Hope, Faith Courage in Eating Disorder Recovery- Hazrat Ali (as) Inspirational Sayings


Dear Readers,

Eating Disorder is one of the most menacing mental illness of our time. It controls you, mocks you and belittles you. A reader asked me, what do you do, when you feel world is closing in on you.  When I feel my world is completely engulfed in darkness, I read and pray and it takes one day of continuous praying, Dhikr and Tasbeeh, and then I find Alhamdulilah that the darkness has been lifted.  Just remember there is hope beyond conventional treatment. There are other treatments available; there are things that you can do to break free from the cycle of Eating Disorder. You can have a very productive life. You can have a good life. But you have to learn to love yourself and trust yourself. The only one who can make you give up is yourself.

Eating Disorder isn’t a happy word, and sayings of Imam Ali, the Son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), ‘Lion of the Lord’  is all about faith, hope and courage.

Here are the inspirational quotes I hope will speak to you:


 Keep walking in your sickness as long as you can.

وقال عليه السلام : امْشِ بِدَائِكَ مَا مَشَى بِكَ

Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.


Each step one takes is a step towards one’s destiny.


Patience ensures victory.


Dislike in yourself what you dislike in others.


The least of you duties to God is that you do not use God’s blessings to help you do wrong.


O my son, learn four things and (a further) four things from me. Nothing will harm you if you practise them. That the richest of riches is intelligence; the biggest destitution is foolishness; the wildest wildness is vanity and the best achievement is goodness of the moral character.

يَا بُنَيَّ، احْفَظْ عَنِّي أَرْبَعاً وَأَرْبَعاً، لاَ _يَضُرَّكَ مَا عَمِلْتَ مَعَهُنَّ: إِنَّ أَغْنَى الْغِنَىُ الْعَقْلُ، وَأَكْبَرَ الْفَقْرِ الْحُمْقُ، وَأَوحَشَ الْوَحْشَةِ الْعُجْبُ وَأَكْرَمَ الْحَسَبَ حُسْنُ الْخُلُقِ

Your turning away from one who seeks of you is reduction of fortune. And your seeking of someone who turns away from you is self-degradation.


Dispute destroys the opinion.


Incapability is a catastrophe; endurance is bravery; abstinence is riches; self-restraint is a shield (against sin); and the best companion is submission (to Allah’s will).

 وَ قَالَ ( عليه‏السلام): الْعَجْزُ آفَةٌ وَ الصَّبْرُ شَجَاعَةٌ وَ الزُّهْدُ ثَرْوَةٌ وَ الْوَرَعُ جُنَّةٌ وَ نِعْمَا لْقَرِينُ الرِّض

The consequence of fear is disappointment and of bashfulness is frustration. Opportunity passes away like the cloud. Therefore, make use of good opportunities.

 وقال عليه السلام : قُرِنَتِ الْهَيْبَةُ بِالْخَيْبَةِ وَالْحَيَاءُ بِالْحِرْمَانِ وَالْفُرْصَةُ تَمُرُّ مَرَّ السَّحَابِ، فَانْتَهِزُوا فُرَصَ الْخَيْرِ


The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.

Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart more than to live amongst people who cannot understand it.


O Allah, i haven’t worshiped you because of lusting of heaven or fearing of hell. I’ve worshiped you because you deserve to be worshiped.


Life consists of two days, one for you one against you. So when it’s for you don’t be proud or reckless, and when it’s against you be patient, for both days are test for you.

“A brother is like gold and a friend is like diamond. If gold cracks you can melt it and make it just like it was before. If a diamond cracks, it can never be like it was before.”

Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything.

When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.


He who does not know his own worth is ruined.


The most gracious deed is the one you have to force yourself to do


Understanding is what makes relationships.

One who seeks advice learns to recognise mistakes.

Keep in company of people of virtue; you will become one of them. Keep aloof from people of vice; you will remain safe from them.



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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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