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Nabawi Immunization – Part Three (3/3)

E. Applying For Protection For Children.

Among the prophetic immunization methods that are unknown to many Muslims and often neglected by those who do know is to ask God for protection for our children from the interference of the devil, poisonous animals and the influence of 'ain keji (evil eye). 

Although this method has been taught since the time of the Prophet Ibrahim 'alaihissalam, and practiced by the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam.

عَنِ ابن عَبَّاسٍ أن رَسُولَ اللَّهِصلى الله عليه وسلم كان يُعَوِّذُ حَسَناً وَحُسَيْناً يقول (أُعِيذُكُمَا بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّةِ من كل شَيْطَانٍ وَهَامَّةٍ وَمِنْ كل عَيْنٍ لاَمَّةٍ) وكان يقول: (كان إِبْرَاهِيمُ أبي يُعَوِّذُ بِهِمَا إِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَاقَ). رواه أحمد وأبو داود والنسائي وصححه الألباني.

"From the companion of Ibnu Abbas radhiyallahu 'anhu that the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam sought protection for his grandson Hasan and Husain by praying: "I seek protection for both of you with the perfect words of Allah from every devil, deadly poisonous animal, and from every (influence) of the eye that comes to destruction." (Narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, An Nasai and authenticated by Al Albani.

This is one of the prophetic immunizations that is still not widely known by Muslims, and is often neglected by those who have known it. 

Truly for God's sake, if we practice this prophetic immunization with full faith and appreciation, surely our children will be protected from various diseases and plagues.

O my brother of the same faith and the same faith! Try asking your own conscience: Do you believe in this prophetic immunization?

Do it my brother, surely God will protect your children from various disasters and calamities.

F. No excess in Food and Drinks.

Among the Islamic shari'ats that have long been proven to be effective in maintaining health and preventing various diseases is living a simple life. Do not exaggerate when it comes to eating and drinking.

الْمِقْدَامَ بن معدي كرب الكندي قال سمعت رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول ما مَلأَ بن آدَمَ وِعَاءً شَرًّا من بَطْنٍ حَسْبُ بن آدَمَ أُكُلاَتٌ يُقِمْنَ صُلْبَهُ فان كان لاَ مَحَالَةَ فَثُلُثُ طَعَامٍ وَثُلُثُ شَرَابٍ وَثُلُثٌ لِنَفَسِهِ رواه أحمد والترمذي وصححه الألباني

"The friend of Al Miqdan bin Ma'dykareb Al Kindi narrates: I once heard the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam say: No child of Adam fills a bag worse than his stomach. If there is no choice, then one third of his stomach is sufficient for food, another third for drink and another third for his breath." The narrations of Ahmad, At Tirmizy, An Nasai and by Al Albani are stated as authentic hadiths.

Ibn al-Qayyim said: "Know that there are three levels of eating:
1. Necessity.
2. Adequacy.
3. Advantages.

In the hadith above, the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam reported that you should be content with a few mouthfuls of food that can straighten your spine. Thus you do not become sluggish and do not become weak. If you still feel the need to eat more, then you should eat a third of the capacity of your stomach. Thus you leave a third of your stomach space for drinking water and another third for your breath. This distribution is very useful for the health of your body and soul. Because when your stomach is filled with food, then there is no more room for drinks. So when you drink, your breathing becomes tight. If this is the case, you become easily tired and short of breath, like a person carrying too heavy a burden. Plus a full stomach has a bad influence on your personality and soul. You become lazy to worship, and your lust strengthens. In short, a stomach that is always full is bad for physical and mental health.”{{1}}

Al Munawi also explained this hadith by saying: "The Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam considered the stomach of a person who ate until it was full as the worst pouch, because he had used his stomach inappropriately. The human stomach was created to straighten the spine because it gets adequate nutritional intake from the food it eats. Meanwhile, if he fills his stomach, then this has an impact on destroying his religion and the world. The explanation is as follows: It is not normal for a person to fill his stomach, unless he has been overcome by the greed and ambition of the world. And these two temperaments are bad for the perpetrators. The prolonged feeling of fullness plunges his palate into a stray and makes him feel lazy. As a result, he is always lazy to worship, and his body is filled with heaps of substances that he does not need. When that is the case, he becomes irritable, controlled by lust, and his ambition becomes overflowing, so he is obsessed with accumulating wealth that he does not need." {{2}}

Brother! Among the provisions of Islamic law in matters of eating and drinking is that you should not overdo it in both. 

Everything you like, you eat or drink, everything you can buy, you consume, and everything that is offered by merchants, you taste. Of course, this kind of attitude is a real reflection of the ambition to eat and drink excessively or called isrof.

عَنْ عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص رضي الله تعالى عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ : كُلُوا، وَاشْرَبُوا، وَتَصَدَّقُوا، وَالْبَسُوا، غَيْرَ مَخِيلَةٍ، وَلاَ سَرَفٍ. رواه أحمد والنسائي وغيره وحسنه الألباني.

Companion Abdullah bin Amer bin Al 'Ash radhiyallahu 'anhu, narrated that the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam said: "Eat, drink, give charity and dress as long as you are not arrogant and excessive. The history of Ahmad, An Nasai and by Al Albani is stated as a hasan hadith.

One day, Umar bin Khatthab's friend radhiyallahu 'anhu said: "Don't eat until you feel full, because fullness makes you lazy to pray, and causes your body to be afflicted with disease. You should behave naturally in matters of eating, so that you are kept away from pride, your body becomes healthier, and you are more active in worship. A person will not perish until he prioritizes his lust over the teachings of his religion."

Some scholars said:

إنْ كُنْتَ بَطِنًا فَعُدَّ نَفْسَك زَمِنًا حتَّى تَخْمِصَ

"If you have a fat stomach, then assume that you are suffering from a chronic disease, until your stomach shrinks again." {{3}}

Ibnul Qayyim said: "Food substances that accumulate in the body cause many disasters, including: encouraging members of the body to commit immorality, and feeling lazy from worship. These two things are enough as a big negative impact for you. How many disobediences are caused by satiety, and how many acts of obedience are hindered by satiety? Therefore, a person who is protected from the bad effects of his stomach, means he has been protected from a big disaster. Plus, the devil is more and more free to control you, when you fill your stomach with food to the brim. No wonder, if the previous scholars said: "Narrow the path of Satan by fasting." And the prophet also said:

ما مَلأَ بن آدَمَ وِعَاءً شَرًّا من بَطْنٍ

"No son of Adam fills a bag worse than his stomach." 

If a stomach full of food had no effect other than making you negligent even if it was just astray, surely the devil would be eager to call you to do it, so that he had the opportunity to lead you wherever he likes. Because if your stomach is always full, then your soul will be aggressive, and your lust will flare up. Meanwhile, if your stomach is used to being hungry, your soul will surely become calm, solemn and submissive to you.” {{4}}

On another occasion, he said: “Various physical ailments occur as a result of food substances that accumulate in your body. As a result, the accumulation of food interferes with the movement of various organs in your body. These are most of the diseases suffered by the community. All of this happens because they are used to consuming food even though the food they have previously consumed has not been fully digested by their digestive organs. This situation is exacerbated by:

1- They consume food in amounts that exceed their body's needs.

2- They consume a lot of food that is difficult to digest.

3- They consume various types of food made from various ingredients.

If you fill your stomach with these kinds of food, and it has become your lifestyle, surely this bad habit will cause you to suffer from various diseases as well. Of the various diseases that you suffer from, some are quickly cured and some are difficult to treat. However, if you lead a simple life, consume food as needed, and the food you consume is balanced in levels and types, then your body is healthier than consuming large amounts of food." {{5}}

It is not surprising that one of the methods exemplified by the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam is not to eat while sitting cross-legged. Because eating by sitting cross-legged makes you drift and never feel satisfied or full.

When you sit cross-legged, your stomach will be wide open, you don't feel full right away, and you end up eating voraciously and in large quantities.

عن أَبي جُحَيْفَةَ رضي الله تعالى عنه يقول قال رسول اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم : (لا آكُلُ مُتَّكِئًا) رواه البخاري.

Friends of Abu Juhaifah radhiyallahu 'anhu narrated: The Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said: "I do not eat while sitting back (cross-legged)." History of Imam Bukhari.

Imam Al Khattabi explained this hadith by saying: The common people think that what is meant by sitting back is to eat while sitting leaning against the side of the body. That's not the case though. What is meant is sitting firmly with your legs crossed. Thus the meaning of this hadith, the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam reported that he did not eat by sitting on a pedestal underneath, like a person who wants to eat a lot. Because actually I eat just to provide for life, so I sit like someone who wants to get up immediately." {{6}}

Ibn Jarir At-Thobari said: "If you ask: Are there certain restrictions regarding living that are justified in the Shari'ah? So the answer is: Yes, there is an appropriate and justified limit to each of the following: food, drink, clothing, alms, good deeds and others. I do not like to extend this book by mentioning the boundaries of each. It's just based on the explanation above, namely: if you consume food that exceeds the limit of your needs, so that your body becomes weak, your energy melts, you are busy from worshiping Allah and fulfilling obligations, then that means you have overdone it." {{7}}

Some of the Shari'ah above, are just a drop from the sea of ​​Shari'a which if you practice it with full faith can bring blessings in your life. Not only in terms of your physical health, but covers all aspects of your life, both in this world and in the hereafter. Wallahu Ta'ala A'alam.

[[1]]Zadul Ma'ad By Ibnul Qayyim 4/16[[1]] [[2]]Faidhul Qadir, by Al Munawi 5/502.[[2]] [[3]]Jami' Al Ulum Wa Al Hikam by Ibn Rajab Al Hambali 426.[[3]] [[4]]Bada'iul Fawaid by Ibnul Qayyim 2/498.[[4]] [[5]]Zadul Ma'ad By Ibnul Qayyim 4/16 [[5]] [[6]] Thus Ibn Hajar Al Asqalani quoted the words of Al Khatthabi. Fathul Bari 9/541.[[6]] [[7]]Tafsir At Thobari 19/300-301.[[7]]




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