Hope in Eating Disorder Recovery- Inspirational Islamic Sayings


Dear Readers!

There is a very common myth that one can never fully recover from an eating disorder.  I don’t believe in that. I believe we all can recover from our Eating Disorder. If you have an eating disorder, remember that you are not alone in your struggle and you have the strength to recover. In words of Rumi:

Every Morning Wake Up with an Intention to get Rid of One Eating Disorder Thought

“Wash your heart every morning with salat, then warm it up with dhikr. Approach life with hope and faith. Every day do your best, Allah will do the rest.” Wael Abdelgawad

Don’t Be in the company of your Eating Disorder- Be with God

"Be with God."

You were not created to live in the slavery of your Eating Disorder

Eating Disorder and Void

Embark on a Journey of Self-Discovery

Be Kind

Many people make the error of trying to be kind to others while not focusing on being kind to themselves. Kindness has its true source deep within you, and while some people are innately kind, it’s something that everyone can cultivate by choice.

Self-Compassion the Key to a Wiser, Happier Me.

.“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
Henry James

Being kind to yourself in everyday life is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Life will become lighter and your relationships will most likely improve. You will feel happier overall. And your self-esteem and your sense of deserving good things in life will go up.

The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.” Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Manners.

Say No to Relationship with an Eating Disorder

“Allah. It all starts with Him – the universe, humanity, and our own conception – and it all comes back to Him in the end. There’s no victory without Him, no progress, no peace. Strengthen your relationship with Him in the easy times, and you will find Him beside you in the hard times.” – Wael Abdelgawad

Stuck in the Limbo of Eating Disorder?

“When you’re out of ideas, that’s when faith comes in. Let Allah show you the way.”Wael Abdelgawad

Feeling Down, Depressed

“When I am feeling low and downtrodden I just find a quiet place and sit alone with my favorite book (the Quran)! When I turn each of its miraculous pages my heart begins to feel lighter and the world around me brighter! The love, warmth and security of each word sets in and it is in these very moments that I know for sure in my heart how much Allah really loves me! Alhamdulillah! Subhanallah! Allahu Akbar!” – Asmaa Deanna-Dee

Eating Disorders and tiring quest of Pleasing others-

You may find yourself stuck in eating disorder behaviors if you’re too focused on being what others expect you to be instead of concentrating on the person you genuinely are.

Do Not Allow your Eating Disorder to take control of you

“Do not go with flow, Be the flow”

Elif Shafak- Forty Rules of Love

Do not Wallow in your Eating Disorder Misery

“Try to become an embodiment of compassion and mercy in your daily life. Do not wait for a situation to occur that will call out these virtues in you. Rather, seek out opportunities where you can manifest them along with all of the other prophetic virtues. Do not live your life passively waiting to be used, roused or stimulated into action by events. Live an active life wherein you become the one who is initiating acts of goodness and kindness in all that you do. Be an embodiment of the truth you represent. Let your words and comportment convey the dignity of the believer to all that you meet.”Imam Zaid Shakir

“Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful!” Elif Shafak- Forty Rules of Love

Eating Disorders and Low Self Esteem

“Then outwardly you are the small universe! Then inwardly you are the great universe.”

— Rumi

Eating Disorders and Loneliness

“When we’re out of ideas, surrounded by problems, and feeling totally alone… we’re not alone. Allah is with us. If we pray sincerely and strive to the best of our capacity, He will put light in our minds and hearts and help us from directions we did not expect.” Wael Abdelgawad

Indeed God is all Merciful- I have a hope that one day Inshallah Eating Disorders will be defeated.  Indeed God does not give a person a load too heavy for him to carry.

“I asked Allah for strength and Allah gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked Allah for wisdom and Allah gave me problems to solve. I asked Allah for courage and Allah gave me obstacles to overcome. I asked Allah for love and Allah gave me troubled people to help. I asked Allah for favors and Allah gave me opportunities. Maybe I received nothing I wanted, but I received everything I needed – Alhamdulillah.” – Anonymous



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.

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