Divine Revelation

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Professor Popkin, from the University of North Carolina told the International Association of Agricultural Economists that the number of overweight people had topped 1bn, compared with 800m undernourished. Effectively suggesting that for the first time in history the overweights outweigh the under-weight both in terms of weight as well as numeric strength. While the learned professor and his like gave very factual reasons for the growing number of the obese I would like to highlight a simple solution to this new disease called obesity,that requires strong faith and will power.

Allah says in the Holy Quran 7:31

Translation : O Children of Adam! wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters.

The first thing that you need to avoid is wasteful excess at a social level. Obviously one will eat more than required when there is more to eat. One should therefore try and cultivate a culture and society that looks down on wasteful excess of food and promotes and encourages a simple and frugal food eating life-style. One only has to visit a typical marriage feast to see how contemporary society first wastes cooked food and then mocks and jokes about the victims of this over eating culture.

Secondly each individual must become weight conscious and try and exercise if he is trapped in a sedentary life style with no time and opportunity for physical excursion.

Thirdly, the most difficult and yet most effective. Curb the gluttonous instincts and regulate ones intake with clean and nutritious food only.

The following Hadith taken from Tirmizi should act as inspiration.

Narrated by AbuKarimah heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) say: No man fills a pot worse than his stomach. For a person a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. But if he wants to fill his stomach then he should divide his stomach into three parts: He should fill one third of the belly with food, another third with drink and leave one third empty for easy breathing.

Posted by Arshad on Sunday, August 20, 2006.

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