Healing Eating Disorder with Sunnah Guidelines

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“The Science Behind Sunnah Health & Lifestyle” provides an exclusive guideline about Prophetic Medicine and Sunnah Health. You will benefit from studying and implementing these practices into your daily life; specifically in preparation for Ramadan this year. You can live a more healthy and productive life in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah.

 

Dear Readers,

 

Please find below a guest post by our reader on her experience with her binge eating and her attempt at stability. We thank her for sharing this information with us. We hope you’ll find the post below helpful.

 

 

Sunnah Guidelines

 

As someone who has lived and struggled with an ED for seven years, Maha kindly asked me to make a valuable post about the sunnah of eating, and how it has led me out of the binge-starve cycle that began over lockdown.

1) Eating with washed, wet hands 

Washing hands and not drying them is a sunnah of eating. When we dry our hands, we introduce low charge energy into the energy of our hand. Drying the hands will also mean we are more likely to contaminate our hands as other people have probably used the tissue/towel.

2) Remembrance of Allah (SWT) before, during and after eating 

Remembrance of Allah (SWT) shows gratitude and allows us to relax and enjoy our food. Research has shown that this practise increases the absorption of nutrients, improves digestion and allows healthy enzymes to break down the foods.

3) To have good tasty food and prohibit greed 

We are allowed to eat food that we enjoy and it is not in the practise of Islam to make good food forbidden upon oneself. There should be no restrictions upon oneself as long as the food is halal, has been acquired through halal means and eaten in the correct quantities (no over-indulging).
We eat to gain strength for prayer and worship, we should not be like animals where food is our only concern.

4) Time of eating 

It is sunnah to eat two meals a day: early in the morning and be without food for the whole day, then eat food for the second time after Isha prayers.
(For those whose abode is Heaven), they will get their food already prepared both the times, morning and evening.’
This is similar to how we eat during Ramadan – suhoor early in the day, then we are without food until Maghreb time. A similar approach will help us remember our purpose in this world and ensure we are eating with the right intention.

4) Quantity of food 

According to Imam Ja’far-e-Sadiq (a.s.), man needs to eat that much food which is needed for his strength. One part of the stomach should be for food, the second for water and third for breathing. One should not try to fatten oneself like the lamb meant for Zabeeha (slaughter). He also said that a full stomach causes revolt (disobedience) and quarrels. 

The biggest concern globally is over-eating and we seem to be over-complicating with macros and calories but it’s time we got to the basics. We should eat what we desire, when we desire, but we should stop when we feel there is room for more. This is a daily practise of self-control where Allah allows us to eat what we like, but is also reminding us not to lose control. There is no desperation to eat everything right there and then. Split your quantity and have the remaining half the next day, or later on in the day.

Reference for further details: http://islamic-laws.com/eatinghabbit.htm

Your diagnosis does not mean Allah (swt) is punishing you. Or that you are far from his mercy. In fact, Allah (swt) tests his strongest soldiers. This battle is your gift. May Allah make it easy. 

 

 

 

 

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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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