Allah Has Combined All of Medicine (at-Tibb) in One Verse of the Qur’an

All praise is due to Allah and may the prayers and salutations be upon His Messenger, to proceed:

Allah the Most High said,

وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا ۚ إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ

“…And eat and drink and be not excessive (therein)…” (al-A’raaf 7:31)

Ibn Kathir commented upon this verse:

One of the Salaf said: Allah has combined the entirety of medicine (at-tibb) in half a verse, “And eat and drink and be not excessive…”

Al-Qurtubi commented upon this verse, after mentioning that excessive eating is makrooh (disliked), he mentions the benefits of eating little:

… In eating little there are many benefits. From them that a man becomes of sounder body, of better memory, purer in understanding, (requiring) less sleep, and lighter in (his) soul…

Then he mentioned the harms of eating excessively:

… and in eating much there is the overstuffing of the stomach and putrefaction of undigested food, and from this the variety of diseases are produced, and thus he requires treatment more than what the one who eats little requires. Some of the physicians said, “The greatest treatment (dawaa’) is (appropriate) estimation of food.” And the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has explained this meaning sufficiently and completely which does away with the speech of the physicians, so he said, “The son of Adam does not fill a container worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Aadam to take enough morsels of food to keep his back straight (keep him able-bodied). And if it is necessary, then a third for his food, a third for his drink, and a third for his breath.”…

Then a little later al-Qurtubi says:

And it is mentioned that (the caliph) ar-Rashid used to have a shrewd Christian physician who said to Ali bin Hasan, “There is not in your Book (the Qur’aan) anything of the knowledge of medicine, and knowledge of is of two types, knowledge of the religions and knowledge of the bodies.” So he said to him, “Allaah has combined all of medicine in half a verse in our Book.” So he said, “What is it?” He said, “The saying of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic: And eat and drink and be not excessive.”…

And Imaam ad-Dhahabi in his book “at-Tibb an-Nabawi” (p. 34-35) says:

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The son of Aadam does not fill a container worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Aadam to take enough morsels of food to keep his back straight (keep him able-bodied). And if it is necessary, then a third for his food, a third for his drink, and a third for his breath.” This was reported by an-Nasaa’ee and at-Tirmidhi, who said, “Hasan Sahih” … and this is one from the aspects of preserving health.

Ali bin Hasan said:

“And Allah, the Sublime and Exalted has combined the whole of medicine in (just) half a verse, so He, the Most High said,

“And eat and drink and be not excessive…”

Taken from “Lives of the Salaf”

2 Comments

  1. January 27, 2011 at 3:38 am

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  2. Rehan said,

    February 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing very important thing with us., Most of the peoples eat excessive and few only eat little which are not good habits. And in the above article it is cleared that our eating is not good habit.
    May Allah led us to the straight path and worship.. and My all of us pray the prayers and read Quran daily and act upon it….


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