Jul
24
2012

The prophet’s instructions on health during Sawm (fasting)

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

The Prophet’s instructions on health are nothing but Revelation:

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The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to start breaking his fast at sunset by eating three dates, then he used to perform maghrib salah, and after that he would eat. The amazing thing is that the sugar found in dates is the fastest carbohydrate to move from the mouth to the blood as it takes only ten minutes to do so. Therefore, after having eaten three dates you will have enough sugar in your blood to inform the brain that it should make you feel full and this will lead you to eating moderately. When does man feel full? This happens in two cases, one of which (the worst one) is when his stomach is literally full as it stimulates the satiety center in the brain; and the second case is the one just mentioned, when the sugar contained in those three dates reaches the satiety center in the brain and this leads to a kind of satisfaction and, accordingly, you will eat your futoor (fast breaking meal) as if you were eating your mid-day meal any day outside Ramadan.
In many countries I have visited fruit is eaten before meals, Brazil for example, and it is considered something proper and in fact it is the right thing to do. The proof of it is in the following ayah:

(And fruit; that they may choose. And the flesh of fowls that they desire)

[Al-Waqi’ah, 20-21]

Try to make it a habit of yours and instead of eating an apple after your meal, eat it before and you will feel more comfortable as you won’t be very hungry when you start eating your meal, and that is because the brain satiety center is stimulated by fructose which is the fastest carbohydrate to be assimilated by blood. It takes about ten minutes to reach blood, then brain and stimulate it accordingly. Who told the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, about it?

(Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired)

[An-Najm, 3-4]

Hence, all the Prophet’s instructions in respect of health are not according to his own judgment or the knowledge prevailing in his lifetime, but:

(Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired)

[An-Najm, 3-4]

Accustom yourself, all year long, to eating a piece of fruit before meals; try doing it and try to be moderate, that is, stop eating before you feel full.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds

Prepared by: Noora Al Sharabi

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