Eating From the Kitchen of Prophet Muhammad (saaw) Meat








“Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know.”


“Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another.”

(Iyad b. Hinar al-Mujashi: Muslim)

“A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity.”


Dear Readers,


In Our Recovery We are Inspired by Prophet Muhammad (saaw).




Today I present to you Meat from the kitchen of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).



Eating Disorder Healing Recipes, Inspired by Prophet Muhammad (saaw) said by himself in His verses:


“So eat of that [meat]upon which the name of Allah has been mentioned, if you are believers

Quran 6: 118

From inception, man was primarily meat eaters. Only in the last ten millennium did the human diet change from meat eating to a mix of green from the planting of grains and legumes. But are we more suited to this diet lower in meat? In the last 10,000 years we’ve gotten smaller in stature and brain size. Based on the body build (resistance), type and nature, with a heavily sugar-based and diet grain, we suffer last type diabetes, cancer, increased rates of obesity, and osteoporosis. Despite our researches, orthodox medicines, we’re experiencing alarming incidence of skin problems, heart disease, and inflammation of all kinds. On top of that, the human genome has changed less than 0.02% in the last 40,000 years. Our bodies were genetically programmed for optimal functioning on a diet including meat, and that programming has not changed.

Generally it is believed that Meat eating is not on a list of healthy diet and always accused of being responsible for its presence of high cholesterol as present in some processed and preserved milk nowadays. It is believed that it is a natural carrier of cholesterol associated with hyper blood pressure, obesity, indigestion and other heart-related diseases. Many who watch their weight believe that the removal of meat in their daily meal means that their body will utterly respond to the weight watch. The weakness of these assumption is the failure to look into one salient reason for the mentioned fears and symptoms present in the body –that is SUGAR. Should anything be blamed for these diseases Sugar should always be. Usually gotten from the consumption of carbohydrates foods like, tubers, grains and potatoes. A long pile ups of these carbohydrates is injurious to our health.

Veganism is seen by many as suffice for everyday nutritional needs thereby ignoring and eventually removing all element of meat from their tables. This seem to trend over these recent years. But what people like these are missing are deficiencies in vitamins and restlessness, a decreased brain volume, and fatigue.

Meat contains vitamins and minerals that aid in muscle growth like zinc which assists in muscle repair, and iron, which boosts energy levels and combats fatigue.




Above all science which is the comprehension of man, is Allah great in wisdom and understanding,

He has laid it as a matter of fact that eating of meat is great. Just good for our health. Even the ones our pets kill for us;

…”Lawful for you are [all]good foods and [game caught by]what you have trained of hunting animals which you train as Allah has taught you. So eat of what they catch for you, and mention the name of Allah upon it, and fear Allah.” Indeed, Allah is swift in account. }


Quran 5: 4

When we talk of meat, it encompasses the beasts of the field and the ones we rear as well as the flying and the swimming beasts of the sea. However, he has set many standards among which is that it is undue for Muslims to consume e.g. some reptiles.


For eating disorders like Anorexia, bulimia,


 “The game of the sea and its food are permitted to you”


Quran 5:96

However, eat with care so as not to create obstreperous situations caused by EDs.


“And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess.


Quran 6: 141


Eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess”.

Quran 7:31

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Meat For Recovery From Eating Disorders?

Basic Nutrients

There are many nutrients in meat that we so much miss out when we fail to eat that are essential to our overall health. Meat is a very great source of total protein because it contains all the amino acids that our bodies needs even those ones our body cannot build and develop by themselves.

All vitamins B are found in greater concentration in meats sources than the ones developed in plants. For example, vitamin B-12 are (only) found in animal sources. The B vitamins are critical to health, especially mental health. Deficits in these vitamins can cause restlessness, aggression, confusion, dementia, insomnia, weakness, impaired senses, and peripheral neuropathy all which are symptoms of deepened anorexia cases, bulimia, purging etc.

This implies that for someone treating himself against ED, he/she should consume enough varieties of meat, crayfish, shrimps and fish to update body systems to facilitate quick recovery.


No matter what your physical appearance, when you have kindness in your heart, You’re the most beautiful person in the world. –

Mufti Ismail Menk

What to do: Eat varieties of meat as meat can be better cooked and can be taken as assorted meals and dates.



Extended Energy


Our bodies utilize the protein in meats for sustained, long-lasting energy. The stimulation of orexin cells in the brain is a component of feeling energized. The stimulation of orexin cells is directly linked to energy and mental alertness. So, no dull moments. No was for ED stimulating diseases.

As supported by a research conducted by scientists at the University of Cambridge who were able to discover that amino acids stimulate orexin cells more than any other nutrients do.

This implies that, consuming meat means taking in protein leading to burning more calories and more energy. Reduced activity in orexin cells has been linked to both weight gain and narcolepsy.

Furthermore, meat is one of the best sources of iron. Deficits in Iron leads to anaemia and low energy, which is why anaemia is a chronic problem for vegetarians; find out.

What to do: Serve meat mixed with vegetables, fish, crayfish boosting a low glycaemic index, and you will be feeling like a box of energy for the rest of your delightful day.


Muscle Growth

Meat also contains creatine, a nitrogen-containing compound that improves protein synthesis and provides muscles with energy, encouraging muscle gain and a stronger fibre.

You can try hard every day to build your muscle or bulk up, building this is unattainable if you refuse to give the body the right thing it needs. So, equip your body for the task of building your body muscle and agility. It will go a long way to help you recover from anorexia an eventual cause from body image, bulimia, etc. Fuel your body with the right nutrients to achieve sufficient muscle repair and recovery to make gains.

I am not against you taking protein supplements, but the best source of protein is meat.

But if you don’t nourish your body appropriately, you might as well toss your training schedule and start long distance running.


Fat Control

Not only does meat does all the above mentioned function in the body, it also helps burn fat. And because of its high protein content meat has a high thermogenic effect, having up to 30% percent of its calories are burned off during digestion alone. Digesting carbohydrates produces a mere six to eight percent increase in energy consumption, while digesting the protein in meat typically produces a whopping 25% to 40% percent increase so what are we talking about here? It astonishes me that people over these recent years ignore the positive roles of consuming meat and leave for mere vegetables.

However, eating too much of meat is undoubtedly hazardous. The same is applicable to anything generally and acceptably known as food.

That is why Prophet Muhammad (saaw) warned;


And be not excessive. Indeed, He does not like those who commit excess.

Quran 6: 141

What to do: Spice up your food with assorted meat –diaphragm, liver, kidney, marrows and so on. You can take them in-between meals. They are good for your recovery as proteins will be produced consistently in your body system.

Neurotransmitter Malfunction

People who don’t eat meat are prone to neurotransmitter imbalances, which can result in problems like depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity because of the absence of meat protein, which provides all of the essential amino acids human bodies need. Neurotransmitters are chemical carriers that control and supervise many of our day to day functions, including mental performance, physical, cognitive, and also our sleep cycle, weight, and emotional states. Meat protein provides all of the essential amino acids human bodies need.

Referring to research conducted at the University of Graz, vegetarians are 2 to 3 times to suffer from depression, eating disorders, disorders and syndrome anxiety more likely than meat eaters. Many take to prescribed medication to cure some of these conditions, when the answer could be at their disposal and as easy as taking some fresh chicken and cold juice before a nap.

Healing Recipe From The Kitchen of Prophet Muhammad (saaw) 


Thareed Stew Recipe


Tharid made with gourd [squash/pumpkin] was served to the Holy Prophet (saaw) .

It was narrated by Anas (radhi Allahu anhu) that, “I went along with the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to the house of a young tailor of his. The tailor presented a dish of tharid to the Prophet and resumed his work. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) started picking the pieces of gourd and I too, started picking them and putting it before him. Since then I have always loved (to eat) gourd.”



Although gourd is preferred, you can add any vegetables of your choice – potatoes, turnips, carrots, peas, spinach etc.



600g lean boneless lamb cut into small pieces

1/2 bottle gourd cut into chunks

2 tablespoons of pure extra virgin olive oil

1 large sized onion, peeled and chopped finely

3/4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger root, chopped finely

1 teaspoon of tomato puree

1 large fresh ripe tomato, chopped

Salt and black pepper to your taste. You can use a natural salt like sea salt or Himalayan pink salt.

1/4 teaspoon Turmeric

1/4 teaspoon Chilli powder

1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala powder

1/4 teaspoon Coriander seed powder

1/4 teaspoon Cumin seed powder

1 teaspoon of fresh yoghurt, homemade is best (optional)

1 and 1/2 pints of boiling water.

Handful of fresh coriander leaves and mint leaves, chopped for garnishing.






Gently bring the olive oil up to temperature, ensuring that it does not start smoking. Add the onions, garlic and ginger. Fry them until they turn lightly golden.

Then add the spices and cook the mixture for a minute to remove the raw powdery taste of the spices.


Then add the tomato puree and chopped tomato, along with salt and pepper to your taste and a little bit of water. Cook the mixture until the tomatoes have broken down to a paste and the oil starts to separate from the mixture.



Then add the meat. Turn up the heat and cook and stir the mixture to render out the moisture from the meat and brown the pieces.



Then add the boiling water and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, turn down the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid and cook the meat for 1 and 1/2 hours or until it is tender. Or you can use a pressure cooker.



Be sure to adjust the amount of liquid in the stew by adding more boiling water if you need it.

Once the meat is tender, add the yoghurt if you are using it and the gourd pieces and cook for a further 15 mins until they are soft.




Check the seasoning and once the stew is cooked, you can turn off the heat and garnish with chopped coriander and mint.



Make a chapati/roti flat bread on a tava pan, or you can use a pitta bread. Break it up into pieces and place it in a serving bowl.


Pour the Thareed stew on top and serve it hot. 


Above all, readers,

Eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.

Quran 7:31

Food is your friend




About Author

Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.


  1. Really great article! It’s so true that meat is one of the best sources of protein and sadly many people are moving away from it. I actually read an article saying that the sugar industry paid scientists to blame heart disease on fat instead of sugar. What a shame. Many studies are finding that even saturated fats and naturally occurring trans fats in animal meat aren’t as bad as they once thought! I’m happy I came across this site! Can’t wait to read more, in sha Allah <3

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