, the third is what is extravagant. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam informed us that it is enough to take bites that straighten a person’s back, so that his strength does not fail nor does he become weaker. If he exceeds that much, he should eat enough to fill only a third of his stomach and leave a third for water, and a third for breathing. This is the most beneficial for the body and the heart, because if the body is full of food, it cannot take in water, and if it is full of water, breathing becomes difficult. This presents him to difficulty and tiredness, and he is unable to carry himself. It is as though he is carrying a heavy load. This leads to the corruption of the heart and laziness of the body; he is unable to perform acts of obedience and rather moves about in fulfilling his desires that come with overeating.”
كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يفطر على رطبات قبل أن يصلي، فإن لم تكن رطبات فعلى تمرات، فإن لم تكن حساً حسوات من ماء
From his guidance was that he would break his fast with fresh dates before praying, and if there were no fresh dates available, he would break his fast with dry dates, and if there were no dry dates available, he would take a few sips of water. (Abu Dawud)
Why not revive this Sunnah? Why not stick to the path of permissible, recommended Zuhd?
(يَا بَنِي آدَمَ خُذُوا زِينَتَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ)
“O children of Adam, take your adornment to every masjid (wearing clean, neat clothes), and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who are extravagant.” Surah Al A’raf
– The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)