What and How to Eat

2 June by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani

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All Prophets were teaching Islam. And Islam is teaching the way of life for human beings. To follow this way, to be happy and satisfied, and for everything to be good for them. You can find everything in Islam: for what you do, where you go and where you come. In every hour of your day, if you are following, Allah ﷻ rewards you.

Now AlhamduliLlah we just ate. Thank you to our host, he gave this feast for the sake of Allah ﷻ. Allah ﷻ rewards him. And of course as we said, everything in Islam has a way, and so does how to eat. To begin with the Sunnah of Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. He ﷺ said to wash your hands before eating and after eating. This is Sunnah of Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. When you do this, you get ‘Ajr Shaheed (reward of a martyr) or five Shaheed or seven Shaheed sometimes until a hundred Shaheed. The reward of a martyr. One Shaheed can take seventy people of whom Allah ﷻ wants to put with their sins in hell, he can take them to Jannah. So how big is what you do! Only for washing your hands.

After that, when you sit to eat, also make Dua or if you don’t know – you must even begin with: Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Because every bite you eat without Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm, you feed the shaytan. But if you say Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm, he will say, “O I’m hungry now.” Without this he’s happy to eat with you, and you won’t have any reward. But when you say Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm, every bite will be Shifa’ (cure) for you and not going to shaytan.

You must eat – of course, there are also many things about good behavior, Adab of eating. You must put [in your plate] as much as you can eat. When you take something, you must finish your plate without leaving anything in the plate. Don’t take too much. Take a little, after that if it was not enough, you can take more. And you must finish it. Because Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam says that in the food, there is one part that has all the Barakah of the food. When you eat, you get health and you get Barakah also.

Because now it is a custom, a new fashion for people: they must leave something in their plate. Because if they don’t leave, they’ll say this is not good. Maybe people will laugh at them and say, “What are these people doing! They are not leaving any food. Aren’t they full yet! They are still trying to eat this plate!” Don’t listen to them. You must do this for the sake of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla and for the value of this Ni’mah that Allah ﷻ gave us. AlhamduliLlah we are not hungry. Millions of people can’t find this: what you are throwing in the dustbin and not eating. Because Ni’mah, provision is very sensitive. If it is not happy, maybe you cannot find it later. You cannot find it.

So you must know this and keep this, for you and for your family also. Especially, everywhere now: in the east and west, north and south of this planet. Many of the small Antichrist, Dajjal have appeared and are attacking believers, attacking belief, attacking good behavior. They are ordering bad behavior.

So when you are doing this – many people are asking, “How will we save our children?” You can begin from how you eat and how you behave in the house. With this, Allah ﷻ protects you insha’Allah. This is also a secret of this wisdom. Not only looking after: what we can do with our children, what will we do. The most important thing is this: what you eat and how you eat.

We forgot to say that before eating, take a little bit of salt and put it in your mouth. This is also Sunnah of Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam. And it gives health and Barakah also. Sayyidina ‘Ali Karrama Allahu Wajhah said, “This protects you from seventy illnesses.” Seventy illnesses are not little. One illness can make you very bad. Seventy illnesses are too difficult. I think among them must be cancer or other things also. So this is also important.

After you eat, you also make Dua and thank Allah ﷻ, say Hamd for Allah ﷻ (praise). And also put a little bit of salt also in your mouth. There are many things, of course, in the Adab of eating but this is enough for us. It is not difficult. It is easy. You must do it.

And Allah ﷻ is also saying, you must before this look from where you are getting your money. If you are working, anywhere you are working, it is not a problem. Make your intention for Allah ﷻ and ask Allah ﷻ to give you good Rizq, good work, good business. But the important thing is not to cheat people, not to take something from people and not give them back. This is very dangerous. After this, you see many people who are going to Hajj, praying and doing everything, their children are not like them at all. This is because they were eating Haram, cheating people, taking what is not for them. This is in everything. Especially the countries who say the man must inherit everything from his father or mother, not leaving anything for the sister or daughter; only for the man. Allah ﷻ gave them. He ﷻ has even given them the half. Even this, they are not giving. And after that, they are going to Hajj and going to Umrah many times, and their children become not good Muslims and even not good people. Many of them go to jail.

They are not knowing this. Shaytan makes them blind and makes them not understand this. This is also more important than how you eat. Before that, [what’s important is] how you get this. Don’t think Haram has any Barakah. In Haram, there is no Barakah at all. If you take millions with Haram, there is no benefit for you, nothing. With Halal, even a small thing is Barakah for all of you.

For this, for our children – because we are living in a place where we cannot say anything here. Maybe they make up a problem for people. Today once beginning – So to protect yourself and your children from these Dajjal people, you must give yourself and your family good Rizq, good income. Even if a small one, but it must be clean. This is very important. If you are not doing this, you will be regretful. Because there will be no Barakah from what you get, and no Barakah after that from your family.

May Allah ﷻ protect us from our greedy ego. The ego is very greedy. It thinks everything is good. In Turkey, there was one communist poet who was making fun of the ones around him. He said, “Ver Allahım, Haram Helal farketmez, çoluk çocuk yerler”, “O our Lord Allah, give us. Halal or not Halal, the children are eating. Give us.” He was joking this, but he was a communist. Allah’s ﷻ wisdom can be from anywhere: for Mu’min, Muslim – It is not important from where the wisdom is coming. Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam was saying, “Look for wisdom anywhere.” He was saying this for those who claim they are Muslim and are praying and doing, and after that they ask, “What happened to our children?”

We must be careful. Really, we are in a very difficult time, a very tough time, a very dangerous time. May Allah ﷻ keep our children and Muslim children from this Bala’ (affliction). This is a big Bala’. It is not easy. They are attacking believers everywhere. There are of course attacks by killing and destroying, but the real attack is at our belief. It is also not less than that [the former]. If killed, they will be martyrs, Shaheed. But in this, they are killing the belief of children; and this is (more) worse. May Allah ﷻ keep us safe and keep our children safe. We are living in a really difficult time.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

01 June 2023/ 12 Dhul Qa’dah 1444

Vancouver, Canada

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